Timely and essential, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us, the battles lost, won, and those still being fought.
A French intelligence officer is tasked with tracking down a former member of the U.S. Special Forces suspected of drug trafficking during the war in Afghanistan. On his way to Beirut he shares a night with Mariam, an Iraqi archaeologist, who is in a race against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction wreaked by ISIS. Woven into these two forceful, gripping storylines are stylish meditations on humankind’s bellicose history: Hannibal’s failed march on Rome and the burning of his fleet on the waters of the Mediterranean; Grant’s pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House; and Emperor Haile Selassie’s swift retreat from Ethiopia.
Each one a turning point in world history, each revealing a different facet of how nations and individuals face defeat. Gaude´ writes with a riveting immediacy, seamlessly taking the reader across the battlefields of our past to reflect upon the implications of today’s conflicts.