The Riddle of the Sands

The Riddle of the SandsThe Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
ISBN: 9780141031279
Published by Penguin Adult on June 7th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Classics
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: An early spy novel written in 1903 by a Boer War veteran; the plot revolves around German plans to invade England discovered while sailing among the Frisian Islands. Childers (pronounced Chill-ders), an Irish patriot who smuggled arms aboard his yacht, was executed by the Free State authorities in 1922 during the Irish Civil War.

Fear: A Novel of World War I

Fear: A Novel of World War IFear: A Novel of World War I by Gabriel Chevallier
ISBN: 9781590177167
Published by New York Review of Books on May 20th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Historical, War & Military, Biographical
Pages: 305

Len's Summary: First published in French in 1930, this is the fictionalized account of the front-line experiences of a French poilou called up in 1915. The author, writing in the tradition of Henri Barbusse’s Le Feu, was a veteran of WWI. // The compelling story of a young French piolu who sees far too much of war. Translation from the original French.

A Month in the Country

A Month in the CountryA Month in the Country by J.L. Carr, Michael Holroyd
ISBN: 0940322471
Published by NYRB Classics on October 31st 2000
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Historical
Pages: 135

Len's Summary: First published in 1978, this is the story of a shell shocked WWI veteran who finds solace in restoring a work of art in a Yorkshire village church. This novel was made into a 1987 movie starring Colin Firth and Natasha Richardson available on Region Two DVD from Amazon.co.uk. Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize.

Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines

Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I MarinesThrough the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines by Thomas Boyd
ISBN: 9780803261686
Published by University of Nebraska Press on September 1st 2000
Genres: Fiction, Historical, War & Military
Pages: 265

Len's Summary: A fine novel about U. S. Marines in World War I by a veteran first published by Scribner in 1923 and still in print. A contemporary of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Boyd never reached their level of expertise or popularity, though this is a memorable work of fiction.

A Sailor of Austria

A Sailor of AustriaA Sailor of Austria by John Biggins
ISBN: 9781590131077
Published by McBooks Press on January 1st 2005
Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical, War & Military
Pages: 375

Len's Summary: In which, without really intending to, the fictional protagonist Otto Prohaska becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire.

Le Feu: Journal d’une Escouade

Le Feu: Journal d’une EscouadeLe Feu: Journal d'une Escouade by Henri Barbusse
ISBN: 9781167914942
Published by Editions Payot on 2012
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 380

Len's Summary: WWI centennial commemorative reissue of the winner of the 1916 Goncourt Prize, a novel of WWI which has become a classic; with an appendix containing the text of Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et decorum est. Le Feu is French poilu slang for “the front” and is not to be literally translated as “the fire.” Escoude is an infantry squad.

The Officers’ Ward

The Officers’ WardThe Officers’ Ward by Marc Dugain
ISBN: 9780753812846
Published by Gale Group on 2002
Genres: Fiction, War
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: The story of the long treatment, and slow mental and physical recovery of French officers with severely disfiguring facial wounds suffered on the Western Front. Recently made into a fine motion picture now available with English subtitles on region two DVD from Amazon.co.uk.

The Patriot’s Progress

The Patriot’s ProgressThe Patriot's Progress by Henry Williamson
ISBN: 9780750936408
Published by History Press Limited on May 25th 2004
Genres: Fiction, War & Military
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: Story of a young British Tommy, who went on to be a noted nature writer. // One of two autobiographical novels describing the author’s experiences as an infantryman in WWI which turned him into a Pacifist. First published in 1930. Williamson is best known for his prize-winning 1927 novel Tarka the Otter.

Shoulder the Sky

Shoulder the SkyShoulder the Sky by Anne Perry
ISBN: 9780345456540
Published by Ballantine Books on September 28th 2004
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Thrillers, Suspense, War & Military
Pages: 338

Len's Summary: econd in Perry’s new WWI series opened with No Graves Yet. Now an army chaplain, Joseph Reavley investigates the mysterious death of an obnoxious London Times war correspondent whose body is found between the lines in Flanders. Second in a series.

No Graves As Yet

No Graves As YetNo Graves As Yet by Anne Perry
ISBN: 9780345484239
Published by Ballantine Books on 2004
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers, War & Military
Pages: 363

Len's Summary: Mystery novelist Anne Perry turns to WWI writing the story of the efforts of a British intelligence officer Matthew Reavley, and his Anglican priest brother Joseph to solve the mystery of their parent’s murder on the eve of WWI. Unimpressive. Pedestrian plot, character sketches thin; panned by several reviewers in the US and England.

