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We Shall Not Sleep (World War One) (World War One)

By Anne Perry & Michael Page (Narrator)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Apr 10, 2007
Publisher   Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged
ISBN  1593550723  
EAN  9781593550721  

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In November 1918, as the guns of World War I fall silent, the Reavley siblings discover the identity of the Peacemaker, the man who had murdered their parents, but when Matthew is accused of the murder of a young nurse, his chaplain brother Joseph and ambulance driver sister Judith must race against time to clear his name, before they can unmask the traitor. Simultaneous.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch, and the William Monk novels, including Blood on the Water and Blind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.

Anne Perry lived in Scotland. Anne Perry was born in 1938 and died in 1998 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Head of St. Giles Junior School in Warwickshire, UK.

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disappointed  Oct 25, 2008
I am a big Anne Perry fan. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I felt, however, that each succeeding book was just more of the same: life in the trenches, Joseph solving a mystery, and platitudes about the necessity of holding on to the war for the sake of Jolly Old England.
I was frankly really bored by the end of the series.
Bringing the series to a close in a myriad of conspiracies  Jun 13, 2008
Since last November, I've been reading Anne Perry's series of novels about the Reavley family and their involvement in World War One. Each novel of the five volume series is set in succeeding years of the conflict that really marked the end of the nineteenth century and the start of the twentieth.

For the Reavleys, the war has been more than just a conflict. Their parents, John and Alys, were murdered on the day when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, and the great European powers were drawn into a massive war that took a terrible toll in human lives and toppled empires. In John's possession was a document that would have brought a lasting peace, but the price would have been a terrible one. Now his children -- Joseph, Matthew and Judith -- are struggling to find the identity of the person behind their parents' murder, known only as The Peacemaker.

Joseph has spent the last five years as a chaplain on the front lines in Belguim, trying to save what lives he can by bringing back the wounded from the front, and giving what comfort he can to the dying. In addition to what he has seen in the midst of battle, he has some deeply rooted scars from his past that still simmer. Working alongside him as an ambulance driver is his youngest sister, Judith, who has proven herself again and again, facing the same shortages as everyone else, and the same dangers. Matthew is working in London as an intellegence officer, desperately trying to find the truth about the Peacemaker.

Now it is November 1918. The Germans are still fighting, but thousands of them are putting down their weapons and surrendering. The war could be over in a matter of months or even days. But there are still plenty of dangers for all of them -- the British soldiers are roughing up the Germans, and tempers are getting frayed and ugly. In London, Matthew recieves a surprising offer -- the Peacemaker's counterpart in Germany is willing to come and reveal the identity of the Peacemaker, without any conditions. For it seems the Peacemaker has come up with an even more appalling plan -- he wants to continue the war, creating a never ending war, and reviving the German empire from the ashes.

To complicate matters, one of the nurses, Gwen Price, has been found brutally murdered, her naked body flung on a rubbish heap. Joseph is called upon to find who did it, but before he can unravel the mystery, the German officer with the information appears, and is charged with the murder. To complicate matters, his brother Matthew, who has arrived to escort the officer and the valuable information back to London is also arrested for the crime.

There are quite a few red herrings and subplots that are being wrapt up in this book. Lizzie Blaine, from a previous novel, reappears, forcing Joseph to contemplate a life beyond the endless warfare, and so has Richard Mason, the war correspondent that Judith has become close to. Along the way there are vivid descriptions of life and especially death on the Western front, with all of the attendant misery, mud, filth and lost lives.

While the ending is a bit too pat, all of the loose ends are tidied up, and there's even a promise of happiness in the future, short lived as we living in the here and now will know it will be. Perry manages to pack an awful lot of action into the space of a few days, all of it moving at a near breakneck speed. In between all of that, she has her characters endlessly thinking about the past, what is happening now, and what they can do to stop the onrushing disaster that will happen if they can't stop the Peacemaker.

In fact, it's that rumination and raking over the past that caused me the greatest amount of annoyance with the story. Over and over, Ms Perry tells us once again the how and why and who the Peacemaker has murdered -- just as she had done in the previous four novels. It gets tiresome, and assumes that the reader has the attention span of a rabid gerbil. It does very little to push the story along, and instead slows it down very much.

Now that I've completed reading the series, some thoughts overtook me. Perry has managed to do something very different than her ongoing series set in the Victorian World. For one, these five books have a definate begining and end, and she lets her main characters mature, instead remaining the static observers of the mysteries. Everyone in this one makes mistakes, rash decisions, and moves forward in their thinking and maturity. I do hope that Ms. Perry will continue along with sort of writing, and expanding beyond the 'whodunit' novel.

Another valid point is that Ms. Perry is very much a pacificist, and she draws comparisons to the warfare of the 1910's with our own modern times, and while it does take a strong stomach to read some of her descriptions of death and humans caught up in misery, she does it without getting too preachy about it.

Overall, the series gets about a four star rating. It's better than most novels set in World War One, and she works very hard to capture the feel and nature of warfare that is brutal even by modern standards. One caveat is that the series really does need to be read in order, as so much of the narrative relies on what has gone on before.

If you want something different than the usual rah-rah valiant hero in the middle of chaos of war, then this series should satisfy. While I doubt that I will ever reread these in the future, they are an excellent series of books, and worth the effort to get through.

Four stars. Recommended.
Great series, rambling book...  Dec 31, 2007
I've been reading mostly mysteries and histories of WWI for a few years now. I was recommended to this series, and though I don't read Perry's other mysteries and haven't for many years, I enjoyed this series of hers. It prompted me to go online looking for good historical sites on WWI, and learning about our past is a good thing.

This last book of hers, though I read it quickly, was very preachy and rambling. Part of the reason I continued to read it so fast is I agree with most, if not all the points Perry was trying to make in this book. The plot was fine, it just took a very long time to get to the end that readers had been waiting so long for. The Reavley brothers and sisters continued their quest to bring down the Peacemaker, even though the end of the war is near. They fear that he will attempt to sabotage the treaty in order to enable Germany to rearm itself again in order to seek an Empire of its own, and on its own terms. Those terms will include the curbing of individual rights and the freedoms that the British (and the Americans) at that time held so dear.

This was the culmination of this series. Perry used this book (more than the others) to cover several topics important to her about equality of women, the ability of individuals to make their own choices, etc. It wasn't that she didn't have the right to discuss this even in a mystery, but rather that she kept returning to the topic again and again. this is a problem that maybe her reviewers/publishers should have brought up to her prior to printing the book. But she is such a famous and lucrative author, they probably decided to let this problem alone.

Nevertheless, this series is well-done and enjoyable for the most part. It taught me a lot and I will probably go dig out some more WWI history books to gain more insight into what happened. Again, I am sorry that our history classes in high school did not spend enough time on this topic, so we can avoid an all-out war involving the whole world.

Karen Sadler
I did go to sleep  Aug 23, 2007
Anne Parry's series set in WWI began as an enthralling tale of murder and espionage. Unfortunately, there is only so much mud and blood one can absorb before interest lags and the tale becomes repetitive and tiresome. Her four part series could easily have been shortened to three.
We Shall Not Sleep  May 31, 2007
Anne Perry used all five books in this series to paint a multidimensional portait of the Reavely family. I mourn their parting. I especially loved Joseph Reavely who desperately held onto the threads of his faith, even while facing the worst situations humankind could throw at him. He was humble and authentic and did not leave anyone to die alone. Anne also painted a portrait of our world during this uncelebrated and mostly forgotten era. I enjoyed every page.

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