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Angels in the Gloom (World War I #3)

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With this latest entry in a bestselling series that evokes all the passion and heroism of history’s most heartbreaking conflict–the war that was meant to end all wars–Anne Perry adds new luster to her worldwide reputation.

Angels in the Gloom is an intense saga of love, hate, obsession, and murder that features an honorable English family–brothers Joseph and Matthew Reavley...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005)
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Johnny
Angels in the Gloom puts both Reavley brothers, co-protagonists of Anne Perry’s World War One series of mysteries/thrillers, in harm’s way. Angels in the Gloom is an emotional story. It features betrayal (emotional and national), infidelity (emotional and physical), espionage (intentional and unintentional), battle fatigue (physical and psychological) and even, unlike most of the previous stories, a rather vivid battle narrative. It is supposed to be a mystery, but the mystery isn’t very mysteri...more
Dav'ne (Davney)
Aug 08, 2011 Dav'ne (Davney) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dav'ne (Davney) by: Mother
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Laura Edwards
Much better than the last book in the series. And we get our first in depth look at Hannah's character, as I was hoping. I have to say, she is my favorite of the siblings. Why? Maybe because I can relate to her best. I've never served in the military or been in the middle of fighting, but I have worried and prayed about a loved one who was serving. I know what it's like to have my heart pounding in my throat when I needed to call an emergency hotline to find out if he was wounded or killed. I kn...more
Vittoria Corella
Terzo episodio della serie WW1 di Anne Perry. Il Cappellano militare Joseph Reavley riporta una ferita a Ypres che lo costringe a tornare in patria, dove passerà la convalescenza accudito dalla sorella Hannah. Nel Cambridgeshire riprenderà per qualche tempo la sua vecchia vita e risolverà, come suo solito, anche un caso d'omicidio. C'è una spia tedesca a St Giles?
Dunque, tre stelle a quest'episodio. Ma forse ne merita 3 e mezzo. La bellezza della storia sta tutta nel modo di ritrarre gli effetti...more
International Cat Lady
I really enjoyed this book - I found it to be as well-written as all of Anne Perry's other books, although it was the first in her WWI series that I had read. It probably would be better to read the WWI series in order, for even though this is a stand-alone book, it refers frequently to things that happened in previous books. Also, one aspect of the plot remained unresolved, and is undoubtedly visited in the following books in the series. That being said, I really enjoyed reading it, and thought...more
Sue
The story opens with Joseph attempting to rescue a soldier from no-man's land. Joseph is wounded in the effort, seriously enough to justify his return to England to recover. Brother Matthew is still working for the Secret Service and still determined to find the one they've called the Peacemaker. While Joseph is home recovering, a local brilliant scientist is murdered and suddenly there are cries of a traitor in their midst. Can the brothers find the truth?
I knew this series to be intense. It...more
DubaiReader
WWI who-done-it.
Read as an abridged audiobook.

This was a nice surprise. I had previously read A Christmas Guest and found it to be an unexciting who-done-it. I had expected something similar with Angels in the Gloom but was happy to find that the WWI aspect of the book lifted it considerably from the mundane.

The story begins with Joseph Reavley, a chaplain in the army, rescuing injured men from no-man's-land. When he is injured bringing back a man from his own village, he wakes in an army hospit...more
Alice
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Les Anges des Ténèbres?

"Ceci est le troisième tome de la saga des Reavley d'Anne Perry après "Avant la Tourmente" et "Le Temps de Armes".

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...


"Joseph est blessé dans le no man's land alors qu'il tente de porter secours à un autre soldat. Il est rapatrié dans son village natal, St Giles, le temps de guérir. Alors qu'il pense s'y reposer, un meurtre est commis dans le voisinage. Est-ce l'oeuvre d'u...more
Kellie
#3 of the WWI series-This book took me a very long time to read. For one thing, it’s been a few years since I read the first 2 books of the series. Note to authors who write series: Please summarize the plots of the previous books enough so that the reader is reminded of specific events. Especially if you are going to refer to them in future books. I had a hard time following this book when the author brought up historical events. Like for instance, how Joseph’s wife died. I forget the circumsta...more
Pamela
This novel leaves some loose ends--ready for the next book, I guess--but paints a dismal picture of England during WWI prior to America's entry into the war. Britain is suffering so many losses that it appears likely that they will be invaded by Germany and lose the war. While the book is fiction, of course, this looming disaster clearly reflects the reality that England faced. Such an honest setting that includes the divisiveness and pessimism on the home front makes the book worth reading, but...more
Dianne
Third in the WWI quintet, but if one works in a charity shop one tends to pick up any book which looks interesting. The setting is March 1916 and the war is going badly for the allies. Joseph Reavley is on sick leave, recovering from his injuries in his home village in Cambridgeshire. There he comes face to face with the impact of the war on the families and the community. Matters become more intense when a gifted scientist working on an anti-submarine weapon in a nearby secret laboratory is mur...more
Felicity
This series is proving a partial disappointment to this devoted Anne Perry reader. The mystery part of the plot has been rather slight, and its development dependent on hearsay and gossip. I must confess I found protagonist Joseph Reavley's inexorable logical unraveling less inexorable and logical than he did.

I was also troubled by the subplots or vignettes -- for example, that of Joseph's sister Judith, still driving ambulances in Flanders -- that didn't seem to resolve or even recur in the lat...more
Mary Ellen
I think I am getting accustomed to Anne Perry's style. This book was much less annoying than the prior 2 entries in this WWI tetralogy. She turns the spotlight on two of the Reavely siblings who had gotten less attention in the prior entries: Hannah the dutiful mother, and Matthew the wimpy intelligence guy. It turns out that their inner ramblings are every bit as much exasperation-inducing as Joseph's. (We're with Joseph quite a bit, too.)

