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The Cyclist: A World War 2 Novel: World War 2 Romance (World War II Adventure Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Fredrik Nath
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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"The story is brilliantly executed... Nath’s biggest success is the sustained atmospheric tension that he creates somewhat effortlessly."
- Little Interpretations

"A haunting and bittersweet novel that stays with you long after the final chapter – always the sign of a really well-written and praiseworthy story. It would also make an excellent screenplay."
- Historical Novels Review - Editor's Choice, Feb 2011


Nazi occupied Aquitaine, 1943: A young woman is found murdered in the shadow of the Bergerac Prefecture. Auguste Ran, Assistant Chief of Police, suspects Brunner, a German Security Police Major, of the crime. The more Auguste investigates, the more obsessed he becomes with bringing down the seemingly untouchable Brunner.

Auguste begins to realise he has been conveniently ignoring the Nazi atrocities going on around him, and understands too late the human cost of his own participation in the internment of the local Jewish population.

Driven by conscience and struggling with his Catholic religious beliefs, his actions start to put his own family at risk. Harbouring the daughter of his lifelong Jewish friend Pierre, they are forced into a desperate trek towards neighbouring Switzerland, pursued all the way by the German Sicherheitspolizei.

The Cyclist is the first in Fredrik Nath's series of World War 2 novels. The adventures continue in Farewell Bergerac, Francesca Pascal. Find out more about The Cyclist and Fredrik Nath's other holocaust novels in his 3D author room at http://inkflash.com/FredrikNath


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About the Author

Fred Nath is a full time neurosurgeon. He lives in the northeast of England with his wife and daughter, his three sons having grown up and flown the coop. In his time, he has run twenty consecutive Great North Run half-marathons, trekked to 6000m in Nepal, crossed the highest mountain pass in the world and began writing, like John Buchan, "because he ran out of penny-novels to read and felt he should write his own." Fred loves a good story, which is why he writes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fingerpress; 1 edition (17 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043GX18U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fred Nath is a full time Neurosurgeon. Fred was born in Sweden and brought up in London and has worked in Liverpool, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in his training (a long, long time ago). He lives in the northeast of England with his teenage daughter, his three sons having grown up and flown the coop. In his time, he has run twenty-one consecutive Great North Run half-marathons, trekked Island Peak, to 6000m in Nepal, crossed the highest mountain pass in the world (also in Nepal) [which you can see on You-tube],done a 12,000ft tandem parachute jump and began writing, like John Buchan, "because he ran out of penny-novels to read and felt he should write his own." Fred loves a good story, which is why he writes.
To date, he has written five French resistance thrillers, three books in the Galdir series and the first instalment of a four book series 'Amulet' has recently appeared in print - all published by Fingerpress publishers.
How does he find time to write? Get up a bit earlier and go to bed a bit later - sleep makes you unproductive!
He also loves the Dordogne, French wine and a good family getogether! You can reach him on: http://www.frednath.com or email fred@neurosurg.co.uk


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Evocative, Emotional Story 21 Dec. 2012
By Lili
Format:Paperback
An evocative, powerful and emotional story set in Vichy France during the German occupation of WW11. Assistant Chief of Police in Bergerac, Auguste Ram, a Frenchman, faces a dilemma when he is ordered by Brunner a German Major in the Security Police to round up Jews for transportation. Then a young woman is murdered and the prime suspect is the Nazi Major. This book is about a very difficult time in French History, when neighbour is set against neighbour. It relates to a terrible time when truly brave men and women fought to protect their country and their way of life against atrocities committed during the German Occupation. I enjoyed reading this book very much, the author conveys a real feel for the sadness and terror people felt during that time; I understand this tragic period of French co-operation with the Germans still resonates today amongst many people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This novel takes you back to that time and place 27 April 2014
By pomfrog
Format:Kindle Edition
I made a BIG mistake recently, I read Farewell Bergerac by this author before I read the Cyclist. It too is a 5* read, I would recommend that you read this novel first.

