- 2017 INDIES Winner
- Bronze, War & Military (Adult Fiction)
Inspired by Sam Gonzalez’s true story, "The Chords of War" is the tale of punk rock teenager Max Rivera from Florida, who tries to understand why his life always teeters between music and mayhem. After he's kicked out of his band on tour, he joins the Army to change his life. It's after 9/11, and he finds himself under fire in Iraq. In order to deal with his teen angst, raging hormones, battles, and women fighting alongside him, Max creates a new band. Will Max and his friends make it?