1914 follows nine young men on different sides of the Great War, serving in various branches of their respective armed forces. Throughout this fictional narrative weaved into the fabric of one of the defining events in modern human history, characters' paths will cross, they'll make new friends and deepen relationships with old ones, all the while fighting to stay alive in the harsh conditions on some of the deadliest battlefields on the face of the Earth.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.44(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
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The characters and realistic dialogue made this a book I could not put down. Each young man's story draws you in and makes you worry how they are ever going to get through the beginning of this war.
Great piece of work. Awesome details and leaves you waiting for the next chapter.
Masterfully put together. Well written and well researched.
Long book. Most epics are – it's kind of the definition of the genre. BUT worth the read. 1914 saw the start of World War I, the supposed “war to end all wars” (until the next one occurred). A lot of countries were involved, some immediately, some later. Charles B. Smith gives us a glimpse into the title of year through the eyes of the French, the English, the Germans, and one of the first Americans to cross over to the fighting. I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, being totally unfamiliar with the author (other than realizing that he took on an incredible challenge for his first published novel). BUT … Mr. Smith managed to balance the historical facts and morals of the era against characters that we were bound to come to respect, admire, and even love (and in a few intentional cases, loathe). At the end of the book, Mr. Smith offers up a sequel if the interest is there – this reader / reviewer definitely votes “YES!” RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars. The author caught and kept my interest AND left me with some things that I will remember long after I've put it down to read other books. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in a random draw. A prompt and honest (and hopefully favorable) review was probably desired, but no such commitment was sought nor given. And since I've had the book for around 2 years before finishing it, that's probably a good thing.