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Not long after surviving the horrors of D-Day, Corporal James Bowden finds himself as part of a small group of soldiers marching through Nazi-occupied France.Supplied with orders that are vague and unspecific and surrounded by men he doesn't know, will James survive society’s desire for justice and revenge?...

Title : We Go Again
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ISBN : 9781507651209
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Number of Pages : 194 Pages
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We Go Again Reviews

  • Vanessa Wester
    2019-05-26 12:33

    This is a descriptive account of the movements of British soldiers during the end of the WWII, whilst posted in France.If it was based on a real account, had been written in a diary format, or from a first person's point of view it might have been more powerful. In the way it was written it worked well as a historical reflection on what could have happened and how the men and women involved felt. There is not much of conclusion to the story, other than to describe the horrific events that occurred. A lot of the facts are poignant and harrowing, as well as touching in giving us a glimpse into how some women felt liberated by the war. For example, by taking on jobs traditionally viewed as meant for men - flying a plane!The fact many young men lost their lives on all sides of the war is important to remember and the author raises a lot of issues we should never forget. Saying this, it made me sad to think that French women were that desperate to throw themselves into the arms of British soldiers. I find this hard to believe unless they really saw it as the only way to have a better life. But, I can't imagine they all did it as willingly as portrayed in this account.A minor gripe was a scattering of typos. It would be a good idea to edit this piece again a few times.Overall, a thought-provoking read for WWII enthusiasts.*~I received a copy of this book for review via Rosie's Book Review Team*~

  • Sarah Brownlee
    2019-05-29 08:53

    I'm a bit of a WWII enthusiast and I stumbled upon this book, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's a relatively short story set during the war and revolves around the lives of several British servicemen. A lot of research has gone into this book; I particularly enjoyed the references to real people at the time and thought it was a clever spin of the author's. I also really liked the captain - he was an absolute obnoxious git but I felt he brought humour to the story and I enjoyed the scenes where he was present.At times, I felt the story dragged on and that is why it took me a while to finish it. But I feel the author's strengths lie in his descriptive action scenes, which were very vivid, and also the interactions between the characters. I would not say this is a book of sudden shocks, extreme action or epic adventure, so if you're looking for a fast-paced, explosive war novel this may not be the one for you; if, however, you want to get into the minds and general day-to-day interaction of the soldiers, and understand what it was like for them during this terrifying time, then you would probably enjoy it immensely. It really depends what you're looking for.Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to readers who would like to experience a (mostly) fictional account of the difficulties and tribulations that servicemen (and women) suffered during the war.

  • Katya
    2019-05-23 09:56

    The author mailed me the ebook version in exchange for an honest review3.5 starsI quite enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to read about the war from the perspective of the soldiers and ordinary people who were forced to participate in it, unlike the history books, where the war is described only with boring facts on how many weapons there were, how many people died, etc. Also it was the first time I read about these events from the POV of American soldiers, I usually only read about Russian and Kazakh people. MCsDespite the fact that some characters were described as dishonest and seemed to be profiting from war, I just couldn't hate them, because it is not the only thing they did - they were also people who were fighting for their land and saved their comrades and helped civilians at some point.James - a nice guy, I liked him very much, how he was strong, compassionate, brave and loving and faithful to his girlfriend - just like the perfect guy every girl wants to meet.David - not so nice, did not like who he was before war, but he turned out to be a good soldier and sort of a good friend. I also liked all the other characters in the book, except Germans that is. It is a rare thing for me to like practically everyone in the book, but I did and felt sorry for them and worried about them - would they survive, get home safely ...All in all it was a really good book, but for me it didn't wow me and make me want to read it again. I do not particularly love reading books about war, and especially the battle scenes make me want to skip them, because even though the characters are fictional in the book, I know that this really happened and is still happening in some parts of the world. And I'm a really emotional person and it is just hard for me to read. But I'm glad that I had a chance to read this book, because it shows that ordinary people who have to go to war and fight the battles do it not because they are evil and murderous, but because they have no choice sometimes, because they have to protect their country, thus their homes and families. I think everyone should read this book, because they will be able to learn something for themselves from it.

