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Dodging Shells

4.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The war is raging through Italy in 1943, and a young Canadian soldier struggles to stay alive. But nothing can dampen his sense of humour—not hunger or horror or the shellfire that doesn’t always miss. Not month after month in the thick of the fight. Tommy is irrepressible.
It doesn’t sound like much fun? Well, it is...the way Tommy tells it.
Make no mistake. Tommy’s not fi
ebook, 212 pages
Published October 3rd 2011
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Marianne Wheelaghan
Nov 07, 2011 Marianne Wheelaghan rated it really liked it
I have already read and enjoyed the author's first book Once More From The Beginning so was looking forward to reading Dodging Shells. I was not disappointed. Tommy is a young Canadian soldier stationed in Italy during WW2, who writes to his twin sister of his experiences. His letters are both funny and poignant and give a genuine insight into what it must have been like to live through and survive very difficult times. He is a wonderful character, and I'd defy any reader not to be rooting for h ...more
Karen Charbonneau
Nov 06, 2011 Karen Charbonneau rated it it was amazing
The author has vividly written in epistolary form a young man's World War II experience fighting in Sicily and up through Italy with the 148th Highlanders of Canada. It is well-written and visual. You are beside Tommy as he tries to keep his sense of the ridiculous, fighting in issued khaki shorts in mud and rain, hoping the winter uniforms catch up to his unit soon; wearing down his boot soles, so that a nail digs into his foot; occasionally getting a warm shower from a bath truck. Always hungr ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The author gives life to a period of time I know very little about—World War II, the brave 48th Canadian Highlanders “boots on the ground” fighting force. When I finished “Dodging Shells” I was in awe of these men. I felt I had a glimmer of understanding about what they endured, although I would never claim to truly understand a warrior’s experience.

The story is told through a series of letters from Tommy to his twin sister back in Canada, “Kath.” The very first letter starts off with a bang as
Robert Davidson
May 16, 2012 Robert Davidson rated it it was amazing
There have been few occasions when I have envied the ability of the author of the book I am reviewing -- actual, green-eyed, spitting envy. Dodging Shells has effortlessly claimed top place in that group and has motivated me to try harder in my own writing. I freely admit I can offer no constructive criticism for improvement.
The first chapter, or letter, is brilliantly written; descriptive, graphic, honing the reader's interest with consummate skill in the manner in which our scribe makes himsel
Scott Skipper
Sep 24, 2012 Scott Skipper rated it really liked it
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There will probably never be a better war story than All Quiet on the Western Front, but Dodging Shells deserves to be on the same shelf. Ms. Bertsch has produced an extraordinary piece of work with this WWII tale told as a series of letters from a Canadian soldier to his twin sister. It’s a poignant, funny, honest and brilliant way to tell the story of the author’s father’s experiences as he and his Canadian comrades in arms fought their way from Sicily to northern Italy. Sometimes Corporal, so ...more
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I’m a Canadian author--a pragmatic optimist with rather eclectic interests and a pervasive sense of humour.

Toronto born and bred, I live by the lake with a motley array of dogs and a cat, all but myself being of unknown origin, in a comfortable old house filled with books. Over a thousand books. Books in every nook and cranny. And now, since there can never be too many books, I'm writing more.

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