Heart of War: A Novel

Heart of War A Novel Against a backdrop of the middle years of the Great War the characters in this book reach out to one another to find love and comfort during a time of trial and desolation Thus the men and women of E

  • Title: Heart of War: A Novel
  • Author: John Masters
  • ISBN: 9780070407824
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Against a backdrop of the middle years of the Great War, the characters in this book reach out to one another to find love and comfort during a time of trial and desolation Thus the men and women of England survive, the battlefields of Flanders, Paschendaele, and Verdun No matter how desperate the situation, they strive to rise above it.It is also a time when President WAgainst a backdrop of the middle years of the Great War, the characters in this book reach out to one another to find love and comfort during a time of trial and desolation Thus the men and women of England survive, the battlefields of Flanders, Paschendaele, and Verdun No matter how desperate the situation, they strive to rise above it.It is also a time when President Woodrow Wilson decides to lead an isolationist America into battle in the trenches of Europe American born Johnny Merritt leaves his English wife to return home, enlist in the 16th Division, and be among the first Americans to fight in the global conflict Truly, this is a story whose dimensions take in the entire world.Paramount among the characters are Colonel Quentin Rowland, for fifteen months commander of the Weald Light Infantry, who admires his men so much for the sacrifices they make on the battlefield that he can forgive his adjutant, Archie Campbell, for having fallen in love with his wife.There is Christopher Cate, the Squire, an expert in philosophy, Greek, and Latin He falls in love with the American widow Isabel Kramer, but because his wife has deserted him to fight for the cause of Ireland in the Easter Rebellion, the Squire is torn between his marriage vows, his duties to his townspeople, and the love he feels for Mrs Kramer.In his dashing RAF uniform, Guy Rowland does not look like a killer But with 32 German planes to his credit, the handsome pilot cannot shake the sickness he endures each time he scores a victory He falls in love with the devastatingly beautiful Marchioness of Jarrow, the former Florinda Gorse and daughter of Probyn a cunning poacher who is locked in a blood feud with the Earl of Swanwick over hunting and fishing rights.

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    About "John Masters"

    1. John Masters

      Masters was the son of a lieutenant colonel whose family had a long tradition of service in the Indian Army He was educated at Wellington and Sandhurst On graduating from Sandhurst in 1933, he was seconded to the Duke of Cornwall s Light Infantry DCLI for a year before applying to serve with the 4th Prince of Wales s Own Gurkha Rifles He saw service on the North West Frontier with the 2nd battalion of the regiment, and was rapidly given a variety of appointments within the battalion and the regimental depot, becoming the Adjutant of the 2nd battalion in early 1939.During World War II his battalion was sent to Basra in Iraq, during the brief Anglo Iraqi War Masters subsequently served in Iraq, Syria and Persia In early 1942, he attended the Indian Army Staff College at Quetta Here he met the wife of a fellow officer and began an affair They were later to marry This caused a small scandal at the time.After Staff College he first served as Brigade Major in 114th Indian Infantry Brigade before being poached by Joe Lentaigne, another officer from 4th Gurkhas, to be Brigade Major in 111th Indian Infantry Brigade, a Chindit formation From March, 1944, the brigade served behind the Japanese lines in Burma On the death of General Orde Wingate on 24 April, Lentaigne became the Chindits overall commander and Masters commanded the main body of 111 Brigade.In May, the brigade was ordered to hold a position code named Blackpool near Mogaung in northern Burma The isolated position was attacked with great intensity for seventeen days and eventually the brigade was forced to withdraw Masters had to order the medical orderlies to shoot 19 of his own men, casualties who had no hope of recovery or rescue Masters later wrote about these events in the second volume of his autobiography, The Road Past Mandalay.After briefly commanding the 3rd battalion of his regiment, Masters subsequently became GSO1 the Chief of Staff of Indian 19th Infantry Division, which was heavily involved in the later stages of the Burma Campaign, until the end of the war After a spell as a staff officer in GHQ India in Delhi, he then served as an instructor at the British Army Staff College, Camberley He left the army after this posting, and moved to the United States, where he attempted to set up a business promoting walking tours in the Himalayas, one of his hobbies The business was not a success and, to make ends meet, he decided to write of his experiences in the army When his novels proved popular, he became a full time writer.In later life, Masters and his wife Barbara moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA He died in 1983 from complications following heart surgery His family and friends scattered his ashes from an aeroplane over the mountain trails he loved to hike General Sir Michael Rose, the former UN commander in Bosnia, is a stepson of Masters.

    515 thoughts on “Heart of War: A Novel”

    1. This is the second book of the Loss of Eden series.This is the most impressive book on World War I I've read so far. The author provides a real dramatization of the battlefields of Flandres, Paschendaele and Verdun.About the main characters:Johnny Merritt, born in America, decides to leave his English wife to return home, enlists in the 16th Division, and he is among the first Americans to fight in this treacherous war.Colonel Quentin Rowland lead for 15 months the command of the Weald Light Inf [...]



    2. I read the first of the Loss of Eden trilogy (Now, God be thanked) a few months ago and thought it was excellent, and it made me want to read the second and third books as well. This is the second of the trilogy and is also excellent. John Masters is a really good author and here he weaves a story about the lives of 4 families from a small Kent community, plus the lives of a few other people such as some American industrialists, and a local entrepreneur, into a chronology of the First World War. [...]


    3. My only problem with this book is that there are so many plot lines and some of them are not developed as fully as I would like. I also did not like how some of the plot lines were resolved, especially Bob Stratton's.However, I am emotionally invested in these characters and must read the sequel to find out how the WWI ends for all of them.


    4. Love this trilogy and I am reading it again for the first time in over 30 years. Okay, the characters might be a bit stereotyped in the rich and poor of the times, but loved it all the same.



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