1914 (The War Years Book 1)

1914 (The War Years Book 1) By James Farner, The War Years Book It s 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 different but the o
  • Title: 1914 (The War Years Book 1)
  • Author: James Farner
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  • 1914 (The War Years Book 1) By James Farner, 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 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 ideaIt 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 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 Remember to check out my original Made in Yorkshire series, where you can meet the offspring of many of the characters featured here It all starts with 1964 Made in Yorkshire Book 1 , which you can own for free today
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    1. James Farner

      James Farner is a professional writer and draws upon his love of fiction and his love of stories that span generations His signature series Made in Yorkshire was born out of a desire to find out what happened next At the end of every good film, book, or TV show the characters disappear and that s the end of them James isn t alone in the desire to find out what happened to the characters afterwards.This is how Made in Yorkshire appeared Starting from 1953 and driving on to the modern day, James explores the different eras of Britain through his colourful cast of characters.Prior to writing fiction, he enjoyed a career as a freelance writer His writing has appeared online, in magazines, and in a variety of other publications.When not writing, he can be found sketching, watching sports, and playing the tin whistle.

    760 thoughts on “1914 (The War Years Book 1)”

    1. To be honest I expected the whole book to be what it was for the last 40% Boys and men at the western front As bad as it may sound, as as much as I don t like war, I like reading war books it s the aspect of humanity that I seek from them However, first half of the book introduces us to the Keeton brothers and family and Jack I m not saying this is a bad thing 1914 is the first book in the series and naturally, readers need to get a sense of characters to fully understand the differences between [...]


    2. I just could not get past the 3rd chapter of this book It started off very confusing and did not get any better by the time I put it down I wish I could recommend it, but at this time, NO.


    3. The year is 1914, and war has just been declared in Britain Many young men are eager to fight, to destroy the loathed Germans But at home, two twin boys are unfazed by the war, busy playing pranks on their townspeople This is the backdrop of the plot in 1914 The War Years, written by James Farner The book focuses on the typical life of a child in 1914 England as well as how the war disrupted it Danny and Charlie Keeton are well known pranksters in their town Their oldest brother has gone off to [...]


    4. This book is very dialogue driven, but I felt the dialogue was rather simplistic To be fair I only made it through 3 chapters.


    5. I wanted to like this book as I enjoy reading historical fiction Unfortunately, I just couldn t get interested in the characters The book appears to start on the front lines of World War I with the death of an Irish lad, and then jumps back to his home life before the war The part about the home life seemed to drag and was full of confusing references to other brothers I finally gave up on reading it because it just didn t appeal to me I was disappointed because this is the first book in a serie [...]


    6. I was so excited when I got this book and I could not wait to start reading it And I was so disappointed The title is very misleading It does start in 1914 but a least half the book is about juvenile delinquents in their home suburb Eventually they enlist and are inevitably bullied by an over bearing sergeant This reminded me of the original film version of All Quiet on the Western Front Finally they get to the front They join in a couple of pieces of action No one gets hurt The book concludes w [...]


    7. Abrupt EndingA good look at the probable mind set of young men during war The focus is around a family of brothers, all enlisted The ending of the first book is quite abrupt, and, as such, lowers my review While this effectively leads to the next book in the series, it negates it from being a complete novel.



    8. Lots of potential, but didn t live up to it The characters are flat, and I didn t get Much of a feel for place or time despite the Yorkshirisms.


    9. I downloaded this book from a Kindle free promotion, and I quite enjoyed it Set in Ireland before the outbreak of war, the books focuses on one family the Keeton s who are a family of 5 boys with a single mum trying to make ends meet and the family dynamics of the different talents and interests The main characters are Danny Charlie 14 yr old twins who lie about their age to join up.It gives a glimpse into the home front as war breaks out and the jovial feeling of the perception of war as young [...]


    10. I nearly gave up at the beginning, which was squalid and dealing with characters whose behaviour was reprehensible and it was pre war, so the squalor and immorality were nothing to do with the war itself I pressed ahead and found I began to care what happened to them I found some oddities in the text there were sporadic Americanisms e.g dove as the past tense of dive there was repeated misunderstanding of the verbs to lie and to lay there were several mistakes with apostrophes A second, correcte [...]


