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At Some Disputed Barricade

At Some Disputed Barricade, March 2007
World War One Series, #4
by Anne Perry

Featuring: Joseph Reavley; Judith Reavley; Matthew Reavley
320 pages
ISBN: 0345456580
EAN: 9780345456588
Kindle: B000OI0G4I
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Brilliantly written, thought-provoking novel of how war effects all of us."

Fresh Fiction Review

At Some Disputed Barricade
Anne Perry

Reviewed by Suan Wilson
Posted March 15, 2007

Mystery Historical

On the Western Front in World War One, the savage battle of Paschendaele has begun. Morale is low as the senseless fight to gain a few yards rages on. The soldiers clash amid the stench of death and the despair of seeing their fellow comrades die due to the incompetence of a senior officer's orders. It's the combination of arrogance and the inability to heed advice that causes the men to rebel and kill their superior officer. Having ministered and aided the soldiers, Chaplin Joseph Reavley becomes their advocate as they are court-martialed. His sister, Judith, an ambulance driver, attempts to help but only makes the situation more critical.

While Judith and Joseph struggle on the front lines, their younger brother, Matthew, works in the Intelligence Unit trying to isolate the Peacemaker. The Peacemaker and his organization conspire to sabotage and eliminate men working for lasting peace. He wants a world dominated by strong leaders, such as Lenin, who will ensure a utopian life with equality and no wars. Matthew can't trust anyone, even his superiors, as he races to stop the latest plot from the Peacemaker.

This fourth installment in Anne Perry's brilliant WWI series raises questions about honor, values and humanity. She poses the question: How much can we ask of soldiers as they become disillusioned with their leaders and what they perceive as hopelessness in the trenches? AT SOME DISPUTED BARRICADE is a thoroughly thought-provoking novel about war.

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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 Joseph's 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 dead - killed 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 her own life, helps all but one of the prisoners to escape.

Back in England, Joseph and Judith's brother, Matthew, continues his desperate pursuit to unmask the sinister figure known as the Peacemaker - an 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 escaped 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.

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