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Ex-SEAL Finds Redemption Fighting Environmental Battle in Idaho

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After enduring a brutal war, Commander Ross McCallister, a former SEAL, sought peace in the idyllic mountains of Idaho. But his quest for tranquillity takes a surprising turn when his old Special Ops Agency recruits him for a covert mission: to thwart a Democrat politician running for the Idaho Governorship on an anti-nuclear waste platform.

In an unexpected twist, McCallister finds himself empathising with the politician’s cause, ultimately joining the fight against nuclear waste in Idaho. This decision marks the beginning of a dangerous yet noble path, blending elements of betrayal, heroism, and redemption in an environmental adventure laced with love.

This Country I Call My Own tells the tale of an American officer grappling with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his service in the Middle East. Seeking solace, he retreats to the Idaho Panhandle, embracing an off-grid lifestyle. There, he establishes a horse packing and hunting business but is constantly challenged by his interactions with the public.

The novel also delves into McCallister’s personal life, capturing his love for two unique women who share his passion for horses and his environmental crusade. The narrative unfolds in the seemingly untouched Panhandle, revealing the hidden environmental crises that McCallister confronts for the sake of his sanity, community, and ranch.

Author Julian Roup, with five previous books to his name, revisits the literary landscapes of Jack London and Barry Lopez. He explores themes of seclusion in nature, the therapeutic power of horses and nature in mental health, the dynamics of unbound loving relationships, and the essence of true masculinity.

This Country I Call My Own, a 72,000-word novel, is available in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon Books and at leading bookstores.

The inspiration behind the novel

Julian Roup’s journey to writing this novel began in 1992. Disenchanted with his work-life balance in London, Roup, influenced by his brother’s move from LA to Idaho, considered relocating his family to the Idaho Panhandle. The region’s breathtaking beauty, just south of the Canadian border, and its affordable property market sparked the idea. However, the harsh winter of 92-93, marked by extreme cold and heavy snowfall, proved challenging for Roup’s young family, leading to their return to Sussex. Reflecting on this experience three decades later, Roup was inspired to explore the narrative of someone else seeking sanctuary in those mountains.

Critical acclaim for Julian Roup’s work

Julian Roup’s previous works have garnered significant praise:

  • Boerejood has been acclaimed as “brilliant, just terrific, really very, very good” by Graham Watts of the Financial Times, and John Lloyd of FT Weekend Magazine hailed it as “A delicate exploration of South African society post-Apartheid.”
  • Life in a Time of Plague received praise for its evocative narrative, with Bernard O’Donoghue, a Whitbread Prize-winning Irish poet, commending Roup’s gift for evocation and description. George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, found it “Witty, incisive, irreverent, iconoclastic,” and Horse & Hound appreciated its insights into rural Britain under lockdown and the role of horses in our lives.
  • A Fisherman in the Saddle was lauded by Robyn Cohen of The Cape Times for its emotional storytelling and deep appreciation of nature, while David Bristow of Getaway Magazine described it as a rare diamond among new books. Octavia Pollock of Country Life acknowledged the boundless healing potential of horses, as depicted in the book.

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