Jan

This is a historical novel but inspired by the real experiences of the author’s uncle. A totally absorbing tale that produces a compelling backdrop of one of histories great tragedies. All of the thrills and spills that every great fictional tale must have to keep the reader turning pages – Much Recommended.


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NAME: Jan 
FILE: R2704
AUTHOR: Peter Haden
PUBLISHER: Troubador/Matador
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  407
PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Poland, Nazi Germany, 1918-1940, Free Polish Forces, 
espionage, German Jews, escape, evasion, smuggled, freedom, GESTAPO, 
Nazi persecution, Depression, Occupation

ISBN: 978-1-788039-109

IMAGE: B2704.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This is a historical novel but inspired by the real 
experiences of the author's uncle. A totally absorbing tale that 
produces a compelling backdrop of one of histories great tragedies. 
All of the thrills and spills that every great fictional tale must 
have to keep the reader turning pages – Much Recommended.

This could have been the story of any one of hundreds of Poles and 
Czechs who survived the occupation of their countries and escaped to 
continue the fight against Nazi Germany. It is a story that might 
never have been, but the author persuaded his uncle to tell him how 
he escaped to Britain from Nazi Germany to join so many of his 
countrymen who were determined to keep fighting. Careful research, 
including help from Agnieszka Bolex, a professional Polish/Russian/
English translator and genealogy researcher living in Poland. In 
addition to translating for the author,she provided much valuable 
information about life in rural Poland and discovered the location 
of Jan's original home.

This is one of those historical novels that provides a vivid picture 
of the background to the story that is important to understanding 
the tragedy of 1918-1940 for Europe as German ambition once more 
plunged Europe into war and destruction that produced after-effects 
still plaguing the region today. Histories of the period rarely 
provide this level of detail, concentrating on the authors' 
conclusions. Today it is difficult to understand that increasingly 
distant period. In the days before computers and CCTV, surprisingly 
large numbers of people managed to evade detention by the Nazi 
security service and in the period between the two World Wars, 
individuals managed to move around between countries to find work 
during the depressions that followed the end of the Great War. For 
many, of those who escaped the occupation of their countries by 
Germany, there were two escapes because they found their way to 
France and fought on there, escaping once more to Britain after the 
fall of France. These escapes were epics, each unique in the fine 
detail and often depending on the help of Germans.

The author has produced a gripping thriller that deserves to be a 
great publishing success. There is an air of authenticity throughout 
the book. It is an adventure, a story of love and of several lives 
thrown into turmoil by events. Jan not only escapes, but then joins 
the espionage program, first going back to join Polish partisans and 
then reporting on the German build-up on the Western front. Capture 
and a second escape keep this tale boiling furiously.

A great read and an inspirational story that is a worthy memorial 
for all those who fought in the darkest days of World War II. Sadly, 
so many of these stories are now lost to history as the survivors 
dwindle and it is always a joy to read a tale that will now survive 
in print.