A collection of previously published and new short stories by author Martin Roy Hill. In the title story, "Duty," a Cold War soldier faces the prospect of starting WWIII. In "Something Far Away," a former Coastguardsman must face his ghosts from the past. A Navy investigator faces a different kind of ghost aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier in "Destroyer Turns." "Brandenberg's Diaries" tells the story of a retired spy's last mission during Glasnost. A group of soldiers faces the curse of war over several generations in "The Stragglers." And in "The Use of Innocence," a Vietnam vet contemplates a younger generation eager for another war.
Named 2012 Best Published Short Story Anthology by the San Diego Book Awards Association.
"Duty is a gripping, powerfully-written collection ofstories depicting the terrors, ironies, and tragedies that unfold in the worldof war and espionage."
-- Jay Allan Storey,author of Chopper Music
"Soldiers have a storyto tell, not always of heroism but of the uncertainty that is part of theirtrade. No one knows what comes next, or even how they got in theircircumstance. This is a suspense ladened book that is filled with stories thatwill take you there."
-- Ivor Burton, USA(ret.)
"Hill's writing is sparse but packs so much into each tale that you leave one story satisfied yet eager to dive into the next one. They are that good."
"Here is a collection of very well written stories about a time in history that the under thirty crowd has not experienced. It was a time of saber rattling, propaganda, and well defined good and bad guys. The one thing that has not changed through time is the sense of duty in all those who have and are serving demonstrate. This collection is a reminder of that era and a reminder that duty extends to every era's service members. Duty really hit the mark for me. Truly well done."
-- Author's Alliance