Fifteen-year-old Ian must complete community volunteer service to pass social studies. Choosing to work at “The Club” sounds like fun, until he arrives at what turns out to be a soup kitchen for the homeless. It is here that he meets Sarge, the pipe-wielding homeless man who saved Ian from a near-mugging. His real name is Jacques, and he was a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces. His last tour of duty was as a peacekeeper stationed in Rwanda, an African nation Ian knows little about. What he learns will change Ian’s view of the world—and may just help Jacques, too. With a Foreword by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d), force commander for the United Nations Mission to Rwanda, Shattered is an unforgettable story, one that asks what one person can do to make a difference.

My Review

This is so emotionally charged that I couldn’t put the book down. It shows a great grasp of the human condition.

Eric Walter’s really captured the life of Sarge so well and really shows the emotional rollercoaster people with mental illness are on.

This story has so much impact that I think it will be hard to forget this book ever. I wish that all would read this as it shows about learning about the person and not just seeing what the standards of society expect.

Dealing with people who are homeless will always be a touchy subject but Eric Walters does it with so much passion and compassion that it really hits home just how alike we all are.

Reading the forward gave me goosebumps as well as I have read all novels that Lt General Romeo Dallaire has written and found that the forward captured the book perfectly.

Read the book in one sitting and can’t believe how great this was and will definitely read more by this author.

Over the past few years it’s hard for me to find Canadian authors who are really top line authors. Eric Walters has proven to me he is one of Canada’s top writers.

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