Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad and poignant tale, 19 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Secret Battle (Kindle Edition)
The Secret Battle is told from the point of view of a man narrating, and lamenting, the fate of his friend, Harry, who he served with in World War One. Harry begins, like many other young men of his era, with a strong sense of patriotism and excitement about fighting, but as the harsh realities of warfare wear him down he begins to lose his faith in fate, without feeling able to leave.

I found this book particularly interesting as most of the fiction I have read on the First World War tends to have been set on the Western Front, in the trenches. The Secret Battle however, is set mainly in the Middle East - narrating the problems faced by troops fighting in Gallipoli. Instead of rain and soggy trenches they were faced with blistering heat, sandstorms and plagues of insects, as well as various diseases, the most common being dysentry.

It is a sad book, but an important one and a must read for anyone interested in the experiences and courage of the soldiers who fought during the Great War.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and moving, 15 Dec 2013
By 
Ian Barker (Bolton, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Secret Battle (Kindle Edition)
A powerful and moving account of the life of a junior infantry officer during the Great War. Published in 1919 the novel draws on Herbert's own experiences in the conflict. Although the narrative can sometimes feel a little dated by modern standards it has an immediacy that is obviously informed by recent experience.

As the action moves from Gallipoli to the Somme it vividly portrays the physical and mental stresses of modern warfare. Neither does it shy away from the establishment's lack of understanding of the problems men in the trenches faced.

There's a certain doomed inevitability to the ending that leaves the reader saddened.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 7 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Secret Battle (Kindle Edition)
Not really knowing what the book was about as such is was better than expected and I was not expecting the ending. Great detail helps you "try" and imagine being there and you can though fully understand what the soldiers went through. It does however make you angry at the unnecessary loss of life.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Secret Battle
The Secret Battle by A P Herbert
£2.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews