Blaze of GloryBlaze of Glory
Captain Jeff Struecker, Alton Gansky
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United States Sgt. Major Eric Moyer and his Special Operations unit have been called in to track down a wealthy Egyptian terrorist who is believed to have sordid ties to a sudden increase in female suicide bombers. Chasing El-Sayyed through Italy, they soon gain interconnected details about a Mexican drug lord who is plotting to kill the U.S. and Mexican presidents. Now Moyer and his team must stop not one, but two madmen on separate continents. And with a new member of the unit hiding his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a third problem begins to boil.
     

 Blaze of Glory Discussion Questions: Maj. Jeff Strucker & Alton Gansky


 

1. The book begins with Sgt. First Class Jerry Zinsser, a decorated hero, experiencing a flashback. He’s reliving a battle fought in Somalia. He fights the battle his head. Do you think that makes it any less real for him?

 

 

2. Zinsser keeps his flashbacks secret from his new team. Why do you suppose he does that? Do you think it is typical of all people or just men like Zinsser?

 

 

3. Tess is a woman in a man’s world. As an analyst and instructor at the War College, do you think she faces unique challenges? What kind of things might she face that most women don’t?

 

 

4. Women have taken a more active role in the military than ever before. Some are soldiers, some work in intelligence, some--like Tess--work as an analyst and researcher. What roles do you think woman should play in the military?

 

 

5. J.J. and Tess are looking forward to their wedding when J.J. is called to mission. Tess, perhaps more than other women, knows what her fiance faces. Military life is tough on the loved ones who stay at home and wait. Do you know of someone who has family serving overseas? If so, what can you do to make their life a little easier?

 

 

6. J.J. is the Christian of the team. As such, he sees things from a different perspective. How easy is it, do you suppose, for a Christian to be a soldier and called upon to do the things J.J. must do.

 

 

7. J.J. attempts to explain his faith to Zinsser, who is angry at the world and at God for what happened to his previous team. Did J.J. do a good job, or did he mess things up?

 

 

8. In the book, Delaram faces an impossible situation. Her captives force her to do something she could never imagine doing. She faces the hardest decisions a person can: Does she try to save her family, even if it means taking the lives of strangers?

 

 

9. Unlike most novels, Blaze of Glory has more than one bad guy. Considering world events, how likely is it that evil men from different parts of the world would band together?

 

 

10. After Zinsser “loses it” while on mission, Moyer has to make a tough decision about the man. Do you think Moyer did the right thing? If he did the wrong thing, did he do it for the right reason?

 

 

11. Moyer and his team traveled to Mexico for two reasons. What were those reasons? Were the reasons worth the risk they faced?

 

 

12. The team went into the Mexican village to save several captives but leave with only one alive. Did they succeed in their mission?

 

 

13. In the course of their mission, innocents like the priest die. How can that be justified?

 

 

14. At the end, the team stands over the grave of Zinsser’s friend and only other survivor from the Somalia battle. Why would the team stand with him over a dead man they had not met?

 

 

15. What spiritual lessons can be drawn from the fears and dangers the team faced?