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Shoulder the Sky (World War I #2)

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In the firmament of great historical novelists, Anne Perry is a star of the greatest magnitude. First there were her acclaimed Victorian mysteries, sparkling with passion and suspense. Now readers have embraced this bestselling new series of World War I novels–which juxtapose the tranquil life of the English countryside with the horrors of war.

By April of 1915, as chaplain
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Roman Clodia
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's now 1915, the first full year of the war: Joseph is a chaplain at Ypres, Matthew is still working in London for the Intelligence services, Judith is an ambulance driver at the front, and Hannah is the stay-at-home sister, anxious about her Navy husband. The series arc of the search for the 'Peacemaker', a man who wants to stop the war for an arguably worse world empire, continues, but there are also local stories contained within this volume: Judith's first love affair (albeit a restrained ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries (both series). I love some of the elegant phrases she turns. Here’s one: “They were moving around and around each other like a medieval dance, never touching.” (p. 95) I didn’t entirely warm to the first one in this World War One series, however. For me, it was both too introspective and more of a spy novel than the type of mysteries I expected from Ms. Perry. I thought the pacing dragged and, even though I have several hardbound volumes in the ...more
Mary JL
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery and historical fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author.
Shelves: fiction-classics
The second book of the Reavley/World War I series begins in 1915. Joesph Reavley is a chaplain, not a soldier but he shares all that his friends undergo. Rats, mud, cold; supply problems and of course the dreadful times when the soldiers leave the meager safety of the trenches and go "over the top".

As chaplain, besides assisting the soldiers in his unit, Joseph helps with the wounded--and prepares bodies to be shipped home. He is preparing the body of Eldon Prentice, a very war corres
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
The second novel of this series is set in spring/summer 1915 and is the first to take place after the declaration of war. That setting makes what is powerful in this novel poignant. The action is seen primarily through the horrors Chaplain/Capt. Joseph Reavley confronts in the trenches on the Western Front near Ypres. On top of mangled bodies, death, mud, rats, lice, cold, precipitation, and uncertainty, Reavley struggles with the inadequacies of his faith amidst such atrocity as well as with th ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, mystery
The first part of the book is three stars; the second half is definitely two. Perry does an excellent job of giving a reader a feel for life in the trenches, and the battle scenes are well-done. The mystery involving the death of a war reporter while "going over the top" is an interesting hook - especially since it looks like it was done by a friendly. Once the action gets into the larger story of the Reavley brothers trying to find the Peacemaker, I got distracted.
The problem with the second ha
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Second in the WWI series. I have now read this, the next and the final books in the series and enough is enough. This one is set in 1915 and features Joseph Reavley, an army chaplain based at Ypres, working in the front-line experienceing the horrors of gas warfare. The descriptions are historically accurate and uncompromising. Joseph spends a lot of time in no mans land retrieving the dead, dying and wounded. When Joseph discovers an arrogant war correspondant drowmed in a shallow foxhole, a mu ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War I is about eight months old and Joseph is serving as a chaplain with the units in France. His sister Judith is working as an ambulance driver and, for a while, driver for a General. Their brother Matthew remains in London working for the Intelligence Service. In their own way, each of them is still dealing with the loss of their parents the previous summer. A war correspondent, Eldon Prentice, shows up one day at the frontlines and quickly makes himself an enemy of everyone with his a ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it

When available to Anne Perry's books. I enjoy her work but find the quality of the quality of the disks to be very poor. This sometimes makes listening a challenge. This set of disks was especially bad. The problem will resolve itself when more of her work will be downloadable from the source I use.

