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NO SURRENDER

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No Surrender: Jon Land and Patrick Bisher

 

Pretend you are in a dark place where there is no light, no shadows or any chance that you can see in front of you or in any direction. Pretend that your entire world is filled with this darkness and there is no way out. You feel despair, alone, and tortured by the memories that linger in your heart and mind and wonder whether you will ever see the sun rise, the beauty of the moon shining in the sky or will you leave yourself open to self=pity, recriminations, regrets and defeat? Adversity we all encounter it at one time in our lives but it is what we do to overcome adversity, toss aside those obstacles, breakdown the walls that confine us that will bring back the light, hope and lift the anguish and the pain. Patrick Bisher lived his life in the darkness for many years when he was told at the age of nine that he might never walk again. Flashing back in the prologue to September of 2011 he relates what happens when he was serving our country. A message from an Army Special Forces ODA team came just after his team had gotten back from a mission that lasted 18 hours. A huge enemy convoy was chasing this team and their evasive maneuvers were failing. The author describes the mission and the tragic ending in vivid details as he lost three of his closest friends that day and their names and their faces remain imprinted in his mind till this day. But, let’s flashback to the beginning and get to know Patrick as a child and understand where the darkness arrived and what he decided to do to fight for the sunlight and live his life his way with hope, fight and never as the title states: NO SURRENDER!

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