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Rather drawn out.

This was the fifth and final book in the series and I was glad that I had listened to at least one of the earlier books. I felt I needed some background to the The Peacemaker, a vital character who had previously been present only as an alias.

The three main characters are the Reavley brothers, Joseph, an army chaplain and Matthew, an intelligence officer, and their sister, Judith, an ambulance driver. Joseph and Judith are serving at the Western front but Matthew has been away from most of the action. He makes his way to the medical post where his siblings are, because he needs to bring a German, von Schenckendorff through the lines to reveal to the authorities in England, the identity of The Peacemaker.
Unfortunately their plans are thwarted by the ugly murder of a nurse at the medical station, which results in a murder trial and Matthew becoming implicated.
While the murder and its solution is unnecessarily drawn out, it is at least believable, but I found the journey home stretched belief,being too full of lucky coincidences.

I had previously listened to an abridged audio book version of Angels in the Gloom, number 3 in Anne Perry's WWI series. Being abridged, it contained all the pertinent facts without the drawn out explanations I found in the unabridged version of We Shall Not Sleep. In particular, the author really laboured the issue of soldiers returning home after the war - how would they readjust, and who would the women back home marry now their men had fallen?
My personal recommendation would be to listen to this series in abridged form, rather than in full. This will give the flavour of the war without the repetitions and drawn out explanations. ( )
  DubaiReader | May 7, 2014 |
Oddly, the great escape had very little urgency. It was sad -- poor little Belgium, indeed -- but not thrilling. ( )
  picardyrose | Mar 7, 2012 |
I was impressed with this book. The end of WW1 had portents for the future of the world that I was not aware of. Perry`s characters were well delineated and her personal views crept into the story. ( )
  kerrlm | Sep 28, 2010 |
The first novel was definitely my favorite, but I have enjoyed all in this series. I love the Ms. Perry does not romanticize war, but shows the constant suffering and horror that these people lived through (I've seen photographs of people with Shell Shock... and I don't even want to imagine what they went through to give them that look in their eyes.)

Touching scene of the war finally coming to an end. Loose ends were tied up, sometimes a bit too neatly, but it was a wonderful series and I really loved the Reeve's siblings--the three main ones, particularly--and was glad things worked out for them. ( )
  wispywillow | May 6, 2009 |
At last! Finished! What a drearily long read. Where was this author's editor? Who in the world thought she should take 5 volumes to tell a tale? Perhaps only in dragging it out to 5 volumes the reader was supposed to suffer the length of the interminable war as did all those punished by its ravages on their society? In any case, PLEASE--if you are tempted to take this series on, know that it really isn't worth your time.
  kaulsu | Sep 28, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345456610, Paperback)

Anne Perry’s magnificent Victorian mysteries established her as one of the world’s best known and loved historical novelists. Now, in her vividly imagined World War I novels, Perry’s talents “have taken a quantum leap” (The Star-Ledger), and so has the number of her devoted readers. We Shall Not Sleep, the final book in this epic series featuring the dedicated Reavley family, is perhaps the most memorably enthralling of all Perry’s novels.

After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing: soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war.

Then Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news. The Peacemaker’s German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor. But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield.

For richness of plot, character, and feeling, We Shall Not Sleep is unmatched. Anne Perry’s brilliantly orchestrated finale is a heartstopping tour de force, mesmerizing and totally satisfying.


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"After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing: Soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war." "Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news: The Peacemaker's German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor. But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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