Conrad shocked his liberal parents – a therapist and a law teacher – when he enlisted in the marines after college. It was even more staggering when, four years later, their son came home from Iraq an entirely different person. Conrad had no physical injuries and was determined to restart his civilian life…but it wasn’t that simple. He was hyper-vigilant, suffered insomnia and debilitating headaches, he was afraid of his own room, and had growing issues with rage and associating with not only loved ones, but everyone. Sparta is a tense, bleak, extremely detailed novel on post-traumatic stress told through the first person point of view of a young soldier home from an unpopular war.