McCammon, Robert. The Wolf’s Hour (Grafton Books, 1989).
The Wolf's Hour is a 1989 World War II adventure novel with a twist by Robert R. McCammon. A British secret agent goes behind German lines to stop a secret weapon from being launched against the Allies. The twist is that this agent is a werewolf. The book also includes some of the agent's history, namely how he became a werewolf.
McCann, Colum. Zoli (Random House, 2007).
Zoli functions as the narrator through most of the novel, relating her life’s story to her chonorroeja, her daughter, Francesca. Early on in the novel, when Zoli (given a boy’s name by her grandfather) is still very young, she learns that most of her family has been shepherded onto ice and killed by fascist Hlinka guards. Her grandfather brings her up and gives Zoli not only the gift of life but a lasting gift—literacy that will later change her life in unforeseen ways. As Zoli matures into a young woman, and one kind of terror is replaced with another as Czechoslovakia turns red, she is sought out by a young Englishman Stephen Swann. He encourages Zoli to not just sing but to use her pen and write poetry. “Her style was to quietly build layer upon layer until, by the end, the songs become sad and declamatory, tales of bitterness and treachery, the verses repeated over and over, like the falling and layering of so many leaves,“ McCann writes of Zoli‘s work. Before long, through the strength of her poetry, Zoli, to her dismay, becomes the poster child for the Communists who use her material as propaganda and worse, threaten the Gypsy way of life by stilling their movement forever. “They force us to be what they expect us to be,” Zoli says. (www.mostlyfiction.com)
McCutchan, Philip. Cameron’s Troop Lift (St Martins Press, 1st U.S. edition, 1987).
Away from the Battle of the Atlantic, Donald Cameron is now captain of HMS Caithness, a destroyer on patrol in the Bay of Bengal. Learning of a Japanese convoy bound for Burma with a liner full of British POWs slated for slave labor, Cameron goes beyond his patrol duty and intercepts the vessels. Then he must get the overloaded Caithness back to safety, pursued by late-arriving warships. The narrative adds up to another good look at wartime life "in the Andrew Royald Navy," among officers and crew, including a possibly cowardly first lieutenant. As usual the carnage and randomness of war is not slighted, and McCutchan's talent for mixing believable characters and stirring sea action is as strong as ever. (Publishers Weekly)
McDaniel, J.T. Bacalao (Riverdale, 2004).
When Lieutenant Lawrence Miller first sees U.S.S. Bacalao the submarine is little more than a pile of curved steel plates stacked up alongside the builder’s ways. Over the next few months Miller watches the boat take shape and the crew gather from throughout the fleet. By late 1941, Bacalao is in commission and attached to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Then, on a Sunday morning, everything changes as the Japanese sneak attack plunges the United States into World War II. The new submarine and her untried crew are immediately thrown into action against the Japanese.
And Miller is there through it all, from the disastrous first patrol, when the boat is nearly lost and a pair of surprising heroes emerge, to the deployment to Australia, where a chance encounter ashore will change his life forever. Then, after a year in command of an ancient S-boat in the frigid hell of the Aleutians, Miller returns to Bacalao as her last wartime commander.
McEwan, Ian. Atonement (Anchor, 2003).
On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
McNamer, Deirdre. Red Rover (Penguin Group, 2007).
A stirring novel about idealism laid waste and the haunting, redemptive bonds of friendship. Deirdre McNamer has won praise for the intelligence, beauty, precision, and sweep of her fiction. Her first novel in seven years, Red Rover tells the story of three Montana men who get swept up in the machinations of World War II and its fateful aftermath. As boys, Aidan and Neil Tierney ride horseback for miles across unfenced prairie, picturing themselves as gauchos, horsemen of the Argentine pampas. A hundred miles away, Roland Taliaferro wants only to escape the violence and poverty of his family. As war approaches, Aidan and Roland join the FBI. Roland serves Stateside while Aidan—in a gesture as exuberant as a child in a game of Red Rover—requests hazardous duty and is sent as an undercover agent to Nazi-ridden Argentina. Neil becomes a B-29 bomber pilot.
Aidan returns to Montana ill, shaken, and divided from Roland over the FBI's role in the war. On a cold December day in 1946, he is found fatally shot, an apparent suicide. The FBI stays silent. Only when Neil and Roland are very old men, meeting by chance in a rehabilitation facility, does Aidan's death become illuminated, atoned for, and fully put to rest. This beautifully crafted, far- ranging novel will catch readers up in the grace and hard truths of the lives it unfolds.
