Lyle Markey’s New Novel Challenges Readers to Live a Heroic Life

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‘The Toll of Valor’ follows the adventures of a firefighter and his sweetheart, written for adult Christian audience.

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From political figures to star athletes, recent scandals have left us few worthy role models,” Markey notes. “My book encourages everyone to strive for life lived with duty, honor and valor.

Author Lyle Markey draws upon his real-life experiences as a firefighter in “The Toll of Valor” (published by WestBow Press), the first book in his new series of thrillers.

“‘The Toll of Valor’ is written from a Christian worldview, but with a distinctive edge,” Markey explains. “With the adult Christian reader in mind, the action is realistic and captivating; relationships developed between the characters are engaging and heart-felt. The tragic events are not sugarcoated, yet there is no vulgarity.”

Set in a fictional town in the Flint Hills of Kansas, “The Toll of Valor” follows the romance of Duke Marlin, a young man born into a family of firefighters and raised in the tradition of duty, honor and valor. Julie Goodin is meant to be his girl, but the perils of Duke’s firefighting and the threats of his nemesis, Deward, form a perfect storm of tragedy that may forever tear the young lovers apart.

“From political figures to star athletes, recent scandals have left us few worthy role models,” Markey notes. “My book encourages everyone to strive for life lived with duty, honor and valor.”

“The Toll of Valor”
By Lyle Markey
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 296 pages | ISBN 9781490805443
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 296 pages | ISBN 9781490805436
E-Book | ISBN 9781490805429
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Lyle Markey is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. Responding to a need in his community, he became a volunteer firefighter in 1986. Since then, he has served with honor and distinction as an EMT and firefighter on urban and rural fire departments. Markey has been nominated for the Kansas state fire marshal’s Tom McGaughey Award of Merit and was recognized by the Kansas state fire marshal for meritorious conduct in the saving of human life. The city of Wamego, Kan., has also recognized Markey for selfless and dedicated action in response to the Ferrellgas propane fire on Aug. 26, 2000.

Markey serves as deputy fire chief on a volunteer fire department. He and his wife, Kay, live near the Flint Hills of Kansas. They were married in 1982 and have two daughters. Their home includes one black Labrador retriever, one border collie and three very spoiled cats. The Markeys are active in their community and devote a great deal of time and energy to their church.

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