At Some Disputed Barricade (World War 1, Book 4) by Anne Perry

By Anne Perry

Anne Perry’s present for illuminating the heart’s private secrets and techniques shines via in her bestselling sequence of worldwide conflict I novels. With compelling immediacy, she depicts the struggles of fellows and girls torn by way of their convictions and challenged by means of the perils of war.
July 1917. Joseph Reavley, a chaplain, and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driving force, are bone-weary as they strategy the fourth 12 months of the clash; the peace of the English nation-state turns out a global away. at the Western entrance, the conflict of Passchendaele has began, and one of several fatalities from Joseph’s regiment is the depended on commanding officer, who's changed via a tender significant whose pompous incompetence almost promises that many solid squaddies will die needlessly. yet quickly he, too, is dead–killed by means of his personal males. even though Joseph wish to flip a blind eye, he understands that he mustn't ever. Judith, notwithstanding, anguished on the prospect of courts-martial and executions for the twelve males arrested for the crime, has no such inhibitions and, risking of her personal existence, is helping all yet one of many prisoners to escape.

Back in England, Joseph and Judith’s brother, Matthew, maintains his determined pursuit to unmask the sinister determine referred to as the Peacemaker–an obsessed genius who has dedicated homicide and treason in an try and cease Britain from successful the conflict. As Matthew trails the Peacemaker, Joseph tracks his comrades via Switzerland and into enemy territory. His seek will result in a reckoning pitting braveness and honor opposed to the blind equipment of army justice.

At a few Disputed Barricade is an Anne Perry masterpiece–brilliant, wonderful, and unforgettable.

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Ecco, questo accordo anglo-russo è l’architrave della trattativa che si è svolta segretamente, ed è anche la prospettiva più seria per l’ulteriore sviluppo del conflitto. La Russia ha un potenziale umano immenso, ed è questo che i tedeschi temono, un’ondata umana irrefrenabile sul confine orientale, e l’Inghilterra ha la più potente flotta da guerra del mondo, quantunque la Germania abbia fatto di tutto per emularla: dunque questi due fattori, collegati, prospettano una situazione di sperequazione tra i due schieramenti, a favore appunto dell’Intesa e dell’alleanza anglo-russa in particolare.

Quando si presenta dinanzi al ministro serbo, il ministro delle finanze in quel momento si trovava al posto del primo ministro Pasic, si sente rispondere: «ma è impossibile radunare immediatamente il Consiglio dei ministri al completo perché una parte dei ministri si trova in questo momento in viaggio», e l’ambasciatore austriaco risponde sarcastico: «nell’età delle ferrovie, del telegrafo e del telefono, e data la piccola estensione del regno di Serbia, la cosa non dovrebbe essere difficile». Senza aspettare risposta, si allontana e lascia la sede del governo serbo.

Questo piano, come si è detto prima, prevede un Blitz – come fu detto poi in epoca hitleriana, «la guerra lampo» – in cui la Francia cadeva in sei settimane, la mobilitazione russa sarebbe stata lenta, e la guerra sarebbe stata vinta. Ma alla base di tutto questo, di questo castello – forse di carta – c’era l’idea che l’Inghilterra restasse fuori dal conflitto. Guglielmo concepisce siffatte speranze (la neutralità inglese, la vittoria rapida), però è prudente nel fare dichiarazioni pubbliche. 38 La sua prima voce ufficiale è quella che egli fa udire a proposito dell’ultimatum austriaco; ed è una voce spesso dimenticata ma sintomatica.

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