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Arthur Hercules Slade, whose British cavalry regiment fought in Palestine against the Turks in World War I, was once asked, "What was it like to be in the war?" He answered, "I was everywhere that Jesus was, but I couldn't find him anywhere." Fascinated by the idea of his grandfather charging enemy machine guns with asabre in one hand and his horse's reins in the other, beArthur Hercules Slade, whose British cavalry regiment fought in Palestine against the Turks in World War I, was once asked, "What was it like to be in the war?" He answered, "I was everywhere that Jesus was, but I couldn't find him anywhere." Fascinated by the idea of his grandfather charging enemy machine guns with asabre in one hand and his horse's reins in the other, bestselling author Arthur Slade has created a tale of a teenager who finds the true face of war behind the shinyveneer of patriotism, honour and duty.Megiddo's Shadow is the story ofEdward Bathe, a 16-year-old prairie farm boy who, giddy with the romantic ideals of war and desperate to fight the Huns in France, enlists in 1917. To his disappointment, he is assigned to a horse- training regiment, where the only consolation is Buke, his horse, and Emily, the pretty young nurse he befriends. But when he is sent to fight the Turks in Palestine, Edward learns that what he thought he knew about right and wrong, about heroism and courage, and about God and country, no longer holds true.Much more than a powerful and shockingly realistic work of historical fiction, Megiddo's Shadow is a poignanttestament to the terrible legacy of war, seen through the eyes of a character with whom readers will instantly connect. An intelligent, provocative and breathtaking read, Megiddo's Shadow affirms Arthur Slade as a literary superstar....

Title : Megiddo's Shadow
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ISBN : 9780006395683
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Megiddo's Shadow Reviews

  • Camille
    2019-02-12 08:15

    Very much a classic boy-goes-to-war novel in the tradition of The Red Badge of Courage, All Quiet on the Western Front or Fallen Angels, Edward experiences the comradeship of soldiers, a first love and the grim reality of warfare. He faces the loss of those he loves and his faith in God as he struggles to find meaning and survive.Arthur Slade relates his grandfather and great uncles' true stories on his website. They are as gripping and heartfelt as the novel and are very much the inspiration for this book. The letter Edward and his father receive about Hector is taken almost verbatim from the real letter the Slade family received about Percy Slade.Moving, emotional and wrenching at times, this is historical fiction at its finest. I will be reading more of Arthur Slade's writing in the future.

  • Coralie
    2019-02-18 09:53

    Edward, a 16 year old Canadian, enlists in the British army during World War I, after his brother is killed. This was an excellent book. The author, who I "know" through a book discussion group, manages to create a character the reader really gets to know and love, while vividly describing scenes of war. Some of the scenes are interesting and some are horrible. Although this is a young adult novel, I didn't feel the author was easy going when it came to describing battle scenes. There were some passages that were pretty hard to take, and Edward's reactions to what he was seeing made them even harder to take. One of the things I liked best about the story was that Edward was a very religious boy, whose faith in God carried him through. There were references to religious faith throughout the book, yet it never seemed to overpower the story. I always wish there was a book about a Christian in which the main character just happened to be a Christian, yet that element of the story was handled as just another plotline. This was that kind of book. On the other hand, Edward's faith was an important part of the storyline. The battle scenes took place in the desert of the Middle East, another aspect adding to the religious elements of the book. I also liked the ending of this book. When I was almost done, I really despaired that Edward could really go on living, but at the very end, he seems to make peace with what he had seen and experienced. An awesome book. Very, very good job with the religious aspects. Loved it.

  • Erin
    2019-02-08 12:08

    I haven't read a book about World War I for years. Bodie Thoene wrote some which I liked but they were mostly about adults. Arthur Slade's book tells the story of Edward Bathe, a sixteen year old Canadian boy who enlists in the English military after his old brother was killed in France. Edward eventually becomes a cavalryman and travels to Palestine with his horse Buke to fight the Turks. During his training in England he met Emily, a nurse who he writes to as the war progresses and with whom he falls in love. Reading the part of the book about his time in Palestine was interesting to me for more than just the story, I lived there for a few months back in 2000. The setting is described is very similar to what I remember...the area it seems hasn't changed all that much.Edward seems to encompass all that soldiers can be. He enlists with a very proud sense of being on the side of right but the brutality and horror of war affect him. Through his relationships with his friends and enemies, many of the different personalities that seem to come out in truly trying times become apparent. War is a hard thing to read about but Slade was able to balance the war, romance, friendship, and family in Edward's story.

  • Emma
    2019-01-31 13:05

    More like 3.5 but I just can't give this book four full stars. I thought the story was well-paced and the prose well written but there were some problems with the book that I just couldn't ignore. I know it's historically accurate and realistic, but I just couldn't get over the racism and prejudice that the main character, Edward, exhibits in his world view. I understand why the author included it, and why it's important, but I don't think that it was addressed in a clear way. It was a constant undertone throughout the narration and while Edward does seem to grow and begin to question whether he is all that different from the enemies, the change is not very dramatic. Because it's dealt with so subtly, it could be easy to miss, which would be a shame and would really change the reading of the work. I feel that the addition of an author's note explaining the historical context would go a long way here to justify some of the author's choices. That being said, if a reader comes to the work with an understanding and awareness of the historical situation in which the narrative is placed, it wouldn't be that problematic - my only worry is that the treatment of it may be too subtle for younger readers to notice. Overall though, the book does fill a much needed gap in WWI stories for YA readers by providing a unique perspective as a story of the Middle Eastern theater of the war.

