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A Hero Of Our Time [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foreman
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Amid the ruins of a Germany defeated in war, the Byronic Wehrmacht officer Robert Fischer attempts to win back his soul. At the same time, his feelings are shaped by the guilt he feels towards a Jewish academic, who he serves as a jailor to, and the love he feels for Charlotte, a young nurse.

A Hero of Our Time climaxes with the invasion of the Russian army.

Robert Fischer will fight for his life - and something else.

A stunning debut, written in the tradition of the great Russian novels of Lermontov and Turgenev, A Hero of Our Time is both a tragic love story and also a story of war and redemption.

A Hero of Our Time is an elegant and arresting novel which will keep the reader engaged to the very last line.

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.'
(Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling books, including 'Augustus: Son of Rome' and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of 'Warsaw', a literary novel set during the Second World War. He lives in London.

Praise for Warsaw

"Warsaw is a work of power. It has the authentic feeling that pulses from an important book. The meticulous research and psychological insights light up one of the most ghastly episodes in the history of man's inhumanity to man."
Patrick Bishop, author of Fighter Boys and A Good War.

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'. - Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series.

Praise for Raffles: The Complete Innings.

“Classy, humorous and surprisingly touching tales of cricket, friendship and crime.” - David Blackburn, The Spectator.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (6 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B02YME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Foreman is the author of the Raffles series of books and the historical novels Augustus: Son of Rome, Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer, A Hero of Our Time and Warsaw. He has worked as a literary consultant and publicist to a number of bestselling authors, including Tom Holland, Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. He lives in London.

Richard Foreman's work has been widely praised:

The Raffles: The Gentleman Thief series:

'A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!' (David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries)

'This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry - here a friend of Raffles - naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you're witnessing history first hand' (Dawn - The Baker Street Babes)

'The exploitative rich are robbed, habitual criminals are caught, and men of true nobility triumph... Raffles... is a debonair rogue - a sparkling bon vivant with penchants for cricket and larceny ... [but] Foreman gives himself more latitude with Bunny... who grows in stature (and cunning) over the books.' (David Blackburn, The Spectator)

A Hero of Our Time:

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.'
(Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Augustus Son of Rome:

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'.
(Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Powerful. 20 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The original A Hero Of Our Time, by Lermontov, is one of my favourite novels of all time so I was curious to read what I thought might be a re-telling of that book set in WWII. Although there are shades of Lermontov's Pechorin in Robert Fischer, Foreman's A Hero Of Our Time is a different book entirely.
Yet the novel is no worse for not being a pastiche or homage to Lermontov's masterwork. This book has a charm, wit and philosophy all of its own. The supporting characters, in the form of Jakob Levin and Charlotte Friedrich, are strong - and the ending is one of the most gripping I have read in a long time.
Stylish and powerful. One of my novels of the year.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned - Yet A Possible Future Classic. 20 Feb 2012
By Abi
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this novel is old fashioned in many ways, in terms of its themes and Byronic central character, it is because of its old fashioned virtues that it could prove a classic in the future. There are conscious echoes of references to Lermontov's original masterpiece - and other nineteenth century novels - but one can read A Hero Of Our Time without a knowledge of those books, or a knowledge of Germany at the end of the war.

Although there are frequent moments of wit and wryness in this book - particularly in the dialogue - one should be aware that it's quite a sad book. The love story is a tragic love story.

