Freedom Has a Price

Independence Day

By Jeff Salter

Proud of our nation’s independence? Glad we are no longer a colony of the British Crown?

It’s no accident. It’s the result of “blood, sweat, toil and tears.”

Honor one of the generations which helped preserve those freedoms we enjoy — the folks who’ve been called “the Greatest Generation.”


Called to Arms … Again

By Jeffrey L. Salter

Grit doesn’t fade away … it just becomes crusty.  With harrowing elements right out of today’s headlines, this story reaches back into the sturdy heartbeat of people raised during the Depression and tested during World War II.  Though the old uniforms haven’t fit in many decades, their resilient spirits still have that same intensity which helped save democracy.


Needing only a fresh angle to write her Veteran’s Day special, Kelly discovers first-hand that the Greatest Generation still has enough grit to fight back.  While all the authorities are occupied during a massive Homeland Security drill, an urban gang of thieves targets an isolated retirement subdivision … figuring the crippled geriatrics would offer no resistance.

Though Kelly’s widowed boyfriend came along only for a post-funeral luncheon, Mitch soon finds himself leading a mis-matched flanking team. Kelly’s good friend Wade has his own assignment, with a home-made mortar and lots of illegal gunpowder.

Maybe it’s difficult to remember everyday things like taking pills, but these octogenarians have never forgotten it was up to them to defend family, home, community, and country.  The outcome of their courageous stand depends on the resolve and resourcefulness of an unlikely ensemble of eccentric elderly neighbors, several American Legion members, and others spanning four generations.

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About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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8 Responses to Freedom Has a Price

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Thank you for your service, Jeff! My humble thanks to all those past and present who have fought and ensured our freedoms. And of course to those men and women, wise beyond most today, for risking all in the birth of this country.


    • jeff7salter says:

      thanks, Jenn.
      When I delve into the incredibly brave and audacious writings & actions of our Founding Fathers, I am literally awed.


  2. Although I grew up listening to WWII stories and spending time with that generation, only in later years did I realize just how much was given by how many…and the reason behind it all.I think so much is lost to our generation and the ones after us because of the outcomes,(for whatever reasons; the list is long), of the fighting our country has been involved with since that war.
    I have also only through the last years that I have truly developed an appreciation of what led to the Revolutionary War and the sacrifices made by everyone in the colonies.There was great hardship for many before, during and afterward.
    Happy Independence Day to you, and all.


    • jeff7salter says:

      A couple of years ago I posted a column about some of those specific sacrifices of the “signers” of the Declaration. Many lost everything. Some were imprisoned or executed. Many of their families were victimized. The Brits were serious about oppressing this rebellion


  3. Iris B says:

    Enjoy your “special” day, Jeff!


  4. pjharjo says:

    You make me proud, Jeff. 🙂



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