The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier

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"Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316477604
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustration ; 25 cm


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When World War I breaks out, Lucius Krzelewski is an idealistic 22-year-old medical student who enlists in the Austro-Hungarian army and is assigned to a field station near the front, although he has never held a scalpel or done anything more complicated than clean a wax blockage from a patient's... Read More »

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Nov 12, 2018

A First World War novel on the eastern front written in the 21st century style of high impact visual effects over plot. After many pages of description concerning lice, then many pages concerning the treatment of a venereal disease and finally a graphic description of treating a stomach wound, I gave this book a pass. Only read a quarter of it. The plot was developing, but the graphic horrors were excessive - hence the poor rating.

Oct 16, 2018

A bleak but engaging look at the First World War, I especially liked Sister Margarete. Will test the levels of your squeamishness. While it took a few chapters to get going, once you discover Lemnowice, you will be hooked.



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