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A brutally honest portrayal of the realities of war, this vel relays the story of 15year old Thomas Elkin as he engages in the First World War. A tale of conflict, both global and personal, and of redemption, this is a vel that has the potential to rank alongside the best of retrospective First World War literature. Accepting the blame for the accidental death of his recently conscripted brother, Elkin switches identity with his dead brother and enters into the fray of the conflict. His burning ambition is to die a glorious death in his brother's name. Believing that, in fully submitting to the reality of war he is atoning for his sins, he faces all the attendant horrors with a steel will and a poignant resignation. His personal conflict sees itself mirrored in the wider events and soon the two are inextricably linked raising issues of mortality, morality, guilt and faith. This vel enacts the kind of existential crises experienced on the battlefield with the constant threat of imminent and fatal danger a companion. Written with deft skill and sensitivity for the subject matter at hand, this is a piece of stylish work that places the reader at the heart of the action. Featuring nuanced characters and vivid action scenes, it works to evoke a real sense of the times as the story unfolds.
Retired, Roy E Stolworthy lives with his partner Janice in Northampton. After serving for nine years with the Royal Air Force he worked in the Middle East for five years as a tutor in welding science & processes. Returning to the UK he set up two business concerns dealing with magazine distribution and finance and credit. As an avid reader, he always believed that somewhere deep down he had a book in him and produced Coming Home, which won through to the final 140 of 26,000 entrants in the 2011 Brit Writers Awards held in London. Since then he has produced a further three books in various genres. The Dancing Boy, All In, and Hidden in Plain View are all available on Amazon. His fifth book Echoes of Madness, set during the same period as Coming Home, is due for release in digital format in 2014.