  • Sheetal Dash
    2019-06-15 09:28

    I was not into this type of novels and this is the first of its kind that I thought of giving a try and I must say that the book was worth every second of reading it.The novel is an attempt to bring into limelight the problems faced by the brave soldiers and their loved ones during the Historic WW2 Battle. First of all, the writing was truly amazing.The intensity is high and so is the depiction of morale. I could really feel like I was physically present in the story.The characters have been carefully weaved and developed beautifully throughout the book. While some may argue that Captain jones was useless, I actually think he brought some humour and relief in the tense atmosphere and it made the narrative feel more genuine. Such narcissistic and haughty people did exist even in those times. The book showcases the level of research Mr. Cargill has done to pen down such an exhilaratingly brainy historical novel ... What I liked most was lesser known facts have been presented in an astute manner. I got to know many things about the role of women in WW2, what soldiers who had to cross insurmountable barriers really felt, how women awaited their husbands' return with mixed emotions. The author did a great job of evoking a sense of that period. However, what I didn't like was the pace of the narration.The first part seemed a bit boring.The story didn't just immediately interest me. It was after some time that I found myself enjoying the book. Just when I started devouring it, the book suddenly ended with only 188 pages.And yes, the flashbacks were quite confusing. I won't re-read it though, until after many years I really forget the events and would like to be lost in that world again. Apart from that the book was a very good read and I would love to try more of Mr. Cargill's books.Thanks to Mr. Cargill for providing me an ARC in exchange of an honest review. I wish him sucess with his future books.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-25 13:28

    In Michael Cargill's "We Call Again " which I won through Goodreads/First Reads, Corporal James Bowden after facing punishing German gunfire and bloodshed on D-Day begins marching across Nazi-occupied France with a British unit of eight men. Under vague orders, they take up residence on the outskirts of a small French town devastated by the brutality of the German occupation, hoping that with the approach of these British soldiers their freedom is near.Michael Cargill sets the stage in 1944 when Allied troops surprised the Germans by landing on the beaches of Normandy. With this assault the Allies prepared to begin rupturing Hitler's stranglehold on Europe. The horrors of D-Day haunt Bowden and the men as they march across France but when welcomed with open arms into a small French town they never expect to find even more pain, and grief from German domination. This emotionally-gripping plot brings to life images of war with not only the dead and dying, the bloodshed, the murder of unarmed men on the field of battle, but with French corpses hidden in a field of rocks and dirt. The story is gritty and very realistic as the evil inflicted by the brutality of war, and the suffering and heartache exacted not only on those in France but at home in England begins to wear on Jame's nerves, filling him with hatred and revenge. With James Bowden's memories of his fiancée and his life in war torn England the author cleverly enhances his story with the understated patriotism and heroism of women who volunteered for military service, and those scarred in factories producing weapons and uniforms for the war effort. Although the pages of the story are filled with the smells, sounds and sights of war, from the explosions and terror of a battle, to the fear and shock of those who've had to survive the evils of Nazism, the author skilfully blends in moments of wry humor, love, joy and even celebration.In a plot that's riveting and emotionally- charged the reader feels the soldiers' uncertainty about their future; whether they'll survive, or if severely wounded return home to love or scorn. James Bowen even wonders if his moral compass will survive when confronted by a sexual liaison, and especially a hatred for the German airman that swamps his common sense and humanity. The novel which is short and seems to be a snapshot in time is well-written and captivating although it ends too abruptly.I liked Corporal James Bowden the bold, handsome British soldier who's haunted by the ghosts of D-Day and has to fight his fear and the demons in war that threaten his honour and level-headedness. He's a resourceful, sensible and an empathetic leader, contrasting dramatically with Captain Jones, the boastful North African veteran who's totally incompetent. David who was abandoned by his father as a child and struggled under the care of a dysfunctional and alcoholic mother until her death is dishonest , and a male-chauvinist who's aloof and self-seeking, although he respects and trusts James. He contrasts sharply with the amiable and considerate sharp shooter Piper, whose family was killed during a bombing raid. He's loved by the people of the French town because of his caring nature and affinity with its children. Angelette a young pretty French girl smitten by James epitomizes the townspeople with her cocky self-assurance and willingness to sacrifice herself to protect her family, hiding her scared vulnerability.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it highly, although I would have liked it longer with more plot development.

