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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large type edition edition (1 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843953897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843953890
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former magazine editor Francis Cottam is the author of four novels and the novelization of a feature film.

His debut novel THE FIREFIGHTER was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Literature award. It was followed by HAMER'S War, SLAPTON SANDS and A SHADOW ON THE SUN.

All four of these novels are either set in, or examine the repercussions of the Second World War. THE FIREFIGHTER examines one man's experience of the most intense period of the London Blitz. Hamer's War takes as its theme the moral dilemma facing a brave German soldier recovering from a wound sustained in battle on the Eastern Front.

THE RESIDENT is the novelization of a film made by the resurgent Hammer production company. Along with SLAPTON SANDS and A SHADOW ON THE SUN, it is available for download on Kindle.

Francis is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers published under the pen name F.G. Cottam

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Journalist Cottam's first novel, The Fire Fighter, was set in Britain in World War II. This time he switches sides to the harrowing life of a brave, principled German officer who becomes a hero of the Reich for destroying a Russian tank and thereby turning the tide of battle for a while on the Russian front. His recovery from a bullet wound while posted to a Polish labour camp is interspersed with flashbacks revealing the loss of his family's lands, his flawed marriage and a monumental deception which removes a cornerstone of his existence. Cottam's is a fascinating tale of love and a professional soldier's bitter war for an atrocious regime. His writing shows enormous promise but is over-complicated by so many flashbacks which put hiccups into the narrative drive of an otherwise compelling story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Francis Cottam was born in Southport, Merseyside, in 1957. A full-time journalist, he has lived and worked in London for the past twenty years. His first novel, The Fire Fighter, was published in 2001. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Mcneill on 19 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book immensely: a solid, well-crafted tale of love, loss, conflict and betrayal on several levels, set against a background of war on the Eastern front. (The battle scenes in particular are exceptionally well-written.)
Hamer returns injured to Germany an honoured hero of the Reich, feted by the Nazi hierarchy ... up to and including the Fuhrer himself. He is given temporary assignment to a concentration camp in Poland, where he meets and falls in love with Julia, an inmate. Fellow-officers treat Julia with contempt. They are the occupying master race, after all; she is Slavic and ‘untermenschen’.
But Hamer’s real conflict is coming to terms with his past (and the discovery that he’s been living a lie). Only radical action can alter the course of his future ...
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