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The Forest of Swords

Joseph A. Altsheler

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'm a flying man, and I fly again tomorrow."

"Not tomorrow. In two or three days, perhaps—"

"Yes, tomorrow, I tell you! Nothing can keep me from it! This army will march tonight! I know it! and do you think such a wound as this can keep me here, when the fate of Europe is being decided? I'd rise from these blankets and go with the army even if I knew that it would make me fall dead the next day!"

He spoke with such fierce energy that the surgeon who at first sternly forbade, looked doubtful and then acquiescent.

"Go, then," he said, "if you can. The fact that we have so many heroes may save us."

He left John alone in the tent with Lannes. The Frenchman regarded his comrade with a cool, assured gaze.

"John," he said, "I shall be up in the Arrow tomorrow. I'm not nervous and excited now, and I'll not cause any fever in my wound. Somebody will come in fiv. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A young American fights for France as the Germans march towards Paris at the outbreak of WWI.

Altsheler wrote for a young readership so the action sequences are not very harrowing, yet there are a few interesting historical touches to this narrative, written as it was contemporaneously with the start