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The Lucky One - A Prize Winning Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Ray Kingfisher
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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Book Description

** Note that "The Sugar Men" - the full-length novel based on "The Lucky One" - is now available on Kindle. **

A short story taken from the collection: Tales of Loss and Guilt - 16 short stories.

Story details:

An elderly woman is haunted by memories of her escape from the holocaust.

But how reliable are painful memories that have been kept at bay for over sixty years?

And at her time of life, what exactly is she searching for?


Product Details

  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NVQUSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,672 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN! December 4, 2012
By Val
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I LOVE stories about the Holocaust and those who survived the horrors of WWII. My Grandpa helped liberate 2 concentration camps and he would cry every time he talked about it. On those rare moments, I would listen in awe and wondered how these people endured such cruel treatment. This is another book that reminds me just how precious life is. This story is short but beautifully written and gets right to the heart of why they survived...true courage and hope. Will look for more from this author! Bravo!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! November 29, 2012
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Loved this story. Always wanted to visit the death camps. Really loved that she explained how it was to visit back. Highly recommending. Thank you for writing such an amazing short story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky? October 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The most intense 16pages ever written? Possibly! Haven't most of us wondered what it would be like to survive the Nazi death camps ~ here is one woman's answer. She was one of the 'lucky ones.' Because she lived when millions died. I don't know if that's good luck or bad and neither does she. With limited time she must return to the camp, face evil and with luck, find internal peac.

This is a SS with a huge scope. With the plethora of WWII stories available it's an arduous task to determine which are worthy of our time. This one is unique. Worth reading the SS as well as the larger collection.

~Karina149
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short February 18, 2013
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This has the potential to become a good book. At this time I would have to say it is too short to call complete. It has a good and interesting story line but there needs to be more info. I think this author could really make a good book out of this idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting December 14, 2014
By Glo
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I've been researching the holocaust since the first time I heard about it, but I never saw it through this perspective. The idea of relieving the events through a survivor is very eye catching and interesting. The typical story telling are very informative but something like this give the reader the feelings a survive would feel during and after these tragic events. I would love to see this story continued! I feel like I was left on a massive cliff hanger!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY VIEW FOR THE NAYSAYERS! October 4, 2013
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Great reading. Everyone should keep the horror of the Holocaust alive so it never happens again. I want all the people who have said it was all a lie to eat their words. They should have to spend one week in the survivors shoes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lucky one August 12, 2013
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Wow! Sad But amazing. It's crazy to think that that kind of stuff might have actually happen to people that witnessed the holocaust. Kids at the age of 12 now more then likely gone from old age, might have had nightmares and flash backs that bad. This is all because of one man he started it. Sadly the German were followers and didn't stand up for the Jewish people. But people should take this and learn from it. Don't follow... lead people to greatness not evil. I am 12 and my roll models are the ones who stud up for the Jews. A whole entire town went against the Nazis and saved about 100 Jews. If the world went hand in hand and stopped fighting their would be know wars and having no wars would save so many people. Sadly we can not take back the holocaust we can not return those 1.7 million lives lost but we can stop it from happening again. During my school year we learned about the holocaust and it was the hardest subject to talk about. Kids crying left and right. Watching videos. Watching people sit back and watching others die. I know this was a little over bored but don't you think when a 12 year old has all of this to say they should? If you read all this thank you and I hope you fell the same way. If you would I am writing a report for my 7th grade year. Can you email me your thoughts about this. Dcap112621@gmail. Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp survivor November 28, 2012
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I love all the stories about the people who survived living in the concentration camps. These people are so strong to be able to tell of their lives in these hell holes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars touching a heart
This short story grabs you the moment you begin to read it. It does not let you down even after you've finished it.
A must read
Published 23 days ago by Louis Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lucky One by Ray Kingfisher
A well written story about a woman who survived the holocaust of WWII. I highly recommend this short story. It made me want to read more.
Published 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
It left me wanting to know more. I have been reading everything I can regarding this time in history. Although the topic is the Holocaust, each story is different. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and true
Read this account of a survivor. Well written. Touched me deeply as my own stepmother was one of the lucky ones too
Published 1 month ago by Janet Diel
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader of this book is lucky one
This is a gripping holocaust story with as many questions as answers. The tension is palpable. The character of the heroine is well-developed.
Published 2 months ago by Paula M. Kates Veeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I want to know poo w more about Susannah journey of pain, mistrust, and heroism and bravery in the hardest time imaginable.
Published 2 months ago by candy yocum
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review
It was a very nice book and short. Please tell me more about this story. Thank you. Payton Benjamin reader
Published 3 months ago by Tammara S Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
So she goes back to find herself after living during that time. Why was she "the Lucky One" ? I believe she had to find comfort within herself. Wonderfully written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JRC
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A little hard to follow but a good story. Would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a quick read
Good quick short story
Makes you really want to read more. Only took a couple of minutes and then you move on.
Published 4 months ago by Ali
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More About the Author

Ray Kingfisher cut his writing teeth with many prize-winning short stories, the best of which are contained in 'Tales of Loss and Guilt', sixteen stories ranging from thrillers to comedies to dramas. Two of these, 'Guilt's Beady Eye' and 'The Lucky One', are available as standalone short stories, which are usually free.

The novels Ray has gone on to write are also wide-ranging in genre.

His debut novel was 'Matchbox Memories', a bittersweet comedy drama dealing with Alzheimer's, estranged families and long hidden secrets.
(That's right - a comedy about Alzheimer's disease.)

He followed this up with 'Slow Burning Lies', a dark and twisting psychological thriller about a man haunted by nightmares.

His third novel, 'Easy Money', was a ribald comic farce about a man who stumbles upon half a million pounds in used notes.

His most recent two novels are both themed around the Holocaust and its long-lasting effects.
'The Sugar Men', is about an elderly woman who survived Bergen-Belsen as a child, and traces her as she revisits the scene later in life in an attempt to come to terms with her memories. It's essentially a novel based on the short story 'The Lucky One'.
'Rosa's Gold' concerns a troubled young girl who stumbles upon the war memoirs of an old man who survived Auschwitz, and examines the effect his words have on her own life.

Ray hopes to write more thrillers and a third Holocaust novel in the future, but his next two novels will both be comedies which break new ground in radical silliness. Hopefully both will be released in 2015.

Ray lives in Hampshire, UK, and welcomes any feedback (positive or negative) his readers might wish to leave at: raykingfisher@gmail.com

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