Birds Without Wings

Birds Without WingsBirds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
ISBN: 9780307368874
Published by Knopf on August 24th 2004
Genres: Fiction, General
Pages: 630

Len's Summary: A novel by the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin about the twilight of the Ottoman Empire in Anatolia before, during and just after WWI. Bermieres presents a series of often quirky first-person accounts by characters in a multi-ethnic village. Interwoven is the biogrpahy of Mustapha Kamal Ataturk, founder of mono-ethnic Turkish Republic. A good read if not exactly good history.

To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World WarTo the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War by Jeff Shaara
ISBN: 9780345461346
Published by Ballantine Books on 2004
Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical, War & Military
Pages: 636

Len's Summary: The war seen through the eyes of a frightened British Tommy, General John Pershing, and Baron Manfred von Richthofen by the best-selling author of novels on the American Revolution and Civil War. Available from the History Book Club.

Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs NovelPardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN: 0805078975
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on August 10th 2005
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 342

Len's Summary: This is the author’s third novel about post-WWI British private eye Maisie Dobbs, a former BEF nurse. Winspear’s first novel, Maisie Dobbs, was nominated for an Edgar and her second, Birds of a Feather, is now available in Penguin paperback. Both Pardonable Lies and Maisie Dobbs are available on disc and tape from Barnes & Noble.

The Canal Bridge: A Novel of Ireland, Love, and the First World War

The Canal Bridge: A Novel of Ireland, Love, and the First World WarThe Canal Bridge: A Novel of Ireland, Love, and the First World War by Tom Phelan
ISBN: 9781843510758
Published by Dufour Editions on October 23rd 2005
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 280

Len's Summary: A novel of Ireland and Irish volunteers during WWI. The author will speak at the WFA New England-New York Chapter Seminar at Hartford in November 2006. Available new for $25 postpaid from Glanvil Enterprises, Ltd., 237 Church Street, Freeport, NY 11520, or online from Irish Books & Media (irishbook@aol.com), or Dufour Editions (http://www.dufoureditions.com)

A Test of Wings

A Test of WingsA Test of Wings by Owen J. McNamara
ISBN: 9781595260185
Published by Llumina Press on July 1st 2005
Genres: Fiction, Religious, War & Military
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: Novel of a US Navy officer flying anti-submarine patrols off the southern and eastern coasts of England in 1918. Favorably reviewed in Naval History magazine.

The First Casualty

The First CasualtyThe First Casualty by Ben Elton
ISBN: 0593051114
Published by Transworld Publishers on November 1st 2005
Genres: Fiction, War
Pages: 389

Len's Summary: A WWI crime novel involving an improbable combination of trench warfare, shell shock, crime detection and conscientious objection. The author is best known as a comic novelist and wrote parts of the Black Adder series. Drew decidedly mixed reactions from readers and reviewers alike.

A Long Long Way

A Long Long WayA Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
ISBN: 0143035096
Published by Penguin Books on September 8th 2005
Genres: Fiction, Ireland
Pages: 304

Len's Summary: The tragic story of a young, conflicted Irish patriot serving in the British Army who attempts unsuccessfully to straddle two worlds as Irish nationalists fight for independence while war rages on the Western Front. Includes an excellent bibliography of books on the Irish experience in the Great War.

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs NovelMessenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN: 0805078983
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on August 22nd 2006
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 322

Len's Summary: Murder at a convalescent home for disfigured British WWI veterans. Fourth in the Maisie Dobbs series about an English private detective who served as a nurse behind the Western Front.

Severed Branch

Severed BranchSevered Branch by Andrew R. H. Mowatt
ISBN: 0595389945
Published by iUniverse on November 13th 2006
Genres: Fiction, Historical, War & Military
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: This story of the RFC’s air war in northern France moves back and forth from a present day protagonist to dream sequences, flashbacks to Royal Flying Corps aerial battles.

An Ace Minus One

An Ace Minus OneAn Ace Minus One by Timothy M. Morrisroe
ISBN: 0595391354
Published by iUniverse on August 22nd 2006
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, War & Military
Pages: 620

Len's Summary: A novel of WWI in the air. A 14 year-old American flees home after killing a man, and finds himself in France first as an ambulance driver at Verdun and then as a volunteer in a French fighter squadron. Look for a review in Camaraderie.

By a Slow River: A Novel

By a Slow River: A NovelBy a Slow River: A Novel by Philippe Claudel, Hoyt Rogers
ISBN: 1400042801
Published by Knopf on December 18th 2007
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: A French village policeman unravels the thicket of lies and deceit surrounding the 1917 death by strangulation of a young girl. Winner of the Prix Renaudot.

