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Stormbringer: Apocalypse Then Part One [Kindle Edition]

Daniel DeLacy
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Book Description

How many people remember where they were when the most destructive war in history began on the 1st of September 1939?

Sixty million people were killed in the second world war.

How many people remember where they were when the most destructive war in history began?

I remember.

I should remember.

I started it.

Some Crimes You Never Stop Paying For

11.15am 3rd of September 1939, BBC Radio. This is London. You will now hear a statement by the Prime Minister.

"This morning the British ambassador in Berlin handed the German government a final note, stating that unless we heard from them, by 11 o'clock, that they were prepared, at once, to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now, that no such undertaking has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany."

"Robert L. Parker is a great creation. Funny, irreverent, a tad ridiculous in his more caper-ish mode, a wonderful character who plays with the reader’s emotions and expectations in a way that escalates the story into something truly gripping."

"The dialogue is fantastic. It’s snappy, funny, moves the plot along and makes the characters leap off the page."

"Nothing I’ve read matches Stormbringer."
Harper Collins

"A spine chilling, adventure packed read, which starts fast and hits you right between the eyes. Loved it."

"There is a terrific amount of clarity and the style is so direct that it tends to reach out and grasp the reader in a vice and won’t let them go."

"This is my kind of book, a fast pace all happening without the gung ho stuff, brilliant tongue in cheek humour, gripped by the seat of my pants reading."

"Oh my! I shouldn't read this in the library. I must look like a google eyed gecko after reading that first chapter! Whew, gotta catch my breath and blink rapidly to decrease the size of my overextended eyeballs!
Horrifying, terrifying, awesome!!!"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MM8C54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One winter's morning in the mid-nineties I found myself in a convoy that had just departed from the Bosnian town of Tuzla. It was a few days after Christmas. The sun shone brightly in a clear blue sky as that convoy pulled to a halt in a river valley just the other side of the Maglaj finger.

Taking advantage of the pause in our journey I climbed down from the truck to stretch my legs. At the river's edge I leant down and scooped a handful of the ice cold water. As I lifted the water to my lips, the peace of the valley was broken by a distant whirring hum.

Before I had looked up three Apache attack helicopters flew out of an adjacent vale and followed the river's path to our position. They flew so low that as the copters passed by I could see the pilot's face. Almost in the blink of an eye they were gone.

It was a sight of awesome speed and power.

Later that day I had switched from my truck to the lead Land Rover. The sky that had been crisply blue had turned to a more seasonable overcast and brooding grey.

We were passing through a village in central Bosnia. Like so many others this village bore the scars of war. Some houses lay in ruins from the shelling; the walls of those that were still intact stood pockmarked by small arms fire. The village mosque's minaret lay shattered at the roadside.

All of this you grew used to.

You never got used to the human cost though.

Men of 40 and 50 would stand at the roadside at intersections in the hope of a handout so that they could feed their families. These men invariably wore the tattered remnants of uniforms they had not chosen to wear. My meagre words cannot do justice to the look in their eyes.

Along the side of the road children played and also hoped for handouts from the foreigners who drove along Bosnia's roads. There was a rule that you never gave to one unless you could give to all so, since most of us were tapped out by this point, we just stared straight ahead and drove on.

Then I made a mistake. One little girl, she could have been anywhere from 5 to 7 years old, waved at our Land Rover. I smiled in return. She ran alongside for over a hundred yards but I had nothing to give. So I turned my head, looked straight ahead and felt ashamed.

War is many things.

This is all I will ever write about Bosnia. Somethings are simply too personal.

I chose to write about a different war.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Take one thief, who happens to be fluent in German, manoeuvre him into working for British Intelligence and then set him up as an SS officer and you have, in essence, the premise of what wartime Britain would call a “rattling good yarn”, as a dashing, if reluctant spy inveigles his way into the higher echelons of the Nazi Party.
I shan’t bother to name our hero, since he works under many different aliases and is a fearsome liar but he spends much of the story as Sturmbannfuhrer Michael Krause, who rises to become a decorated hero of the Reich, confidante of generals and privy to a good deal of information, on which his masters would dearly love to get their hands.
Thanks to Daniel Delacy’s well-researched historical detail and deft storytelling, the reader becomes totally immersed in the period and winds up by turns rooting for Krause and (never 100% certain of his motivation), hoping he gets some kind of come-uppance.
There are some minor editing concerns in the Kindle edition but not enough to spoil the enjoyment. Any lover of war stories, spy stories and just plain old stories can’t fail to find this an engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating from Page One 11 Jun. 2014
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I enjoy reading anything about WWII and that includes the good the bad and the ugly stuff. For me it is an era we should never ever forget. My first reaction to this free download as it was when I received it was the old adage: it's free, it can't be good - this is too good to be true. How wrong I was!!!!!!

Captivating from the first kindle page, lovely flowing and written as though I was inside the characters head who was telling the tale. Amazing talent this author has to enable this to happen. In addition it offers a small insight into MI6 and the SOE as it was in WWII and since at the time of this review we are celebrating the D Day veterans past and present and there is much media coverage it seemed apt to read it.

I want to say download and read this amazing book, you won't be disappointed but we all have different tastes.

I will be downloading Book 2.
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This was, for me, a free download. My first action upon reading it was to go online and look for a sequel (it was there, and I have reviewed it). I was happy to pay the going rate for the sequel. This is the reaction an author would hope for, and the reason for putting fee downloads out there. This time it worked. More often it does not.

No point me reiterating the admiration expressed in the other reviews. I endorse them. Great character. Entertaining story. Very educational about WWII. Gripping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fan Tab U Lous 30 Dec. 2013
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As a "Don't read very much" type of person this is well written and kept me captivated from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 Jun. 2014
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I highly recommend to anyone with the slightest interest in WW2 to read this book you will be entertained and at the same time will learn many fascinating facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 22 Jun. 2014
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The story bounces along and there are many twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The interspersed facts complement the fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Way To Tell A Tale 2 July 2013
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A bit unusual for me. However persevere and you will be pleasantly surprised. After two attempts to get into the plot I was finally into the story and enjoyed the book very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting version of history. 13 July 2014
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An enjoyable tongue in cheek read pulled together by the commentary of actual events. Sometimes humorous take on dark circumstances.
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