Wednesday, February 16, 2011

French Letters: Engaged in War

By Jack Woodville London

From the press release:

Engaged in War is the story of Will Hastings, a young Army doctor from Tierra, Texas, who arrives in Normandy amidst the D-Day landings and soon finds himself walking a moral tightrope between saving lives and a growing urge to avenge the death of his brother, his friends and the loss of control over his life. Isolated and unaware of troubles brewing back home, his story unfolds first in the make-shift field surgery and then on the battlefield, where he is wounded and then ordered to leave the field hospital and give testimony in a military court martial. On misstep in his account could lead to the death penalty for his best friend or the prosecution of the country girl who saved his life.”

Jack Woodville London is a historian who looks at the profound results of war. This is his second book in his acclaimed series. The first was Virginia’s War, which was a finalist for three top awards. If you go to his website (, you will learn about his letter’s project. London collects letters written by those who have been to war and brings them to light. You can also follow the link to his blog where he discusses some of the people he’s come in contact with while researching for his book and more.

Engaged in War is a fascinating novel. Not only is it an endearing story, the history behind it is evident and very interesting. The book covers a brief interlude in time – one year – yet there is so much emotion within these 319 pages. London is able to transport you right to the scene, creating a tale that is every bit as “engaging” as the title.

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