For the past 12 years I have had the advantage of living in the middle of the area in a village next to the Dordogne River that the author writes about. As a new author myself and, writing about the French resistance in my novel "The Frenchman's Daughters," I have been absorbed into the atmosphere that was imposed on the local population all those years ago.

I spend hours driving and walking, exploring the the local forest tracks researching the history and also mixing with the elderly locals who were involved in region's terrible situation during WW2.

"The Cyclist" realistically captures it all. For me Fredrik Nath is a Master scribe well worthy of the 5* accolade. I would gladly award a higher rating if it was available.

I will now move on to his next novel.

Thankyou....
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read 6 Nov. 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on personal recommendation and am very glad I did. My family couldn't get a look in while I read it on half term holiday. This is a compelling read that cleverly replicates the fear that gripped many people in occupied France when trying to help any of those Nazi-persecuted communities. Fred Nath repeatedly reminds us of the torment which comes from the feeling you are betraying your friends. I would recommend this to others. I'm sure it would successfully translate into a screenplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 14 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another fine read from Fredrik Nath.
The World War II adventure series takes you into the lives of the French resistance fighters trying to battle against NAZI Tyranny..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 27 Jun. 2013
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be quite different from the usual book about The Second World War, in that it expressed the inner feelings of the main character, August Ran, making you feel all his emotions and doubts. He struggled to come to terms with the Nazi Occupation on one side and, the resistance on the other, testing his own motifs and friendships.
It is a well written narrative,if a little wordy in places, but a very entertaining read over all.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting, moving read 14 Dec. 2010
Format:Paperback
The Cyclist - Fred Nath

It took me a long while to marry together the title and the contents, but now I think I get the symbolism.

This is a story of courage, of conscience and of justice, of one man fighting against the flow. A decent man, Auguste Ran, just wants to do his job, do right by his country, his compatriots and his family, but he is drawn out of his ordered little corner by the murder of an innocent young girl. This one act brings him to realise what has been going on around him - events to which he has become conveniently blind.

As a policeman, Auguste has been complicit in the rounding up of the Jews of his town for deportment to the death camps and of ignoring the barbarity of the Nazi occupiers. Now he risks the safety of his wife and child by taking into his own home the daughter of his best friend Pierre, a Jew.

As Auguste battles with his religious convictions, his conscience and his desire to see justice done, we are dragged by the metaphorical collar through a whole range of emotions.
The book is a page turner by any definition. It is unputdownable - you need to know what is going to happen next and when it does...
There are a few annoying niggles in the formatting, but these are easily overlooked and do not detract from the story one jot.
I loved the story, it made me smile and it made me cry, but most of all it left me fwith a deep respect for men like Auguste Ran, who risked their lives and all they held dear to do the right thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 20 Feb. 2014
By Gill H
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It was a book I found hard to put down. The characters and the tensions felt at that time were all very believable.
I would highly recommend the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 28 Oct. 2013
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although i don't normally like books about world war 2 , i really enjoyed this one not overly graphic and a good read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite dull really, not for me
I found this book a bit predictable, with intentions driven by a bloke's pride. Quite dull really, not for me.
Published 4 months ago by LH
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read and interesting book about WW2
Published 5 months ago by B S Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars But I did enjoy It. Perhaps it should have been called "Tight ...
It's ok. I met the author earlier this year even he said it was hard going. I read the book and could not find a cyclist, so I ask him Why the title? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Keith Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an excellent read
Published 7 months ago by del
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting yarn
Enjoyable story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Civilian life in occupied France may well have created the morale dilemma the leading character experiences. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike John Coombs
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I read the reviews before buying this and was surprised to see that several people had mentioned religion featuring in the book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Southfeild
2.0 out of 5 stars very slow
I found this one hard to read though a good story. It was very slow and it took me months to read as I read other more interesting books inbetween
Published 13 months ago by brian mowatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric WW2 thriller
I enjoyed the suspense the author creates and the continual threat to Auguste and his family from the Germans due to his collaboration with the Maquis. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr D C Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars well written book
This took me into the day it happened and I felt I was there a very good read. Highly recommend due if you are Ito the aspects of rural France at war
Published 16 months ago by David Pelling
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