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By Gordon Korman. 2020
A story of telling truth from lies - and finding out what being a hero really means.There are two things…Trevor loves more than anything else: playing war-based video games and his great-grandfather Jacob, who is a true-blue, bona fide war hero. At the height of the war, Jacob helped liberate a small French village, and was given a hero's welcome upon his return to America.Now it's decades later, and Jacob wants to retrace the steps he took during the war - from training to invasion to the village he is said to have saved. Trevor thinks this is the coolest idea ever. But as they get to the village, Trevor discovers there's more to the story than what he's heard his whole life, causing him to wonder about his great-grandfather's heroism, the truth about the battle he fought, and importance of genuine valor.
By Robert Westall. 1975
With Nazi planes raining bombs on England night after night, every boy in Garmouth has a collection of shrapnel, bullet…casings, and other war souvenirs. But nothing comes close to the working machine gun Chas McGill pulls out of a downed bomber. Soon Chas realizes that he's found more than just a souvenir. While police search frantically for the missing gun, Chas and his friends build a secret fortress to fight the Germans themselves.
By Joseph Heller. 1974
Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house...and all the…mistresses he desired. He had it all -- all, that is, but happiness. Slocum was discontent. Inevitably, inexorably, his discontent deteriorated into desolation until...something happened.Something Happened is Joseph Heller's wonderfully inventive and controversial second novel satirizing business life and American culture. The story is told as if the reader was overhearing the patter of Bob Slocum's brain -- recording what is going on at the office, as well as his fantasies and memories that complete the story of his life. The result is a novel as original and memorable as his Catch-22.
By Mary Pope Osborne. 2000
By Stuart Hill. 2007
It's been 20 years since Queen Thirrin and her allies defended the Icemark against a brutal invasion, but now General…Bellorum is back. Also, Thirrin and Oskans cold-hearted daughter Medea may be the downfall of the kingdom. Sequel to Cry of the Icemark.
By R. F. Delderfield. 1961
By Barry Denenberg. 2001
By Berta Pichel. 2018
Una novela de amor y superación ambientada en los albores de la guerra civil. Nía es una joven de dieciocho…años que sueña con ser actriz mientras su vida transcurre en la comarca del Bierzo bajo la sombra protectora de su madre, una mujer muy conservadora. Cuando la protagonista conoce a Valeriano, un activista de la UGT, se lanza a un romance lleno de pasión que la obligará a hacer frente a los prejuicios de una sociedad convulsa y abocada a la guerra. Una historia de crecimiento, de superación, de ideales y amores de juventud, en la que Nía tendrá que vencer un obstáculo tras otro hasta lograr convertirse en la mujer que desea ser.
By Shelby Foote. 1993
By Lucian K. Truscott IV. 1998
A female cadet has collapsed and died while parading past the reviewing stand on a hot September morning. The autopsy…establishes that she had sex with three different men the night before. Some claim that it's evidence of a major military scandal.Superintendent Ry Slaight fears it may be evidence of a shocking crime. His daughter--a cadet herself--is endangering her life in a quest for the truth. And among those who know the truth, the watchword is don't ask, don't tell . . .
By Lucian K. Truscott IV. 1989
In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his first novel, Dress Gray, Truscott turns his attention to the Vietnam War and…delivers a suspenseful, sprawling court-martial drama set in Saigon in 1969. At twenty-three, platoon leader Lt. Matthew Nelson Blue is the youngest member of an army family; his father is a colonel and his grandfather a profane, cantankerous retired general. Shortly after one of his men is killed by friendly fire while on routine patrol, Blue is arrested and charged with desertion in the face of the enemy. Arriving in Vietnam, his father and grandfather end their long estrangement and join forces to clear the young soldier's name. Truscott's plot offers less than initially meets the eye; the nature of the conspiracy and cover-up that nearly destroy Blue is fairly easy to predict, as is the disillusionment about Vietnam that eventually befalls his seniors. The author's intimate portrayal of the texture of army life gives his narrative a more deeply felt sense of anger and regret than others in its genre, and makes its final revelations more powerful than they might otherwise have been.
