29 June 2008

New historical fiction on Canada in the First World War

I recently received an e-mail from a reader of this blog, retired Canadian Forces' officer Michael J. Goodspeed, mentioning that he'd recently published his latest book through Blue Butterfly Books, an historical novel called Three to a Loaf: A Novel of the Great War. As the publisher's website notes:
Three to a Loaf is the First World War story of Rory Ferrall, a young Canadian officer of Anglo-German descent who, after being wounded and disfigured at Ypres, comes to the attention of British military intelligence. Ferrall's German background is valuable to the war's planners. Hundreds of German-Americans had returned to the Fatherland to fight for the Kaiser at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and the British captured one. Cleverly trained to impersonate the captured German-American officer, Ferrall is smuggled into wartime Germany to infiltrate the German General Staff and discover their top-secret plan to break the stalemate on the Western Front.

A page-turning novel of war and espionage, Three to a Loaf is also a portrait of societies and individuals pushed to the breaking point, and in some cases, beyond. Michael Goodspeed artfully blends the tension of a thriller with period detail, the detached commentary of a nitty-gritty travelogue, and psychological understanding of a harried man facing soul-destroying ethical decisions.
Copies of the novel can be purchased from the publisher's website or at bookstores such as Chapters.

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