Not every compass points north. Andrew Summers is forced to spend his vacations reliving Civil War battles with his father. He hates every minute, until a blue-eyed, red-haired boy behind enemy lines catches his eye. Shep Wells would much rather travel the world than play at boring war reenactments. He never dreamed a Texan boy would capture his heart. Real life and years separate them; Andrew is forced onto real battlefields, but for Shep the world is a playground. They´re opposites, but writing letters closes the distance, uncovering their hopes and dreams. When Shep visits Andrew, they get to see if the tug they´ve felt for years is the compass pointing the way home. ~This is a story about first times, second chances, and the transformative power of the written word.
Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield:ePub edition Max Hastings
When Clive Baxter returns home from World War II, he expects to settle into a quiet life far from the battlefields of Europe. Instead, he finds himself on the south side of Chicago in the neighborhood of Brownsville where everything is not as it seems. A small neighborhood surrounding a meat processing plant, Brownsville is a wartime centerpiece for African-American migration north drawing in hundreds of people with the promise of work, housing, and a safe community. As Clive soon learns, Brownsville is controlled by a mobster known only as the Landlord. But when Clive crosses the Landlord, he is framed for a murder, and forced to go underground to clear his name. Taking on the persona of the Night, hiding in the shadows, Clive disguises himself in a bid to take the Landlord down, he soon discovers he is not alone in this quest. Will Clive be successful in his attempt to expose the Landlord and save what is left of his family and the people of Brownsville?
Out of the ashes of war, love blooms in three separate stories: A SIMPLE CHOICE: The dead lay on a battlefield near Ellen Bidwell's Southern home. She makes a simple choice to notify the families on both sides their men are gone. Union Captain McNamara happens upon her. His choice is simple too--help her, never realizing the building attraction he feels is for naught when she finds her fiance a prisoner in his hospital. Now there is another choice--help them escape or turn them both in? MY ONLY WISH: Set during World War II, their only wish is to be together at Christmas. With a baby on the way, there is little else they can afford. However, Tom is shot down behind enemy lines. When Gwen goes to the church to pray for his safe return, she is trapped in the basement after the place is bombed. Another unique couple help them return to each other's arms, a couple whose own Christmas wish was never granted. THE FAVOR: Combat reporter Toni is pulled from assignment in Vietnam to go to her wounded husband´s bedside. His legs were amputated after a mine explosion. He has a favor to ask of her--go back to Vietnam and retrieve his mistress and their two children. Toni is furious with this betrayal. She must weigh her hurt over her conscience. Helping her on her mission is her friend, Sam, a Marine, who will do anything Toni asks even at the risk of life and limb.
The Crimean War was the most destructive conflict of Queen Victoria?s reign, the outcome of which was indecisive; most historians regard it as an irrelevant and unnecessary conflict despite its fame for Florence Nightingale and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Here Hugh Small shows how the history of the Crimean War has been manipulated to conceal Britain?s ? and Europe?s ? failure. The war governments and early historians combined to withhold the truth from an already disappointed nation in a deception that lasted over a century. Accounts of battles, still widely believed, gave fictitious leadership roles to senior officers. Careful analysis of the fighting shows that most of Britain?s military successes in the war were achieved by the common soldiers, who understood tactics far better than the officer class and who acted usually without orders and often in contravention of them. Hugh Small?s mixture of politics and battlefield narrative identifies a turning point in history, and raises disturbing questions about the utility of war.
Matthew Smith seizes Sarah Lloyd and her family as prisoners on a clear autumn day. Leading a party of British deserters, he now holds the family hostage north of Saratoga, New York. The Americans have just won a decisive battle, the turning point in their revolution, but Matthew´s turning point is yet to come. On another battlefield in Pennsylvania, the Lloyd´s oldest son struggles to find meaning in this war, while his twin sister remains trapped inside the British-occupied, rebel-capital of Philadelphia. The fate of each one of these people will be forged together that brutal winter of 1777.
´Smart, sexy, and oh-so romantic.´ Mary Balogh They call him the Duke of Murder . . . The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse - a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, some one different. No one was fiercer at war than Hamish McHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he´ll take on any challenge - even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn´t the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she´s fighting battles of her own. For her, he´ll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.
The horrors of World War I continue to haunt two veterans on holiday in 1930s France in this “stirring” novel ( Books Monthly ). In the War to End All Wars, Charles Pagan and Dick Baron fought side by side and survived the slaughter. Over a decade later, they return to France not as soldiers but as tourists, taking a serene walking holiday through the Vosges Mountains. But their idyll soon turns dark when they stay at a remote country guesthouse. The locals are secretive and frightened, breaking their silence only to warn the visitors against visiting an old battlefield nearby. Having seen many such fields under fire, Pagan and Baron consider such apprehensions nonsense—until one night when Pagan thinks he’s glimpsed an apparition on the moonlit battlefield . . .
The Ottoman Empire was unprepared for the massive conflict of World War I. Lacking the infrastructure and resources necessary to wage a modern war, the empire´s statesmen reached beyond the battlefield to sustain their war effort. They placed unprecedented hardships onto the shoulders of the Ottoman people: mass conscription, a state-controlled economy, widespread food shortages, and ethnic cleansing. By war´s end, few aspects of Ottoman daily life remained untouched. When the War Came Home reveals the catastrophic impact of this global conflict on ordinary Ottomans. Drawing on a wide range of sources?from petitions, diaries, and newspapers to folk songs and religious texts?Yi?it Ak?n examines how Ottoman men and women experienced war on the home front as government authorities intervened ever more ruthlessly in their lives. The horrors of war brought home, paired with the empire´s growing demands on its people, fundamentally reshaped interactions between Ottoman civilians, the military, and the state writ broadly. Ultimately, Ak?n argues that even as the empire lost the war on the battlefield, it was the destructiveness of the Ottoman state´s wartime policies on the home front that led to the empire´s disintegration.
In 1914, Coningsby Dawson went to Ottawa, saw Sir Sam Hughes, and was offered a commission in the Canadian Field Artillery on the completion of his training at the Royal Military College of Canada, at Kingston, Ontario. ´´His long training at Kingston had been very severe. It included besides the various classes which he attended a great deal of hard exercise, long rides or foot marches over frozen roads before breakfast, and so forth.´´ In July 1916 he was selected, with twenty-four other officers, for immediate service in France. His younger brothers enlisted in the Naval Patrol, then being recruited in Canada by Commander Armstrong. Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson joined the Canadian Army at the front in 1916, and continued in service until the end of World War I. He served in the Somme battlefield at Albert, at Thiepval, at Courcelette, and at the taking of the Regina trench. After having been wounded he came twice to the United States (1917, 1918) on lecture tours. In 1918, he investigated for the British Ministry of Information, American military preparedness in France. The Glory of the Trenches is a record of things deeply felt, seen and experienced—this; first of all and chiefly. The lesson of what is recorded is incidental and implicit. It is left to the discovery of the reader, and yet is so plainly indicated that he cannot fail to discover it. We shall all see this war quite wrongly, and shall interpret it by imperfect and base equivalents, if we see it only as a human struggle for human ends. We shall err yet more miserably if all our thoughts and sensations about it are drawn from its physical horror, ´´the deformations of our common manhood´´ on the battlefield, the hopeless waste and havoc of it all. We shall only view it in its real perspective when we recognise the spiritual impulses which direct it, and the strange spiritual efficacy that is in it to burn out the deep-fibred cancer of doubt and decadence which has long threatened civilisation with a slow corrupt death.