By Cecelia Holland. 1973
In THE DEATH OF ATTILA, the great Hun leader dominates the late Roman world; in his shadow a Hun warrior…and a German princeling form a fragile comradeship. When Attila dies, the world around them crumbles, and the two men face terrible choices.Cecelia Holland has published non-fiction historical/biographic works, children's novels, a contemporary novel and a science fiction novel as well as a number of historical essays but she is best known for more than two dozen historical novels set in time periods ranging from from the middle of the first millennium CE up through parts of the early 20th century and from Egypt, through Russia, central Europe, Scandinavia, Great Britain and Ireland to the West Coast of the U.S. The hallmark of her style is a vivid recreation of time, place and character, all true to known facts. She is highly regarded for her attention to detail, her insight into the characters she has researched and portrayed and for battle scenes that are vividly rendered and powerfully described.
By Mary Pope Osborne. 2000
Thirteen-year-old Madeline Beck's diaries, recorded through 1941 and 1942, reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II…while her father is away in the Navy. B&W photos and illustrations.
By Ronald J. Glasser. 1980
An army doctor’s classic Vietnam War memoir—a National Book Award Finalist and “a book of great emotional impact”—plus two powerful…novels (The New York Times). Published in 1971 with the Vietnam War still raging, Ronald Glasser’s unflinching memoir of one doctor’s experience with the human cost of the devastating conflict was hailed by William Styron as “a moving account about tremendous courage and often immeasurable suffering . . . [A] valuable and redemptive work.” 365 Days quickly became a powerful anti-war statement of the time that still resonates today, selling over two hundred thousand copies. Turning to fiction, Glasser continued to draw on his own experience as a doctor in the Vietnam War and as an intern in a pediatric ward to craft novels of gripping drama and heartfelt poignancy. 365 Days: In 1968, as a serviceman in the Vietnam War, Ronald Glasser, a pediatrician, was sent to Japan to work at the US Army hospital tending to children of officers and government officials. But he was soon caught up in the waves of casualties that poured in from every Vietnam front. In 365 Days, Glasser reveals a candid and shocking account of that harrowing experience, giving voice to the wounded, the maimed, the dead, with unflinching candor and compassionate humanity. “The most convincing, most moving account I have yet to read about what it was like to be an American soldier in Vietnam.” —Newsweek Another War, Another Peace: Assigned to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, an idealistic young doctor forms an unlikely bond with his driver, a battle-hardened soldier, as they struggle to bring medical aid to Vietnamese villagers. “The author of the remarkable classic 365 Days has in this small novel written with such power about a young American doctor in the war zone that surely he has added another memorable book to the literature of those ghastly years.” —Gloria Emerson, author of Winners & Losers Ward 402: In this gripping, authentic, and impassioned novel, an intern on pediatric Ward 402 fights to save an eleven-year-old girl with advanced leukemia, which her parents believe to be terminal. “[Dr. Glasser] can describe a medical emergency in a way that makes the entire scene spring to life. . . . This is good and exciting writing.” —The New York Times Book Review
By Nancy Antle. 1998
By Marina Antropow Cramer. 2017
When Nazi forces occupy the beautiful coastal city of Yalta, Crimea, everything changes. Eighteen-year-old Filip has few options; he is…a prime candidate for forced labor in Germany. His hurried marriage to his childhood friend Galina might grant him reprieve, but the rules keep shifting. Galina's parents, branded as traitors for innocently doing business with the enemy, decide to volunteer in hopes of better placement. The work turns out to be horrific, but at least the family stays together. By winter 1945, Allied air raids destroy strategic sites; Dresden, a city of no military consequence, seems safe. The world knows Dresden's fate. Roads is the story of one family lucky enough to escape with their lives as the city burns behind them. But as the war ends, they are separated and their trials continue. Looking for safety in an alien land, they move toward one another with the help of refugee networks and pure chance. Along the way, they find new ways to live in a changed world—new meanings for fidelity, grief, and love.