As in the other two volumes, the book deals with an inte...more
Nicole
When I think about what was great in this book, I immediately come up with the setting. It all takes place in England, 1916, and I will say that Perry did great things with the atmosphere of despair and desperate hope. what I didn't realize when I picked it up (but see listed quite obviously as part of the title as I write now) is that it was the third book in a series. The jumping in the in the middle of the saga of the Reevely family was a little odd, and while the references to the past books...more
Sarah
This series is definitely not what I'd call strictly mystery, although Perry is known as a mystery novelist. It's more of an atmospheric, tense, character-driver thriller/mystery/war novel kind of hybrid. Whatever it it, it is not exactly what I'd usually pick up, but I'm really enjoying it. I liked this better than the last, because of the lesser focus on the battlefield, and more on the homefront and the espionage activities. The grim but determined atmosphere of England then is very nicely po...more
Rhonda
Anne Perry has written a series of five novels about an English family during WWI. One brother in secet intelligence, one a chaplain, a sister who is an ambulance driver and the sister at home who is mother and wife waiting for her British Admiral to come home in one piece.

Only the last 3 books of the series were available and I even read them wrong!! I read #4,#3, and am just starting #5. This particular book (#3) was so very different from the first one that I read. The first focused on the co...more
Chrissy
The third book in this WWI series takes us out of the trenches and back into civilian life, even if only temporarily. I liked getting the perspectives of the other characters in the series, and the sea battle at the end of the book was horrifyingly fascinating. Some of logic of how one of the characters discovers who murdered someone seemed flawed, but overall a great book!
Robin
This was an unexpected find. It is a powerful novel exploring the darkest hour of WWI in 1916 when men were dying relentlessly in a war of attrition with no progress being made. Men are dying or being maimed in hideous ways under obscene conditions in the trenches. Joseph Reavley is an army chaplain who is badly wounded pulling soldiers out of no-man's land, and goes home to recover. In the midst of this murder happens, but more importantly he must re-evaluate impossible choices of duty, honor,...more
Sharon Geisen
Good basic story line but too many pages of the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the book. Made the book drag and wanted to quit reading the book but stuck it out to the end. Story takes place in England during WWI centers on one family and their small village.
Joan Schrock
Anne Perry is a favorite author of mine and she did not disappoint with this novel of WWI. The effects of this war on a amilitary family in rural England and their village as a whole bring to light the total distruction of war on the lives of so many inocent and peace loving everyday people.
Veronica Sanche
An okay story with an interesting plot and good characters. Perry does not shirk from describing the horrors of war but I found all the platitudes that she had people express (understandable!) a bit tedious.
Pam
Didn't realize that this was the third book of a series when it was given to me, but I was still able to follow the story though I'm sure the earlier books fleshed out certain areas.

All and all though I generally don't read/listen to/watch war stories, I did enjoy this one. There was some mystery to the plot, and the characters were interesting. I also enjoyed the narrator who I have come across once before with "The Dark Mirror" audiobook.

War is a sad thing, but I suppose it can bring out the b...more
Anna
Mar 11, 2011 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Anne Perry fans, and anyone who enjoys historical mysteries
Angels in the Gloom is the third book in Anne Perry's World War One series. The Reavley siblings--Joseph, Hannah, Matthew, and Judith--continue to pursue their wartime occupations, although Joseph (an Army chaplain) is seriously wounded at the Western Front while trying to save a young solder and is sent home to England to recuperate. He becomes embroiled in an espionage situation near his home which involves longtime family friend (and best friend of the Revleys' father) Shanley Corcoran.

Wow. I...more
Heather
Overall, I really like Anne Perry. But this book took me weeks to read because I just couldn't keep it in hand. My mind wandered far too much. I read the first in this WW1 series and quite enjoyed it. So maybe the mistake was skipping #2. Even so, by the last 1/3 I was skipping through just to discover the ending. Anne Perry does impeccable research but there is so much repetition. It was driving me crazy. Also, Perry gives great setting details, so I always enjoy those--unless they are thrown r...more
Pao
I made a mistake; I should have read the second part of this series first, not that it wasn't a good novel; it was fantastic. As always Anne Perry manages to twist every moral fiber in our being with ancestral topics such as treason, honor, war and death. BUT, it makes a lot of references to characters and situations that happened on the second novel, and even situations of the first novel.
Great novel, DO NOT read if you haven't read the first two novels, otherwise the complexity of the characte...more
Olga
I am not sure if I can finish this one. The second one in the series was very good. This is the third one. The Peacemaker character seems to me to be an idiot - not sure why. The new romantic story line does not make sense to me. Those two things seem to be contrived. Finished it finally. Actually the suspense heightened towards the end of the book, so it was an east finish. I think this book is close to three stars but not quite exactly three, more like 2.7 or 2.8. I want to read the fourth boo...more
T
Dis appointed in the ending.
Noel
Audiobook. Great story and usual philosophical musings
Normandy
During the First World War England is trying to develop an underwater guidance system that would make certain the torpedoes and depth charges would strike their targets every time. Along with that Joseph Reavley is injured at Ypres Salient and is sent home. This book not only describes some of the background of the military and Secret Intelligence Service, but it also draws the reader into the day-to-day living and thoughts of the villagers of Cambridgeshire.
Christine Page
Anne Perry brings World War I alive. Joseph is in the trenches, Judith drives an ambulance, Hannah is at home dealing with the homefront while her husband commands a ship, and Matthew works for Military Intelligence. The brothers and sisters are bound to find the man responsible for the death of their parents before the war began. Following their lives during the war brings this war and its tragedies to life.
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry", the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several cate...more
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