The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

The Winter Soldier

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse na...

Details The Winter Soldier

TitleThe Winter Soldier
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War

Reviews The Winter Soldier

  • Liz
    Wow! No sepia colored historical fiction here. We are talking graphic. The writing here will have you squirming. The scenes etch themselves into your brain. It’s the beginning of World War I. I’ve always considered WWI a complicated mess of a war. It’s known for its high casualties and gruesome war fare. The 1915 winter campaign in the Carpathian Mountains was a disaster for the Austrio- Hungarian forces fighting the Russians. Ill equipped ...
  • Fran
    Lucius Krzelewski, born to a wealthy Polish family, has been raised in Vienna. He chooses to study medicine instead of living a pampered life. Lucius lives and breathes medicine. After six semesters of study, he wants to examine and treat patients. He has yet to use a scalpel. With two years of study remaining, the Archduke of Sarajevo is assassinated. In 1915, during the Great War, medical students are offered early graduation if they enlist. Ph...
  • Jill
    War novels – the good ones, at least – are never about the tactical battles of war; that’s best left for historians. Really good war literature (and I’m thinking of Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds, for example) are about the psychic scarring of those who participate in wars and what it does to one’s moral core.The Winter Soldier is that kind of book—plot-driven, for the most part, but also insightful in its focus on what happens to t...
  • Ron Charles
    The beauty of Daniel Mason’s new novel, “The Winter Soldier,” persists even through scenes of unspeakable agony. That tension reflects the span of his talent. As a writer, Mason knows how to capture the grace of a moment; as a doctor, he knows how wrong things can go.And just about everything goes wrong for Lucius, the young medical student at the center of this historical novel set during World War I. The scion of a wealthy family in Vienn...
  • KayG
    Oh, this was absolutely wonderful! During WWI a promising young medical student from an affluent family enlisted and was sent to work as a medic. The book is riveting from beginning to end - very atmospheric, intense, vivid, and action packed. The medical practices, the characters, the story of the war on the frontlines as well as back home - I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book! This book was received from NetGalley...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    The Winter Soldier, not for the faint of heart, is less an historical war novel—although that is certainly apropos—but more a study of individuals in the practice of healing that are caught up in war’s impossible circumstances, with outmoded resources and learn-at-the-hip medicine (think MASH unit without the laughs). The boundary between doctor and patient that is taught in academics is difficult to uphold when surrounded by harrowing inju...
  • Bonnie Brody
    Lucius Krzelewski is 22 years old, from a privileged Austrian family and enrolled in an Austrian medical school, when WWI starts. He is sent to Lemnowice, a remote outpost in the Carpathian mountains, as a full-fledged physician. The post consists of an old church filled with war casualties. The site has been long abandoned by the previous doctors who had been stationed there. A convent nurse, Margarete, is the one in charge and acts more like an...
  • Jill Meyer
    Daniel Mason's newest novel, "The Winter Soldier", is a quiet masterpiece, It's a bit like "Dr Zhivago"; a doctor and a nurse fall in love during wartime duty, but the story is so much more. Involving life on the Eastern Front during the Great War, the soldiers in the Austro-Hungarian army attempt to fight the physical elements as well as the Russian troops. It compares favorably with British author Pat Barker's "Regeneration" trilogy.Lucius Krze...
  • Cheryl
    Military casualties suffered during World War I were among the highest in history. The Winter Soldier brings to life the chaos, brutality, and suffering experienced by people living in the Austro Hungarian Empire during this time. Lucius Krzelewski was a young medical student when the war began. Lucius and several friends volunteered to serve as medical assistants at the front lines. Lucius arrived at his assigned post only to discover that he wo...
  • Paul
    The Winter Soldier is a novel that I had high hopes for, especially after reading Mason’s The Piano Tuner. While his writing is as effectual as ever and the premise is enticing, the overall arc of the story didn’t manage to hold up throughout the narrative. I loved the characters, the romance, and the look into The Great War, yet felt the thread of the story was lost about three-quarters of the way through the book.Full review can be found he...
  • Dan Radovich
    What Mason has crafted with THE WINTER SOLDIER is a great old-fashioned novel. Between the covers you have a tale filled with characters you care about and believe in but most important a tight strong story that does not rely on extraneous action sequences because it is a 'war novel'. (There are many explicitly descriptive sections detailing on the front medical procedures, be forewarned). Lucius is the young son of a well-to-do Austrian family, ...
  • Annie
    If Gavrilo Princip had not fired the shot that started World War I, Lucius Krzelewski would have had to slowly make his way through the ranks of the endless Austro-Hungarian medical bureaucracy to become a doctor. Instead, he enlists as a medical lieutenant and is shipped to a field hospital somewhere in the Carpathian mountains. The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason, follows him from his days as a student to the hospital to the end of the war, as ...
  • Mary Lins
    This coming November 11th will the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War, now known as World War One. Daniel Mason's glorious novel of that war, "The Winter Soldier", is a must-read for anyone who appreciates excellent historical fiction and a profoundly gripping love story. Lucius Krzelewski is 22 years old, a medical student from Vienna, sent to act as a doctor at a Regimental Hospital in the Carpathian mountains in the wi...
  • Cindy
    The Winter Soldier was a challenge for me. Although slow and wordy at times I plugged along and gradually became involved in this fascinating ww1 story. Beginning in Vienna in 1914 we follow Lucius, a young medical student, to a field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains. The conditions are horrendous, supplies short, no doctors and only 1 nurse. Sister Margarete is in charge and guides Lucius through surgeries mostly amputations due to war injur...