  • Ericy Yine
    2019-02-02 14:57

    This book is about a boy called Edward who lives on a farm on the prairies. When the First World War started, he shows up at the enlisting station, lies about his age with visions of glory and fame. At the training ground in England, He is assigned as part of the mounted forces, when he meets and falls in love with Emily, and builds a friend ship among his fellow soldiers. They are sent to war against the Ottomans in Palestine, where he encounters hard fighting, near-death situations, and death of his peers and enemy. During his fighting, he receives tragic news that Emily was killed by a German bomb. With the war over, he returns to his house and, because of all that he went through, went in a fury and started breaking the altar in the town church, until he is calmed by his Reverend who tells him that some things are just meant to be.I picked up this book, because of further interest on the Palestinian battlefield in the Great War, and because of my interest in war novels(again).I continued to read because of the rising action, that made me feel that I should not miss out on the mood that the book already gave me, and kept rising into the climax, until the action started to fall, but just out of curiosity, continued to read to find out how the story would end, which eventually led to the end.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes war novels, with that rising volume until, Ka-pow! the story reaches the climax, and gives a feeling even after reading, because, as I explained earlier, the rising action made the book so interesting.

  • Steven R. McEvoy
    2019-02-02 08:00

    This story was amazing. It was as gritty as the terrain and time it spans. It follows a young boy, Edward Bathe, as he becomes a man. At sixteen, after the death of his older brother in the Great War, he runs away and joins up. He wants to be infantry just like his brother. But as soon as he arrives in England after basic training, he gets transferred to a mounted unit. He is not happy, especially when his unit ships out. But soon he finds himself on the way to war; he is shipping to British Palestine and the battle there.The book is dedicated to five members of the Slade family who all fought in the Great War and only one did not come home. The story follows real battles and encounters during the war. It provides the family insight and possibly some family tales and legends, but even so, this story is an incredible read. As we follow young Bathe on a journey to war, he will find what it means to become a man. The writing was amazing and you will not be able to put the book down.Read the review and with links to other reviews of books by the authors on my blog Book Reviews and More. And also an author profile and interview with Arthur Slade.

  • Marsha
    2019-01-30 15:17

    Art Slade plunges the reader into the shoes of Edward, a 16 year old who has just lost his revered older brother in the Great War. Edward lies about his age and enlists to avenge his brother's death. He quickly finds out that war is not as glamorous as he thought. The historical detail is bang-on and Edward's day to day experiences are so real that the reader can practically feel the grit of sand in her teeth. There is much in this novel that is very mature but it's handled deftly. I found myself weeping many times as I suffered Edward's losses. A compelling read.

  • Christie Harkin
    2019-02-08 10:08

    I highly recommend this book to any teen who is looking for a riveting adventure set during the First World War. The Middle-Eastern desert is an oft-overlooked theatre of war when authors tackle stories set in WW1. The relationship between a young (underaged) soldier and his horse is beautiful, the action is compelling, and the complexity of the characters and their interactions is just wonderful. It's a love story on more than one level, and the coming-of-age story of a teen boy in extraordinary circumstances. The writing itself is elegant; a pleasure to read.

  • Cookie
    2019-02-13 08:48

    I don't know why this book took me so long to was jut UGH! The story was cool, the characters were cool, but I couldn't get into it...then again, maybe if I read it again? But would I WANT to read it again? I think it wasn't great because of the other books I read right before it - they were definitely edgier.

  • Monique Massiah
    2019-02-10 15:13

    I loved reading this book, it was well thought out and I enjoyed knowing that it is based on a true story.I liked how the description of the battles gave me the ability to see through the main character's eyes and it was interesting to see the effectof war time on regular people.

  • Jc
    2019-01-27 15:04

    One of the shortlisted titles for the CLA Young Adult Book Award in 2007.

  • Rebecca Upjohn
    2019-02-14 08:13

    I loved this book. I think every high school kid should read this, particularly boys. Beautifully written, sensitive, pulls no punches--a strong coming of age story set during the first World War.

  • Valerie
    2019-02-10 14:11

    Historical fiction at its best. Story and fact combine to paint such a vivid picture of events that it will stay with me for some time. Excellent.

  • Hollyutah
    2019-02-10 14:54

    I quite liked this quick read about one young man's experience as a soldier in WW1. I think teenagers who like horses and war stories would respond well--there is some mild profanity.

  • Gerry
    2019-01-22 12:52

    I'd give this 10 stars if it were possible!

  • Molly
    2019-02-12 13:16

     A nice though wholly unmemorable look at the Middle Eastern front of WWI.

  • Marie
    2019-01-23 06:51

    One of my all time favorite novels! I'm shocked more people haven't read it. They are certainly missing out on a well-written and amazing story.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-20 11:18

    Loved this book - Arthur Slade did an awesome job with this one! Even my 18 year old son enjoyed it.

  • Tracie
    2019-01-30 15:07

    An underage Canadian boy enlists in World War I when the family receives news that his older brother has been killed in the fighting.

  • Lynn Bornath
    2019-02-05 06:55

    Surprising and surprisingly sad. You may want to keep the tissues handy. Read the full review.