(From the publisher):
It was known as the last good war. A conflict that engulfed the world and changed forever the lives of those who fought it. World War II separated families and lovers alike as millions of young men and women went off to fight for their country and freedom. Now three men and one woman, bonded by family, friendship, and love, are about to experience firsthand the terror and glory of the Second World War.
They're young, just barely old enough to be starting out on their lives as adults, living outside Chicago. Joe and Dale Parker are brothers, but you'd never know it. Dale's best friend, Adam Bergman, is Jewish, but Adam's girlfriend, Catherine Tancred, has German-born parents who don't know that or the war in Europe wouldn't be the only fighting going on. For now the war is a growing storm cloud on the horizon that hasn't really affected any of them - yet. Things like dating, college, racing fast cars, and friendship are what their lives are about. Until Dale meets a girl who takes his breath away and makes him forget everyone and everything else. She's everything he's ever dreamed about and she seems to feel the same way about him. Then her very jealous, powerfully connected husband finds out about their affair and promises to get his revenge.
Suddenly Chicago seems like a very small, dangerous place, and the excitement of fighting against the Axis powers becomes very attractive. So Dale enlists - leaving his intoxicating but married lady to her husband - and so do his brother, Adam, and Catherine. With Joe and Dale in the Army, Adam in the Marines, and Catherine in the Navy's Nurse Service, the four friends realize for the first time that they might soon be sent to different theaters of war.
What was an exciting and liberating idea - fighting for freedom in faraway places - now threatens to break them up, perhaps never to see one another again. They're right on the battle lines, their fates out of their hands, heading for a collision with history on December 7, 1941...
Original title: Battle Lines
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II