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A slain soldier’s widow details her husband’s MURDER and how the military courts allowed the killer to escape justice.

June 7, 2005. A sandstorm obscured what light lingered in Iraq’s nighttime sky as Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez tied a claymore mine to a window grate. On the other side of the window sat Lt. Louis Allen, a husband and father of four young boys, and his good friend and Commanding Officer Captain Phillip Esposito, a West Point graduate and father of a baby girl. The men were engaged in a board game, unwinding after a hard day, when without warning the window exploded; 700 steel ball bearings erupted from the mine and hurtled inward with lethal force, obliterating everything in their kill zone. Martinez was arrested and tried for the murders. But the military judicial system failed, and the killer was set free. How can American soldiers be at risk on their own base, among their fellow soldiers? Could these murders have been prevented? Will it happen again? How can the military’s judicial system have failed so drastically, and what was the government hiding from the slain soldiers’ families? Front Toward Enemy is a personal and factual account behind the scenes of a case that is to the military judicial system what the O.J. Simpson case is to the civilian judicial system.

Barbara Allen, pictured with her four sons, Trevor, Colin, Sean, and Jeremy, resides in NY and is actively involved in organizations supporting military families. She continues her efforts to obtain accountability and corrective action for the mistakes resulting in her husband’s murder and the killer’s acquittal.

Pursuit of Justice
Barbara Allen and her four kids are continuing her husband's and their Dad’s legacy of honor and service to country. Their relentless pursuit of justice and recognition of his sacrifice in the form of a purple heart will serve all members of the armed forces. While it is tragic that Lt. Allen's children have lost their Father, they have a fine role model in their Mother. Whatever the outcome of this battle, Mrs. Allen has honored her husband in the most fitting way for a fallen hero, with honor, loyalty and dignity..

Write to your congressman and help Lt. Lou Allen gain the honor, loyalty and dignity he deserves for serving his country Click here to download a form letter and send to your local Congressman. If you are having trouble downloading this letter, you will need to adjust your internet explorer security settings to a lower level!

Front Toward Enemy

March 24th, 2011
Fundraiser & Book Signing at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Sarasota, FL. 6:00pm start, "Return the Salute" Fundraiser. I (Barb) will be at this event, along with my co-workers from Unconventional Enemies. We look forward to meeting those who support our troops, as well as many distinguished military members. A percent of book proceeds from this night and every sale go to Camp Better America. For more info, click here>>>

February 12th, 2011
Book Signing at Park Avenue Tavern, New York City, NY (corner of 39th St. & Park Ave). 8:00pm to 10:00pm, sales proceeds that night will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. For more info, click here>>>

January 29-30th, 2011
Book Signing at Barnes and Noble, Newburgh, NY. 11:00am to 5:00pm, Nora Cronin Book Fair Signing.

January 26th, 2011
Guest Speaker at the Millbrook Rotary.

January 20th, 2011
Book Signing at Tuxedo Park Library, NY. 7:00pm, Book signing and meet and greet. Snow Date: January 27.

January 12th, 2011
Guest Speaker at the Monroe Rotary.

November 10th, 2010
Meet and Greet at St Lawrence Hair Studio, Goshen NY. 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Author meet and greet, light snacks and wine, book sales and signing

November 9th, 2010
News Forum 7:00pm Thunder Country News Forum. Lou's sister Laurene and I will join Mike Sakell to discuss the book, the case, its relevance in todays' events, and the effort to secure the Purple Heart by Lou's family and Phillip's mother and sister. Representatives from the Department of the Army have been invited to join the show and have thus far not responded.

November 6/7th, 2010
Display Booth at Celebrity Food and Gift Show, Anaheim CA.

November 4th, 2010
Kickoff of Front Toward Enemy sales at local ShopRite stores. Author signing from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the ShopRite Monroe store. Many thanks to ShopRite for its leap of faith.

October 23rd, 2010
Book Signing and talk about the book and case from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Burke Catholic High School, Fletcher Street, Goshen N.Y.

October 22nd, 2010
Radio Interview at 9:00am on A.M. stations WGHQ 920, WBNR 260, and WLNA 1240

October 21st, 2010
Guest Speaker at the Goshen Rotary

October 19th, 2010
Guest Speaker at the Chester Rotary

October 19th, 2010
Guest Host on RADIO from 7:00am to 9:00am on Thunder Country 102 FM, Ciliberto and Friends

October 9/10th, 2010
Book Event at the annual Equine Rescue Horse Show in Montgomery, N.Y. Willow Hill Farm, Rt. 211

October 7th, 2010
Book Signing at St. Lawrence Hair Studio, Goshen N.Y. from 6:00pm-8:00pm - Tentative Schedule

October 4th, 2010
Book Review appearing in Army Times,Navy Times,Air Force Times, and Marine Corps Times October 11th edition

September 5th, 2010
Front Toward Enemy will be in stores in February, 2011. Before then, it may be purchased here through the BUY the Book page. Barbara will be scheduling book signings and public appearances beginning in September. Anyone interested in scheduling her for an event, please email her at Barbara@unconventionalenemy.com

September 5th, 2010
Unconventional Enemy website launches to promote the "Front Toward Enemy" book.

March 2011
Interview with WPIX 11
WPIX 11 Morning News Interview

October 5th, 2010
Book Review in this weeks various Military newspapers
Army Times Article

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