HONOR THY MOTHER, A Soldier's Story, is a work of fiction inspired by true events. It is the story of the Kelly family who enjoyed a life of wealth and privilege earned from their great success in the food and restaurant businesses they owned in Jamaica, West Indies. However, by the late 1970s, after much agonizing, they are forced to migrate to America.
Donald Kelly, the central character of the story, offends his parents by choosing to marry a beautiful girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Jennifer Kelly almost immediately disapproves of Anna Johnson, not because she places a wad of gum on her mother's fine china, but because she sees through the beautiful facade of a troubled woman.
Don is subsequently disowned and disinherited by his parents when he adamantly refused to end his relationship with the woman with whom he has become besotted. With nowhere to turn, he makes a fateful decision to join the military where he studies to become a clinical psychologist. He completes basic training in Lackland, Texas, and meets Becky who becomes his best friend. After completing his final training in Bethesda, Maryland, he is deployed to the Spangdahlem Air Force base in Germany to complete his residency and start his practice specializing in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder.
The lives of Donald and Anna become even more complicated once they arrive in Germany. However, Donald doesn't understand the ramifications to his family life because of the complex personality of the woman he chose to marry and his obsession with the career he was destined to pursue.
Honor Thy Mother, A Soldier's Story, explores the psychological, emotional and physical components of their relationship. It is Don Kelly's journey with its unexpected twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems and the suspense continually builds to a final, thrilling conclusion.
Love! Marriage! Deception! Suspense! Redemption!
These are only a few of the themes explored in this fast-paced, page-turning tale that spans more than forty years and two continents.
Don Kelly: Jamaican born, now American air force soldier, is a handsome psychologist totally dedicated to God, family and his chosen profession -- treating soldiers with PTSD.
Anna Johnson: Jamaican beauty who lost both her parents at age ten and migrated to Queens, New York, to live with her maternal grandparents. She meets Don Kelly in a local park and he succumbs to her wily charms.
Jennifer Kelly: Don's mother, is a successful entrepreneur, restaurateur-extraordinaire, who with her husband, Rex, sells their multi-million-dollar business and migrates with their son, to Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York.
Rebecca Esposito: English-born beauty, with a Spanish father, Juan, and an English mother, LuAnn, becomes Don's best friend when they're thrown together for basic training at Lachland air force base, in San Antonio, Texas.
Robert Jones: Debonair Italian-American mogul, bad-boy, confirmed bachelor, has no shortage of sophisticated prima donnas who grace the covers of the most exclusive magazines, who would die to be with him.
HONOR THY MOTHER, A Soldier's Story, does not disappoint!