Gregory Smith releases his debut novel, Seeking Courage. A young Canadian man’s life changes forever as fear turns to love and courage during the Great War. Seeking Courage is a fictional account of the true-to-life experience of 23-year-old Canadian Lieutenant Bob Pitman who exchanged law school in Saskatchewan for arms in honor-bound support of World War One. Shipping off to 1915 war-ravaged Europe he learned to conquer such overwhelming fears as shell shock, disease and the risk of dizzying aerial warfare, directed by an inner reliance on ingrained core values woven with love for a beautiful and resolute young English woman.
LIEUTENANT ROBERT COURTENAY PITMAN IS HONOR BOUND TO GIVE UP HIS CANADIAN LAW STUDIES TO FIGHT FOR THE GREAT WAR CAUSE. By 1916, he leads an infantry platoon in western France, where he is stuck down in a pitiless bombardment. Post-shell-shock life brings about changes: battling self-doubt, risking life in open aircraft, and finding love.
As Pitman recovers from injuries sustained at the Somme, he meets the beautiful suffragette and munitionette Miss Cissy Ann Taylor. As Cissy applies her gifted skills on an English factory floor and Bob follows orders from 100 Squadron to undertake increasingly dangerous sorties night bombing over France, their love flourishes.
This true-to-life accounting of a young man thrust into war describes the horror of mechanized slaughter – the first of its kind, never witnessed in any prior war – and the power of love that drives his courage. This story is a remembrance of all servicemen who fought for the lasting democracy we still enjoy today.