Second World War fiction

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Red Burning Sky

Red Burning Sky

Author: Tom Young Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2022

A thrilling drama based on the true story of one of the Second World War's most daring and successful rescue missions.Summer, 1944. Yugoslavia is locked in a war within a war. In addition to fighting the German occupation, warring factions battle each other. Hundreds of Allied airmen have been shot down over this volatile region, among them American Lieutenant Bill Bogdonavich. Though grateful to the locals who are risking their lives to shelter and protect him from German troops, Bogdonavich dreams of the impossible: escape. With three failed air missions behind him, Lieutenant Drew Carlton is desperate for redemption. From a Texas airbase he volunteers for a secretive and dangerous assignment, codenamed Operation Halyard, that will bring together American special operations officers, airmen, and local guerilla fighters in Yugoslavia's green hills. This daring plan - to evacuate hundreds of stranded airmen while avoiding detection by the Germans - faces overwhelming odds. What follows is one of the greatest stories of military heroism, an elaborate rescue that required astonishing courage, sacrifice, and resilience. Red Burning Sky is a riveting and ultimately triumphant military thriller based on true events, all the more remarkable for being so little known - until now. Perfect for fans of Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins and John Nichol. Praise for Tom Young'One of the most exciting new thriller talents in years!' Vince Flynn 'Gripping and impressively authentic' Frederick Forsyth 'Courage and honor in the face of the enemy have not been so brilliantly portrayed since the great novels of the Second World War' Jack Higgins 'A gutsy, gritty thriller told only as one who's been there and done that could write it... a terrific new writer' W.E.B. Griffin 'Young has a gift for allowing the reader to experience the emotional aspect of being a soldier... Military-thriller fans should make Young's work an essential addition to their reading lists' Booklist 'Like Tom Clancy, Young has an eye for detail about military equipment, operations, and thinking that will ring true with any veteran' General Chuck Horner, USAF (RET.), former Commander, U.S. Central Command Air Forces

Life and Fate

Life and Fate

Author: Vasily Grossman, Polly Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2022

Based around the pivotal WWII battle of Stalingrad (1942-3), where the German advance into Russia was eventually halted by the Red Army, and around an extended family, the Shaposhnikovs, and their many friends and acquaintances, Life and Fate recounts the experience of characters caught up in an immense struggle between opposing armies and ideologies. Nazism and Communism are appallingly similar, 'two poles of one magnet', as a German camp commander tells a shocked old Bolshevik prisoner. At the height of the battle Russian soldiers and citizens alike are at last able to speak out as they choose, and without reprisal - an unexpected and short-lived moment of freedom. Grossman himself was on the front line as a war correspondent at Stalingrad - hence his gripping battle scenes, though these are more than matched by the drama of the individual conscience struggling against massive pressure to submit to the State. He knew all about this from experience too. His central character, Viktor Shtrum, eventually succumbs, but each delay and act of resistance is a moral victory. Though he writes unsparingly of war, terror and totalitarianism, Grossman also tells of the acts of 'senseless kindness' that redeem humanity, and his message remains one of hope. He dedicates his book, the labour of ten years, and which he did not live to see published, to his mother, who, like Viktor Shtrum's, was killed in the holocaust at Berdichev in Ukraine in September 1941.

The Mother's Day Victory

The Mother's Day Victory

Author: Rosie Hendry Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2022

THE BRAND NEW SAGA SERIES BY ROSIE HENDRY - meet the Women on the Home Front . . . Can the Women on the Home Front protect their community in times of war? Norfolk, 1940. As war rages on, sisters Prue and Thea, along with the wider community of Great Plumstead, are doing all they can to help the war effort, from running the mobile canteen for the Women's Voluntary Service to organising clothing drives and collecting salvage. When, Anna, a young German girl who fled her country, seeks refuge at the local hall, Thea opens up her home, Rookery House, and invites Anna into their growing family. But while many in the village welcome Anna with open arms, others are suspicious of the new arrival . . . As the war intensifies and panic sweeps the country, Anna is taken by the government who fear she's a spy. The women of Great Plumstead are already fighting their own battles on the Home Front, but will they come together in Anna's time of need to keep the newest memeber of their community safe from war? The Mother's Day Victory is the perfect wartime family saga and the second novel in Rosie Hendry's much-loved series, filled with heart-warming friendships, nostalgic community spirit and a courageous make-do-and-mend attitude. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Donna Douglas and Elaine Everest. Readers LOVE The Women on the Home Front series: 'I highly recommend this book and give it a well-deserved five stars' 'It's books like this that remind me why I love reading . . . I can't wait to read more from Rosie Hendry' 'Fabulous - can't wait to read the next book' 'Beautifully written . . . Thank you to Rosie Hendry for writing this five-star book' 'A fantastic book - highly recommended'

