John M. Millar’s debut novel “The Wars Among the Paines” is a vivid and fascinating look into the genealogy and history of the Paine family.

With realistic characters and an authentic telling of historic events, the story meticulously recounts the family’s varied relationships and unwavering commitment to serving their country across many generations. From the Revolutionary War through both World Wars to the tumultuous times of the 1960s with the Vietnam War, a Paine is found in battle or as an antiwar activist.

R. Treat Paine II, a fourth-generation Army veteran and family man, is preparing to return home to Menschville to attend his mother’s funeral. He’s in a dilemma because his wife thought his mother died years ago.

Treat seldom revealed his life in Menschville because he hides a shameful past. He eventually decides to open up to his wife about his complicated past.

Beginning with a Paine ancestor who fought alongside George Washington in the French and Indian War, the story follows the family over four generations to the Nixon era, when a Paine descendant is invited to accept the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“The Wars Among the Paines” is a historical fiction novel that reads like an autobiography. The backstories of each Paine citizen-soldier and the family’s interactions will keep readers engaged. Each reader will find something in the novel to connect with. It will enlighten and educate readers about the costs of war on the soldier, the family and society.

This title is available in book and digital formats. Other military historical fiction titles readers may enjoy are “The Air We Breathe” by Andrea Barrett and “The Eagle’s Claw” by Jeff Shaara. Both are available at Virginia Beach Public Library.

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