The Letter

Safe from the horrors of war a German soldier makes the ultimate sacrifice
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The Letter by Barry Cole is a fascinating and harrowing story that throws light on the perils of war and the importance of family. The detailed and descriptive narration makes the images and the scenes of war vivid to readers, pulling them right into the story. I like the way Meyer's character has been developed in the story; he shows a gamut of emotions as he goes through his duties of being a soldier, a husband, and a father, and the helplessness and hopelessness of his circumstances have been well expressed, making it palpable to readers. Barry Cole weaves history, drama, and fiction into the story and makes it a compelling read. ---5 star

-- Mamta Madhavan
Book Description:

Safe from the horrors of war a German soldier makes the ultimate sacrifice

Having survived the hell of Stalingrad and two years of bitter fighting on the Eastern Front, Sergeant Franz Mayer found he was now a deserter. Not by choice, it had to be said, but a reality nevertheless. Faced with the prospect of an SS firing squad, convinced that the war was in its final death throes his only hope lay in returning home. If fate had condemned him it now came to his rescue and aided by an elderly couple who had lost their only son in the war, he was able to return to his family. But fate hadn’t finished with him just yet.

It was purely by chance that the convoy of lorries’ passed through the village but it changed everything. Plagued by his conscience over what he had witnessed, Franz knew there was only one thing left to do. He must return to the war. But before leaving, he wrote a letter to the old couple who had saved his life, asking his wife to post it should he not return. A letter that would unwittingly unite the two families and give them the strength to face the hardships which lay ahead in their war-ravaged country.

barry cole (Author)
Barry Cole was born in Yorkshire and after leaving the army he began contributing stories and articles to the monthly magazines of two Native American charities. With a love of film, he then studied for two years at the London Screenwriters Workshop. His first book, The Time Bandit was published in 2016, followed by a historical novel Shingas a few months later. His third book The Conquistadors Horse was published in 2018 and has been optioned as a short film by Looking Window Pictures. His latest book The Letter, which was inspired by the Battle of Stalingrad has now been published by Michael Terence Publishing and is available on Amazon. After living on a narrowboat for several years he has now returned to his roots in North Yorkshire.
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