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War fiction

  • Author:
    Barr, Damian
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    South Africa, 1901: At the height of the Second Boer War, Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise, they will be safe.Johannesburg, 2010: Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he's not turning out right, his mother and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they “make men out of boys.” Guaranteed.You Will Be Safe Here is a deeply moving novel of two connected parts. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness.

  • Author:
    Argo, Ronald
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    Acclaimed as one of the most important novels of the Vietnam War, Year of the Monkey takes us not only into the savage jungles where death waits in every paddyfield and triple canopy, but into the apocalyptic world of political corruption, where friendship and betrayal become unavoidable, where murder and love are common as body counts. It is the gripping story of two American soldiers trapped in a sinister web of cold-blooded murder during the shattering Tet Offensive of 1968. In the poisoned soul of Saigon, Russ Payne is an army journalist partying his nights away when a wild grunt named Willingham is lobbed into his life like a grenade. Willingham, the lone survivor of a Special Forces squad, has been reassigned, inexplicably, to Payne's cushy rear unit. Suddenly Payne's fragile peace is shattered when he's forced to spy on his new friend as part of a secret CIA investigation. On a mind-bending odyssey into the depths of the war-torn jungle, he follows Willingham in his bloody quest to avenge the massacre of his former unit— and discovers a hell of his own. Cutting through an apocalyptic jungle of intrigue, Payne falls in love with a woman who welcomes him into the fold of a Viet Cong camp, witnesses the death of his childhood friend, discovers the horrific meaning of attrition... and ultimately leads to him committing a crime beyond redemption. In stunning scenes of combat and intrigue, we glean as in no other novel or movie the patch-quilt nature of the Vietnamese people and the murderous deceit of sinister body count politics. In the year of the monkey, Payne will come to understand the terrible consequences of following orders— and of ignoring them.

  • Author:
    Schnell, Melanie
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    While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and held as a slave for eight years. Sandra, fleeing her life in Canada, travels to South Sudan as an aid worker but soon finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a violent local conflict. When chance brings Adut and Sandra together in a brief but profound moment, their lives change forever. In captivating prose, Melanie Schnell offers imaginative insight into the lives of innocents in a land at war, rendering horrific experiences with exquisite clarity. While The Sun Is Above Us explores the immense power of the imagination, the human desire for connection, and the endurance of hope.

  • Author:
    Oksanen, Sofi, Rogers, Lola
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    From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge comes a chillingly suspenseful, deftly woven new novel that opens up a little-known yet still controversial chapter of history: the occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II.1941: In Communist-ruled, war-ravaged Estonia, two men are fleeing from the Red Army — Roland, a fiercely principled freedom fighter, and his slippery cousin Edgar. When the Germans arrive, Roland goes into hiding; Edgar abandons his unhappy wife, Juudit, and takes on a new identity as a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime . . . 1963: Estonia is again under Communist control, independence even further out of reach behind the Iron Curtain. Edgar is now a Soviet apparatchik, desperate to hide the secrets of his past life and stay close to those in power. But his fate remains entangled with Roland’s, and with Juudit, who may hold the key to uncovering the truth . . .In a masterfully told story that moves between the tumult of these two brutally repressive eras — a story of surveillance, deception, passion, and betrayal — Sofi Oksanen brings to life both the frailty, and the resilience, of humanity under the shadow of tyranny.

  • Author:
    Bear, Greg
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    The Gurus were a highly advanced species who brought amazingly sophisticated technology to the human race. But now they face a far more malevolent life form. Master Sergeant Michael Venn and his band of brothers must turn back the Antag tide.

  • Author:
    McKay, Sharon E.
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    Unbelievable facts about an amazing specimen—YOU! Most of us eat, run, or sleep without thinking about it. But our bodies are masterful machines of intricate design that perform amazing feats daily. The fifth book in Annick’s successful 50 Questions series guides readers through the details of how our bodies function, from the miracles of genetics, to immune cells shaped like sea monsters. With her engaging, lucid style, Lloyd Kyi incorporates recent scientifc research to explain our body’s complex workings. Kids will love fnding the answers to questions such as: • Do blood cells travel single fle? (In our capillaries, blood cells have to squeeze through one at a time.) • How is your spine like a racetrack? (Messages race down the nerves in your spinal cord faster than a NASCAR driver.) • Is your brain like plastic? (Your brain’s ability to change is called “plasticity.”) • Can your lungs take a hike? (Your lungs and blood vessels adapt to altitude changes.) • Are there aliens inside you? (The invasion of microscopic living organisms started the moment you were born.) You’ll discover how people avoided epidemics in ancient Pakistan and why your goldfsh can see things you can’t. Hilarious illustrations will keep kids laughing as they learn.

