A Novel of World War One
Featuring: Chaplain Joseph Reavley
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By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the
soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is
impartially cutting down Englandâ€™s youth. On one of his
rescue forays into no-manâ€™s-land, Joseph finds the body of
an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of
the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was
despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would
turn public opinion against the war. Most troublesome to
Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but,
apparently, by one of his own compatriots. What Englishman
hated Prentice enough to kill him? Joseph is afraid he may
know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingfordâ€™s
driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.
Meanwhile, Joseph and Judithâ€™s brother, Matthew, an
intelligence officer in London, continues his quiet search
for the sinister figure they call the Peacemaker, who, like
Eldon Prentice, is trying to undermine the public support
for the struggleâ€“and, as the Reavley family has good reason
to believe, is in fact at the heart of a fantastic plot to
reshape the entire world. An intimate of kings, the
Peacemaker kills with impunity, and his dark shadow
stretches from the peaceful country lanes of Cambridgeshire
to the twin hells of Ypres and Gallipoli.
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