War in the Wasteland
Paperback. 284 Pages
Somerset Light Infantry Private Nigel Hopkins reluctantly finds himself in the trenches of the Western Front in World War I; his platoon leader is teen atheist 2/Lt C.S. Lewis. Nigel and his war dog must learn the source of true courage and have his nominal Christian upbringing confronted, while facing a desperate German Army in No Man's Land in the final offensive of the war. Meanwhile, underage WAAC volunteer Heather Fleming, Scots veterinarian's daughter working at the field hospital in Ã‰taples, will have her patriotic idealism about war challenged by the brutal realities she sees in the broken men who return from the Front—and the many who never return.
"Along with everyone else in England, Nigel had been thrilled with the prospect of war '“ at first. He could think of little else. Lying awake at night, he would imagine his exploits, his skill in marksmanship, his valor in the teeth of danger, his prowess in killing Germans, his rapid climbing up the ranks, a battlefield commission, a company command '“ giving instead of taking orders..."
What Others Are Saying
'War in the Wasteland is proof positive of what I have known for many years now: Douglas Bond is a great storyteller. Indeed, this novel combines all the attributes of a can't-put-it-down thriller with the intellectual tensions of a historical drama: taut plotting, strong characters, and soaring backdrop. Put this one on the top of your must-read list.'
- George Grant, author, teacher, pastor at Parish Presbyterian Church
'War in the Wasteland is a gripping, informative, adrenaline-producing picture of World War I. Bond captures on every page the awful moments of fear and the reflective conversations of men who don't know if they'll survive the day.'
- Douglas E. Lee, Brigadier General, USA (Ret), President, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty