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The Weekend Warriors



Married with two children, Michael Patrick Fitzmaurice, Major, Infantry, US Army Reserve, is going to war. Bound for Ramstein, Germany, he and his troops, who never expected to be on the frontline, must now stand in battle alongside their active-duty counterparts. It’s the mid-1980s, and the United States is under the leadership of a new president who continues its post-Vietnam withdrawal from the world stage. Domestic affairs are the administration’s priority, while international affairs are given short shrift. In Western Europe, this disengagement of the United States causes turmoil and indecision.

The Soviet General Staff observes these conditions and sees an opportunity in the West’s disarray. They believe one strong, overwhelming offense, launched violently and without warning, would overcome NATO’s defenses before the alliance could react. Once the Soviet forces seized their objectives in West Germany and the Netherlands, NATO would be forced to sue for peace on Soviet terms. Even if the United States could react to the offensive, its support would never reach the battlefield in time to affect the outcome. And, once the Soviet forces held their ground, the demoralized people of Western Europe would never rally for a counter attack. To meet this threat and support its allies, the United States mobilizes large numbers of reservists and National Guard troopswomen and men like Mike who fight to defeat the Soviet onslaught and repel the invaders.

This novel was named a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards recently.


James W Burke served more than 25 years in the Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Army Command and General Staff College. An amateur military historian, he is a Civil War re-enactor with Company K, 3rd United States Regular Infantry and Company C, 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry.


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The author pulls no punches in depicting the awful things that can happen to the human body during mechanized warfare. Burke’s prose is concise and confident, particularly when addressing the milieu soldiers operate in and the minutia they have to deal with.”

US Review of Books


…the reader is hooked in the desire to find out if this weekend warrior and his rag-tag team will prevail.”

Stacia Levy

San Francisco Book Review


What I really like about The Weekend Warriors is the human aspect. The characters are well developed, as is the plot line. The reader is just sucked into a wonderful book.”

Simon Barrett

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