Bully and Victim Bystander are a fictional horror novel that makes you reconsider the reality that so many of our politicians are willing to show us. Now, I know a little about the subject matter as I’ve read most of the novels I like, but I thought it was written in such a way that it could be an actual life story for anyone who feels helpless and scared to fight back.
Bully and Victim Bystander is about the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. We are introduced to the main character, Zack, a recently released prisoner of war from Afghanistan.
When Zack is left behind in Camp V, he struggles with his comrades on how to survive while in captivity. The camp is surrounded by mud walls with barbed wire fences. Although he is not exactly in the most comfortable of positions, Zack fights to maintain the morale of his fellow inmates and has a lot of trouble moving around because of the stiffness in his arm and leg muscles.
Unfortunately, Zack has some unfortunate feelings towards a male inmate named Carradine, who it turns out is a sex offender. He believes the rest of the prisoners do not want to make a fuss about him being an American prisoner of war.
Unfortunately, Zack’s feelings change when he catches sight of another American, Jessica, with Carradine. In fact, he recognizes Jessica’s red hair.
As a result, Zack gives up the fight and tries to turn himself in to the authorities. While he does this, he actually begins to develop an emotional connection with Carradine. The two men begin a relationship, while also sharing a passionate sex life.
Once Zack makes it to Afghanistan, he sees the atrocities going on there and feels some remorse over his own actions. After coming home, he shows his remorse with an apology letter to the American embassy, while also thinking of a way to make up for his misdeeds.
Bully and Victim Bystander however, presents an even more disturbing story. When they meet, Zack learns that the man who committed the World Trade Center attack has been living with Jessica, and that he is also romantically involved with Carradine.
Zack then launches a civil suit against the man, who has moved into his house. Zack soon discovers that there are others who are willing to fight for justice for what happened that day.
As Jessica’s boyfriend, Alexander, persuades her to use the machete to kill him, he realizes she may be saving him from a slow and painful death. He begs her to stop the killing; but her only response is, “I’m going to kill you, Alexander.”
This causes a number of civil suits to be filed. Soon, the Secret Service, FBI, and other law enforcement officials are all investigating what took place on that horrible day.
As the lawyers for the victims try to figure out what went wrong and to figure out what should be done to punish those responsible, Zack and Alexander hold off their legal opponents with a skillful combination of legal maneuvers and old-fashioned friendship. It is at this point that Bully and Victim Bystander actually begin to sound like a very plausible and realistic story.