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January, 1918: Franz Becker, a high-scoring, decorated ace, rejoins his fighter squadron in Flanders. He has been fighting since October 1914, and is suffering badly from the strain of war. Imperial Germany is almost finished, strangled by the Allied blockade, its people starving. The country is running out of men and resources, but there is one last chance to win the war: Russia has made peace and the Americans have yet to arrive. Franz and his fellow pilots know they have to fight on, no matter how outnumbered they are, otherwise the enemy will be in Germany. The Spring takes a heavy toll of the top aces, and Franz knows that it will soon be his turn to go to the Great Army. His close friend Karl von Leussow is at home in Brandenburg, on convalescent leave after being shot down and badly wounded the summer before. Franz misses him desperately, but believes Karl to be safe. He can only hope that they will meet again, after the war ...whenever that may be. Spring turns to Summer and every German offensive fails, with terrible casualties. The Allied aircraft are ever more numerous, the new pilots are barely out of school, and most die within a couple of weeks. The ranks of the Great Army continue to grow. How many more men will die before peace is made?
'Masterful and beautifully written. Riveting and compellingly authentic. Grips you like a vice from the first page and never lets you go' Damien Lewis Two men are on the run. They have four hundred miles to go across hostile territory. Soldiers on the ground track them day and night, a helicopter circles above, life becomes a second-by-second fight for survival. Each muscle movement, drop of sweat, glance and instinct matters. Every second counts. Through long slogs across country, risky raids for supplies, moments of sheer panic, and under the intense pressure to survive, an unbreakable bond between two men is forged. This stunningly written, adrenaline-pumping novel is a little-known classic of its genre. SHORTLISTED FOR THE FIRST EVER BOOKER PRIZE IN 1969 'England's prose has the tough, spare elegance of steel scaffolding... a brilliant achievement' The Times
Former Secretary of the Navy, Navy Cross recipientand Marine officer , Webb lit the fires of controversy with this startling inside look at life at the U.S. Naval Academy when A Sense of Honor was first published in 1981. Some of his fellow Academy graduates attacked it as exaggerated and extreme, but Webb's portrayal of a gung-ho first classman's campaign to shepherd an unprepared plebe through the academy's complex and unforgiving ethos was hailed as a `considerable achievement' by the New York Times and `a remarkable moral statement' by the Boston Globe. Show More
Set during the Lebanese civil war, this novel chronicles the splintering of the Al-Mukhtars, a Lebanese family whose love and trust for one another is strained by the increasing economic, social, and psychological tensions that surround them. Huda, feeling helpless as a housewife, pursues a career as a university professor and immerses herself in her work and students. Sharif, trapped in a static bureaucratic position, begins to resent his wife's success and slowly withdraws from his family. When their marriage dissolves, the couple fight over the custody of their adolescent daughter. In a patriarchal society that favors the rights of the father, Huda is powerless as her daughter is taken from her. Through the author's use of flashbacks, the reader witnesses the stark contrast between the young, idealistic couple and the older husband and wife, who have become increasingly isolated and disillusioned. Narrated through the voices of several characters, Canceled Memories depicts a Lebanese family seeking to maintain love and trust for each other despite the destructive and corrupting effects of war. Nadine Sinno's fluent translation introduces a wider audience to one of Lebanon's finest contemporary writers.
Sometimes it takes years for a combat vet to understand what his war did to him when he was nineteen. And even longer to explain the cadence he has marched to since then to the people he loves. Family and friends know Marty McClure as a kind, peaceful man. They aren't aware that when he was young, he plumbed the depths of terror, hatred and despair with no assurance he'd ever surface again. Now he needs to reveal what happened in Vietnam and how, with the help of Patti, his wife, Corrie Corrigan, a disabled vet, and Doc Matheson, a corpsman turned trauma surgeon, he made peace with the ghosts that have visited his dreams all these years. With the perception and reflection of a man on the cusp of retirement from a career teaching high school kids, Marty recalls the relentless intensity of prolonged combat as a teenage Marine machine gunner facing booby traps and battles in a war with few boundaries. Arriving in Vietnam, he is appalled by the savagery of his fellow Marines as they hunt an enemy indistinguishable from the villagers he believes they are there to protect. But as friends are crippled or killed over the ensuing months, Marty has to fight not only the enemy but the vicious darkness growing in him. Wounded and sent back to the U.S., he struggles to make sense of all he has lost in a war his country abandoned. He works to become a good husband, father and teacher while he fights to bury the war and rails against friends' enthusiasm for the Memorial and the Welcome Home for Vietnam Veterans planned in D.C. Only if he accepts help from his wife and his friends will he find real peace.
The daughter of an ambitious medical family, Helen Jeffers appears to have it all: wealth, looks, a warm heart and a successful career. But not successful enough for her demanding parents. She is a young woman under pressure: like them, she blames herself for her brother's death; life in Boston is tormented and claustrophobic. The 9/11 attack offers the chance to escape. She joins a US Army medical unit and is sent to Iraq as a theatre sister in war torn Baghdad. There she falls for Stephen Vernon, a British surgeon, and they begin a passionate affair, until she discovers he already has a wife and children. Unable to trust her feelings, she seeks a transfer to Afghanistan. Stephen follows her and convinces her of his love. As they travel through bandit country, their ambulance is destroyed by a roadside bomb. He dies; she survives but falls into the hands of the Taliban. Rescued by an Afghan doctor, she is compelled to spend a winter in hiding, masquerading as an Afghan woman, an experience that will change her life. When she finally returns to the United States, a hero, her 'captivity' is exposed and she faces trial, disgrace and death threats. She flees back to Afghanistan, determined to begin a new life. Can she, even there escape the past? Has she stopped running too late?