The Unbeliever

By Zachary J. Kitchen, M.D.

Paranormal, Romance | Paperback, eBook


If faith can move mountains, what can the utter lack of faith achieve? Major Max Bradley left his faith, along with a leg, in the sands of Iraq. Even the Marine Corps, the only thing that mattered to him, thanked him for his service and sent him on his way. Feeling abandoned, left adrift and without purpose, scotch and oxycontin became his only friends. He lives a hermit's life on a boat moored in a small coastal North Carolina town, struggling with addiction as well as the physical and emotional scars from a war that now seems pointless. He only just exists, caught between pain and despair, until one night his world and his perceived place in that world are turned upside-down. A chance midnight rescue brings him together with the woman who will pull him out of himself and show him that he is more powerful than he has ever imagined...


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If faith can move mountains, what can the utter lack of faith achieve? Major Max Bradley left his faith, along with a leg, in the sands of Iraq. Even the Marine Corps, the only thing that mattered to him, thanked him for his service and sent him on his way. Feeling abandoned, left adrift and without purpose, scotch and oxycontin became his only friends. He lives a hermit's life on a boat moored in a small coastal North Carolina town, struggling with addiction as well as the physical and emotional scars from a war that now seems pointless. He only just exists, caught between pain and despair, until one night his world and his perceived place in that world are turned upside-down. A chance midnight rescue brings him together with the woman who will pull him out of himself and show him...


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Zack Kitchen has had a diverse life to say the least. The third son of ten children in a poor farming family, he found that there was no money for college so, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. A year later he earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He always dreamed of flying so, after graduating with a B.S. in English Literature from the Academy, he went to flight school and flew for the Navy for five years as an NFO or "goose" (as the position has been known since the film "Top Gun."). After fulfilling his active duty obligation, Zack received a Navy scholarship to attend medical school and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 2000. He trained at the Walter Reed Medical Center and the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center for internship, residency, and fellowship. His training completed, Zack deployed to Iraq with a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System team and, often under fire, gave life and limb saving surgical and resuscitative treatment to American military, allied military, civilians, and enemy combatants alike. He holds the Combat Medic Badge from the Army and the Combat Action Ribbon from the Marines. Returning home, Zack decided that he'd served his country enough and was missing his two daughters growing up, so he left service and joined a small private practice in the sleepy coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina. As a transplanted Yankee, it was a bit of a culture shock, but he can now say "Y'all" and "Fixin' to" in proper context. Recently diagnosed with a genetic heart defect, Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis, he has been working hard to fulfill one of his greatest dreams, being a novelist.


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Zack Kitchen has had a diverse life to say the least. The third son of ten children in a poor farming family, he found that there was no money for college so, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. A year later he earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He always dreamed of flying so, after graduating with a B.S. in English Literature from the Academy, ...


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