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1917: A Novel of the Great War

1917: A Novel of the Great War

by Al McGregor


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The year is 1917, and Canadian Robert McLaren, nephew of a wealthy munitions manufacturer, has come to Petrograd to sell shells to the Russian army-shells rejected by British munitions specialists as unreliable.

At McLaren's side is Evers Chance, a man with connections in the import-export business, among other, more mysterious ties. Together the two attempt to negotiate a deal as Russia moves inexorably toward revolution.

Back in Canada, McLaren's uncle, William Drummond, schemes to maximize profits from his munitions plant while hiding the company's record of producing poor-quality shells. An upcoming election could spell disaster for the businessman even as it ushers in a nationwide crisis.

To the south, America seems determined to avoid the European conflict, until Germany offers an alliance to Mexico and forces President Woodrow Wilson's hand.

As the United States scrambles to assemble a fighting force, the brutality of trench warfare continues in France, even as powerful new land cruisers-tanks-roll onto the battlefront. And while ordinary people just try to survive, nations consider what the planet will look like when the war ends-and how they can best position themselves in that new world.

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ISBN-13: 9780968920787
Publisher: Al McGregor Communications
Publication date: 06/08/2016
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Former television news reporter and anchor Al McGregor has more than thirty years of experience working for major television stations across Ontario, Canada. In 1998 he formed his own company, providing broadcast and communication services. When the company branched into educational documentaries, projects on Tecumseh and the War of 1812 peaked his interest in how the same events were portrayed on both sides of the US/Canada border.

McGregor published his first book, A Porous Border, in 2012, with To Build a Northern Nation following in 2014. Both novels were historical fiction, exploring the links between events in Canada and the United States during the US Civil War and the journey toward the Canadian Confederation. 1917, A Novel of the Great War is a natural extension of this interest.

A father and grandfather, McGregor lives on a farm in southwestern Ontario. He regularly speaks and makes presentations based on his historical research.

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