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Oren Litwin

Oren Litwin grew up hearing stories from his relatives about their service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The 9/11 attack took place at the beginning of his college career, and he devoted his studies to understanding irregular warfare, terrorism, and what it would take to achieve victory in a seemingly endless struggle. During his studies, Oren had the privilege of staffing several war games for the United States Marine Corps, seeing up close the military virtues that are the true strength of the American warrior: courage, ingenuity, refusal to quit, commitment to the mission.

After earning his Ph.D., Oren taught political science to the midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, before moving to his current position with the Middle East Forum, where he writes about critical issues of national security. He has also helped develop programs matching high school students with local businesses—through which he saw how American employers are struggling to deal with a rising generation of young people who lack the persistence and integrity that the martial virtues develop.

Oren has written fiction for several years, and has paid close attention to the state of American publishing. He is disturbed by a publishing environment that devalues the stories of America’s warriors, and worse, devalues the virtues that those warriors depend on. Too much fiction is drenched with cynicism, moral equivalence, and a refusal to celebrate virtue where it exists. This collection is Oren’s small attempt to give a voice to our warriors, and to celebrate the virtues that warriors need.

Click here to purchase The Odds Are Against Us: An Anthology of Military Fiction

From a Marine in Vietnam trying to get back home, to Roman soldiers facing an Iceni rebellion; from cynical mercenaries in the harsh Chadian desert, to a Yazidi girl fighting for her freedom; from Soviet conscripts trying to survive war in Afghanistan, to American bomber pilots lost at sea.
Experience the triumph of the human spirit even in the face of death.

Includes eight short stories of military fiction from from skilled authors, some of whom are veterans themselves.

A NEW LIBERTY ISLAND BOOK: The Odds Are Against Us: An Anthology of Military Fiction

Check out the collection’s introduction by editor Oren Litwin

From a Marine in Vietnam trying to get back home, to Roman soldiers facing an Iceni rebellion; from cynical mercenaries in the harsh Chadian desert, to a Yazidi girl fighting for her freedom; from Soviet conscripts trying to survive war in Afghanistan, to American bomber pilots lost at sea.
Experience the triumph of the human spirit even in the face of death.

Includes eight short stories of military fiction from from skilled authors, some of whom are veterans themselves.

Click here to purchase The Odds Are Against Us: An Anthology of Military Fiction

The Incredibles 2: How To Waste A Good Premise

The Importance of Theme Revealed by Comparing the Original to the New Sequel…

I recently saw The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2 back to back. The Incredibles is a brilliant film: a master-class in storytelling and a lot of fun. The Incredibles 2 is a good film: enjoyable with exciting action sequences and several hilarious bits about parenting. However, in my judgment it does not approach the brilliance of its predecessor. And a big part of the difference, I think, is in the two films’ treatment of theme. [Spoilers ahead!]