Killing is a Sin

By Christopher J Harvie

Action & adventure, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Moments before the men of Six Platoon 'B' Company, King's Own Canadian Scots Regiment will go forward to assault Vimy Ridge, each one of them must reconcile themselves to their probable fate. Felix Strachan, a teen-aged corporal about to lead his men into battle, has already seen a lot of this war; its arbitrary cruelty to life. In the past eight months he's been fighting in France, he's lost friends and a little of his faith in mankind, though nothing has bothered him more than the death of a stranger- a transferred officer left on the field after a failed patrol. Not only can no one seem to remember who the officer was, his death may not have been at the enemy's hands. Felix, in the seconds before Zero hour tries to come to terms with a question he has held for as long as he can remember- "What does it mean to die well?"​ ​This book uses the extreme human experience of war to explore ideas of morality within a historically correct, visceral and realistic narrative. I have, in order to achieve this, relied upon my strength as an essayist and lecturer on the history of the First World War, as well as my own service with the Canadian Army.


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Moments before the men of Six Platoon 'B' Company, King's Own Canadian Scots Regiment will go forward to assault Vimy Ridge, each one of them must reconcile themselves to their probable fate. Felix Strachan, a teen-aged corporal about to lead his men into battle, has already seen a lot of this war; its arbitrary cruelty to life. In the past eight months he's been fighting in France, he's lost friends and a little of his faith in mankind, though nothing has bothered him more than the death of a stranger- a transferred officer left on the field after a failed patrol. Not only can no one seem to remember who the officer was, his death may not have been at the enemy's hands. Felix, in the seconds before Zero hour tries to come to terms with a question he has held for as long as he can remember...


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I began writing military history in earnest in 2011, starting with my blog "If Ye Break Faith." Following this, I've had a few fine successes in other publications. I have brought to all of this work not only a passion for the subject matter and a desire to impart it in a revealing and relatable way; my five years with the Canadian Army has given me an attention to detail and an insider's understanding of the military. This has been useful in illustrating some of the "why's" not immediately understood to the civil mindset, as well as an intimate knowledge of the nuances of military tradition and how soldiers genuinely interact with each other. All these elements have been put to task in telling the grittily realistic story of "Killing is a Sin."


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I began writing military history in earnest in 2011, starting with my blog "If Ye Break Faith." Following this, I've had a few fine successes in other publications. I have brought to all of this work not only a passion for the subject matter and a desire to impart it in a revealing and relatable way; my five years with the Canadian Army has given me an attention to detail and an insider's unders...


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