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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Decision of Fate is a work of military and historical fiction penned by author Steven B. Howery. Subtitled: “A Novel of Armoured Combat in the Great War”, this story is recommended for mature audiences due to its realistic content of conduct and conditions during the First World War. Widely considered as a huge period of industrial growth and innovation, the wartime and its many battles inspired inventors to push the boundaries, particularly with the development of the armoured tank. In this novel, we follow a young man who returns injured from the Battle of Loos and finds himself involved in the earliest stages of battle-ready tanks, about to enter the field of war.
It is a must in historical fiction that authors know their stuff, and Steven B. Howery takes us through superbly well researched and intimately detailed accounts of the development of artillery and the all important tank throughout his novel. Amid these excellent details and descriptions, there emerges an authoritative narrative style which gives the book its sense of dignity, but Howery also takes a holistic view of the experience of being in the trenches. As his stylish wordplay lays out the overall developments of the battles to come, dynamic dialogue, vivid depictions and clever choice of scene arrangement allow us a much closer look into the daily lives of the trench soldiers, as well as the people of France watching the carnage unfold in their homeland. Overall, Decision of Fate is a superb work which is highly recommended for historical and military fiction fans everywhere.