  • Lorilin
    Twenty-two year old Lucius has only one love:  medicine. Despite his high-society mother's attempts to direct him toward a more socially impressive vocation, Lucius can only think of anatomy, disease, and surgery. He's in medical school when World War I begins, and since Austria is in desperate need of doctors, Lucius enlists and is immediately sent to an out-of-the-way field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains. It is there that he learns how t...
  • Josh
    The Piano Tuner was rich and descriptive whereas Mason's second book, A Far Country, was much more minimalist. Both great, but Mason returns to The Piano Tuner's style in The Winter Soldier and hits it out of the park. If you enjoy historical fiction, you'll love this book. I can't recommend it more highly. My favorite book of 2018.
  • Cathy
    Review to follow
  • Susan Csoke
    An action packed love story amidst World War One exploding across Europe in 1914. In a field hospital in Vienna head nurse Sister Margarete is in charge of training newcomer, 22 year old med student Lucius. Thank you Goodreads for this free book!!!!
  • Ralph Bardsley
    This review first appeared in the NY Journal of Books on September 10 -, loss and freedom take center stage in Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier. The novel chronicles the life of Lucius, a well-bred Polish-Austrian doctor from Vienna, beginning with his days as a medical student in the twilight of the Austo-Hungarian Empire; through his time as a doctor in a World War I field hospital; and finally to ...
  • Sarah W.
    A novel of love and war, The Winter Soldier – almost in the vein of its own antebellum conclusion – redraws the boundaries when it comes to depicting both the violence of the First World War, and a love story between two people caught up in the conflict.1914, and twenty-two-year-old medical student Lucius Krzelewski is leaving Vienna (and his own sterile existence) behind in search of a greater purpose, to be found somewhere on the war front ...
  • Liz
    Please visit my book blog at Krzelewski is the main character in Daniel Mason's historical novel, The Winter Soldier. Lucius is a 22-year-old medical student in Vienna. He comes from a privileged family where loyalty to country and tradition rule. Lucius is a dedicated student who wants nothing more than to learn everything he can about medicine, particularly in the neurological field where his interest...
  • Joanne
    Over the past four years there have been many commemorations of the events which took place during World War 100 years ago. There have been many books looking at various aspects of the war through fact and fiction. The Winter Soldier is something rather different, something quite special. It has been compared to Birdsong and I can see why it will appeal to fans of that book including myself. This is a book which looks at the brutal reality of the...
  • Chris
    The Winter Soldier” is a gripping read by Daniel Mason that explodes off the page, a literary love story set in Eastern Europe during World War I.The author, himself a physician, relates the story of Lucius, the son of Polish parents, a stutterer as a youth, subjected to archaic treatment for the malady. As a doctor in training in Vienna he volunteers for the army in 1915, a year after the war begins. Lucius arrives at the regimental hospital o...
  • Brenda
    I liked The Winter Soldier, I didn't love it. Not that it isn't well written and researched, it is. I think the book would be better suited for someone who loves reading military books or books that are medicine based. There is much in this book about WWI and about doing surgery's, amputations, the rough inaccurate way they did things during that period because they didn't have the advances in medicine the knowledge then, etc. This is written abo...
  • Anne
    When this book opens we meet a man on a train heading to a hospital where he is to serve the Polish army. We then take a step back to discover he is 22, Polish, and has been studying to become a doctor. With the battles of WWI approaching Lucius Krzelewski has enlisted to help fill the need for medics. He is immediately commissioned as a medical lieutenant and assigned to a very remote field hospital. When he arrives he discovers an old church wi...
  • Lori
    The Winter Soldier is the wonderfully written story of WWI. Medical student Lucius, son of a wealthy Viennese couple, enlists, and is sent to a remote field hospital in the Carpathian mountains to care for wounded soldiers. Even though he has not completed his medical training, he is the only physician there, and is expected to know what to do. Margrete, the convent nurse there, does know what to do, and teaches him along the way about battlefiel...
  • Maggie Holmes
    In The Piano Tuner, Mason took us to Burma during the 1880s, a time and place I had no knowledge of. In The Winter Soldier, Mason again takes us some place and time completely off the beaten track: the hills of the Austrian Empire during WWI. These hills are inhabited not by Austrians but by people who had been there before the Empire and are soon inhabited by soldiers of both the Austrian and Russian armies. Mason is able to capture the feel of ...
  • Katie
    Thank you NetGalley and LittleBrown for the advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.All the stars for this gorgeous, haunting novel.It’s 1914, and a great war is exploding across Europe. Lucius is a brilliant but awkward young medical student from a wealthy Viennese family who, lured by tales of heroic battlefield surgeries, enlists in the army, expecting to be assigned to an organized field hospital. Instead he finds himself in a r...
  • Ruth
    An extraordinary book about a horrible war. So very well written, a true pleasure. The doctor learning from the nurse on how to handle the surgical procedures caused by war. Not typically my kind of read, this ARC was educational. Was great to read a book with no vulgar language and introduced me to some words I had never read before. Thanks Daniel Mason for your hard work and dedication to this topic.
  • Jamckean
    THE WINTER SOLDIER is an exquisitely written WWI novel filled with contrasts...raw and beautiful; heartbreaking and inspirational. It is the unforgettable story of a young Austrian doctor and a nurse, and the love that blooms amid the healing and suffering at a field hospital tucked away in the Carpathian Mountains. A moving testament to the imprint we make on one another, and the lengths we will go to repent, forget and forgive.