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Buried Pasts [Kindle Edition]

George Stratford , Mark Mullen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW: 'This page-turner blends suspense with a cast of characters who genuinely care for each other. It’s an engaging and satisfying novel for fans of adventure stories with a heart.'

Personal demons can be a killer

Even after eighteen years, Canadian pilot Mike Stafford still carries a powerful sense of guilt over the death of his best friend during a huge RAF bombing raid to Berlin in 1944. He eventually returns to England for an inaugural squadron reunion full of apprehension over what the visit may produce.

Siggi Hoffman, then a young German girl of twenty, also has terrible memories of a personal loss from that same wartime night. She too is unable to forget. Nor has she ever been able to forgive.

When fate throws these two together in a small north Yorkshire town during the summer of 1962, the past collides devastatingly into the present. And all the time, lurking ominously in the background, is an unknown enemy intent on extracting violent revenge. Personal demons are only one of the many problems that must now be overcome when Stafford and Siggi find themselves fighting to survive.

As long buried secrets are finally revealed, events reach a literally explosive conclusion.

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About the Author

I was born prematurely (feet first, all two and a half pounds of me) in Croydon, South London during early June 1944 - just four days before Hitler's V1 flying doodlebug bombs began raining down all around our neighbourhood. Years later my mother told me the story of how our house (with us inside) had one almost miraculous escape from these bombs. Maybe there's a novel somewhere in this for me? It's a strong possibility. My father was a Canadian bomber pilot serving with 78 Squadron RAF Bomber Command. He was killed in action on his 28th mission when I was six weeks old. Before I was born, my mother was also very involved in the war effort, serving as a WAAF at the top secret Bletchley Park establishment where the famous German Enigma code was eventually broken. My first published novel, IN THE LONG RUN, had as its backdrop South Africa's real life event Comrades Marathon - 55 miles of torture run over massive hills, most years in considerable heat and humidity. This was selling spectacularly well for a first novel until my publishers went bust virtually overnight, so not a single penny of royalties ever found its way into my pocket. I later re-published the title with Booksurge, now Create Space. The book features a foreword written by BBC broadcaster and former Olympic athlete, Steve Cram. Steve, whose world record time for the mile stood for over eight years, also provided a jacket quote stating, "A gripping tale from start to finish." That's Steve with me in the second picture, taken at the launch party of the original version of IN THE LONG RUN in March 2000. This was held at the London HQ of advertising giants Saatchi & Saatchi, where I was working at the time as a copywriter. How the heck did I ever manage to get myself such a job in Don Draper land at 51 years old when only three years previously I had been a long-term unemployed bum with absolutely no educational qualifications to my name? That's another story altogether. One that I've just finished writing in a bio called AIN'T FINISHED YET. I can indeed identify with many aspects of the fabulous TV series Mad Men, although sadly from a personal point of view, with very little of the gratuitous sex and huge salaries involved.

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  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Enigma Press (June 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AE86XQ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Yarn! July 12, 2012
By D. Bull
Format:Kindle Edition
As I'd just re-read The Long Run by the same author on Kindle, I thought I'd do the same with Buried Pasts and I'm so glad that I did. An excellent read in the Ken Follett mould. It grips from the start where the writing makes you feel you are part of the bomber crew over Germany and the mixture of apprehension, professionalism, claustrophobia and understandably plain old fear that went with it. The sudden juxtaposition to the people on the ground that are likely to be on the receiving end of the bombs truly brings out the stupidity and futility of war. This could just as easily have developed into an excellent war story told from different perspectives (perhaps a future novel.) Instead Mr Stratford moves us forward twenty years to a reunion of the Bomber Squadron taking place in a hotel. A German woman that happened to be on the ground at the time of the raid in question and lost family is just one of the many ingredients thrown into what is a rich mix of characters thrown together. Lovely stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Stratford July 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What an incredible 'can't put down' book. The Author has an amazing insight into WWII bomber crews. The knock on effects of trauma and tragedy which unfold around a surviving pilot and the lad who loses his father in that plane, are both moving and real. This story would make a great film. (A WWII bomber pilot's orphan).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIstorical novel for all February 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

WOW - that is the first thing that comes to mind when I want to describe this book. I never thought I would say I loved a historical novel but this was an amazing story. The storyline was well developed and the characters were relatable. You seemed to ride all the emotions the characters did. I cannot wait to read more from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your read August 22, 2013
By Dr. Joe
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This is a well written book. It is well organized and keeps the reader's interest. It is,a good reminder that war affects the lives of people of both sides.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing WWII Novel August 15, 2013
By Kintra
This is an excellent `historical' novel and you don't have to be a connoisseur of WWII history to enjoy it. In fact, most of the story is set in the 1960s and deals with the after-effects of the war on the individuals, both English, German and other RAF personnel from Commonwealth countries. The author provides well-rounded descriptions of all participants including a particularly revealing insight on a mature German woman who was only a girl of around twenty years of age in 1944. The narrative does not drag at all and mostly plays out on and around the Yorkshire moors with intrigue, suspense plus several twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed. I have been a student of WWII history for well over forty years and when it comes to reading literature on the war, I usually stick to `straight history'. Nevertheless, from time to time I will pick up a novel written `around' the war and I really enjoyed reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buried Past- good dose of history and life. December 2, 2012
By M. Ball
I normally don't like historical, but I put that aside and read "Buried Past." I was very intrigued to learn all the facts about WW11. Along, with the history of that tragic time was a story of love and redemption. I found this to be a good novel. I believe anyone would enjoy this read.
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