Retired US Serviceman’s Novel Depicts the USA and the Soviet Union Conflict

The writer, Jim Burke served for more than 25 years in the United States Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve.

Kennebunkport, ME – May 1, 2018 – James W Burke, Jr, a former United States military man with 25 years of service in the United States Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve writes about the age-old conflict between two superpowers in his novel entitled, “The Weekend Warriors.” The book is currently available at

Jim Burke’s book is a fiction about how the United States decides to move away from worldly affairs. As a result, the Soviet Union discovers the opportunity to overcome NATO and take control of the whole Western Europe. The US government is forced to help its allies repel the forthcoming invasion the United States must mobilize and deploy all its forces, including Reserve and National Guard units.

The main character is Michael Patrick Fitzmaurice, a major in the US Army Reserve (Infantry). He is married with two kids. Major Fitzmaurice and his troops are on their way to Ramstein in Germany, where they are expected to be in combat against the enemy along with other NATO contingents.

The period is the middle 1980s of America is under a new president who advocates the country’s post-Vietnam retreat from global affairs. He is now more focused on domestic issues with the international scene relegated to the background. This withdrawal of the United States leads to mayhem as well as indecision, particularly in Western Europe.

The Soviet Military General Staff sees the developments and sees their chances due to the Western powers’ disorder The Soviet leadership is convinced one mighty offense, launched without warning, will overwhelm the defenses of NATO’s forces before the alliance can even react. If Soviet forces achieve their objectives in West Germany and the Netherlands, NATO will eventually give up on the Soviet Union’s terms.

In case the United States opts to support its allies and stage a counter-offensive, American troops will not reach the frontline in time to change the tide of battle. The disheartened units of NATO have no chance to commence a counter-attack.

To deal with the threat and support its European allies, the USA mobilizes hundreds of thousands of reservists and National Guardsmen including women like Mike repel the Soviet invaders.

This novel was nominated as one of the finalists in the recent Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

About the Author:

Jim Burke graduated from the United States Military Academy as well as the US Army Command and General Staff College.  He is an amateur military historian, Civil War re-enactor (Company K), Third United States Regular Infantry, and 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry (Company B).

At present, he lives in Kennebunkport, Maine with his family.

He can easily be contacted at

Jim’s favorite quote is from GEN. George S. Patton, Jr “All men are frightened.  The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.  The courageous man is the man who forces himself, despite the fear, to carry on.”





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