A Hero Of Our Time may not be the best book you read this year (as with other debut novels it's not without some flaws) but Robert Fischer will probably be the most memorable character that will stick in your mind for awhile - whether you find yourself attracted or repulsed by him.
Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Moving 19 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A Hero of Our Time far surpassed my expectations, especially for a debut novel. Set during WWII, Richard Forman focuses on the perspective of Robert Fischer, an reluctant German Nazi officier. This rare outlook pulled me deeper into the narrative and though I loved him and hated him at times, Robert always held me raptly in attention. I could not help being affected by the depth of his vulnerability and the ambiguity of his redemption pressed me on until the final page. Filled with subtle literary references from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novel brings pleasure to those familiar with period's classics. Foreman's delicate crafting of Robert's interactions with the captive Jakob and the vibrant Charlotte provides a truly beautiful portrayal of human relationships. It is this timeless and tragic depiction of human psychology that causes the novel to surpass the status of simple wartime story to be a vastly compelling and enriching read. The power behind the ending and the strong silhouette of the characters lingers with you long after you've finished the last paragraph. Absolutely recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong and simple tragic story... 1 July 2012
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The dialogue and complexity of the central character, Fischer, turn this good book into a great book. Foreman has been influenced by aspects of Russian novels in the 19th century but that is no bad thing as WWII provides a suitable dramatic backdrop for some of the religious and philosophical themes of the story. Although a "literary" novel in many respects, the author - like Graham Greene - is also conscious of creating a strong and pacey story with a gripping - and melancholy - ending. This book is a must for those who have read Lermontov and Dostoyevsky - yet if you haven't you'll enjoy it for its originality and depth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 3 Mar 2012
By Natalie
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is something special. Following the enigmatic Captain Robert Fischer, an educated, privileged, reluctant officer in Nazi Germany, Foreman explores the boundaries of human relationships at all levels. Much like Camus' Meursault or Kundera's Tomas, Fischer is resentful of societal norms which restrict his basic desire to pursue physical and intellectual enrichment. Almost asocial at the start, his behaviour subtly, slowly changes, his navigation of personal relationships altering as his emotional experiences in Nazi Germany broaden his mind. Intertwined with this however, are the recurrent themes of selfishness and resentment. Rich with literary references, this story is a treat for fans of nineteenth and early twentieth century literature but these references also add beauty and embellishment to an otherwise bleak and hopeless setting.

The tantalising twist and the fragile promise of Fischer's redemption are absorbing and enchanting, as is his interest in a beautiful, intelligent and liberal young nurse. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Accomplished Debut 1 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Richard Foreman writes a strong and compelling tale of WWII Germany. Writing from the German perspective 'A Hero of Our Time' has echoes of Lermontov, but this is not a re-telling or pastiche. It was the love story in this book that captured me the most It was beautifully tragic.
An accomplished debut novel that I can definitely recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Haunting 26 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel may be seen to be a celebration of a canon of European Literature (especially in regards to the philosophy and literature of the 19th century). The author deftly weaves quotes from Goethe, Hume, Byron, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard into his dialogue and narrative. And I duly found myself haunted by some of those quotes - and the fate of the book's protagonist - after I finished reading the novel.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed and admired this book it perhaps falls short of wholly being a classic. The author does not maintain the quality of his writing throughout the text and occasionally the narration can slip into seeming too glib but these may be seen as quibbles rather than major flaws.
The plot is strong, if uncomplicated, and the whole book may be seen to be held together by the enigmatic central character Robert Fischer. Love him or loathe him, one is never bored by him. And, although out in public, I still nearly cried at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile (but far from author's best work)
Not the author's best work, either in terms of being as entertaining as his Roman books or as well written as Warsaw, but A Hero of Our Time still gripped me in parts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Buster Chester
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent literary fiction.
More than decent war story, which is also a tragic love story. Author is conscious of his hero being a literary descendant of protagonists of great Russian novels. Read more
Published 12 months ago by dragonlance
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably dreadful
I abandoned this book after struggling through approximately 25% of it. I find it hard to believe people have given this 5 stars. Read more
Published 12 months ago by janner37
3.0 out of 5 stars A different perpective
The hero of the story is a man who has kept on the right side of the Nazi party by not seeing what they are doing to the Jews.
Published 16 months ago by Yellowfinch
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad, but engaging, story.
This is one of the best books I have read on kindle this year, partly because it is so different to much of what I've read. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars A hero of our time
I chose it as a historical novel but it's more of a romance set in some obscure time and place. Tedious story line with fanciful language and a smattering of poetry. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jax
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Boys Own stuff: A novel in a serious literary tradition
I wanted to read this as I am a great admirer of the 19th century Russian writer, Lermontov's, novel of the same name, set during one of Russia's endless wars in the Caucasus... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Teresa Gamble
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