  • Judith Barrow
    2019-06-11 11:32

    This novel is set in an era, the nineteen forties, that I love to read about. So why didn't it quite hit the mark for me?I have mixed feelings about this book and I'm not sure why. It’s obvious the author has done his research and the history of the Second World War is woven well throughout the plot. The story has a promising start; the characters are instantly developed in the first pages and the dialogue, on the whole, is believable. And there are some good 'flat characters'; those who add to the backdrop, the locale, by their presence. The trouble for me was that I couldn't decide who the protagonist was. Told from an omniscient narrator’s point of view the reader has access to all the internal thoughts of some of the characters – which is good – but the narrative switches so quickly from one to another that there isn't time to empathise with any of them.A shame, because they all have such interesting potential.Another problem, I think, is with the flashbacks. Although well written, there is no change in tense, no spacing; the reader is taken without warning to another time, another place. Although this does add to the back story of the characters, sometimes the flashbacks are so long it’s difficult to pick up the main story again. I found myself flicking back and forth in the narrative to remind myself where the soldiers were and what was taking place. Which was a shame because each section; the main story and the flashbacks are well written with gripping action scenes and descriptions that gave an immediate sense of place whether it is on the beaches of Dunkirk, inside a Lancaster Bomber, living in the almost deserted village, whose inhabitants determinedly try to carry on with as normal a life as they can, the cold neglected building the soldiers take over or their contacts with the enemySo why the doubts about We Go Again? I suppose it was that I never quite got lost in the story; I felt I was watching the action, rather that being there with the characters. I'm not sure that makes sense but I like to be absorbed by what I'm reading - to get that sense of 'coming up for air' from the fictional world. After I wrote this review I looked for the book on Amazon. It has one excellent five star review, which rather shows that people can only read a book from their own subjective point of view. So I would just recommend that you give this book a try for yourself..

  • Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
    2019-05-27 10:54

    I received a copy of We Go Again from the author in exchange for a review.I did like We Go Again. It was a nice insight into the lives of those caught up in WWII. It follows what I would presume would be a normal week (without the fighting) of a soldier of the time. It is also quite apparent that Cargill undertook a lot of research to ensure that what he wrote was accurate.I also quite liked the characters. Especially James and David. The way in which they are portrayed made them seem real and their stories could have been any ones. I also enjoyed hearing about the female characters and how they struggled through the war. I especially felt for Nancy even though she is a very minor character. The one character I didn't like as much was Captain Jones. He seemed to be a bit too full of himself.I felt the flashbacks were quite nice as they gave an extra insight into the lives of those staying behind at home, especially the dangerous jobs that the women had to do. However, the flashbacks did make me slightly confused as there was very little warning when entering and leaving each one. Especially as they were still written in the present tense.I also felt that the book dragged a bit, particularly the first half. I think this was probably due to the massive second chapter. By the end of chapter 2, the book was 38% complete. I also felt that not much happened during the first half other than the flashbacks. The second half of the book went by much quicker. The chapters were much smaller and it really felt that I was whizzing through the rest of the story. A lot more happened during the second half too.Overall, I liked We Go Again and I'm glad that I had the chance to read it. I probably won't read it again though. However, it was a nice insight into WWII and I would recommend it to anyone who likes war stories.

