At Some Disputed Barricade
is the fourth
volume in Perry's five-part WWI saga, recently
published in paperback at the same time as the fifth
and final volume, We Shall Not Sleep
. The central plot of each
of the five books
enables them to stand alone, but a story arc,
involving the four Reavley siblings and the death of
their parents at the hands of the "Peacemaker",
runs through all five books. This, together with
the fact that each book is set chronologically in
one year of the War, means that some readers will
prefer to read the books in order, while others
(like this reviewer) will be quite happy dipping in
from time to time.
If you enjoy thrillingly written mysteries set
against a strong backbone of historical events...
Beyond the Book
Only a handful of
WWI veterans remain alive.
Henry Allingham (born June
6, 1896) is not only the oldest
surviving founding member of the
RAF and the oldest surviving
British veteran overall, he is
also believed to be the oldest
man in Europe*. He's still active
- just last month, at the age of
111, he took part in the
RAF' 90th year celebration.
He credits his longevity to
"cigarettes, whisky and wild,
wild women and a good sense of humour".
Frank Woodruff Buckles (born
February 1, 1901)...