    11. Depressing.Not the writing style, but the subject matter Poor children from northern England who have nothing better in their lives than to volunteer to join the army and fight in the Great War.The main characters are Charlie and Daniel who are twins from a family of six children Unfortunately there are too many names and similarly named kids in the beginning and it is rather confusing A friend Jack and a brother Jacob who is sometimes called Jake Surely you could change a name here


    12. Like the author s other books, once I read sentence one of this story, I was hooked The writing is easy and there s just enough description to flesh out the who and where of a situation to provide the setting in my imagination His storyline moves along well and the characters are nicely developed to where you feel you know them The dialogue made me feel like I was a fly on the wall of every conversation Great subplots throughout kept me intrigued all the way to the end This book is definitely wo [...]


    13. A very accurate description of life in the trenches, as I understand it As an American I am not familiar with British slang, so much of the dialog was a mystery to me The story line was very good, and I identified with the boys as I grey up in a similarl invironment Very good read I look forward to further adventures of the Keaton family and their education of The Great War.


    14. ModerateThe writing and editing in this book is far better than I am accustomed to finding in new books, especially ebooks, but there still seems to be a bit of a struggle with pacing and transitions I m not sure if I will continue reading this series All of the characters either lack depth or or appear to lack depth because the reader has not been provided with ANY explanation of a character s motivation The lack of exposition is probably the greatest flaw of this book.


    15. I did not care for this book and would just like to know how I can delete it from my kindle bookok reader Does anyone have any idea how to do that I guess I have to keep writing until I reach 20 words.Can anyone tell me how to delete this book from my Kindle I have tried everything I can think of but nothing seems to get rid of it


    16. Great book Great book This was like all the others by James Farner I have read so far It was very hard to put down Very vivid descriptions makes the reader feel like they are witnessing all the action from a safe distance away After finishing this one, I am glad I have the entire series to read in their proper order.


    17. Gripping story of war and its effect on youth The author has written a very interesting and eerie story of war and what happens to those who are fighting it It is especially concerning when those fighting aren t really old enough to get into the Army The author has done a good job expressing the wars effect on the youth.


    18. Very good war story This tale of the First world war was well written and thought out Ir would be impossible for a reader not to place themselves in the mind of this young Yorkshire boy of 15 years contemplating the effects war was having on his brothers and mother


    19. Good read Enjoyable book about a working class group of brothers escaping poverty and a bad family life at the start of WW1 The book centers on a set of 14yr old twins and how a couple of noncoms out to ruin them Nuff said


    20. This was an interesting book about world war one I guess I should have realized that there would be several in the series A tale of a family with five brothers and how they began to survive the war.


    21. Must readThe writer gives the reader a good insight to civilian life for the poor families struggling to survive on meager wages and army life the sometimes brutal training and the men s reactions during the outbreak of the war and their first experience of living in the trenches and killing the first man or seeing their first dead bodyA must read.


    22. I liked this book but hate when they end abruptly and then want you to buy the next I read another book by the same author and loved it but same thing Just sell me one whole book, not pieces of a story.


    23. The year is 1914, WWI is raging, the setting is Holbeck, Leeds The Keeton family consisting of the mother and her six sons are struggling to survive At 14 Danny convinces his twin brother, Charlie to join the war effort with him.



    24. Enjoyed the storyline Can t wait for the next book.Can t wait for the next one Really good book Could hardly put it down.Felt like I was there with the characters


    25. Worth readingThis book gives an interesting, younger generation s prospective of the war Not phenomenal, but definitely interesting and worth the read.



    26. This just makes me sad As I read, I kept thinking of an entire generation of people for whom alcohol and anger were their most familiar constants in life.


    27. Brother s blood runs as deep as love of countryI saw this book on bookbinding and was looking for something different I decided that this series would be a great place to start As twin brothers growing up on the verge of World War I Danny and Charlie were doing good to keep from getting their own heads caved in on the streets of their hometown Their father had been killing in the previous war and their mother seemed to be a little disconnected at time from the job of raising the four boys that l [...]


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