Sometimes, Something Special Comes Along.
Something Like 'HOME' From A Master Storyteller
& A Book You Won't Forget!
AVAILABLE NOW FROM ALL GOOD BOOKSELLERS BY CLICKING ON COVER
It is 1916 and the war in France is hot and about to get hotter. Embedded undercover in a British infantry regiment on the Western Front, Anson Scott, an American newspaperman, watches, waits and writes his articles in secret, sending them out uncensored for his readers in the USA. But life in the trenches is far from what he had first expected. While the soldiers are raring to fight, the commanding officer is antiquated and the officers themselves are divided into factions. Only Scott’s friend, the elegant, dandified David Alexander is impervious to the murderous rages of the Company Captain Tollman, a monstrous man who victimises anyone who dares oppose him. And when the battalion is on leave away from the front, there is Beatrice Tempest – the most beautiful woman Scott has ever laid eyes on, but who is engaged to Alexander. As the regiment readies itself for battle, Scott is in ever greater danger. If his real occupation is discovered, he will be shot as a spy. If he antagonises Tollman, he risks his own life. If he allows himself to become close to Beatrice, he will lose his one great friend. But then there is also David Alexander himself, who is pursuing his own highly dangerous obsession. Soon the opposing forces of love and hate are every bit as dangerous as the enemy gunfire, and the great battle on the Somme grows ever closer. Finally, the intensities of hope and fear cannot be evaded
A bold novel that’s not afraid of sentiment, The Sins Of Soldiers takes its readers into the framework theatre of World War 1 with a narrative that fulfils its purpose with vigour and confidence. With themes of courage, patriotism, love and the adherence to personal values it’s a hard book to put down as Hardman Lea overcomes clichéd war-themed tropes to deliver genuinely stirring drama. There’s no escaping the profound sentiments and ironies of his plot and on this level his characters are both clearly defined and charismatic. They amplify the horrors of war in which men suffer without glorifying battle and but there’s a more wistful undertone too that brings a visceral sense of immediacy and warmth as events and relationships evolve. On this level, Anson Scott proves well nuanced allowing Hardman to convey thoughts in the simplest words and actions without losing their impact. War is hell and capturing an authentic tone in fiction is never easy but Hardman’s passion shines through and there are few readers who will turn the last page and not want more.
A highly compelling and powerful debut that raises high expectations for future releases from Hardman Lea, The Sins Of The Soldiers is recommended without reservation.
Click on links below or use arrows to scroll through spotlight reviews
Simon Hardman Lea is an obsessive observer, a cynical romantic who writes a series of novels set in and around the First World war - not necessarily war stories, more stories about how men and women react to extreme pressure and altered circumstance.
In the mundane world, he is also an eye surgeon and medical history enthusiast, currently living and working in the UK.
About S J Hardman Lea