The Emperor’s Coloured Coat

The Emperor’s Coloured CoatThe Emperor's Coloured Coat by John Biggins
ISBN: 1590131088
Published by McBooks Press on May 1st 2006
Genres: Fiction, Sea Stories
Pages: 349

Len's Summary: The hapless Otto Prohaska, Hero of the Habsburg Empire almost, but not quite averts World War One. Second in a series; the third book, The Two-Headed Eagle, is coming soon.

My French Whore

My French WhoreMy French Whore by Gene Wilder
ISBN: 9780312360573
Published by Macmillan on March 6th 2007
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 178

Len's Summary: A serious historical novel by one of America’s top comedians about a German-speaking Doughboy, Paul Peachy from Milwaukee who impersonates a famous German spy after being captured on the Western Front. American Heritage favorably reviewed this novel in its April/May 2007 edition.

The Brother Keepers: The Great War Odyssey of Sable MacInnes and His Brothers

The Brother Keepers: The Great War Odyssey of Sable MacInnes and His BrothersThe Brother Keepers: The Great War Odyssey of Sable MacInnes and His Brothers by John MacNintch
ISBN: 0978750500
Published by AquaDoc Publications on May 1st 2007
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 779

Len's Summary: A novel encapsulating and placing in perspective Canada’s Great War experience through the story of the fictional MacInnes brothers from Nova Scotia. Appendices contain a glossary of terms and identification of principal historical characters, as well as the Canadian order of battle. Look for a full review in a WFA journal.

Dizzy City: A Novel

Dizzy City: A NovelDizzy City: A Novel by Nicholas Griffin
ISBN: 1586421328
Published by Steerforth Press on August 21st 2007
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: Englishman Benedict Cram deserts the Western Front trenches and stows away on a ship bound for New York City where he falls under the sway of urbane grafter, Julius McAteer. A sting within a sting; a crime novel with historic detail. Recommended by WFA editor-publisher Susan Hall-Balduf.

Between the Sword and the Wall: A Novel of World War I

Between the Sword and the Wall: A Novel of World War IBetween the Sword and the Wall: A Novel of World War I by Thomas De Angelo
ISBN: 0974990639
Published by Fine Line Publishing on March 17th 2007
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 130

Len's Summary: A novel about British Nurse Edith Cavell and the German occupation of Brussels.

Horizon Blue: A Novel of the Great War

Horizon Blue: A Novel of the Great WarHorizon Blue: A Novel of the Great War by Jake Bumgardner
ISBN: B005LSDM74
Published by Pastis Press on September 4th 2011
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 285

Len's Summary: Available from the author at www.lulu.com/content/1765825. This is the story of a friendship between a captured French officer and a German prison camp official. Well constructed fiction weaving in actual WWI situations.

The Air We Breathe

The Air We BreatheThe Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0393333078
on October 17th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Literary
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: Story set in 1916 in an Adirondack tuberculosis asylum. America is still at peace, but a well-meaning patient initiates a discussion group which brings The Great War home sparking anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilantism in an isolated rural community.

An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs NovelAn Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN: 9780312428181
Published by Picador on November 25th 2008
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: Fifth in the Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels with a WWI tie-in investigated by a British wartime VAD nurse turned private eye.

A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford MysteryA Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
ISBN: 9780061791765
Published by William Morrow on August 25th 2009
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Historical
Pages: 329

Len's Summary: First in a series of Bess Crawford novels in which, Bess, daughter of a distinguished army officer, volunteers to become a nurse in WWI.

Empire of Sand

Empire of SandEmpire of Sand by Robert Ryan
ISBN: 0755329244
Published by Headline Review on April 3rd 2008
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: A novel of T. E. Lawrence before he became famous fomenting Arab revolt in the Hejaz. His foil is Wilhelm Wassmuss, a real life German agent provocateur already fictionalized by John Buchan in Green Mantle.

Buck’s Story: A Marine in the Great War

Buck’s Story: A Marine in the Great WarBuck’s Story: A Marine in the Great War by Wayne A. Pettyjohn
ISBN: 978-1456817671
Published by Xlibris on November 20th 2010
Genres: Fiction

Len's Summary: A fast-paced historical novel, an entertaining mix of fact and fiction based on stories recounted by veterans of the Fourth Marine Brigade of the Second Division, AEF. To purchase, contact the author at wpettyj@aol.com (405) 372-1981.