July 1917. Joseph Reavley, a chaplain, and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver, are bone-weary as they approach the fourth year of the conflict; the peace of the English countryside seems a world away. On the Western Front, the Battle of Passchendaele has begun, and among the many fatalities from Josephs regiment is the trusted commanding officer, who is replaced by a young major whose pompous incompetence virtually guarantees that many good soldiers will die needlessly. But soon he, too, is deadkilled by his own men. Although Joseph would like to turn a blind eye, he knows that he must not. Judith, however, anguished at the prospect of courts-martial and executions for the twelve men arrested for the crime, has no such inhibitions and, risking of her own life, helps all but one of the prisoners to escape.
Back in England, Joseph and Judiths brother, Matthew, continues his desperate pursuit to unmask the sinister figure known as the Peacemakeran obsessed genius who has committed murder and treason in an attempt to stop Britain from winning the war. As Matthew trails the Peacemaker, Joseph tracks his comrades through Switzerland and into enemy territory. His search will lead to a reckoning pitting courage and honor against the blind machinery of military justice.
At Some Disputed Barricade is an Anne Perry masterpiecebrilliant, surprising, and unforgettable.
Exposition slows down the pace in places, but the author vividly captures the unspeakable horrors of the Great War.
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Perry explores the shifting nature of loyalty, conscience, and honor when set against the backdrop of a blood-soaked battlefield, and her grisly descriptions of that battlefield are heartrending.
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) is one of the
last surviving USA veterans of
the First World War and the only
one still alive to have seen
The nineth Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, set in Post-World War I England. Rutledge is called on to prove the innocence of a man he dislikes and distrusts. But the deadly triangle also stirs up memories of the woman he himself loved and lost when he went to France to fight.
A Man Called Intrepid author dies aged 89(Dec 03 2013) William Stevenson, a journalist and author who drew on his close ties with intelligence sources to write two best-selling books in the 1970s, A Man Called...