Survival. Just when we think that there’s nothing left to write about World War II, Richard Bausch comes along and writes a fine novel titled Peace. Set in the Italian hillside during the winter of 1944, soldiers are facing fear of death from snipers, uncertain support from the locals, and regret about some of their own actions to survive. There’s tension on each of the 200 pages in this tightly written and emotionally taut novel. I felt that I was on the hillside with these soldiers, and could feel the cold and the fear along with them. Things are not as they seem, and the struggle of war can lead to a brief and uneasy peace, no matter what.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)