Meade, Glen. Sands of Sakkara (St. Martin’s Press, 2000).
Glenn Meade's electrifying novels capture the intrigue of nations, the brutality of war, and the heroism of brave men and women. The Sands of Sakkara is his most satisfying novel yet-a heart-pounding thriller set against the backdrop of wartime Egypt, where a breathless chase across the arid desert explodes, as two people race against time to stop a dark plot in the heart of World War II. Once Rachel Stern was a beautiful archaeologist, until the Nazis herded her behind barbed wire. Once Jack Halder lived between two nations. Now he is filled with rage, chosen to spearhead a desperate secret mission-and to bring Rachel Stern into it. Once Harry Weaver was one of America's best and brightest. Now he is the only U.S. agent who can hunt down the man who was his friend, and the woman they both loved in 1939. In a stunning story that reaches from the teeming streets of Berlin to the feet of the great pyramids, three former friends are about to meet again: around a mission to assassinate FDR.
Mesce, Bill, Jr. Officer of the Court (Bantam, 2002).
Officer of the Court is the stunning tale of a man defying the military establishment and risking his life to solve a murder — a murder that conceals a shattering act of betrayal.
On a remote Scottish island the body of an American officer has washed ashore. Major Harry Voss, a lawyer in the Army’s Judge Advocate’s office, doesn’t hesitate to take the assignment of finding out who killed Lieutenant Armando Grassi, and why.
Harry worked with Lieutenant Grassi on the case of a murdered American fighter pilot shot down by his own comrades. That inquiry left good men dead, a woman destroyed, and justice undone. For Harry, this is a chance to right the wrongs of the past. Meanwhile, World War II is raging: London has survived the Blitz, Nazi submarines have been swept out of the North Atlantic, and the Allies are poised for victory on the Italian front. From the beginning, Voss and his new partner, Captain Woody Kneece, are certain that Grassi had uncovered something about secret night flights between England and a remote base in Greenland. Now they must follow Grassi’s footsteps. And when they do, they are drawn inexorably into a dangerous conspiracy — and the fiery crucible of the war.
There is far more to Grassi’s murder than meets the eye. Harry’s investigation will take him from the rear echelons to the front lines in search of the truth. But, as Harry knows, the truth is often the first casualty of war. In a world where soldiers guard their secrets with their lives and ruthless, powerful men orchestrate world events for their own gain, Harry is facing an almost impossible task. He cannot guess how much this investigation will cost him personally and professionally. But as he and Kneece, each with something to prove to himself, come closer to a shocking revelation, the more they find themselves challenging a military establishment that takes no prisoners. Here loyalties are meant to be betrayed, allies can turn easily into foes, and the line between combat and cold-blooded murder can become tragically blurred.
Mesce, Bill, Jr. and Steven G. Szilagyi. The Advocate: A Novel of World War II, Conspiracy, and Murder (Bantam, 2001).
Virtually certain to be one of the year's big hits (and a strong movie candidate), this beautifully crafted WWII thriller starts with a bang and rarely falters on its path toward gloomy enlightenment about the moral quagmires of war. An American pilot shoots down one of his own men over the Channel Islands in 1943, then seemingly deliberately blasts two civilian witnesses on the ground. Mesce (who makes his writing debut) and Szilagyi (whose novel Photographing Fairies became a British film) delineate the fine line between military strategy and murder as the investigation into the pilot's actions quickly turns into the coverup of a much larger atrocity. At the heart of this investigation is middle-aged American lawyer Maj. Harry Voss, who joined the judge advocate general's office at the urging of his much flashier and more political best friend, Col. Joe Ryan. Now Ryan puts Harry in charge of the apparently slam-dunk case against Maj. Al Markham, who admits to shooting down a frightened and disaffected junior officer in a moment of severe stress. But something about the case doesn't sit right with Voss: he and his two investigators (a hotheaded young lieutenant and a reticent captain, both instantly credible) dig deeper and uncover a tragic military strike that the entire Allied Command is intent on keeping quiet. The authors fill their story with authentic period detail, making the much-traveled landscape of wartime England leap to fresh life, and all their charactersDespecially the American and British brassDare equally interesting. Even the somewhat mysterious narrator, a one-legged Scottish journalist who remains nameless through most of the book, turns out to be the perfect person to put together all the pieces of this exciting, original and finally heartbreaking story. (Publisher’s Weekly)
Metzer, Christopher. Silent Rebellion (iUniverse, 2001).
