Martin lay on his back with his hands behind his head, and Simone curled against the side of his body with her arm across his chest.
“That terrible day I went to the front and I helped a man who’d been hurt,” Martin said quietly. “One day you may see pictures of what it was like, because it’s impossible to describe complete and total devastation.” He turned his head and looked into Simone’s beautiful eyes. “If we go on like this we’ll lose this war. The British and Empire armies have been decimated, while the French army must be in disarray. I don’t see a way out of where we are.” Martin looked deeper into her eyes. “We wasted a quarter of a million casualties to take a few miles of ground, on top of the four-hundred thousand they lost last year on the Somme.”
“If you talk about what you’re going through that will help.”
“Yes, I’m a lucky man. I have someone to talk with. Most don’t.”
“How long are you here?”
“You will feel better after two weeks.”
Martin cupped her firm, fleshy bottom. “I feel better already, ma cherié.”
About the Book
Author: Mark Morey
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1917, the mud of Flanders soaked up the blood of a quarter of a million men. If the war continued like that, the Allies would lose. One battle turned that around and was the beginning of a hundred days of advances to victory. This is a story about how that was done.
Two Australian soldiers experience the last two years of the Great War. Martin Ward is a lieutenant working alongside Major-General John Monash, and he sees the transition from slaughter at Passchendaele to breaching the Hindenburg Line. Alec Morey is a gunner severely injured in Flanders, and he returns to Australia to watch on in amazement as the Australian Imperial Force plays the major role in victory.
This is a fictional account of a story not well known; using real events, fictional characters and real-life characters to tell the tale of how the Great War was won.
I am part-time in the workforce and a part-time author, and writing technical documentation and advertising material formed a large part of my career for many decades. Writing a novel didn’t cross my mind until relatively recently, where the combination of too many years writing dry, technical documents and a visit to the local library where I couldn’t find a book that interested me led me consider a new pastime. Write a book. That book may never be published, but I felt my follow-up cross-cultural crime with romance hybrid set in Russia had more potential. So much so that I wrote a sequel that took those characters on a journey to a very dark place.
Once those books were published by Club Lighthouse and garnered good reviews I wrote in a very different place and time. My two novels set in Victorian Britain were published by Wings ePress in July and August of 2014. These have been followed by my story set against the background of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. Australia’s contribution to the battles on the Western Front and to ultimate victory was well out of proportion to the size of the nation and the size of their force. Once you read this story you will appreciate the great things that our nation achieved.
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