A Guid Soldier

A Guid Soldier

by Charles Todd

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316361248
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 151,462
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Charles Todd is a pen named used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline and Charles Todd. They are best known for a series of novels set in post-World War I England following the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge of the Scotland Yard. They are also the authors of a series featuring Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during WWI. Caroline and Charles Todd live in North Carolina and Delaware respectively.

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A Guid Soldier 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: 4 Narration 4 Story 4 World War I, and Ian Rutledge has a new recruit from Glasgow, Dougal Kerr No discernable family, no mentioned past, the young man appears to be good-natured and easy going. But Rutledge wonders about the distinctions between the generally regarded ‘guid soldier’ and a man with a deep-seated enjoyment of killing The first I’ve ever encountered from Charles Todd, Ian Rutledge is a thoughtful man, perhaps more than slightly torn with the requirements of his position. It’s war time, and the battles are fought up close and personal, and he very rightly believes that some sort of aftereffect should appear for men of conscience. Yet, Dougal has few or no aftereffects, and he only wishes to be a guid soldier. Just what does make a soldier guid, and is this a failure in men – that they enjoy the challenges of war, including the killing? Does this make him, Ian Rutledge, the odd man out in having these thoughts, or is it Dougal, with his apparent enjoyment of killing the one who isn’t right. A wonderful short story that provides a look at the conundrums that surround war: the moral ambiguity rooted in taking a life, yet being under orders to do so in a situation that is often a you or me quandary. Then, as you remember the stories of WW(, the close contact fighting, the now-primitive technology and weapons, and the questions are more disturbing. When you look another man in the eye as you deliver that killing blow, SHOULD you remember his face later? Narration for this story was provided by Graham Halstead and his delivery and presentation of a story, full of complex emotions, was wonderful. No overreach in terms of voices, Halstead lets the story speak for itself, treating each of the author’s words as special. This allowed the impact of words and delivery to make the statement without outside influence. Very different from the norm, the story provides a wonderful listen that spurs introspection, this short story did everything I could hope for in terms of delivering a memorable, impactful,, and well-written listen that encourages interest in further work by this author. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.