Silent Rebellion is an unforgettable story of a young Amish man caught between a commitment to his community and an US Army draft order. On a gray, blustery March afternoon, 18-year-old Nathan Miller goes to the mailbox on his family's Pennsylvania farm and finds an Army draft induction order. While the rest of the country has been using all of its resources to defeat the Axis powers during the Second World War, Nathan has been aimlessly squandering his days in juvenile mischief. Strictly forbidden from any participation in the war by the Old Order Amish community to which he belongs, Nathan is suddenly caught up in a tug-o-war between his own peaceful people and the mightiest armed forces on the planet. Soon, Nathan is arrested for draft evasion and his eventual trial makes it clear that his problems are not going to just disappear. When he is found guilty, Nathan is sentenced to two years in a Federal prison; a sentence the judge is willing to suspend on the condition that Nathan reject his churches teachings and report for military service within 48 hours.
Michaels, Anne. Fugitive Pieces (Vintage 1998).
In 1940, Jakob Beer, a seven-year-old boy, bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from Nazi soldiers who have killed his family. Though he should have died with his family, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist. With this electrifying backdrop, Anne Michaels propels us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. Michaels lets us witness Jakob's transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artis who extracts meaning from the abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work.
Michener, James. Tales from the South Pacific (Fawcett, Reissue edition, 1984).
Tales from the South Pacific received the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Tales presents the exotic world of the South Pacific, meeting the men and women caught up in the drama of a big war. The young Marine who falls madly in love with a beautiful Tonkinese girl. Nurse Nellie and her French planter, Emile De Becque. The soldiers, sailors, and nurses playing at war and waiting for love in a tropic paradise.
Monsarrat, Nicholas. The Cruel Sea (Burford Books, 2000).
A powerful novel of the North Atlantic in World War II, this is the story of the British ships, Compass and Saltash and of their desperate cat-and-mouse game with Nazi U-boats. First published in 1951.
Moran, Thomas. Anja the Liar (Penguin Group, 2004).
The award-winning author of Water, Carry Me and The Man in the Box returns to the historical and moral terrain that has made him one of the most acclaimed authors of his generation with this absorbing portrait of two people whose lives have been forever altered by the horrors of World War II.
Morris, Morris. Winds of Change (Baker Publishing Group, 2007).
Bestselling author Gilbert Morris continues the saga of the Stuart family as they are thrust into World War II. This sweeping tale of the strength of family ties amidst outrageous odds will delight Morris's fans.
Mowat, Farley. And No Birds Sang (Stackpole Books, Republished, 2004).
In July 1942, Farley Mowat was an eager young infantryman bound for Europe and impatient for combat. This powerful, true account of the action he saw, fighting desperately to push the Nazis out of Italy, evokes the terrible reality of war with an honesty, and clarity fiction can only imitate. In scene after unforgettable scene, he describes the agony and antic humor of the soldier's existence: the tedium of camp life, the savagery of the front, and the camaraderie shared by those who have been bloodied in battle.
Murphy, Louise. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Penguin Group, 2003).
In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children. Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, this haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children, and tells a resonant, riveting story.
Murray, Sabrina. The Caprices (Grove/Atlantic, 2007).
From an acclaimed young author of Filipino background comes this history told through individual lives. The Caprices revolves around the Pacific Campaign of World War II. In the wreckage of bombed cities and overcrowded prison camps, there were no winners and no conquerors, and no nation truly triumphed.
Set in Southeast Asia, Australia, and the United States, these stories bring to life ordinary people who must rely on extraordinary measures of faith and imagination. In "Order of Precedence," an Indian officer starving to death in a prison camp remembers playing polo during his days in India. In "Folly," the last days of Amelia Earhart are imagined as the Japanese prepare for war. In "Colossus," an American veteran in his eighties recalls the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and the infamous death march of 1941. With lyrical prose and searing insight, Sabina Murray brings to light a complex cast of characters. Eloquent, artful, and brimming with raw emotion, these tales capture the gross injustices of war as well as the consequences of survival and the memories that follow. In stories that tell as much about the fluid nature of time as they do about the ghosts that haunt survivors, Sabina Murray establishes herself as a passionate and wise voice.
Myrer, Anton. Once an Eagle (Harper Paperbacks, 2002).
Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power. Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War 11, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War—Vietnam.