  • Author:
    Thériault, Gabriel
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    Janvier 1943. URSS. Cinq Allemands, cinq camarades affrontent l'enfer blanc à bord du char d'assaut tigre. La bête d'acier rencontre désormais toutes ses promesses. Par le fer et le feu, elle sème la mort et la destruction partout sur son passage. Pourtant, le front s'enlise et le sort des armes vacille. Désormais les victoires faciles échappent à l'Allemagne. Le Reich connaîtra-t-il une défaite pire encore que celle de 1918? Froid, faim, souffrances et peur poussent au Mal. Même les meilleures volontés trempent les mains dans le sang, tandis que s'efface la ligne entre le front et l'arrière. Au milieu de l'horreur, la politisation ne suffit plus. Le mythe d'Hitler perd de son lustre. Les hommes n'ont que la camaraderie pour tenir. À chacun de protéger son compagnon et de le protéger des griffes de la mort. Dans la tourmente, deux hommes refusent de croire en la croisade que leur pays mène. Enfin ils ouvrent les yeux et tentent d'arrêter la machine de meurtres.

  • Author:
    Henderson, Dee
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    Air Force pararescueman Bruce "Striker" Stanton spends his life rescuing pilots downed behind enemy lines, and Grace Yates flies an F/A-18 Hornet for the Navy. On their dangerous jobs away from home, they exchanged love letters. Now a fight between Syria and Turkey over water rights on the Euphrates has spiraled into a confrontation NATO finds itself struggling to prevent. For the military deployed in the region, it's not just the occasional news headline--it's their daily problem. And when a missing Navy pilot turns out to be Gracie, Bruce has got one mission: get her out alive.

  • Author:
    Atkinson, William Illsey
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    The battle of Ten–Go comes to life in this reimagining of one man’s life as a naval officer

    April 1945: the aftermath of the battle for Okinawa. Tommy stands on the deck of the USS Bataan, the Independence–class aircraft carrier he’s called home for a year, and, like everyone and everything else, he’s utterly changed. A lieutenant commander and expert navigator, he’s long understood the horrors, the toll of this war. He’s spent his military career battling — both the enemy and the brass. He’s challenged military procedure with mathematical genius and refined naval ballistics in an effort to save both American ships and lives. And now, Ten–Go: almost another three dozen vessels sent to their watery grave; 368 others damaged from the air. Five thousand American sailors wounded; another 5,000 dead — and his best friend among them. The numbers could have been worse; his math, as always, had been correct.

    This story of a brilliant though reluctant warrior moves from hardscrabble Dorris, California, to the classrooms of MIT and on to the briny hell of the South Pacific. In Tommy, the history of 20th century North America comes alive.

  • Author:
    Graham, Genevieve
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    In the summer of 1916, Private Daniel Baker marches into battle with the boys of Nova Scotia's 25th Battalion. Out of brutal necessity, Danny has steeled himself against the trials and horrors of war, but he is completely unprepared to meet the love of his life in war-torn France. Audrey Poulin has the soul of an artist. She lives alone with her grandmother in the quiet French countryside, where her only joy is in her brush and palette. When, by chance, she encounters Danny, the handsome young soldier captures her heart and inspires her painting. The young lovers believe that only together can they face the hardships the war brings. But love is just the beginning. Mere months later, Danny is gravely wounded at the Battle of the Somme, and his future is thrown into uncertainty. Soon, he and Audrey find themselves struggling to build a new life in Halifax, a city grieving its lost men. As the grey winter of 1917 sets in, Danny's lack of purpose and Audrey's isolation continue to mount, pulling the two apart just as a new catastrophe threatens their existence.

  • Author:
    Goodspeed, Michael J.
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    Three to a Loaf is the First World War story of Rory Ferrall, a young Canadian officer of Anglo-German descent who, after being wounded and disfigured at Ypres, comes to the attention of British military intelligence. Ferrall’s German background is valuable to the war’s planners. Hundreds of German-Americans had returned to the Fatherland to fight for the Kaiser at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and the British captured one. Cleverly trained to impersonate the captured German-American officer, Ferrall is smuggled into wartime Germany to infiltrate the German General Staff and discover their top-secret plan to break the stalemate on the Western Front. A page-turning novel of war and espionage, Three to a Loaf is also a portrait of societies and individuals pushed to the breaking point, and in some cases, beyond. Michael Goodspeed artfully blends the tension of a thriller with period detail, the detached commentary of a nitty-gritty travelogue, and psychological understanding of a harried man facing soul-destroying ethical decisions.