  • Sammi McSporran
    2019-05-16 11:34

    I recieved a copy of We Go Again through Goodreads First Reads.I feel a little guilty giving this three stars, because I can tell from reading it that a lot of work and time went into creating this book. Cargill's book has great historical accuracy, good characters and a strong visual narrative. But there is no story.The book is 188 pages long, and at least in the first 160 nothing happens. There is some action and enjoyable scenes told in flashbacks (which I'll mention later), but the actual story seems to be a bunch of army guys just going about their daily life in Nazi-occupied France. It's almost boring. And I know that war isnt all non-stop action, but if you're going to write a book you need to have something worth telling! Ultimately it seems the whole book builds up to the final 20 pages, by which time I had almost completely lost interest.The book also lacks structure and can be confusing at times. A character will at various points during the "story" be reminded of something that happened, at which point they launch into flashbacks which last longer than what's actually happening in real-time. But there's no segway in and out, they just happen and then suddenly you're back in the present having completely forgotten where you left off.I do feel like I'm being harsh, but this book was really one big disappointment. I finished the book feeling nothing except relieved I could finally stop reading it.Three stars for the characters and the few saving-grace scenes with Mary.

  • 爱心❤
    2019-05-31 07:57

    Thanks to Michael Cargill for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.This was a short, beautiful look at the lives of soldiers and other people involved in WWII. It was not a dramatic novel, had no major plot line, but things still happened within it that kept me interested. The writing was incredibly descriptive and well crafted, which I think was the main attention-keeper in some of the slower paced parts. This is probably the most important thing to have in a short(ish) story, because without the interest of plot development, every other aspect has to be very well executed. and I think this book did a pretty good job of that.I felt like the characters were not completely fleshed out, they still had distinct personalities, and I could connect with them in most parts. The character interaction was well written. I would have liked some of the background characters to have more depth - especially the women, whom I saw to be very flat and shallow, with nothing better to do than throw themselves at men. I did, however, like the way the soldiers interacted with the women, as I thought it showed a really nice glimpse at what would have happened in WWII and gave the soldiers more character in the different ways they reacted.Overall, it was a lovely and thought-provoking insight into WWII and I really enjoyed it.

  • Rosie Amber
    2019-06-10 13:29

    We Go Again is a WW2 book set a few weeks after D-Day when the British soldiers were still pushing towards Berlin. We are introduced to a group of eight soldiers sent with unspecific orders as they travel through France. Captain Jones brags about his part in the war in Africa as a Desert Rat, whilst putting down some of the other men who were at Dunkirk.Several of the other soldiers get annoyed with the Captain and his tale including James Bowden who has his own memories of the horrific crossing of the channel and finding themselves under German fire.The men arrive at a French village and set up a base. We get to hear back story from James and another soldier David, telling us about their lives back home, in a series of war memories as the book evolves. Piper is a fun character who eats pickled onions and loves all the children they meet.There is some action when the group shoot down a German plane and take prisoners and the book leads to the final show down when the soldiers must all pick up arms again as the Germans stage a come back.The opening of the book really hooked me with Captain Jones's bragging, but after that the story lost momentum for me, I was hoping to be drawn in to the fears and unknown of these still intense days after D-Day. This book has good potential, a bit of writing style tweaking and it could be a winner.

  • Katy
    2019-05-22 09:36

    Originally posted on my blog - http://wp.me/p4Dssh-uzI really 'enjoyed' reading this book (I'm not sure that is the correct word for a book with this subject matter hence the quotation marks. I did find the story extremely gripping, though!). I thought this story was really well written and gave insight into what life was really like for the soldiers. As I've said before, I cannot fault Cargill for his historical knowledge and the respectful way that he handles historic events; this book is no exception. I particularly liked the way that Cargill really got into the minds and thought processes of the soldiers, raising questions such as 'Will I make it home?' and 'Will I still be loved in the same way if I go back broken?'. A highly thought-provoking and touching read. Very highly recommend!

  • Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
    2019-05-20 09:35

    Corporal James Bowden is British soldier during World War II traveling through France. James doesn't agree with Captain Jones on a great many of things especially that he isn't a veteran. James drifts through the past and present memories to give a clear picture of what he's facing on a daily basis. War has an ugly way of making you face reality when you want nothing more than to be home safe in your bed.We Go Again showcases the human spirit in it's many forms. We Go Again is also about what you will do to survive. Michael Cargill is definitely a talented storyteller. He sharply pulls you into the story and doesn't let go from first page to last page. I will definitely continue reading this author's work in the future.

  • Indie Editor Nancy
    2019-06-10 08:37

    I loved this book, the characters were interesting, very human and I loved James and his memories of the love of his life Mary. Very well written, and I couldn't help but think of my Grandfather who served in WWII as I was reading this story. I truly enjoyed reading this original story of war, friendship, fear and love. It was a privilege to read this book before publication, and now to read again. It was very well done and I am sure other readers will also feel closer to their lost soldiers, you almost feel like you are walking with them into battle, when reading these pages.Cheers to a wonderful new author and I hope to read more from Micheal over the next year.ARC given to this reader for an honest review.

  • Cj Zawacki
    2019-05-17 13:54

    This book by Michael Cargill explores a squad of British Soldiers who have just freed a small town in France. The book could be about any war time experience where a squad has time to settle for a few days and recharge from patrol and actions of combat. We follow James, David and Piper as they share themselves a few moments from the action of combat: only to regroup again for an attack from the front line.Well written, this read could be about any combat t heather today. Cargill does an excellent tale of bringing the reader into the thoughts of a soldiers feelings for those he has left behind at home.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-20 11:47

    I received "We Go Again" from Goodreads! As well as a delightful email from the Author Michael Cargill= what a surprise that was!I totally enjoyed the book about WW2. I thought it was very well written as well in parts amusing. Now, typing that I think that is strange for a war story. Michael made the soldiers come alive and their conversations made their situations real. There was the pain, the horror of war, the horrid living conditions, but there was warmth of the kindness of humans as well.I just wish I knew if James made it back to Mary! It is a book that I will recommend!

  • Inspiredbyabook
    2019-06-03 10:57

    I was sent WE GO AGAIN by Michael Cargill to read and review!WE GO AGAIN is a History/World war II Book, which mainly follows the protagonist james and a handful of his co-workers, As they find themselves in france during the war, after the horrors of D-DAY.Firstly this is the first book I’ve ever read of this genre, and I found it fantastic! The simplistic-ness is what makes this story something special. It’s short, but cram full, of true facts and experiences many people would have gone through in that traumatic time.I’d give this book

  • Jennie K
    2019-05-19 14:30

    I received this WWII historical fiction novel free from goodreads & I am very glad I did .Its not a book I would Have chosen but I really enjoyed it.The story could have been any unit ,any soldiers , and that was part of its charm ,following a group across France documenting their daily lives.My only complaint was that it was not long enough and I finished it in 24 hrsI would recommend this to anyone who like a quick and absorbing read

  • Melissa ownsbey
    2019-05-18 06:40

    teffic great awsome booki loved itall though i crieda little bitbut still loved

  • N.N. Light
    2019-05-25 13:29

    World War Two is a time in history where brave men and women did what they had to in order to survive. In this gritty novel, we get to go inside the minds of Corporal James Bowden and his small group of British soldiers. They’ve just freed a small town in France but there’s no parade for anyone.I really enjoyed this book and I wasn’t sure what to expect after interacting with author Michael Cargill. Packed with historical detail, I found myself transported back in time. Beautifully written and with a fast-moving plot, I was finished before I knew it.There were a few times when I was lost because of all the flashbacks but this doesn’t detract from the story itself.I loved the characters in the story, especially James. There wasn’t any sugar-coating which is key for a World War Two novel.Some may find the ending abrupt but I found it all part of the experience.I take my hat off to Michael Cargill for the amount of research he went through to maintain historical accuracy.

  • NormaCenva
    2019-05-16 12:31

    Surprisingly good writing. Really nice!