WHEN GAELAN KELLY RETURNS FROM WAR, physically and emotionally scarred, he tries to piece a normal life back together. But the horrors of war couldn’t prepare him for the terror he discovers, thrust into a world he never knew existed. Dealing with the trauma of combat and plagued by nightmares of a monster that shouldn’t exist, Gaelan finds himself embroiled in a battle to protect humanity even as he struggles to preserve his own.
He fought a war of men. Now he fights a war for mankind. But Gaelan’s greatest war will be within.
Gaelan Kelly is a high school student with loving parents, a devoted girlfriend and a promising future. When he answers the call to duty, combat leaves him emotionally and physically scarred. He comes home to a girlfriend that has moved on, and is haunted by a self-hatred – unable to forgive himself for the actions he took after his friend was killed.
Gaelan’s parents are brutally taken from him during what should have been a time of healing, and he is left near death. His high school mentor, Father Dennis Beaudreau, helps see him through his trauma, which Gaelan feels is penance for his actions in war. He convinces himself that the creature that killed his parents was a bear, and that PTSD caused him to hallucinate.
His convictions are shattered when, a month after the attack, Gaelan experiences the agony of his first transformation. He is a werewolf, spawned of the creature that murdered his family. Gaelan evades the Vatican hunters, the Benedicta Venántium, sent to kill him, and with the help of Father Dennis and others, he eventually learns to keep the monster under control.
Though the Venántium continue to hunt Gaelan, he secretly assists them in hunting monsters like himself; from burrowing creatures that pull their victims to their underground deaths, to a vampire that may be Jack the Ripper.
Gaelan, forever racked with guilt, constatly fights the urge to commit suicide – his only motivation to stay alive is the desire to find the thing that killed his parents.
Finally face to face with a pack of werewolves, Gaelan is forced to rely on the very thing he hates most – the monster within. Can he become a hero when mankind needs him most?
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Thaddeus McGrath is a former U.S. Marine Corps fighter/attack pilot, a veteran of the War on Terror and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He has loved writing since he was a boy. His debut novel, Gaelan’s War, was inspired by a desire to continue the discussion about PTSD, and a love of all things supernatural. In his world, werewolves aren’t big dogs and vampires definitely don’t sparkle! He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, kids, and oversized dogs.