Pere Rene: Warrior Priest

Pere (Father) Rene Girau, is portrayed in The Chechen’s Revenge, as a retired Major, a Chaplain in the PPCLI (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) with a PhD in Psychology. More than that he self-describes as a warrior priest, because of his training alongside the soldiers he served. Pere Rene did not sit in a cosy office waiting for soldiers to come for solace or mental services. He went out with his soldiers on their training exercises, their forays, their dangerous assignments. He was both chaplain and counselor. He was a healer. His knowledge of what soldiers went through in battle gave him an inside track for helping them when they returned from dangerous assignments mentally broken.

Pere Rene is a character in The Chechen’s Revenge who is well qualified to help the CAS team, under Sean-Guy’s direction, to better understand the mind of the Chechen terrorist who came to Canada to render a deadly solution to what he thinks is a traitorous reaction by Canada when Russia waged war against Chechnya, twice. Invited to created a profile by the CAS Ottawa office, Pere Rene struggles to adapt his priestly conscience to help everyone so that he can develop a profile that will lead to capture of a man suffering, apparently, from the deepest and most strident effects of PTSD. At the same time Pere Rene struggles with his own understanding of his priestly calling, asking himself the question should he remain a pastor of a local parish or should he look to starting a private practice as a psychologist?

That question remains unanswered in The Chechen’s Revenge, but will need to be addressed again in the next book of the series about Sean-Guy, his Team and the work of the CAS. That next book is right now being written. Tentatively titled A Prairie Vendetta, Pere Rene will once more be needed to help create a profile of individuals intending to commit acts of terrorism. This time they are home-grown terrorists.  I’ll report more about the writing of that story later as things move along in my writing process.

For the moment, let me remind you that the discount coupon I created for purchases of The Chechen’s Revenge from expires in just 5 days from today, that’s Oct 15, 2013. The coupon is worth 20% off the retail price of $4.99. The coupon code is zd65l (not case sensitive). Image

Good reading friends. Thanks for your support.

Ron Stotyn, PhD

I am a retired college professor and former broadcast journalist. I live in Vermont with my wife. I write near the shores of Lake Champlain. As an author I cast characters in the task of anti-terrorism efforts. The setting for my stories is Canada. My first novel is The Chechen's Revenge, a story of Sean-Guy O'Dwyer-Lariviere and his team of Canadian Anti-terrorism Service agents on the trail of a rebel Chechen, determined to create havoc and death on Toronto's Go Train system. The Chechen's Revenge is now in print and can be ordered online at

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