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, World War I

Reviews The Winter Soldier

  • Miranda Reads
    4.5 stars There was something quite primitive and horrid about it. Lucius has always (always) wanted to be a doctor. Despite his parents many objections, there was never any doubt in his mind what he was going to do. Well, until WWI broke out.Faced with the absolutely terrifying new world, Lucius takes an opportunity to obtain firsthand experience in the medical field by signing up for the war. His parents? Less than pleased...but his mother ( oh...
  • Angela M
    4+ stars.Historical fiction is a favorite genre for me, but I have not read a lot of books about WWI. While this is a war story, it doesn’t take place on the battlefield field. The majority of the story takes place at a field hospital in a church in a place called Lemnowice, in the Carpathian Mountains. Twenty two year old Lucius Krzelewski is a medical student from a well to do Polish family in Vienna in 1914. He has a passion for his medical ...
  • Jen
    This was easily a hands down 5 star and what a phenomenal story. I’m speechless and wowed.And thus begins the life of a physician. Not even completed his training, Lucius is pulled into the war in 1914, romanticizing the opportunity to finally practice on real patients. But the reality wasn’t the medicine he was hoping to practice. It was a fix them as best you can to send them back to the front to fight. And the ones who came back with no vi...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 StarsThe year is 1914. Lucius is a young medical student in Vienna, when the war breaks out and he immediately becomes a “War Doctor.” Lucius is sent to Lemnowice in the Carpathian Mountain, where the conditions are barbaric: Amputations, Gonorrhea, Lice and Typhus - to name a few. The “Hospital” is infested with rats and the situation is deplorable. Truth be told, he is completely unprepared. Thankfully, Sister Margarete, the nurse on ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”He made a strange twisting motion as if he were attempting to free his feet from where they had frozen to the ground. The skin began to tear, but he didn’t seem to feel it. Spit froze to his lips, his muscles shook, and his penis had shrunken into his pubic hair. HIs pale skin turned yellow, then blotched with white and pink, and then pink began to retreat to pallor once again. The entire scene seemed leached of any color, the church walls c...
  • Dem
    Excellent Historical Fiction Story from the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front. The Winter Soldier is a story of war and medicine, of finding love when one least expects it, a story of the mistakes we make and how we try to atone for them.I really enjoyed this novel and I picked this one up in the book store purely because I could not resist the stunning cover. image: The front cover of the novel I own ...
  • Christine
    4.5 stars rounded to 5 starsI have expanded my reading horizons this year by being open to other genres and writing styles that are rather new for me. By doing so, I have read a number of books that I would not have even considered just months prior. I’m amazed to think what I would be missing by not taking some chances!I was attracted to Winter Soldier because of its title and cover and because of the medical theme. It looked more literary tha...
  • JanB
    3.5 stars. I'm conflicted on my rating because the first 1/2 to 3/4 of the book was easily a 5 star read, but then it took a turn I didn't care for. My cursor hovered over 3 or 4 stars. I don't consider 3.5 a "bad" rating. It means I enjoyed it but there were a few elements that didn't work for me. I listened to the majority of it on a long drive and the narrator, Laurence Dopbiesz, was excellent, making it easy to listen to for long hours.I was ...
  • 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...
  • Brenda
    Twenty-two-year-old Lucius was deeply into his medical degree when war exploded across Europe. It was 1914 and his life in Vienna felt a long way from the front. Enlisting in the medical field, he expected to be assisting doctors and nurses at a field hospital. But his arrival at the small village of Lemnowice made him realise his expectations were far from the truth. Sister Margarete was in charge; she did the surgery, nursed the patients, admin...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...This is my favourite type of Historical Fiction. Stories that follow ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events during the war. Be they doctors, soldiers, nurses or civilians, everyone has a story that needs telling.This story follows Lucius Krzelewski, from a well-off Austrian family, through his years of medical training. Mason highlights how training during this time was not hands on but merely o...
  • Phrynne
    I have been hesitating for ages with my fingers hovering over the keyboard. How shall I rate this book? I took a look at the reviews and they are predominately five and four star. I think I am feeling three. I might write the review first and then choose my rating.....On the good side was the beautiful writing. No one can question the author's talent at setting the scene and describing the action. The characters are well drawn too particularly Lu...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 stars***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERSWar and its consequences, not only does it take lives, its takes limbs, minds, and the will to carry on. Yet, it also gives some strength they never knew they possessed. It is the strength of the gods, the stamina of the brave, the courage of the undaunted, and the determination of the strong to carry on where others would fail. Lucius Krzelewski is a Polish medical student. He came from a wealthy family, ...
