GREEN CARD SOLDIER – Historical fiction adventure novel


Historical Fiction Adventure Novel


Bruce Zielsdorf’s book narrative treks across the globe during the Bosnian holocaust as a teenage soccer star escapes to America and joins the Army. While ultimately fiction, “Green Card Soldier” embodies the stories of 30,000-plus refugees currently dedicating their careers and lives to the United States’ military.

The saga is set amidst the civil war-ravaged Balkans of the early 1990s, the novel Green Card Soldier fuses fact with fiction to tell the story of Andro Babich, a naïve Bosnian teen soccer star who escapes to America where he earns refugee status, receives a “green card” and joins the U.S. Army – ultimately earning his citizenship and a new life.

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bruce zielsdorf-Flags_in_Their_Laps (2)Eventually he returns to post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina as a U.S. AID worker and discovers, through trial and tribulation, his life’s purpose and his role in the rebirth of his homeland.

The book’s theme is as fundamental as the core values of an American Soldier: Life can become richer and everyone become stronger when we look beyond stereotypes and appreciate each other for the unique individuals we are. —U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) John G. Meyer, Jr.CEO, J. G. Meyer & Associates


Meet The Author: Bruce Zielsdorf

bruce zielsdorfFor almost 40 years, Bruce Zielsdorf worked as a military journalist, newspaper editor and Army civilian public relations practitioner at locations around the globe. From drafting feature stories during the Vietnam era through coverage of the Lake Placid Olympics, he’s documented airmen at work worldwide through his writing, editing and photographic skills—an Air Force career that spanned 23 years.

Today, Bruce lives in Killeen, Central Texas. He retired a few years ago as the civilian public affairs director at Fort Hood. That was after serving 11 years as the Army’s spokesperson in the “media capital of the world”—New York City. Zielsdorf describes himself as a freelance
writer and quality management consultant, pursuing a creative
writing future in both fiction and non-fiction.

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