Night of the Fox

Night of the Fox

Author: Jack Higgins Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2022

A classic thriller featuring the most daring escape of the Second World War, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Eagle Has Landed. American Colonel Hugh Kelso is washed ashore on German-held Jersey in Spring 1944, with top-secret D-Day plans in his possession. To get him back, the most daring escape of the Second World War must be planned and executed. Harry Martineau, bilingual philosophy professor turned assassin, and Sarah Drayton, a beautiful, half-French Jersey native, are selected to carry out the mission, and set off to steal the most precious Allied asset from under the noses of the Nazis...

Treason

Treason

Author: Peter L. Ward Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2022

Three young students meet at Heidelberg University, in the mid 1930's, as Hitler's Nazis rise swiftly to power. Heinrich is a civilised, humane, German whilst Hugh is a privileged Englishman attracted to the totalitarianism of the far right. Charlotte is French, attempting to control the tensions between the two young men. After university and with war looming Heinrich flies to England to work for the BBC. With the outbreak of war Hugh qualifies as a RAF pilot and Charlotte joins the Free French. Having helped rescue the stranded De Gaulle family and bringing them safely to England she is asked to join the SOE as an agent working in France. MI5 begin to suspect that Hugh may be working as an enemy agent who is passing on information about Atlantic convoys. His role flying Lysander aircraft to land English agents in France would give him the chance to pass on this classified information at the same time. His two former student friends are asked to investigate whether this is the case. This meticulously researched wartime novel builds to a thrilling climax as the North Atlantic convoys continue their deadly cat and mouse game with the German U-boats. Traitors need to be unmasked and vital information about these convoys is at stake.

The Little Wartime Library

The Little Wartime Library

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2022

London, 1944. Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East London Clara has created the country's only underground library, built over the tracks in the disused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here a secret community thrives: with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a cafe and a theatre offering shelter, solace and escape from the bombs that fall above. Along with her glamorous best friend and library assistant Ruby Munroe, Clara ensures the library is the beating heart of life underground. But as the war drags on, the women's determination to remain strong in the face of adversity is tested to the limits when it seems it may come at the price of keeping those closest to them alive. Based on true events, The Little Wartime Library is a gripping and heart-wrenching page-turner that remembers one of the greatest resistance stories of the war.

The Little Wartime Library

The Little Wartime Library

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/02/2022

London, 1944. Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East London Clara has created the country's only underground library, built over the tracks in the disused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here a secret community thrives: with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a cafe and a theatre offering shelter, solace and escape from the bombs that fall above. Along with her glamorous best friend and library assistant Ruby Munroe, Clara ensures the library is the beating heart of life underground. But as the war drags on, the women's determination to remain strong in the face of adversity is tested to the limits when it seems it may come at the price of keeping those closest to them alive. Based on true events, The Little Wartime Library is a gripping and heart-wrenching page-turner that remembers one of the greatest resistance stories of the war.

The God of that Summer

The God of that Summer

Author: Ralf Rothmann Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

As the Second World War enters its final stages, millions in Germany are forced from their homes by bombing, compelled to seek shelter in the countryside where there are barely the resources to feed them. Twelve-year-old Luisa, her mother, and her older sister Billie have escaped the devastation of the city for the relative safety of a dairy farm. But even here the power struggles of the war play out: the family depend on the goodwill of Luisa's brother-in-law, an SS officer, who in expectation of payment turns his attention away from his wife and towards Billie. Luisa immerses herself in books, but even she notices the Allied bombers flying east above them, the gauntness of the prisoners at the camp nearby, the disappearance of fresh-faced boys from the milk shed - hastily shipped off to a war that's already lost. Living on the farm teaches Luisa about life and death, but it's man's capacity for violence that provides the ultimate lesson, that robs her of her innocent ignorance. When, at a birthday celebration, her worst fears are realized, Luisa collapses under the weight of the inexplicable. Ralf Rothmann's previous novel, To Die in Spring, described the horror of war and the damage done on the battlefield. The God of that Summer tells the devastating story of civilians caught up in the chaos of defeat, of events that might lead a twelve-year-old child to justifiably say: 'I have experienced everything.'

