THE WESTERN FRONT, JULY 1918. Gregor Reinhardt is a young lieutenant in a stormtrooper battalion on the Western Front when one of his subordinates is accused of murdering a group of officers, and then subsequently trying to take his own life. Not wanting to believe his friend could have done what he is accused of, Reinhardt begins to investigate. He starts to uncover the outline of a conspiracy at the heart of the German army, a conspiracy aimed at ending the war on the terms of those who have a vested interest in a future for Germany that resembles her past.
The investigation takes him from the devastated front lines of the war, to the rarefied heights of Berlin society, and into the hospitals that treat those men who have been shattered by the stress and strain of the war. Along the way, Reinhardt comes to an awakening of the man he might be. A man freed of dogma, whose eyes have been painfully opened to the corruption and callousness all around him. A man to whom calls to duty, to devotion to the Fatherland and to the Kaiser, ring increasingly hollow…
This is a bit of a different read for me, I choose it because I always like to read something a bit different as you never know if you will enjoy it or not. I was pleasantly surprised that I did enjoy it. It is quite heavy going but in a fast paced kind of way. I do enjoy books set in the past and to find out what happened on the Western Front in 1918. It was a real eye opener and I discovered after reading this, that I hardly knew much about The Western Front but after reading this book I feel as though I have gained a great more deal of knowledge. The way Luke the author writes, you can almost imagine you are there in the trenches with all the men, smelling the gun powder and everything else. It is captivating and I went on a rollercoaster of emotions reading it, but I am glad I did as I feel as though I have learnt a great deal and I hope it helps other people learn things that they might not of known before. Such a great story too. I would be intrigued to read the other books in this series now too.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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