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Shoulder the Sky: A Novel (World War One Novels) (edition 2005)

by Anne Perry

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Title:Shoulder the Sky: A Novel (World War One Novels)
Authors:Anne Perry
Info:Ballantine Books (2005), Paperback, 336 pages
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Reavley Family — 2 Brots + 2 sisters during War — in trench + home — Battle / War Bloody — need morale up — men fighting for what's right!

By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England’s youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man’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 Cullingford’s driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.
  christinejoseph | Aug 1, 2017 |
A continuation of No Graves as Yet, this novel focuses on Joseph, a chaplain on the front lines in Flanders. An obnoxious war correspondent is killed, and when Joseph realizes that it's murder by a fellow soldier, he is determined to find out who. In the meantime, he and his brother and sister are still trying to identify who was behind their parents' murder, the same person who is attempting to cause chaos in the British government in order to avoid more war. ( )
1 vote sleahey | Jan 13, 2014 |
The second book in Perry's WWI series. This book takes place during 1915. The Reavleys are still trying to find out who The Peacemaker is, while Joseph continues his chaplain work in Ypres and Judith volunteers as a driver. Matthew is getting closer, but still doesn't know who he can trust in the Secret Intelligence Service. ( )
1 vote tloeffler | Jul 21, 2013 |
2nd of 5 in series. Perry does well with the subject of war. She writes vividly of its discomforts and of the comradeship among those who experience these discomforts together.

She is less than convincing --to me-- when she writes of "intelligence work" and how Matthew hopes to solve the puzzle of the "Peacemaker."

It may be a silly quibble, but Perry never explains how the person known to his allies as "the Peacemaker" is suddenly dubbed by the same moniker by those who seek to stop him.
1 vote kaulsu | Sep 23, 2008 |
The second in a series of WWI novels by Anne Perry, Shoulder the Sky continues the story of Matthew and Joseph Reavley. We also get a better look at their sister Judith, who, volunteering as an ambulance driver near the Front, proves she is made of some pretty stern stuff.

Several months have elapsed between the end of No Graves As Yet and the beginning of this second novel. The war is well under way, and Joseph must adjust to life as a chaplain in the trenches of the Front Line. Meanwhile, Matthew is still in London, trying to track down the person known as the Peacemaker, a man who wants England out of the war no matter the cost--even if it means abandoning Belgium to the Germans and eventually sharing world domination with the Kaiser.

An insensitive and thoroughly unlikeable war correspondant makes an abrasive comment in a field hospital and quickly finds himself the target of the men's frustrations, anger, and fear... and then face-down in a puddle of water in a crater in No Man's Land.

Joseph soon finds himself unravelling a series of events, wondering all the while if he is doing the right thing... and if so, can he see it through to the end? ( )
  wispywillow | Apr 20, 2008 |
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If here today the cloud of thunder lours
Tomorrow it will hie on far behests;
The flesh will grieve on other bones than ours
Soon, and the soul will mourn in other breasts.

The troubles of our proud and angry dust
Are from eternity, and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.

--A. E. Housman
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To my stepfather,
Major W. A. B. "Bill" Perry,
one of the last officers to leave the beaches of Dunkirk,
June 1940
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345456556, Paperback)

In the firmament of great historical novelists, Anne Perry is a star of the greatest magnitude. First there were her acclaimed Victorian mysteries, sparkling with passion and suspense. Now readers have embraced this bestselling new series of World War I novels–which juxtapose the tranquil life of the English countryside with the horrors of war.

By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England’s youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man’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 Cullingford’s driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.

Meanwhile, Joseph and Judith’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 struggle–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.

In this mesmerizing series, Anne Perry has found a subject worthy of her gifts. Illuminating the murderous conflict whose violence still resounds in our consciousness–as well as the souls of men and women who lived it–Shoulder the Sky is a taut, inspiring masterpiece.


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By April 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is indiscriminately cutting down England's youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man's -land, Joseph finds the body of the controversial (& much despised) war correspondent Eldon Prentice, a nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford. Prentice appears not to have been killed by the Germans, but by one of his compatriots. What Englishman hated Prentice enough to murder him? Joseph is afraid he may know ...… (more)

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