The God of that Summer

The God of that Summer

Author: Ralf Rothmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2022

As the Second World War enters its final stages, millions in Germany are forced from their homes by bombing, compelled to seek shelter in the countryside where there are barely the resources to feed them. Twelve-year-old Luisa, her mother, and her older sister Billie have escaped the devastation of the city for the relative safety of a dairy farm. But even here the power struggles of the war play out: the family depend on the goodwill of Luisa's brother-in-law, an SS officer, who in expectation of payment turns his attention away from his wife and towards Billie. Luisa immerses herself in books, but even she notices the Allied bombers flying east above them, the gauntness of the prisoners at the camp nearby, the disappearance of fresh-faced boys from the milk shed - hastily shipped off to a war that's already lost. Living on the farm teaches Luisa about life and death, but it's man's capacity for violence that provides the ultimate lesson, that robs her of her innocent ignorance. When, at a birthday celebration, her worst fears are realized, Luisa collapses under the weight of the inexplicable. Ralf Rothmann's previous novel, To Die in Spring, described the horror of war and the damage done on the battlefield. The God of that Summer tells the devastating story of civilians caught up in the chaos of defeat, of events that might lead a twelve-year-old child to justifiably say: 'I have experienced everything.'

Raven

Raven

Author: Michael, ND Murray Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2021

Raven by Michael, ND Murray

The Paris Library

The Paris Library

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2021

HEROISM CAN BE FOUND IN THE QUIETEST PLACES - HOW LIBRARIANS DEFIED THE NAZIS THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives' JILL MANSELL 'Heart-breaking and heart-lifting and always enchanting' RUTH HOGAN 'An irresistible and utterly compelling novel that will appeal to bibliophiles and historical fiction fans alike' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp . . . charming and moving' TATIANA DE ROSNAY 'An irresistible, compelling read' FIONA DAVIS 'Paris and libraries. What's not to love?!' NATASHA LESTER 'Compelling' WOMAN & HOME 'Delightful, richly detailed' PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY PARIS, 1939 Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris - with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers - is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes. In Occupied Paris, choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey - choices that will put many on the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come. MONTANA, 1983 Lily is a lonely teenager desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language, the same longings. But as Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden. Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family, and of heroism found in the quietest of places.

Inheritance of Secrets

Inheritance of Secrets

Author: Sonya Bates Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2021

A brutal murder. A wartime promise. A quest for the truth. Heather Morris meets Jane Harper in a gripping, page-turning mystery. No matter how far you run, the past will always find you. Juliet's elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime - and why? The only clue is her grandfather Karl's missing signet ring. When Juliet's estranged sister, Lily, returns in fear for her life, Juliet suspects something far more sinister than a simple break-in gone wrong. Before Juliet can get any answers, Lily vanishes once more. Juliet only knew Karl Weiss as a loving grandfather, a German soldier who emigrated to Australia to build a new life. What was he hiding that could have led to his murder? While attempting to find out, Juliet uncovers some disturbing secrets from WWII that will put both her and her sister's lives in danger ... Gripping. Tense. Mysterious. Inheritance of Secrets links the crimes of the present to the secrets of the past and asks how far would you go to keep a promise? 'The perfect combination of great historical fiction and a thriller ... highly recommend' Better Reading 'Captures the imagination from the first page' SA Weekend 'A tense compelling read; think Jane Harper's The Dry meets Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz ... fast-paced story-telling with plenty of heart-stopping moments. If you want to lose yourself for several hours, this is a wonderful book to do it in.' Nadia L King 'A layered family drama of mysteries and long held loyalties' The Blurb