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Anne Perry

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Feb. 28 2008 World War One Series (Book 4)
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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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (Feb. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423306504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423306504
  • ASIN: 1423306503
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,144,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of the first three books in this WWI series from Perry, best known for her Victorian police procedurals, will eagerly pick up this fourth volume to learn more of the ongoing saga of the three Reavley siblings: Joseph, a chaplain working with soldiers on the front line in France; Matthew, a British intelligence officer; and Judith, an ambulance driver. (Newcomers may struggle to understand the backstory.) Matthew continues his search for the traitorous mastermind—the "Peacemaker"—plotting to align Britain with Germany to end the war, while Joseph is working on a smaller mystery: was British officer Howard Northrop killed by one of his own men? Exposition slows down the pace in places, but the author vividly captures the unspeakable horrors of the Great War. Readers won't have long to wait for the fifth and final entry in the series, We Shall Not Sleep (Reviews, Feb. 5). (Mar.)
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The fourth entry in Perry's World War I series finds chaplain Joseph Reavley three years into his service in the trenches of Ypres on the western front. The British army has suffered appalling losses, and the men are exhausted, hungry, and afraid. Now an incompetent officer, the son of a general, unwilling to take advice from more experienced soldiers, is sending his men to certain death by making wrongheaded, uninformed decisions. When the officer's body is discovered, it falls to Joseph to determine whether he was killed by his own men. The investigation is complicated when Joseph's sister, Judith, a fearless ambulance driver, is drawn into the dispute. Meanwhile, their brother, Matthew, who works for British intelligence, is seeing indications of the work of the Peacemaker, who, under the guise of seeking an end to the conflict, is sabotaging Britain's war effort. 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. Joanne Wilkinson
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series March 21 2007
By ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book continues to follow the Reavleys - Matthew, Judith, and Joseph. They are all involved in WWI - Matthew in Military Intelligence, Judith is an ambulance driver at the front, and Joseph is the chaplain for the troops also at the front. Their parents were murdered before the war, because they found a treaty that would make an alliance between England and Germany, creating a major world power from a mastermind called The Peacemaker, a man high up in the government.The first half of the book is a bit slow, but it has to, to explain the enormity of the war and the horror and slaughter. The story revolves around some troops who try to get their inept division leader who is causing more death and injury to his troops to stop. In an attempt to scare him into reality, these men hold a kangaroo court, but something goes awry. It is up to Joseph to find answers and get the men back to a semblance of normalcy.
BUT the 2nd half of the book sparkles!! While Mrs. Perry show the horror on the front, the filth and death and mustard gas, but she has yet to say anything about the flying aces of WWI - She vividly shows us dogfights and even has Joseph take part in one - he even crosses paths with the Red Baron! The brilliance of writing takes us there on the front and we feel the pain of war. There is one more book to this series, and although I am a fan of the Monk and Pitt series, I will miss this series -Perry creates a vivid picture of war.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest We Forget March 18 2007
By L. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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Britain fought "The Great War" long before the U.S. entered the fight. Ms. Perry graphically shows the horrors of trench warfare. As an English and history teacher, I wish I had had a book like this available to enable me to awake in my students an interest in this part of the early 20th century. The author puts you right there with the soldiers and captures the attitudes -- the glue -- that held that country together. World War I was the tough-to-endure preparation that gave English men and women the stamina to withstand the continual bombings of World War II. You may feel that aspects of the book are romanticized, but no one who reads this book will fail to learn more about how the first 20 years of the last century shaped the 80 years that followed -- and continues even today. This series has been an education for me. Some may find parts of it slow moving, but I have relished every word.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting, but heartbreaking tale. March 30 2007
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This fourth book in Perry's World War I series is just as good as the three previous. In it we continue to follow the lives of the Reavely family. Matthew is still on the trail of the "Peacemaker", and still finds that he cannot trust anyone. Joseph is still in Flanders with his troops. But Joseph finds himself far out of his comfort zone as he actually goes behind enemy lines to bring some English deserters back to face a court-martial. Judith is still driving her ambulance. The characters in this series are so very strong, as are the plots. I know that I have learned a lot about this appalling war by reading this series. The book is set in the summer of 1917, and the troops have been fighting a war that has gone on for three long years. And the death tolls for all people in this war were staggering. This is a totally unforgettable series with a totally unforgettable family in the centre of all this war to end all wars. We see war, death, love, intrigue, loyalty and, not only these things, but a really good story that will keep your interest until the end of the series which is to be the next book. I think that looking back on it from this point in time, it has made me realize how very tragic this war was, and how little it really solved.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically written look at loyalty and war April 2 2007
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At Some Disputed Barricade by Anne Perry is the fourth book in her World War I series. The story features the Reavely siblings: Joseph, a chaplain with the troops in France; Matthew, working with Britain's Secret Service, Judith, an ambulance driver, and Hannah, a little mentioned wife of a navy captain. The first three siblings have been working for years to uncover the identity of the Peacemaker, a master manipulator who is trying to bring about peace at any cost and who killed the Reavely's parents at the beginning of the war. This not a series you can start reading in the middle and comprehend all of the twists and turns, but the series is fantastically written with a strong eye for detail and well-described characters. Perry does an elegant job of handling the pros and cons of war. Peacemaker's position is easy to sympathize with, but there is a cost to every war, and peace can have a heavier cost. Both Joseph and Judith struggle with weighty personal decisions and what true loyalty means. Joseph's faith has been wavering since the death of his wife, and the constant and senseless deaths of his men is shaking him to his core. Matthew's life is in danger as he comes closer to the identity of the Peacemaker. Perry's description of the French trenches is vivid and desparate; I can't imagine how a country could recover from such destruction. This series is a terrifically written study of what war does to individuals as well as countries. The last book in the series is coming out later this month.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Barb Radmore June 12 2007
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anne Perry has added to her impressive collection of writing with this historical World War One series.

The story of the English Reavley family is chronicled through the eyes of Joseph, a chaplain stationed in battle, Matthew who works in intelligence, and their sister. Judith, who is an ambulance driver. The premise is that there is a secret conspiracy to bring on peace by forging a union between England and Germany. Led by "The Peacemaker" it would undo all that has been fought for throughout the many years of war. The Reavleys must discover the identity of the man who not only threatens the nation in which they live but who was also responsible for the death of their parents.

Each book in the series develops a different storyline within the basic premise. In the forth one, At Some Disputed Barricade, Joseph must intervene when the men in his company are charged with the murder of their inept commanding officer. In the final entry, We Shall Not Sleep, Matthew is accused of a viscous crime he did not commit. The plots of each are an involved story that interact with the search for "The Peacemaker." It is not necessary to read the whole series or read them in order but it would strongly add to the readers' satisfaction and understanding of the books.

It is the writing of Anne Perry that carries this series. Her historical knowledge to be able to accurately base a fictional account within the context of a very real war is impressive. Her descriptive writing ability to portray the settings, from the heat and carnage of the front to the peace of the English countryside or the grimness of the cities, is outstanding. Her scenes of men living deep within in the trenches, living and fighting in mud that covered them from head to toe are as eloquent picture of hell as can be written. She again proves herself to be a master storyteller, historian and writer.
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