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Miriam [Kindle Edition]

Vic Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A brilliantly researched and exquisitely told tale of love, death, and heartbreak which explores some of the most important and devastating events of twentieth-century Europe.

Miriam Rabin, a bright, headstrong young woman, grows up in North Wales in the early years of the twentieth century determined to make the most of her life. Her ambitions are thwarted after her mother’s death and she seems destined to live out her days as the obscure wife of a hill farmer, although her political beliefs provide her with some respite. In her early thirties, though, a major tragedy changes her life forever. Suddenly Miriam – alongside her equally headstrong sister Esther – finds herself fighting against Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War. Circumstances then lead her to Russia at the turn of World War II, where she becomes an officer in Stalin’s feared secret police, the NKVD …

Miriam’s fervour, passions, heartbreak, and determination lead her along a risky path through the most troubled times of the last hundred years. And, when the future looks ever more uncertain, what becomes of the loved ones she left behind?


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About the Author

I have worked in the aircraft industry and in engineering for twenty-nine years and taught in secondary schools for twenty years. I gained a BA Hons. with the Open University and an MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury. In this novel I draw on my grandfather's recollections of stories relayed to him by his father who lived through the Ukrainian expulsions as his family fled tsarist persecution and of my aunt, his daughter, who had been a schoolteacher in a pit village in North Wales. I also draw on conversations and recollections of two men from the town of Wrexham where I grew up who fought in Spain in the Civil War and also on first hand accounts and hearsay of the Gresford pit disaster. I have three children and four grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LGWD9S6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #450,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend! 28 July 2014
By JT123
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Excellent book, loved the combination of historical and fictional story. I could visualise this being made into a film. Really good read. Congrats to author for such an original and well written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line running through 7 Aug. 2014
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I didn't want to put it down. Very well written. Lots of historical data written in an interesting way. Good story line running through.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good character descriptions. 19 July 2014
By Arby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The unexpected twists in this story kept my interest. With very descriptive details there is not much for the reader to imagine on your own. Each character is revealed as a strong part of the story with their interactions quite surprising at times. Personalities bring real feelings to the surface as Esther realizes she may have betrayed her sister Miriam. As they travel and fight in their own streets, in Madrid, then throughout Russia, each has her own struggle to survive. With each new emotion from loving their mother, to loving men in their lives, both women have to face who they have become. What they endured took stamina much stronger than either of them realized they could manage. The story is well written, flows well and is easy to read. In the end, Ester and Nakolai seem to accept that they are family whether they like it or not. You will feel their pain.
3.0 out of 5 stars Characters were a little flat 13 Sept. 2014
By MaryAW - Published on Amazon.com
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I did keep reading this to the end, so I was engaged enough to find out what happened to the various characters, but then needed to go back and read the beginning to put it all together again, since this is one of those books that starts at the end and than fills you in. I never felt fully empathetic enough with Miriam to care about her or about her causes. The author could have expanded the personalities of the sisters a bit more to make the readers feel they were more complete human beings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough read 2 Nov. 2014
By Ramona - Published on Amazon.com
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I say this is a tough read because of the subject of the book. I was split between liking and hating the characters and what they stood for.
This is a well written account of a terrible time in 20th century history.
People my age remember the Cold War and the suffering of those behind the Iron Curtain.
This a good fictional, historical read for those born after the Curtain fell.
Well written with well developed characters.
4.0 out of 5 stars Miriam 9 Aug. 2014
By barb troje - Published on Amazon.com
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Kind of reminded me of a Dr Zhivago variant but slightly different settings. I would read it again
4.0 out of 5 stars Miriam 16 July 2014
By GH - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book about a young man that is trying to find out about his birth mother a good story
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