I've put off reading this series for a few years and I am not certain why. It covers one of the most fascinating times in recent history - the First W..Show More »orld War - and I tend to read anything I can about that time period. It is by an author whose other works I enjoy - to a degree. I found the first few books of the Monk series fascinating, the Pitt series far less so, although I read several of them. The problem with Perry is, while I like to read series books in order and one after the other, when possible, the books in her series tend to run together and they all begin to sound like essentially the same book with different secondary characters and London locations inserted into the same plot line.
I was hopeful that would not be the case with this series. I enjoyed No Graves as Yet, the first book in the series. It takes place at the cusp of the war, the main event that drives the plot actually occurs the day the Archduke is shot. There was a family of main characters to get to know and while they all seemed dry and stiff, based on Perry's style of character development, as well as the time period the book was set in and the class of the family, that probably makes sense. There are more colorful characters when the plot moves to Cambridge and London, which keep the reader engaged. The problem was there wasn't anybody the reader could really like or really hate. There were several characters I found very annoying though. But the storyline was complex enough it kept my interest even if the characters always didn't.
The mystery revolved around a plan to keep England out of the war.It seemed a little far fetched and overly complicated, but since this plan was the reason for the mystery that drove the book, I was OK with that. The end held a few surprises, which was great. In her other series, the endings quickly became predictable.
The book was full of details regarding the ramp up to the war and Perry did an excellent job with her research and her ability to so clearly define a specific time and location.
I usually enjoy Michael Page's narration, and he did a good job with this as well. The only problem I noticed with the narration was there were too many middle-aged male characters for him to give each a unique voice, inflection or diction and I had trouble telling who was talking sometimes. And he contributed to the annoying qualities of a few of the female and younger male characters by the shrillness of his voice sometimes.
I cannot remember when I've enjoyed a series as much as this one! What a surprise! I am an Anne Perry fan - my favorite series up to now has been th..Show More »e Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series. My first thought when I saw this series was that I would not like it, because I'm not interested in war stories. However, because I really like Anne Perry, I thought I'd give this series a try. I'm totally hooked. I'm so anxious to go on to the next book! This is one of those series that is continued from one book to the next, so I highly recommend starting from the beginning. The main characters in this series are members of the same family. Hannah, the oldest girl is married to Archie, who is in the Navy, and they have 3 children. Joseph is the oldest son - a chaplain. Matthew is an intelligence officer. Judith is the youngest, an ambulance driver. The series begins just before the war, as they hear of the death of their parents in an automobile accident (or is it an accident?) With the backdrop of the war, Perry weaves a tale of intrigue - murders on the home front, German spies, jealousy. She also helps the reader to understand the agony of those waiting at home with nerves worn to a frazzle and how it affects relationships. She brings us to the horrors of the battlefield and also the war at sea. I feel an attachment to this family, as if I know them personally, and I want to know what happens to them. To me, this is the mark of a great writer. Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, artfully switching from an English to German accent to a Russian, French, and American. I would give this series ten stars if I could! Highly recommend!
I never liked History in school. Just boring facts to me. However, I am so glad I came upon this series by A.P. Now that I am an adult I can see th..Show More »e subject in a new light and this author has helped me to not only learn about this time in history, but enjoy it! Perhaps she will see fit to write a series about WW 2, with the same characters?? That would be great! You can read the synopsis to discover what the book and the series are about. I just wanted to say here that, for me, it is one of those series that you look back upon with fondness and there was a bit of sadness when it ended. For those who are interested, there are no "F-bombs", and no sexual situations.