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At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,359 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Anne Perry’s gift for illuminating the heart’s deepest secrets shines through in her bestselling series of World War I novels. With compelling immediacy, she depicts the struggles of men and women torn by their convictions and challenged by the perils of war.
July 1917. Joseph Reavley, a chaplain, and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver, are bone-weary as they approach
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published October 2nd 2006)
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Roman Clodia
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th of Anne Perry's quintet of novels set before and during the first world war. I was a little unsure of what to expect, given both her reputation as a crime novelist specialising in the Victorian period, and the sometimes easy and simplistic fiction set during periods of war, but found this book far more engaging and morally complex or ambiguous than I had expected.

It is 1917 and Joseph Reavley is chaplain of his regiment being massacred at Passchendaele; while his sister is drivin
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Tamora Pierce
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical, adult
The third of Perry's WWI series featuring the Reavsley siblings, this book revolves around a mutiny in the regiment in which Joseph is a captain/chaplain and which his sister Judith serves as an ambulance driver. A new, rigid, ignorant major, a general's son, is discovered dead, killed by an English bullet, and the truth soon emerges that 12 men held a kangaroo court, found him guilty of ignoring the advice of more seasoned combat generals, and holding a mock execution in which one of the bullet ...more
TJ
Mar 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good book and good story. One of the best quotes about ministry I've seen in a while comes from this book.

“Maybe that was what a chaplain’s job really was- not to teach others to believe, but to be seen to believe oneself. To stand no so much for a specific faith, but for the endurance of faith, for its power to outlast everything else."

It's lead me to a new understanding of chaplaincy. Very cool.
Ange
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was actually an audio book. I was advised that Anne Perry's books in the WWI period weren't very good. So naturally I liked it very much. Yes, she again had a lot to say about the suffering of war--but she also gave you characters that worry about the moral questions.
Nikki
The fourth in Perry's WWI series, the Reavley siblings continue to search for The Peacemaker amid the carnage of the trenches. One really needs to read all 5 of the books in order.
Mommalibrarian
Fourth in the WWI series. Drama maintained until the end.
Stephanie Pieck
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Anne Perry continues her excellent World War I series with this fourth installment. We are plunged into the heart of England and France and into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Matthew, Judith and all those connected to them. Murder and intrigue swirl at the center of the story, and as in past books, Joseph, an Army chaplain, must examine what he thinks he believes and who he thought he knew. In lesser hands, this revisitation of the same theme with the same characters could become tired and clo ...more
Marcia
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Realized I never finished this series Anne Perry wrote about WWI's Western Front, and wanted to go back and complete the series. She didn't disappoint. Her descriptions of the soldier's lives on the frontline, the mud, rats, rain, fear, suffering, hunger and how the British soldiers survived going over the lines again and again is gripping. She also touches on the stories of those on the homefront tying it all together in a beautiful tale of trying to look at war and how we view it - no right or ...more
Jean Boobar
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anone interested in moral choices during lethal battles of WWI
Recommended to Jean by: Just picked up the recorded book at the Library after reading the blurb on the back
I was bogged down a bit at the first of the book, but was soon swept up by the intense story being told of the torment of war and decisions made by the battle weary soldiers. The key figure in the story is the chaplain whose sister is an ambulance driver at the front. In addition to those two, the story also followed their brother who was trying to unmask the "Peacemaker" who had committed murder and treason in his attempt to stop Britain from winning the war. Well-written with stark description ...more
Sharyn
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been listening to this series so it has taken me longer than usual, but this is really a great story, and I have learned more about WWI than I ever knew. Truly horrific trench warfare, I am just amazed that anyone survived. This is book 4 out of 5 , and each is a.murder mystery, philosophical discussion of war and religion, and a story of 2 brothers and 2 sisters that bring to life 1917 England. I am writing this after finishing the last book, which brings the overarching story of the hun ...more
Mark Adkins
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction
This is the fourth book in the World War One series by Anne Perry. With this series it is important to read the previous books in the series prior to reading this one as the series incorporates an overall mystery in addition to the mystery in each individual book.

What I like best about this book (and the series in general) is the depiction of life in World War One, this time 1917. If you are a fan of historical fiction then you will like this book.
Soozee
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fourth in this series set in WW1, the characters are now well established and we care what happens to them. The grind of War is portrayed well, and they are all feeling very worn down.

I have enjoyed this series and look forward to the final volume for all the ends to be tied together.
Virginia
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continuing series on WWI - same family. Much of book was about the investigation into the murder of an officer because his terrible decisions were causing needless deaths of his men. The parties escaped, but Joseph, the Chaplain, managed to resolve it.
Mary Greiner
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the historical nature of this novel, but the histrionics of the characters seem over the top.
Susan
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Why did that war go on like that? Such tragedy Anne Perry's writings makes my heat sob
Margie
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Each book in the series has a seperate mystery not connected with the over all theme of the series. So far have been very interesting. Looking forward to the next book.
JBradford
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am very fond of Anne Perry's novels; they are of earlier times and she seems to have a voice that is particularly well matched for those times. This one, which is set nearly three quarters of a century after the Inspector Monk mysteries I have been reading, is a gut-wrenching novel of the front-line fighting and the back-line battles of minds during World War I. I have to presume, although the publisher does not say so (what is wrong with these people?) that this is both a sequel to at least o ...more
Tiffany Wacaser
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I think Anne Perry is one of the finest authors of historical mysteries I have ever read. She has such a fine sense of atmosphere and really delves into the character's lives, personalities and feelings and places them in the most extraordinary situations where every character is tested almost beyond endurance. Perry also analyzes historical and moral issues with such delicacy and balance that I feel I have a much better understanding of important issues. Of course, Perry excels at character dev ...more
Victoria
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series turned out to be not at all what I expected it to be. I suppose I was expecting more of what Perry offers in her Victorian mysteries. But this is less mystery and more war drama and intrigue. It's definitely not what I would call my ideal mystery, I prefer the traditional "fair play" mysteries, where I am able to play detective, am presented with a handful of suspects, and a bunch of clues, some red herrings, and am given a chance to solve the whole shebang myself before the denoueme ...more
Kathi
Okay, die allgemeine Storyline dieses Buchs fand ich gar nicht schlecht, aber die Ausführung? Hmm ... ich habe schon einige Anne Perry Bücher gelesen, und es sind immer die gleichen Dinge, die mich stören, aber ich mag sie normalerweise trotzdem, weil sie spannend sind. Nicht so dieses. Man kann sich von Anfang an denken, was passieren wird, und genauso kommt es dann auch, allerdings teilweise auf völlig seltsamen und unnötigen Umwegen.

