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The Cyclist: A World War II Thriller (World War II Adventure Series) [Kindle Edition]

Fredrik Nath
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 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 beautiful 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 Fred Nath's series of World War II dramas. The adventures continue in 'Farewell Bergerac' (available now) and 'Francesca Pascal' (coming soon).

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: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fingerpress Ltd; 1 edition (17 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,768 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 wife and 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.
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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3 of 3 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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28 of 32 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 17 Jan 2014
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I read the reviews before buying this and was surprised to see that several people had mentioned religion featuring in the book. Not to be deterred, I still bought it so I could judge for myself. Simple story and not really very gripping, in fact I dropped off several times!!! I don't know why the bible and prayers are mentioned quiet so often, maybe the author is devout? Didn't like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 14 Jan 2014
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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 Entertaining read. 10 Aug 2013
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A well written enjoyable read. Good character portrayal and evocative description of the time in which it's set. The only reason I didn't rate it 5*'s is that, given the huge risks to himself and his family, I struggled to find credibility in the lead character's dogged pursuit of extra-curricular justice for a dead girl, whom he barely knew, however laudible his motives. If you ignore that, and instead consider his actions in the context an awakening anti-nazi conscience and refusal toe the Vichy line, it was a very entertaining novel with a good measure of suspense and excitement. I look forward to reading another Fred Nath offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn 29 Jun 2013
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Really enjoyed this and the other books in this series by Frederick Nath . Excellent characters and realistic insight into the Second World War . I was hooked from page one .
The dilemma of the main character torn between doing his job ,and his conscience was fascinating.
Would definitely reccomend to anyone wanting a gripping good read.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story 1 Mar 2013
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Another flood story with compelling characters and excellent regard to emotional and challenges of faith. Thanks so much again Fred.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Mike John Coombs
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
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
Published 2 months ago by Gill H
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 3 months ago by brian mowatt
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
although i don't normally like books about world war 2 , i really enjoyed this one not overly graphic and a good read
Published 5 months ago by rosalyno
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 5 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 6 months ago by David Pelling
5.0 out of 5 stars So many deaths
A dramatic novel, set in World War Two, in the heart of rural France. Truly a harrowing story of life at that time.
Published 6 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd World war story
I enjoy stories set with the background of world war 2. The characters built up my interest and led me to the final chapter.
Published 6 months ago by mary Laker
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Loved this book from start to finish.Very well written and gripping storyline.Couldn't put this book down.if you like this sort of fiction you will love this book.
Published 7 months ago by Matt Dighton
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I downloaded this based on the good reviews, but found it very hard going. In the end I started skimming so as not to miss the outcome, but to be honest I wished I had just put it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by anonimouse
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