Set in Iraq, Lee-Ann Graff Vinson’s Love and Liberty tells a harrowing tale of a fictional platoon, ambushed and stranded with its survivors taken prisoner and everyone’s fate left in the hands of Captain Jack Parsons. The novella explores the issue of women in combat, from Jack’s concern that men will take excessive risks to protect a screaming woman, to the contrasting concerns of Captain Dana Jenkins, trapped and inspiring her fellows to escape.
The author balances her story well, with sensual sex scenes and terrifying but convincingly muted screams of torture. A nice balance is made between army loyalty and the questioning of command. And the whole makes an interesting, very scary tale, filled with excitement, satisfying in its strong male and female leadership, and thought-provoking in its finale.