By P. M. Kippert. 2016
One Man's War is a gripping novel that follows the journey of one man, Bob Kafak, through World War II.…It takes you where he fought, what he saw, what he did, and how he felt. The story focuses on this single man and his experiences as a rifleman in a frontline company during the war and it makes visceral the fear, the filth, and the cold that was his constant companion. Kafak is a reluctant hero who intentionally pisses off the brass every time he does something heroic and gets promoted because he has seen too many of his commanding officers get blown to pieces and he doesn't want to be the next. He fights from the beaches of Anzio, battles up through Southern France toward Germany, facing one terrible heart pounding encounter after another. The story is intensely focused on Kafak and the six feet of ground for which he battles, purposely leaving the wider implications of the war unspoken since that was the condition in which most soldiers on the front lines fought.
By Rob Lofthouse. 2016
Double Trouble is the sensational, breathless sequel to Deep Trouble and tells the story of one of the most famous…operations of the Second World War: 50,000 airborne troops, nine days of fierce fighting, one bridge too far.
By Iain Gale. 2015
'Wonderfully imaginative' Bernard Cornwell, author of The Last Kingdom. All of James Keane in one thrilling collection. Perfect for fans…of Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell.Book 1 - Keane's CompanyJames Keane - card sharp and ladies' man - is one of the finest soldiers of Wellington's army. Keane - hot-tempered, a maverick, never quite accepted by his fellow officers - is in trouble for killing his man in a duel: an activity forbidden by Wellington. To avoid court martial, he takes on an unwelcome assignment: to form an ill-assorted bunch of reprobates into an elite unit capable of operating behind the lines. A nineteenth-century Dirty Dozen. Book 2 - Keane's ChallengeFrench troops led by one of Napoleon's best generals are massing on the border. Wellington's outnumbered force needs to pick off the smaller French units if they are to stand their ground. For that they need information, which is where Captain Keane and his company of reformed scouting officers come in. But it soon becomes apparent that someone high up in Wellington's headquarters is a spy for the French...and Keane's enemies within the army are quick to point the finger. Keane must defend his crew against their accusers - or root out the traitor himself. Book 3 - Keane's ChargeThe intrepid band of warriors, led by Captain James Keane, have been given their toughest job yet. The Portuguese university city of Coimbra is in ruins. Infiltrating the streets are untrustworthy Spanish guerrilla fighters, local Portuguese out for revenge and rival spies determined to find the famous book of ciphers, hidden in the city and guarded by a dissident Jesuit group. James Keane and his men must prevent the book falling into enemy hands but also to discover which of the guerrilla groups can be trusted. But this means sometimes following their own instincts over Wellington's orders . . . can Keane capture the book without sacrificing his honour, position and repuatation?
By Iain Gale. 2015
The intrepid band of warriors, led by Captain James Keane, have been given their toughest job yet by Wellington. Both…the British and French armies have retreated from the old university city of Coimbra, leaving it in ruins, the inhabitants destitute and the houses full of wounded from all sides. Infiltrating the streets are the Spanish guerrilla fighters who may support either side, the local Portuguese determined to avenge the horrors inflicted upon their city and the rival spies and intelligence agents determined to find the book of ciphers, hidden in the famous library of Coimbra, guarded by a dissident Jesuit group. James Keane and his men are sent into the midst of this not only to prevent the book falling into enemy hands but also to discover which of the guerrilla groups are to be trusted and supported by the British. But does this mean following their own plans, mostly concentrated on finding Massena's gold, over Wellington's orders? James Keane and his band of brothers are a great creation and the story of a city in a warzone with no frontiers has remarkable echoes of other times.