I love World War I series. It provides a feel for the difficulties of the soldiers, complexity of the European community, and the impact on civilian populations. Perry concentrates on the soft boundar
Steph (loves water)
Four stars because it's Anne Perry, because she doesn't write crap, because she does her research, and knows how to tell a story. I got a little tired of the journalist-obsessed priest, but again, it's Anne Perry.
Tim Neukom
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book, Perry uses brilliant words, and depicts the story so well....I'm 14 and I loved it!!
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some of this book was hard reading due to description of war but very good history and very honest about the dee[questions we have in our hearts.
Mark Adkins
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for historical fiction so I am naturally predisposed to like this book. Luckily for me I found the book lived up to the buildup I created in my mind. Set during the horrors of World War One it continues from the first book in the series, "No Graves As Yet". There are elements from that book that continue into this book and further continue into the remaining books in the series. So while you can read this book in isolation it is recommended to read the complete series so you can ge ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started listening to the audio book, and finally decided to read the last chapter. There is a lot of philosophy in this book about the horrors of war. We are so far removed from WWI, but the horrors of this war are unimaginable. Trench warfare is so well evoked, as well as the mustard gas attacks by the Germans. Then Joseph, the chaplain who is the.main character throughout the series, leaves Ypres for leave, and ends up going to Gallipoli with all the horrors there. Australians and New Zealan ...more
TheIron Paw
First - read this series in order (I made the mistake of starting with #2). This novel provides a vivid picture of life in the trenches in early WWI, with a background of an espionage/treason investigation in Britain itself. The characters are well developed and realistic, however the plot at times seems a little contrived. I would have rated this book much higher except for a pivotal point near the end where the story descends into many pages of moralizing about the war (in a lifeboat in a stor ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
True to Anne Perry's style, this book shows the life of soldiers at the front in brutal description. The reader feels and smells the scenes as they are described. It's amazing to me that 20 short years later, the world was back at it again, concocting new and savage ways for us to kill and maim one another.
Woven through this novel and the ugliness of the war is faith, friendship, hope, and love.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second in this series, this one is an easier read than the first one. The characters are developed and we begin to care more what will happen to them. I was left wanting to know what happens next. You must read them in order though!
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taut read showing two diametrically opposed perspectives of war. Is it better to live in a form of peace
with little to no freedom or to suffer the horrors and death of war? Are we, indeed, our brothers' keepers?
Cynthia Repsher
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The horrors of war told from a personal perspective.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent writing as with the first in this WW1 series. Not as captivating as the first one, but held my interest the entire read.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Impressively sensitive on WW1, for light reading, but the international-conspiracy bits are annoyingly implausible
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
the second book in the WWI series. very well done and a good mystery that is , of course, not solved..wait till the next book! but the horrors of war in the trenches is vividly written. then look at the news pictures of the battle for mosul and the horror of war becomes today. the main theme in the mystery is whether or not a nation should give up freedom and/or principles for peace..a question still being asked today.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gritty & realistic (I presume!) depiction of life in the trenches, also at sea and in Galipoli; but the prose was rather 'wordy' in parts, & there was rather a lot of navel gazing. I was torn between giving it 3 or 4 stars, decided on balance to give it 4, but I'm not sure I'll bother seeking out the earlier book
Huw Rhys
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Juliet Hulme was 15 when she murdered her best friend's mother.

Born in Blackheath, London, the daughter of Dr. Henry Hulme, an English physicist, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis as a child and sent firstly to the Caribbean and then to South Africa in hopes that a warmer climate would improve her health. She rejoined her family when she was 13 in New Zealand.

Two years later, at the age of 15, Hulme and her best friend Pauline Parker murdered Parker's mother, Honorah Rieper.

The two girls had
Matthew Mole
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is where the series really gets going. The atmosphere and the characterizations are excellent. The plot for this book is standalone but it continues the arc for the series.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Audible version -- enjoyable!

I really enjoy "who done it" books with the classical style. I don't want blood and gore. But enjoy suspense and mystery.

As usual, Anne Perry did not disappoint. A good summer read or a good curl up with your cat during a rain storm read.

I enjoy these on Audible as it makes time in the car much more enjoyable.
This is the second book in this series. I actually preferred most of this book slightly more than the first. This book takes place primarily in Belgium in the early days of the First World War, at the beginning of the protracted trench war. Joseph, the primary character is a Chaplain with a unit of young men from his area in England. He seems to take on far more responsibility than I expect a Chaplain typically handled, but I could be wrong, and Perry does what she does best when Joseph is carry ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I intentionally picked this up at the library for 2 reasons: I recently discovered Anne Perry's books and have decided she is one of my newfound favorite authors - and the book's subject centered around World War I, an event about which I know very little. It turns out I started with the second book in a series of five, but I easily picked up on the story despite not having read the first book.

All I can say is that if my history teacher had assigned this book in high school, I would have been m
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Le Temps des Armes?

"Ma rencontre avec Anne Perry remonte à un certain temps maintenant mais celle avec la saga Reavley est bien plus récente. Après Avant la Tourmente, voici donc le deuxième volet."

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

"Nous sommes cette fois en 1915 et le cauchemar de la guerre est on ne peut plus réel. Alors que Matthew continue ses investigations au sein des services secrets, Joseph est aumônier dans les
Vittoria Corella
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Secondo volume della saga "Prima Guerra Mondiale" della Signora Perry. Joseph Reavley, insegnante di traduzioni bibliche (o qualunque cosa faccia Joseph per guadagnarsi la pagnotta) a Cambridge si trova adesso in Belgio, nelle trincee di Ypres, come cappellano militare, a raccattare pezzi di soldato dalla prima linea. Va dicendo a tutti che andrà tutto benone, magari mentre trecento metri più in là c'è un torso umano di uno centrato da una granata e dilaniato orrendamente.
Reavley è un inguaribi
Jess Swann
Un second tome qui nous plonge dans l'enfer de la guerre et nous permet de découvrir à travers le regard de Joseph (aumônier dans l'armée) les conditions de vie de Ypres mais aussi la camaraderie entre les soldats. C'est ici plus une "fresque historique" qu'une enquête policière (même si Joseph, Judith et Matthew ne perdent jamais de vue le Pacificateur). Dans les tranchées avec Joe et Judith, on découvre les conditions de vie des soldats étrangers venus défendre la Belgique : les rats, le froid ...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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