The War Years
The War Years
It’s 1914 and the great powers of Europe are on the brink of war. In Holbeck, Leeds, the Keeton family struggles to get by on their meagre wages. The six Keeton brothers couldn’t be more different, but the outbreak of World War I puts their lives on hold and sets them on a course of destruction.
Danny Keeton drags his identical twin brother Charlie off to war with the idea that this will be one great adventure. At the tender age of fourteen, he soon discovers war is no place for boys. With the sadistic Sergeant Archibald Braddock and the tender Corporal Nathan Dettmer alongside them, the only goal is to stay alive long enough to make it back home.
But how many of the brothers will survive the first brutal year of the bloodiest conflict in human history?
The first brutal year of World War I has ended and now everyone understands this isn’t a war that will end by Christmas. With thousands lying dead on the fields of France and Belgium, the Keeton brothers continue to fight on.
Danny discovers the painful truth of what happened to his older brother Jacob Keeton, and realises not all enemies wear the uniform of a German soldier. A brief reprieve from the war allows him to live the life of a fifteen-year-old for a fleeting moment, before the war takes a new and brutal turn.
When Danny discovers the bullets of his own side can be just as deadly as those from Imperial Germany, death might be closer than he thinks.
Monotony on the Western Front sets in, only for it to be shattered by the arrival of Edward Warren, Jack’s villainous father. Within days, Edward seeks to weaken and destroy the friendships 16-year-old Danny Keeton has built with his family and friends.
On the Western Front Danny discovers the class system and an obsession with reaching the upper echelons of British society is alive and well. Edward ropes him into a deadly game that could cost him everything he’s managed to hold together so far.
As Danny tries to manage Edward and his long distance relationship with his girlfriend Coralie, the bombs and the shrapnel seem to be getting too close to comfort.
Will the last big push on the Somme of 1916 be Danny’s final ever push?
The Great War continues to rage with no sign of abating. 17-year-old Danny Keeton is whisked away from the front and thrust into a position as an assistant to General Camberwell, the man who almost sentenced him to death.
When he overhears two intruders mention the word ‘Munich’ in the middle of the night, Danny has to act. In a fight that could help decide the course of the war, Danny realises his enemies aren’t who he thinks they are.
As he gets closer to the truth, one stunning revelation about his family changes everything. Will Danny be able to do the right thing?
Danny Keeton, now 18, has been promoted and is now responsible for leading his friends into battle. The excitement of rank is immediately tempered with a grim responsibility. The weight of leadership weighs heavily on Danny, until the big push begins and his unit are captured by the Germans.
Forced to toil in the prisoner of war camps in Germany, Danny believes their capture is his fault. Within days, he begins to plan an escape under the eyes of the starving and increasingly desperate Germans.
Will Danny manage to survive until November 1918?