Author(s): William Gruar
Achilles begins in the hearts of an idealistic young New Zealand couple who unwillingly become enmeshed in war. Set in New Zealand, Egypt, Greece and Crete in the early years of World War Two, Achilles provides documentation which shows clearly that New Zealand became involved in battles that it was not invited to, prepared for, or able to fight. Achilles has themes involving conscientious objection, politics in New Zealand, conscription, the effect of poorly followed through principles, and what happens when people in relationships fail to express themselves. We learn of actual battles fought by New Zealanders through letters and documents. Meanwhile, back at home, the attentions of a handsome American provide more intrigue...In the classic tradition of the eternal triangle/menage a trois, William Gruar has created a novel of love, humour and compassion.