  • Bam
    *4-4.5 stars. An excellent novel of historical fiction set during WWI. Lucius is the son of a wealthy Polish family living in Vienna. His parents are confounded when he decides to go to school to become a doctor. When he is told he could get his medical degree early if he volunteers to serve in the war effort, he jumps at the chance even though he has had little hands on experience. After many delays, he is finally posted to a field hospital in G...
  • Chris
    The Winter Soldier is one of the most beautifully written examples of historical fiction I’ve ever read: the details, the authenticity, and the clarity are remarkable. Every image is jaw-droppingly vivid. But more than that are the heartbreaking stories of Lucius and Margarete, a doctor and a nurse, as they try to piece together the soldiers who pass through their First World War aid station as the Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbles around them. ...
  • Libby
    One of the things I like most about ‘The Winter Soldier’ by Daniel Mason is the authenticity of descriptions of medicine during World War I. Lucius is twenty-two years old and a student who enlists in the army as a medical lieutenant. Even though he hasn’t completed his medical studies, there is a shortage of doctors and a friend convinces him that he will see cases that otherwise would take years to experience in general practice. On the w...
  • Diane Barnes
    If you're in the mood for a war novel (WWI), they don't get much better than this. A medical student assigned to a forsaken outpost in the Carpathian Mountains, a strange little nun, both performing amputations and treating amputees and shell shock and frostbite, along with battling lice and rats and sadistic officers; well, let's just say that it's full of the action and gut-wrenching drama you would expect from such a situation. There's guilt a...
  • 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...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown and Company for the chance to read and review this book. Published September 11, 2018. I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I felt it read like a foreign dictionary. I was disappointed. I so liked Mason's book The Piano Tuner and was excited to get a chance to read this one. I had so much trouble starting this novel that I almost set it aside. I realize now that having done that would have...
  • Chrissie
    What stands out as special with this book of historical fiction?* Its lyrical and descriptive prose.*The storyline is unusual. The central character is a Viennese medical student, and the story is set during the First World War in a small mountain village in Galicia, and there, in a field hospital consigned to the village church. From here the story expands to other locations in Galicia.*This is a love story, but here the angle is unusual too. Tw...
  • Faith
    Lucius Krzelewski was a young medical student in Vienna who enlisted in the army in WWI to act as a medical assistant, but on his first assignment he discovered that there was no doctor, only a nurse Sister Margarete, a cook and some orderlies. Lucius had never treated patients but he quickly learned from Margarete. One of those patients was a shell shocked man named Horvath. The treatment that Lucius gave to Horvath seemed to be helping him so L...
  • 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...
  • Ken
    Inside the covers you'll find a map. Remember those? And such capital-R Romantic locations, too! Galicia, Cracow, the Carpathian Mountains, Budapest, Vienna, the Vistula and the Dnieper. Hungary's empire, you see, just before it all went kablooey. I'm talking 1914. The War to End All Wars. And why, may I ask, is war so capital-R Romantic when it's in the rearview mirror? Isn't Hell hell from any angle? I thought so.Anyway, what we have here is Dr...
  • Connie
    Lives are forever changed in this World War I novel by Daniel Mason. Lucius, a medical student in Vienna, is sent to a hospital for the troops of Austria-Hungary in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains. Although he has been a brilliant student, he arrives at the hospital with no "hands-on" medical training. The other doctors at the field hospital have either died or deserted. The hospital, located in a church, has been run by Sister Margar...
  • Cathy
    The reader witnesses in brutal detail Lucius’ struggle to do his best for the soldiers in his care, many of whom have suffered terrible injuries that challenge his medical knowledge and surgical skills.  His task is made more difficult by the basic conditions in the makeshift field hospital to which he has been posted, the lack of food and medical supplies and the long, cold winters.   Along with a few orderlies, Lucius, and the hospital’s...
  • DeAnn
    3.75 bitter winter stars to this WWI taleThis book does what great historical fiction does for me – magically transports me to another time and place. This time it's to follow Lucius, a wealthy young man training to be a doctor in Vienna in 1914. Before he can complete his studies, war breaks out and he enlists. He is sent to a remote field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains.Discovering that he is the only “doctor” at the field hospital, ...
  • Nancy
    I am thrilled that I stopped resisting The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason. I was leery of delving into another WWI novel, knowing the despair and suffering I would encounter. When I began reading I couldn't stop and stayed up late to finish it.The novel tells the story of Lucius Krzelewski of Vienna, an inexperienced young medical student who shows much promise but is frustrated by the limitations of medical school. When war breaks out, a friend ...
  • Phyllis
    WWI, a Polish medical student who has never really treated patients, is sent to a field hospital and finds himself doing amputations. He is the only doctor there. He is taught by Margerete, a nurse who is also a nun. This is their story along with the the soldiers who have horrific wounds and other diseases. Part mystery, part love story and,of course, war. It reminded me a little of Dr. Zhivago.