Battle Scars by David M. Salkin

What Amazon says about this truly amazing book …..

Marine Corporal Sean Nichols is wounded in a devastating ambush that takes the lives of his three friends and leaves him an amputee. If not for the heroism of his sergeant, Deke Tilman, who pulled him out of the road, Sean would have surely died with his fire team. With the help of Deke, Sean now embarks on his next mission—recuperate from his serious injuries, and visit the families of his fallen comrades as he tries to make peace with such profound loss.

Battle Scars is a thought provoking drama with compelling characters that illustrates the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the power of love and friendship, and the ability to overcome even our darkest moments. Gritty realism and original storytelling breathe life into Battle Scars as it inspires us with a surprising tale of heroism and the great sacrifice made by our modern war fighters. A Novella you can read in a few hours, but will think about for days.

What I say about this truly amazing book …… This book will take over your very soul. It’s thought provoking, heartbreaking, touching, gritty, sometimes funny, and brutal as hell. It’s a book that needed to be told, it’s a book that needs to be read!

You follow Sean on his journey from the front lines of war, to rehab, to redemption and forgiveness. I read this book in about 3 hours, and by the last page I was sobbing. When I had finished, I had told Mr. Salkin that I had snot all over my face from crying. His reply …. “Perfect. Then I did it right.” YES YOU DID!! This story will be with me for years to come.

BATTLE SCARS is available in kindle for only $1.99 and well worth every penny. Paperback is $6.99. BUY BOTH! Buy it, Read it, Review it!

1.      BATTLE SCARS is amazing, how and why did this story come about?

a.      Thank you. This started off as a screenplay. I wrote the movie, and then afterwards decided to try and back it into a book. When I was finished writing the story as a novel, it was very short, because screenplays are only a little over a hundred pages. Short as it was, it felt “finished” to me. I just re-read it a few times, got choked up every single time, and decided I didn’t want to touch it. It was as perfect as I could make it. That said, I knew it was not going to be a commercially viable project. No big publisher wants a novella from some mid-list author, which led me to self-publishing it. My intention is to try and get this into the hands of as many veterans and their supporters as possible and have it go viral in that community. I think it offers a message of hope to veterans who may be struggling with PTSD or their own private battles. If it were to gain enough traction, that would certainly help to sell the screenplay, which is the ultimate goal.


2.      It reads like a true story, any truth to it?

a.      I’ve worked around veterans for twenty-some years, including being a founding member of the Veterans Community Alliance and an Associate member of the Marine Corps League – Philip A Reynolds Detachment. Over that time, I’ve met some amazing people. Many of them have shared very moving and extremely personal stories with me. That level of trust—to tell me stories they don’t share very often, is a gift they’ve given me. BATTLE SCARS contains anecdotal stories and little pieces of hundreds of conversations, woven together, to try and make this the most realistic tale of deployment, injury and rehabilitation, and finally, coming to terms with a terrible event that leaves a person changed forever. I usually write only to entertain my audience. This is different. I wanted to give something back to the veteran community and send an actual message I felt was very important. So, to answer your question, there’s truth to the story—but it’s not one person’s actual story. It’s all of their stories, from so many wars and different places, all packed into a hundred and twenty pages or so.


3.      Any more books like this in the future?

a.      I don’t know. It’s tough to get anyone to notice your new book. This is book number 14 for me, and I’m still trying to build an audience. In a perfect world, this will be a huge seller, veterans will love it, it will hit the Big Screen, and then we’ll see what happens. More likely, I’ll end up like 99% of Hollywood Wanna-be film people and wait on tables.


4.      Link to new website and where someone can donate if they want to to help the Vets.

a.      The new website is up, and folks who are moved by the project can also make donations to the Veterans Community Alliance – Freehold Township Day Committee there.

What the Military is saying about BATTLE SCARS ………….

“Battle Scars is an incredible story of brothers in arms and the bonds formed in combat. The struggles that are faced by combat veterans returning from war are real and nothing I’ve read brings that story to life like Battle Scars. This is a must read!”
LTCOL T. Kevin White “TK”
150th Special Operations Wing

“This book is a gut check for those who have worn the cloth of the nation. For those who have not it is a testimonial for those who have served and sacrificed. As Americans we are blessed with freedom. It comes at a price.”
James E. Livingston
Major General USMC (Ret)
Medal of Honor Recipient

“This book was a tough read, and at the same time I couldn’t put it down. Salkin got this one right! Every now and again you come across a book that is as much cathartic as it is entertaining. At a time when we are losing way too many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, it struck a chord with this Old Soldier.”
COL William L. Peace, Sr.
U.S. Army National Guard

“David Salkin has fired at close range and with unerring accuracy with this tale! He takes a tough situation that is all-too-often neglected and gives it life. This story is for all veterans and their supporters. His first-person writing style makes the reader feel present throughout the story. It’s a quick read that will leave you thinking long after completion. I most strongly recommend it to all who are interested in understanding better the true costs of America’s conflicts—past, present, and future. ”
Major General GT Garrett, USA (Ret)
42nd Infantry Division

“Dave hit the nail on the head with this one. It’s a quick read simply because you don’t want to stop turning the page. This may be fiction but it certainly doesn’t read that way.” Neil T. Roeder, LTC, MS USAR
“David Salkin’s story is a must-read for all Veterans and supporters. This book not only entertains you, it educates you on the price paid by those who have the guts to walk the walk. His first-person writing takes you on a ride which seems to bring out all emotions and it also places you right on the battlefield. Maybe it’s just my love of heroic deeds but it sure knocked me on my knees. The read is overall life-like and is very consistent with the actions taking place every day in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kudos to Dave for really knocking this one out of the park” Christian S. DiMeo (Ret) SFC.
USMC / Embassy Marine Cairo/Beirut/Geneva – ARMY NG / Operation Enduring Freedom

“Battle Scars” hits like an RPG! Camaraderie, adrenaline, fear, loss, hope and redemption all in one exhilarating and disturbingly beautiful tale. Hard to believe David hasn’t been on the battlefield, because this tale rocked me back for days! A must read for everyone who is, has been, or supports our warriors!” Wayne Emery CPT, USA MACV Vietnam

  THANK YOU Mr. Salkin ….. THANK YOU Veterans


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