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Gifts of War

A Novel

By Mackenzie Ford

Gifts of War
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2009,
    464 pages.

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  • Jeanne W. (Columbia, MD)


    Great atmospherics, weak dialogue
    This historian-turned-fiction-writer does a great job evoking the atmosphere of WWI-era London and his imagery leaps off the page. The characters are the weakest part of this very good book. The main character's decision to withhold information is the central point of the novel but this choice makes him a difficult character to like and that detracts from the enjoyment of the book somewhat. The insight into military intelligence analysis was fascinating. Overall, a very good book.
  • Joan B. (Ellicott City, MD)


    Gifts of War by Mackenzie Ford
    For me this was a page turner from the Christmas Truce, in 1914, to March 1926. The story was so well written I could relate to every scene. The author incorporated personal knowledge of military intelligence and the history of WWI. Although I did not always like Hal and Sam, I felt that I really knew them and was empathetic to their situation.

    For me, the real "gifts of war" were the relationships of parent and child, sisters, lovers, friends and acquaintances. There was the thrill of love on all levels. Also, there was the tragedy of unrequited love.

    I would love to see this book spend many weeks on the best seller list .
  • Mary M. (St. Paul, MN)


    Gifts of War by Mackenzie Ford
    This book is wonderful in capturing the tragedy, drama, and difficulties that people lived with during World War 1 in England. I enjoy reading stories of the times during the World Wars, and the author nicely wove the love story with historical facts. The descriptions of life during these years is very realistic, and I thought the author did a good job in telling about the changing role of women during this era.

    This story is based on a love borne of deceit, omission and the tragedy of secrets.
    A few times I thought the plot a bit contrived, but the ending had an unusual twist.
    A good story and a good read.
  • Mary Lou C. (Shenandoah Junction, WV)


    Gifts of War
    I thought this was a very good read. It kept my interest. I find the period during WWI fascinating, and the author wove in some interesting facts about the time period that were enlightening.

    It is a romance, albeit a rather dark one.
  • Cam G. (Murrells Inlet, SC)


    Gifts of War
    MacKenzie Ford is the nom de plume of a well-known British historian, and Gifts of War is his first novel.
    It is a page turner about World War I, its tragedies and intrigues, of love and its secrets and deceptions. Ford's historical knowledge shines through, and with this novel, he proves that can write a "good" story as well.


    Gifts of War is a winner. I look forward to reading his second novel!
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