When Eagles Die
AuthorHouse, 2004 M10 1 - 248 pages
Coach Joe Bartkowski stuns the basketball world when he leads a small college team to the national championships. Now sought after by major universities, Joe finds his career threatened by unexplained anxiety and panic attacks. Is it a midlife crisis as his therapist claims, or does the answer lie in his familys history? Spanning three generations, from the Eastern Front in World War One through the Siberian gulags to the battlefields of World War Two, When Eagles Die embraces Joes painful search for the truth, his unexpected discoveries about himself, and the very nature of the human mind.
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Robert Ambros takes his readers on a journey of discovery in which his main character, Joe Bartkowski, comes to understand his connection to his Polish roots. On the same journey, the reader gains insight into the extended effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and finds that Bartkowski's story is the story of Everyman….Ambros tells the story well in this sequel, of sorts, to his earlier award-winning novel The Brief Sun.
-The Sarmatian Review, September 2005.