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R. M. Ballantyne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Miles thought, when he heard this speech, of the hoped-for meeting between poor Mrs Martin and her Fred; and a feeling of profound sadness crept over him as he reflected how many chances there were against their ever again meeting in this world. Naturally these thoughts turned his mind to his own case. His sinful haste in quitting home, and the agony of his mother on finding that he was really gone, were more than ever impressed on him, but again the fatal idea that what was done could not be undone, coupled with pride and false shame, kept him firm to his purpose.

That evening, in barracks, Miles was told by his company sergeant to hold himself in readiness to appear before the doctor next morning for inspection as to his physical fitness for active service in Egypt.

Our hero was by this time beginning to find out that the life of a private soldier, into which he had rushed, was a very different thing indeed from that of an officer—to which he had aspired. Here a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book was a wonderful read, taking me through turns of laughter and tears, the characters grew and became friends I was sorry to part with. I especially love how Ballantyne upholds a strong and heroic masculinity with men finding strength in God!

I would give it a 7 out of 10

has a strong overtone of alcoholic abstinence (probably a relevant and needed message at the time of writing).