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Shoulder the Sky

Shoulder the Sky
Shoulder the Sky

By April 1915, Captain Joseph Reavley, now a chaplain in the army, attends to his soldiers in the trenches. An arrogant young war correspondent, Eldon Prentice, nephew of the respected General Cullingford, is found dead in ‘no man’s land’. But he has not been killed by enemy fire. Joseph has his suspicions as does his sister Judith, who is driver to General Cullingford. Behind the scenes, the man the Reavley’s have nicknamed ‘The Peacemaker’ is sabotaging Britain’s war effort.

  • "Joseph Reavley is an Army chaplain, and is heavily involved in giving such spiritual comfort as he may to the dying and wounded among the British troops. A note, here. Perry’s descriptions of warfare are accurate, and accordingly are horrific, though not gratuitously so. One can almost smell the smoke, see the fire, and hear the screams of the wounded in the midst of Perry’s description. That, by any reasonable definition is fine writing. An arrogant, insensitive war correspondent named Eldon Prentice interjects himself into the scene, and soon earns the animosity of virtually every soldier he encounters. When Prentice is found dead on the front lines, the reaction of one and all is good riddance. It becomes clear to Reavley, however, that Prentice is not a casualty of war but was the victim of a deliberate act of murder… The mystery of the man known as The Peacemaker… deepens within SHOULDER THE SKY. Matthew Reavley, brother to Joseph and Judith, continues in his role as a British intelligence officer to determine the identity of this mysterious figure, who seeks to unite the warring German and British nations into a common front which will then divide the other nations of the world between them…. Perry’s writing has never been better than it is in SHOULDER THE SKY… Read one and you’ll be hooked for good. Highly recommended." The Book Report, 2004
  • "Perry alternatively lifts and crushes emotions to craft this fine tale." The Good Book Guide,
  • "Beautifully written." Historical Novels Review,