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Megiddo's Shadow (2006)

by Arthur Slade

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A nice though wholly unmemorable look at the Middle Eastern front of WWI. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 10, 2012 |
Surprising and surprisingly sad. You may want to keep the tissues handy. Full review: http://www.canadianauthors.net/s/slade_arthur/megiddos_shadow.php ( )
1 vote ripleyy | Jul 3, 2009 |
16 year old Edward Bathe feels he needs to join the Great War after his brother is killed in battle by the Germans. Edward is given horse training duty in England where he meets and falls in love with Emily, a young nurse. Edward and his horse, Buke join a mounted regiment and get shipped to Palestine to fight the Turks. He finds out Emily dies, his horse is shot, he is considered a hero, and he regrets killing a young soldier, all in the last section of the book, which is the best part. ( )
1 vote JRlibrary | Sep 29, 2008 |
young boy enlists illegally to go and fight after older brother killed in WWI, works with horses and eventually makes his way to the war in Palestine; beautiful description; bit of a hokey romance; fresh look at WWI fighting; exciting action, some gore ( )
1 vote jensha | Jul 27, 2007 |
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This novel is dedicated to the memory of:

Corporal Edmund Hercules Slade, 1867-1949
Trooper Cecil Henry Edmund Slade, 1891-1949
Lance Corporal Arthur Hercules Slade, 1893-1975
Trooper Herbert George Slade, 1894-1962
Private Percy James Slade, 1897-1918 (KIA)

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Fueled by anger at the death of his two brothers in World War I, 16-year-old Edward abandons his ailing father on their farm and leaves Canada to enlist. After proving that he can tame any wild horse, he's is sent to Jordan to fight with the Cavalry.

Luckily, his horse is the extraordinary Buke; in battle, a trooper's horse is the key to life and death, and his true companion. In the harsh desert, Edward is grateful for the camaraderie of his tent mates, Cheevers and Blackburn,and letters from Emily, a nurse he met at base camp. As they close in on the enemy Edward finds that the glory and noble vengeance he seeks is replaced by the horror of war and the realization that he must fight not only to survive, but also, to kill.


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After the death of his beloved older brother Hector in World War I, sixteen-year-old Edward leaves the family farm in Canada to enlist in Hector's batallion, where he attempts to come to terms with what has happened.

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