The Ice Soldier (Paperback)

By Paul Watkins

Picador, 9780312426507, 352pp.

Publication Date: December 12, 2006

List Price: 15.00*
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After barely surviving his tour as a mountaineer in the Italian Alps of the Second World War, William Bromley settled down and made a quiet life for himself: teaching history at a London boarding school, reading, a few drinks at the pub on Friday nights. That all ends when a soldier from William's mountain regiment reappears, calling in a bargain struck during the war. William must return to that perilous ground, reliving the terror of the war and confronting new dangers in "a narrative so strong in imagery and detail that the reader can almost feel the gusts of an Alpine blizzard" (Library Journal).

About the Author

Paul Watkins is the author of ten novels and the memoir "Stand Before Your God." He attended The Dragon School, Eton, and Yale, and currently lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey, where he teaches at the Peddie School and Lawrenceville Academy.

Praise For The Ice Soldier

"Digs into the rich earth of our forgotten pasts . . . Paul Watkins brings to life a time when mountaineers were the world's great adventurers, regaled in the newspapers and toasted in the streets."--The Washington Post
"Nails the dynamics of male-dominated environments and viscerally conveys the perils of mountaineering in staccato prose that would make Hemingway proud."--Entertainment Weekly
"One can feel the scratch of the wool and the sting of the ice, taste the bean soup climbers eat and smell the smoke of the fire over which it was warmed. Plants the flag for good, manly storytelling."--Kirkus Reviews
"Watkins's skill as a writer is indisputable, and as an adventure tale, The Ice Soldier offers unexpected pleasures."--The Christian Science Monitor "Gripping . . . Watkins is fluent in 'the languages of rock and cloud and ice,' and his empathy creates a clear portrait of a man refusing to be undone by the past."--Publishers Weekly  "A narrative so strong in imagery and detail that the reader can almost feel the gusts of an Alpine blizzard."--Library Journal  "Watkins evokes the alluring beauty and treacherous danger of mountain climbing as he details the little-known role of the mountaineering corps in the war effort."--Booklist