Dinge die mich stören:
- Es wird zu viel Gelaber gehalten. Es
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A.L. Sowards
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, wwi-fiction, fiction
This is the 4th book in a series of 5. I’ve thought the previous novels were enjoyable on average—even if Perry paces her books slightly slower than I prefer my fiction, at least she does her research. Imagine my disappointment to read about how the Americans joined the war in January 1917 (it was actually April)—a mistake repeated several times throughout the book. It made me wonder if there were other problems that I just wasn’t catching.

If you ignore the historical errors, it’s not a bad boo
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Alice
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Les Tranchées de la Haine?

"Ceci est le quatrième volet de la saga des frères Reavley que j'ai commencé il y a un petit moment et que je finirai bientôt avec le cinquième et dernier tome."

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


"Joseph est reparti dans les tranchées et en ce mois de Juillet 1917, le moral de ses hommes est au plus bas. Certaines rumeurs de mutinerie commencent même à circuler et lorsqu'un major complètement incompé
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Mary Ellen
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: extremely patient Perry fans
I am really skimming these Anne Perry WWI books now (one to go!), and the primary merit of this one is that it is shorter than the earlier ones. (And, in a less snarky vein, Perry gives lots of period detail that makes the scene very real, very 3-dimensional. That is her strength in these books. Not plot. Not character. And, dear heaven, not dialogue. And tel me, please: did villagers really give their sons names like TIDDLY WOP in the late 19th century???)

Her plotting grows sillier. While the P
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Sue
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
World War I has been dragging on for three years at this point. Joseph is still chaplain with his regiment in the trenches, Judith is still driving an ambulance transporting the wounded to first aid stations, and Matthew is still in London working for Intelligence. At the front, a respected officer is killed and is replaced by a young officer out of his depth. When that officer dies soon after arrival, it is found to be from British fire and members of the regiment Joseph serves are arrested as ...more
Laura
I barely finished this book. I have read the 3 books in the series leading up to this one and become increasingly disappointed in each. Perry has a wonderful subject to write about. There are an unlimited number of stories and plot lines she could follow. And when she does what she does best - give the reader a clear view of a world at a specific place in time and at a specific location - the book shines. The detail she provides in her narrative is always impressive.

However, this series has an o
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Kat Leache
Jun 01, 2007 rated it liked it
Thank God for my mom's bookstore browsing...she discovers a lot of authors that would probably never come on my radar. I had an all-to-brief period of being in the literary know, when I worked at Square Books--it was super easy to keep up with the good shit coming out. Since then, I've had to rely on other sources. My mom is a really good one. Candy and I don't tend to precisely the same taste, but what she's really good at is ferreting out really high quality easy reading stuff. I had no idea s ...more
Estibaliz79
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Lo dejamos en el punto medio de las tres estrellas, porque he tenido la sensación de que esta historia ya la había leído antes. No sólo porque se den infinidad de vueltas en torno a los mismos temas que en la última novela de Anne Perry que me leí no hace tanto ("Justicia Ciega" de la serie de Monk): justicia y moral, en más de una acepción, cuando el modo en que los acontecimientos y la resolución del caso pueden afectar a la ídem de las tropas se cuestiona también interminablemente; si no tamb ...more
Robin
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Book 4 in Perry's WWI series, is more human in many ways, and we see more deeply and in some cases endearingly into Joseph Reavley's character, but the mystery itself of an an inept and dangerous officer being killed by some of them men of his command gets convoluted and confusing at times. I struggled some in believing Joseph's choices were all consistent with the character-to-date, and the plots connections to novel 2 in the series made me a bit confused about Joseph forcing his friend Sam fak ...more
A.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Still moving along. Peacemaker is still elusive but showing signs of making mistakes as all antagonist are want to do. Mmmmm....An interesting theme through this book and the last focuses on the responsibility of the press to tell the public the whole truth about the war and the true experiences the men/women endure while in the trenches. WWI was not a smooth or well handled war. The war to end all wars basically introduced warfare that the contemporary military were not use to. Chemical warfare ...more
Gail
The fourth in the series, second to the last. Each novel has a formula with an overarching mystery that stretches across all five novels. Each novel talks about World War I, its horrendous loss, terrible conditions, and heartbreaking struggles of the heart. At the core of each novel is a murder that must be solved. Over all of that is the mysterious presence of the Peacemaker, an Englishman in the highest levels who manipulates circumstances to move the war towards a lasting peace -- a peace of ...more
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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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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