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At Some Disputed Barricade (2006)

by Anne Perry

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Series: World War One Series (4)

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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.… (more)
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The fourth in Perry's WWI series, the Reavley siblings continue to search for The Peacemaker amid the carnage of the trenches. One really needs to read all 5 of the books in order. ( )
1 vote auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Joseph has to investigate the death of an officer shot by one of his own men. ( )
1 vote picardyrose | Mar 7, 2012 |
This is the first Perry book I have read. The idealistic fervour with which she paints Joseph and Judith is a fresh surprise to me. This kind of serious fervour is rarely met. ( )
1 vote branfulness | Sep 25, 2010 |
This is the 4th in Perry's series of 5 books dealing with World War I. She tried to keep two plot lines advancing, but she appears tired in her development, unlike her first three times out.

The editing was poor in a few places: she referred often to the "one copy" of the traitorous document John Reavley "found" rather than the TWO copies he found (or was handed?). She also wrote about the war correspondent Mason not "writing" the inflamatory article about Gallipoli, when in fact he very definitely did write it....it was just never submitted for publication.

In this book she more blatantly paints the Peacemaker as a German sympathizer with visions of grandeur, even a bit of megalomania. Will this be the case in the end? What surprise will the final chapter have for us??

I look forward to reading the last in the series, and am hopeful she will skillfully pull the threads together in a believable manner.
1 vote kaulsu | Sep 23, 2008 |
A good read ( )
1 vote Mom25dogs | Dec 18, 2007 |
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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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