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Peace by Richard Bausch
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Mar 01, 11

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bookshelves: moral-issues, world-war-2

A short, quick read that keeps the book at a consistent pulse-pounding level, but also allows the reader to complete it in a couple hours. The book follows three soldiers who, after coming upon an Italian refugee, force him to guide them over a hill. The entire story develops over a few hours and it keeps the book moving.

While this is a WWII novel, it could be set at anytime. The message of the book is whether murder is a wartime necessity or are there rules to war. I thought the message was clear, yet wasn't beaten over the reader's head, but I thought the length of the book actually hurt the impact of this message. There's a murder at the beginning that is mentioned right away but, I personally felt that it would have had a greater feel if that part was drawn out a bit longer, to emphasize what all had occurred. But, that might just be me.

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