Jun 08, 2017

Alastair Luft, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Army with 20 years of service in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, experienced some of the symptoms that would be associated with critical incident stress – such as survivor’s guilt and rage – during his decades of service. His background equipped him to counsel numerous subordinates and colleagues who suffer from PTSD, and the culmination of all of those experiences formed the inspiration for his upcoming novel, THE BATTLE WITHIN, publishing in paperback from Inkshares.

THE BATTLE WITHIN journeys deep inside a troubled soldier struggling to adapt to life after combat. Set in a backdrop of war in Afghanistan, the story captures the obstacles arrayed against serving members and veterans who want nothing more than to serve their country and have a normal life, yet who struggle with the reality and stigma of PTSD. In this compelling book, Luft shares his perspectives on the meaning of service, sacrifice, and the effect of violence on a person’s humanity.

After reading an advance copy, retired General Raymond R. Henault, former Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Forces, offered this comment:
“Although this novel is a work of fiction, it shines a searing light on the real-life challenges and sometimes tragic consequences of PTSD.”

Retired Lieutenant-General Michael K. Jeffery, former Chief of the Land Staff, Canadian Armed Forces, echoed this sentiment. “Alastair Luft has made a major contribution to our knowledge of PTSD by putting a personal face on ‘the battle within,’ which will serve both soldier and citizen alike.”

The author will be having his book launch reading/signing at Perfect Books in Ottawa on June 24th from 2-4pm. The event is open to the public.

In this story, a Canadian soldier struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, risking his marriage, career, and life itself in a bid for redemption. After reading his advance copy, retired Major-General Lewis MacKenzie noted that “Anyone who wishes to understand, no matter what their background, the silent curse of PTSD would benefit from reading this compelling story.”