A former Army man describes his relationships with various Europeans in this book that is part memoir, part war story.
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Bidwell Moore's 'Steel Shards' is a wartime novel that relates the adventures of a young soldier, Captain Kimbro Sawyer of the American First Division, who fights on the side of the Allied Forces in the Second World War. A sensitive and observant individual, Captain Sawyer observes relationships between people from different countries during wartime. He realizes that though people from different countries and cultures may be different in many ways, they share many common concerns and feelings. With no prejudice of preconceived notions, this book examines human relations during the difficult time of war. The book begins when the protagonist sets out for England onboard the 'Queen Mary' in 1942. The ship contains one of the first shipments of American soldiers sent over to England for training with British troops. It marks the beginning of America joining the war on the side of the Allies forces. As the commanding officer of an anti-tank company, Sawyer finds himself sucked into a whirlpool of intrigue, rivalry, and deceit. He soon meets Nadine Denis, a beautiful Englishwoman who is Major Despan's cousin. Despan is the officer from the British War Office who is given the charge of keeping the news of the arrival of American troops a secret from the Germans. In a desperate attempt to gain the upper hand over the Allies, German agents try to force Nadine to divulge details of the Allied troops' battle plans. Torn between loyalties, Nadine struggles with the morality of the situation. She has both English and German relatives and is unable to decide the future of her life. At the same time, Sawyer sees his share of fighting on different fronts all over the world. Both struggle to overcome the numerous challenges presented by their enemies and emerge triumphant. The characters' struggle also embodies the desire of individuals around the world to have a peaceful world based on mutual trust and friendship. Bidwell Moore's book successfully removes cloaks of half-truths and propaganda created by politicians to cover up their selfish motives from posterity. This book goes on to establish that people from different cultures can work out mutual differences and live together in peace and friendship. Drawing on his personal experiences as a soldier Bidwell Moore has successfully recreated the period of the 1940s. The setting, characters, and plot make this book a truly engrossing read.