Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 21, 2013
Disowned by his family at 16 for a small indiscretion with his boyhood friend, Tristan Sadler spends a year and a half on his own before lying about his age and enlisting in the army to defend England in World War I. At training camp, he quickly becomes friends with Will Bancroft. Tristan is attracted to Will, but he has learned his lesson and keeps his emotions in check. It isn't until the night before they are shipping out to France that they find comfort in each other's arms. However, once they arrive in France, Will avoids Tristan, for the most part.
Yet, as brothers in arms in the same regiment, there is no avoiding each other, or the horrific scenes they both come to witness. Such scenes, as well as events in training camp, cause Will to question his part in the war, and ultimately make a decision that changes everything. Tristan miraculously survives the war, at least in body. His spirit is broken by what he has seen, and especially by his part in Will's fate. As “The Absolutist” opens, it's two years after the war, and Tristan is on his way to Norwich to meet with Will's sister, in the hope that he might be able to unburden himself of some of the pain he feels over Will's death. More...
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