  • Author:
    Moscovitch, Hannah
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    Master Corporal Tanya Young, Captain Stephen Hughes, Private Jonny Henderson, and Sergeant Chris Anders have lived through an atrocity while holding one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. As each of them is interviewed by an unseen broadcasting organization, they recount their version of events leading up to the horrific incident with painful, relenting replies. What begins to form is a picture of the effects of guilt and the psychological toll of violence in a war where the enemy is sometimes indiscernible.

  • Author:
    Hamilton, Cicely
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    When war breaks out in Europe - modern, aerial war whose tactics include displacing entire populations - British civilization collapses overnight. The ironically named Theodore Savage, an educated and idle civil servant, must learn to survive by his wits in a new Britain...one where science and technology swiftly come to be regarded with superstitious awe and terror.

  • Author:
    Wouk, Herman
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    A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction-The Great Novel of America's "Greatest Generation" Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II-as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • Author:
    Hatcher, Robin Lee
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    Margo King fears for her son fighting on the North African front and tries to hide her painful past. Dotty King searches for forgiveness from her mother and God after committing a single ardent mistake. Lucy Anderson struggles to resist temptation while her husband is away in England. And Penelope Maxfield longs for a new life free from her husband and children.

  • Author:
    Baron, Aileen G.
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    War time Tangier, policed by Franco’s Guardia Civil, thick with many nationalities including Germans and Allies, bitter with the insults of Colonialism, is a dangerous place. Archaeologist Lily Sampson, recruited from her studies in Chicago by the enigmatic Dr. Drury, finds herself in Morocco digging up Neanderthal artifacts at the Cave of Hercules. Quite soon, she’s summoned to help the American Legation with an undercover mission linked to Operation Torch. The target date: November 8, 1942. The mission: to control French Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, squash Rommel, and thrust into Europe’s underbelly. Out in the Atlantic, General Eisenhower will rely on relayed communications. But Lily’s mastery of code is interrupted by murder—not one, but two—which not only imperils her, but Operation Torch itself.

  • Author:
    Abbott, Linda
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    I never imagined I would die this way. Young, surrounded by thousands, yet alone and far away from home. I thought I would be afraid, but I’m not. The pain in my chest has dulled to a mild ache. Maybe if I close my eyes I’ll see my home, see Mom one last time. She’ll be upset if I don’t say goodbye. Dad will understand the sacrifice I made for king and country. And little Joanie. She’ll miss me the most, I think. I open my eyes and my breath comes out as a shudder. Can I still be here among the dead and dying in this barren place? This no man’s land? – Private Ronald Marrie, Beaumont Hamel, July 1, 1916

    Ron Marrie of St. John’s enlisted with the Newfoundland Regiment in 1914 to join those who were fighting overseas in war-torn Europe. The Tin Triangle follows him through recruitment, training, and his first deadly clash with the enemy at Gallipoli. But that battle would pale in comparison to the fateful morning of July 1, 1916, when Ron and his comrades went over the top to engage the enemy at Beaumont Hamel.

    Ron’s story, inspired by the author’s grandfather, is a tribute to the hundreds of Newfoundlanders who paid the ultimate price on foreign shores during World War I. The Tin Triangle is Linda Abbott’s third book and a storytelling masterpiece.

  • Author:
    Penttila, Nicky
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    Some fly to war. Others flee it. No one is safe. When the British army is sent into Spain to help expel Napoleon's invaders, nothing goes as expected. Not for London newsman Sam Kerr, hunting a story that will win him the editor's chair, who discovers one that could wreck his career. Not for the Wakefield family, loyalist refugees from America seeking peace among people of their faith, who find war has followed them even here. And certainly not for the British troops, whose mission of support turns into a fight for all their lives.

  • Author:
    Flynn, Robert
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    World War II pilot Greg Wallace is shot down over the Pacific. Luckily, he bails out and makes his way to land to await rescue. But with each day that passes, it grows less likely that a rescuer will ever come.

  • Author:
    Griffin, W. E. B.
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    Still tying up loose ends from the investigation of a UN scandal in Argentina, Delta Force officer Charley Castillo is pulled into the case of a missing DEA agent who disappeared while trying to interdict a drug shipment. For some reason no one is trying to get the agent back.

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