The Winter Soldier

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.

But ucius has never lifted a surgeon 's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the oman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the rai, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever.

From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the astern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is the tory of war and medicine, of family, of finding happines in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the flaw we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.
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Published September 11th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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The Winter Soldier is a tory of war and medicine, of finding love when one least expects it, a tory of the istakes we make and how we try to atone for them.I really enjoyed this book and I picked this one up in the book store purely because I could not resist the stunning cover.

A very well written historical fiction novel that I think any readers will enjoy.

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I 'm conflicted on my rating because the first 1/2 to 3/4 of the novel was easily a 5 tar read, but then it took a turn I did n't care for.

I had watched the excellent Apocalypse: World War I on the National Geographic channel and the imager and stories were vivid in my imaginatio as I read.

Together they make quite an interesting team.The author does a great job describing the horrors of war and the effec on the me, both physical and ental.

I loved this section of the novel.Even in the aftermat of the horrors of war the author wisely chose to add occasional subtle ( and sometimes not so subtle) wit and humour.

Other readers who enjoy the romance genre a bit better than I do loved the storie.

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It ’ s the eginning of World War I.

It ’ s known for its high casualties and gruesome war fare.

Instead of the regional war hospital he envisions, where he expects to learn from real doctors, he finds a “ freezing first aid station with an armed, half mad nurse and an operating table salvaged from the pews ” of the church the building formerly was.

He struggles to deal with typhus, frostbite, lice, rats and what we now call PTSD.

He helps us to understand what the soldiers and their doctors were dealing with.

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Then the war came closer and they became separated.OH, the writing; the war; the love tory that makes it all the more bearable until that love is interrupted and the eartbreak is palpable.

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Fortunately for him and for the en who are being pulled maimed from the battlefield, they have Sister Margarete.

ucius learns about more than just medicine.

ucius learns this lesson in stark technicolor.

Mannlicher over her houlder, her fingers still muddy from rummaging for roots. ” They become closer, not because she has shared her life or past with him, but because the spectre of death adds immediacy and shatters the normal precepts with which people formulate their lives.

When Lucius becomes separated from the hospital and from Margarete, he will have some tough decisions to make about who he is now and who he wants to be.

I kept thinking about how eas it is for people to find one another in the chaos of war.

World War One ended on November 14th, 1918.

Reading this book will allow you to experience what it is like to try to have any semblance of a life when the entir world is being obliterated by chaos, fire, rubble, death, hunger, and malaria.

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