Nazis in Ukraine – Driven Into Exile

February 15, 2017 in Books, Espionage, Military Fiction

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The latest novel by award winning author Maria Dziedzan is a story of German occupation and what happened with the Nazis in Ukraine during the second world war.

The story begins in 1943 at a time when the Germans occupied the whole of Ukraine. Hitler’s plan was remove all Ukrainian rights to their land, use the country as living space for the German population and to utilise the Ukrainian people as slave labour. The programme, overseen by Goering, would take more than two million young men and women from the Ukraine to work on farms, in factories and as domestic servants in Germany.

For anyone that did not comply retribution was swift and brutal.

Driven into Exile tells the story of Natalya and her involvement with the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the resistance they put up to the occupying forces and the consequences that fell upon, not only the resistance fighters, but their families and their friends.

Any association with partisans can lead to death under Nazis occupation. And teenager Natalya had forged a very close link indeed. When her lover, and secret husband, is betrayed and ambushed, she must flee her home in Ukraine to avoid endangering the lives of her mother and sisters.

Transported to Germany as forced labour, she hides in plain sight among her enemies where she performs the role of the obedient maid.

But as the Reich begins to crumble under the weight of the Allied onslaught, Natalya must take more dangerous and arduous work alongside other slave labourers in German armaments factories.

As the Germans started to lose battles, especially against the Russians, a new threat would emerge. If the Ukraine wanted independence they would not only have to stand up to the Nazis, but also the Red army.

For many of the millions of displaced persons, there was an easy solution at the end of the war, they could simply return to their lost countries. But for some that was not so simple, Stalin treated any returnees to Ukraine as traitors who were either summarily executed on returning home or deported to Siberia, often to be worked to death in the gulags. Agreements between the Allied forces and Stalin meant that many had no choice, they were sent back to Ukraine and had to face Stalin’s wrath.

Others like Natalya, however, fell into a loophole. They had not been citizens of the USSR in 1939, because Poland had control of Western Ukraine. These people were stuck in limbo and when forced repatriation ceased they were put into refugee camps while their fate was decided. Then a lifeline was thrown when the Allied countries found themselves short of labour. Suddenly thousands of displaced persons could relocate to Britain, Australia, America and Canada to be used as cheap labour. Effectively they were Driven Into Exile.

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Driven Into Exile is the second book in the My Lost Country series but it is a complete story in itself. Certain characters reappear from the first novel, When Sorrows Come, and different lives are revealed. If you prefer to read When Sorrows Come first you can use this link to find out more about the book and where you can buy it.

Maria Dziedzan became an award winning author when she published her debut novel When Sorrows Come and this, her second novel written in the same inimitable style, is one not to be missed. Especially if you are interested in the events surrounding the Second World War

Not necessary, but if you prefer it you can read Maria’s first book before this one When Sorrows Come . Unless you have read it already of course 🙂

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Jersey’s Secret Assassin

April 19, 2013 in Action & Adventure, Books, crime, Espionage, Fiction, Military Fiction

Jersey’s Secret Assassin – an Action, Adventure & Suspense Novel by Eddie Kirkup

A story that starts in Jersey in the Channel Islands and is concluded in Cyprus, another island, but this time in the Mediterranean, a little nearer the maelstrom that is the Middle East. One connection between them is that two brothers each live on one of the islands. The story begins when Richard, living in Jersey, seems to have been the victim of a tragic domestic accident that results in his death. Frank, his brother, knows differently, not only had he been speaking to him shortly before he died but he also knew there was no way his brother would have died under the circumstances described. He may have been two thousand miles away but he knew his brother had been murdered. What he didn’t know: who was the secret assassin that killed him?

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The Secret AssassinFrank does what only a brother must do, he travels to Jersey to find out for himself the truth of what has happened to his kid brother. One thing for sure is that whoever did this is going to be sorry. Richard may have been a reporter and used to getting his nose where it wasn’t wanted, but Frank was a different character entirely, he had no fear of physical conflict and was very capable of taking care of himself.  Something he was able to demonstrate very soon after his arrival in Jersey; much more effectively than the so called hard-cases of the criminal fraternity expected.

It doesn’t take long for Frank to make a few friends and a lot of enemies. He also realises that there are sinister undertones around his brother’ death and a connection with another, seemingly unrelated, death. He also discovers police corruption at the highest level, criminal activities and a secret plan to disrupt world peace. Problem is, who can he trust, who are the good guys and who are the assassins, criminals and murderers.

The Secret AssassinUnfortunately he finds out who some of the good guys are when they meet their demise trying to help him out. He manages to get out of Jersey before the same can be done to him and takes his story to Interpol. He gets short shrift from the CIA when he offers to help them find the killers. They make it clear that they place him as a rank amateur and advise him in the strongest terms that he should return to Cyprus and keep a low profile, while they and Interpol  deal with what are becoming serious criminal and political threats.

Trouble is Frank doesn’t know the meaning of ‘low profile’, especially when there are still assassins and criminals running around, one of which secretly murdered his brother.

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Action Thriller and Espionage BookIn this remarkable debut comic thriller, Richard Cheesmar introduces a scenario of rampant terrorism, spy-masters out of control and a plot that takes you right into the world of terrorism, espionage, computer hacking and nefarious dealings. From London to Istanbul, Ankara, the Black Sea and a surprising final destination, it’s a classic page turner.

Espionage ThrillerEver felt like life just isn’t playing ball? Ever been in a situation where things go from bad to worse overnight? Well you’re in good company with Chez, the star of this classic fictional comedy adventure, who finds himself embroiled in a quagmire of dire circumstances. Fanatical Turkish ultra-nationalists claiming to be the remaining descendants of the Amazon Women Warriors, corrupt Russian scientists, Turkish Military Intelligence, the beautiful daughter of a Turkish General, and a crazy gung-ho CIA agent, set the scene that pulls Chez deep into a chain of events resembling one of his fictional hero’s (Danny Rome) mad-cap adventures. As Chez has the Turks all in a spin, the Turks are about to send Europe a message. It’s one big crazy ride on the Mad Bad Spinning Top.

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