We had the privilege to receive a new book copy from Fergus O’Connell, after being thrilled of his previous work, “Paradise Ghetto”, an excellent novel that got a sincere review from us.
So here we are in front of “A Minute After Midnight”. The book that combines the tragedy of war with the sensitive topic of love.
Love during The Normandy landings
Written in the first person, the book says the story of U.S. Lieutenant Richard Groves, during his stay on a ship bound for the Normandy coast. The author chose this period of history for the book’s action because it had a huge impact on the faith of the world nowadays. And because he says, people tend not to give it so much credit and importance.
The action of the book changes from back to forward. The novel is divided into three parts, each of them representing moments and feelings in Richard Groves’ life.
The first part has the anchor in the past. It is before the Normandy landings, moving nicely to the second part, in the present storyline. This time, the action happens fifty years after the D-day, but always sending references to the past invasions and battles. The last part and the third one somehow summarizes all the lieutenant’s Richard Grones life. But while keeping the eye on the War as a leitmotif.
Obviously, during the story, we find out about the passion of the main character for English girl, Sheila, during the hard times of combats.
A story that keeps you engaged from A to Z
Although I am not a fan of stories that have these turbulent pieces of our histories, I must confess this book kept all my attention. The writing style mixed with this back and forth actions are a great way to engage the reader. I was really there with the characters and their stories.