The Martyr's Song (The Martyr's Song Series, Book 1)

By Ted Dekker

What may you die for? that is the query unexpectedly thrust upon a small band of ladies and youngsters in Bosnia on the shut of global warfare II. whilst a gaggle of sour squaddies bump into their peaceable village, they all at once face an insidious evil...and the final word try out

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He clasped his arms jointly as though in prayer. “Leave her, i urge you. She’s blameless. ” The rifle butt landed two times at the woman’s head, and her physique cozy. a number of kids started to cry; a refrain of ladies groaned in surprise, nonetheless bent less than their very own heavy so much. The sound grated on Janjic’s ears. “Please . . . please,” Father Michael begged. “Shut up! Janjic, beat him! ” Janjic slightly heard the phrases. His eyes have been fastened at the priest. “Janjic! Beat him. ” Karadzic pointed with a longer arm. “Ten blows! ” Janjic became to the commander, nonetheless no longer totally greedy the order. This wasn’t his quarrel. It used to be Karadzic’s video game. “Beat him? Me? I—” “You ask me? ” The commander took a threatening step towards Janjic. “You’ll do as I say. Now take your rifle and lay it throughout this traitor’s again, or I’ll have you ever shot! ” Janjic felt his mouth open. “Now! ” feelings crashed via Janjic’s chest. the 1st was once uncomplicated revulsion on the prospect of swinging a fifteen-pound rifle at this priest’s deformed again. the second one was once worry on the attention that he felt any revulsion in any respect. He was once a soldier who’d sworn to stick to orders. And he had continually orders. It used to be his in simple terms technique to continue to exist the conflict. yet this . . . He swallowed and took a step towards the determine, bent now in an angle of prayer. the youngsters stared at him—thirty units of around, white-rimmed eyes, swimming in tears, all crying a unmarried query. Why? He glanced at Karadzic’s pink face. The commander’s neck bulged like a bullfrog’s, and his eyes bored into Janjic. simply because he instructed me to, Janjic spoke back. simply because this guy is my greater, and he advised me to. Janjic raised his rifle and stared on the man’s hunched again. It was once trembling now, he observed. a troublesome blow may possibly holiday that again. A knot rose to Janjic’s throat. How might he do that? It used to be lunacy! He reduced the rifle, his brain scrambling for cause. “Sir, should still I make him stand? ” “Should you what? ” “Should I make him stand? i'll deal with the rifle larger if he may stand. it should provide me a better perspective to target—” “Make him stand, then! ” “Yes, sir. I simply thought—” “Move! ” “Yes, sir. ” A mild quiver had taken to Janjic’s fingers. His hands ached below the rifle’s weight. He nudged the kneeling priest along with his boot. “Stand, please. ” The priest stood slowly and grew to become to stand him. He forged an aspect look to the crumpled shape close to the commander. His tears have been for the lady, Janjic discovered. there has been no worry in his eyes, purely regret over the abuse of 1 of his personal. He couldn’t strike this guy! it might be the demise of his personal soul to take action! “Beat him! ” Janjic flinched. “Turn, please,” he suggested. the daddy grew to become sideways. Janjic had no selection. not less than that used to be what he instructed himself as he drew his rifle again. It’s an order. this can be a struggle. I swore to obey all orders. It’s an order. I’m a soldier at struggle. i've got a duty. He swung the rifle by way of the barrel, aiming for the man’s back. The sound of sliced air preceded a fleshy thump and a grunt from the priest. the fellow staggered ahead and rarely stuck his fall.

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