The Rifle Captain

The Rifle Captain

by W. Harrell

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ISBN-13: 9781413706079
Publisher: Publish America
Publication date: 01/25/2004
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Rifle Captain 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Readers will find themselves remembering much of what they were taught in school or learning about events they never knew before as Harrell skillfully weaves his extensive knowledge through Stephen's story of love, duty and dealing with war action in France while dealing with his wife's infidelity back home. Before he is killed in France during battle, Stephen writes a touching letter home to his wife telling her he forgives her indiscretions. In Book Two, we meet Stephen's son Clayton, a member of the military serving in World War II in 1944. During his time overseas, Clayton visits his father's grave and weeps from never knowing him. He leaves one of his dogtags on top of a cross at the head of his father's grave, feeling a bond with the man he grew up without and a strengthening of resolve to survive this war and return home to his family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based in part on service records of decorated officers from World War I, The Rifle Captain by W. Steven Harrell is a gripping and recommended novel about Stephen Harris, an ordinary history teacher drafted into the United States Army, and commissioned as a captain in a rifle company. Stephen's separation from his young and beautiful wife leads to rumors that she is unfaithful and the paternity of his son is in question. He channels his rage over the perceived betrayal against his German enemies, whom he views as responsible for his separation in the first place. A stark and vivid saga of ruthless bloodshed on the battlefield and tangled internal motives, The Rifle Captain is a sophisticated novel that vividly portrays the hardships of a war-torn family and dangers of combat at the western front during the horrific years of World War I. An accomplished author with a special knack for storytelling, W. Steven Harrell's The Unionist: A Novel of the Civil War is also very highly recommended reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon receiving a sizeable estate from his father's death, Stephen is now a professor of history at the local high school. When America enters the Great War, Stephen contacts his draft board and asks for assignment as a lieutenant commanding the local volunteers. The governor grants him the commission with the proviso that he fulfills the Officer Training course at Camp Gordon on entry into the Army. Lori, Stephen's wife, and his two daughters are reluctant to see him depart for his military tour, but tearfully see him depart the train station. With them is Ned Sanders, their neighbor, and Stephen's father's First Sergeant in Cuba. Ned's son Carl is leaving with Stephen and will become Stephen's First Sergeant. The first half of the book deals with Stephen's life prior to his military career. The second half deals with Stephen's military career. The final epilogue deals with Stephen's son, Matthew. . . THE RIFLE CAPTAIN is a book that is easily read and will be enjoyed by all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Mr. Harrell's second novel. The Rifle Captain was a well researched and written tale. Mr. Harrell weaves his web and draws his readers into his novels. The book shows the fear of a family as their husband and father goes off to war and how the war changes all of their lives forever. The novel is set around a very small community in Northern Georgia but even in this small, caring and simplistic community the war and destruction creeps into their lives. The wife of the main character believes he made a selfish decision to voluntarily enlist at the beginning of World War I and the disruption to their peaceful and happy life is unbearable. The young wife desperately tries to come to terms with being left behind to take care of their two small children and in retaliation does something that she would later regret and have to ask for forgiveness. Her act of betrayal, in a frightening way, gives Stephen Harris the anger needed to follow through with the tasks at hand concerning the Germans. The main theme seems to me to be the importance of family, loyalty and the destruction of war on a rural family. I truly enjoyed it.