Release date - 1st June 2017 (Paperback)
Book length - 386 pages
Publisher - www.panmacmillan.com
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
1944. Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front to find his village home much changed and existing in the dark shadow of an SS rest hut - a luxurious retreat for those who manage the concentration camps, run with the help of a small group of female prisoners who - against all odds - have so far survived the war.
When, by chance, Brandt glimpses one of these prisoners, he realizes that he must find a way to access the hut. For inside is the woman to whom his fate has been tied since their arrest five years before, and now he must do all he can to protect her.
But as the Russian offensive moves ever closer, the days of this rest hut and its SS inhabitants are numbered. And while hope - for Brandt and the female prisoners - grows tantalizingly close, the danger too is now greater than ever.
And, in a forest to the east, a young female Soviet tank driver awaits her orders to advance...
THE CONSTANT SOLDIER by William Ryan is a raw, powerful, harrowing historical fiction novel that will break you in every possible way while simultaneously filling you with the strength and unwavering hope of the human spirit.
Set during the Second World War, we see Paul Brandt, an injured soldier return to his hometown, disfigured and changed in so many ways. Determined to do good in a world that has become so twisted by evil, it is only when he spots a female prisoner that looks familiar in the local SS rest hut, that he understands what he needs to do. As the war continues to rage and move ever closer to his village, Brandt will wage a war of his own within the walls of the camp in his quest to right a wrong, to make a difference. But in such an unpredictable place at such an unpredictable time, danger is constantly shrouding them all, preparing to drown them in despair.
I cried often during this story which is sadly rooted in fact. The pure horror and evil from this time in history are artfully placed in every word and every page, and it left me feeling uncomfortable and upset many times, which is exactly as it should be.
But this novel also shows the importance of hope, survival, and love even when it doesn't seem possible. That one simple act of good standing up to evil can really make a difference, even if it is only for an instant or only to a few people.
The writing is fluidly poetic and compelling, and the characters are so in-depth and detailed that you can almost picture them when you close your eyes.
THE CONSTANT SOLDIER by William Ryan is a masterpiece of epic proportions and an important book that should be read by all, and I can certainly see it crossing over to the silver screen perfectly.
William Ryan’s Captain Korolev Novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Ellis Peters and John Creasey Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (twice). William teaches on the Crime Writing Masters at City University in London. His latest novel The Constant Soldier has been described by AL Kennedy as “a nuanced, complex and gripping tale of guilt and love that captures the chaos at the end of World War Two”. For more information:
Website - www.william-ryan.com
Twitter - twitter.com/WilliamRyan_
Facebook - www.facebook.com/WilliamRyanAuthor/
*I want to thank the author William Ryan for the opportunity to review this compelling story.
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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