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BC ALUMNUS PUBLISHES WAR NOVEL

by | Jan 27, 2017

Bluefield College alumnus Nicholas “Nick” Lambros of Monkton, Maryland, recently published a book titled To End All War, an historical account of World War I from 1914 to 1918.
BC Alumnus and To End All War author Nick Lambros

Before his author days, Lambros was a student at Bluefield College from 1962 to 1964 after serving in the United States Army, where he was a member of a guided missile site that protected New York City in the early 1960s during the Cold War. He earned an associate’s degree from BC and later a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Carson-Newman College.

“Bluefield was a joyful experience for me,” said Lambros. “It was a two-year college when I attended, but I still remember the quality of the instruction I received, and I often quote some of the expressions of my professors at Bluefield, which I believe are some of the best I’ve ever heard. My entire experience at Bluefield bolstered my religious beliefs while preparing me to continue my education.”

After college, Lambros became a high school English teacher in the Baltimore County Public Schools system in Maryland. Intrigued by a wartime letter from 1918 he found in an old book he bought from an antique store, Lambros decided to research “The Great War,” which he soon determined was “highly underrated in American history, in general, and in history classrooms, in particular.” As a public school teacher, he was intent on doing even more extensive research to develop an accurate and thorough chronology of 1914 to 1919.

“That chronology — 44 pages of single-spaced lines — allowed me to place real and fictional characters in the right places at the right times, thus creating a work that was suitable for use in classes as an alternate source for learning about the war,” said Lambros.

Lambros spent roughly 20 years in his research, writing and editing. The result: To End All War, “an epic novel that deserves a large and appreciative audience,” according to one review. Described as more than “a tale of World War I,” but also “a family story, and a work that delivers a strong moral viewpoint about the costs of battle,” To End All War is a story about three American siblings who end up in France via separate paths, hoping to aid the war effort. One brother is flying combat missions, the other brother works in field hospitals, and the sister is a translator, turned spy. Their stories overlap and intertwine, and by novel’s end, says one review, “we come to know and care deeply about the family,” while readers get a view of “a time and place in more vivid detail than the mere recollection of the facts.”

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse. Lambros recently retired as an adjunct instructor from Baltimore County Community College.

“I hope to revisit the campus someday, where I had many happy hours making friends and learning how to learn,” he said. “Those were two of the finest years of my life.”

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