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America Was Hard to Find

America Was Hard to Find

Mojave Desert, 1957.

Vincent Kahn is an astronaut in training, living with his wife in the desert. He will go on to be the first man to walk on the moon.

Fay Fern is 19-years-old and working in a dive bar, having rejected her parents’ wealth and conservatism. She will go on to become a violent activist and one of the FBI’s most wanted.

The pair’s brief but intense love affair will have repercussions that echo through the American century, intersecting with the race to space, the rage against the Vietnam war, and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic.
Assignment Gestapo

Assignment Gestapo

A sobering portrait of the absurdity of the Nazi regime and the atrocities committed by Hitler’s secret police.

‘Frighteningly vivid, a most strongly felt piece of writing’ IRISH TIMES

After months of fighting a savage war on the Eastern Front, the 27th Penal Regiment – men considered little more than criminals – are joined by German reserves.

A garrison has been attacked and occupied by Russian troops. The German soldiers have been slaughtered. Sven Hassel and his comrades are ordered to get behind Russian lines and massacre those responsible.

But this is only the beginning… Because then the orders change: the regiment are sent to Hamburg, where their next assignment is guard duty for the mercilessly cruel Gestapo…
Comrades of War

Comrades of War

There were not so much people as animals. Sometimes small and frightened, huddling together in cattle cars, wounds gaping, tongues swelling even as they licked the moist frost from the walls…

Grievously wounded – having survived the operating table and the perilous journey West on a freezing freight train – Sven Hassel and his comrades find themselves behind the lines in a Hamburg hospital.

The Reich is a hotbed of lies, betrayal and propaganda. Disgusted by the Nazi cause, the comrades drink themselves into oblivion, visit brothels where women dance naked on saloon tables and reach for home comforts before they return to the dreaded Russian Front. Because Hitler’s war must go on…

COMRADES OF WAR is a gritty portrayal of war’s harsh realities and the fear and fanaticism at the heart of The Third Reich.

Sven Hassel’s unflinching narrative is based on his own experiences in the German Army. He began writing his first novel, LEGION OF THE DAMNED in a prisoner of war camp at the end of the Second World War.
Court Martial

Court Martial

‘They beat me,’ whispers the artillery officer, ‘Smashed my teeth in, sent an electric current through me. They want me to confess to something I never did.’

Sven Hassel and his comrades are fighting on the Finnish front, facing an arctic winter more ferocious than anything they’ve ever known.

But if they survive, they face shipment to Torgau Prison – the centre of Hitler’s penal system – where deserters, convicts and anyone showing anti-Nazi sentiments are imprisoned and punished.

This could mean arrest, court-martial and execution. Or it could mean torture and starvation.

COURT MARTIAL is Sven Hassel’s darkest novel and a shocking insight into the cruelty the Nazi regime inflicted on its own people.
Darkness Falls from the Air

Darkness Falls from the Air

The classic novel of the London Blitz, DARKNESS FALLS FROM THE AIR captures the chaos, absurdity and ultimately the tragedy of life during the bombardment.

Bill Sarratt is a civil servant working on the war effort. Thwarted at every turn by bureaucracy and the vested interests of big business, the seemingly unflappable Bill is also on the verge of losing his wife Marcia to a literary poseur named Stephen. As the bombs continue to fall, Bill must decide whether he his willing to compromise his principles and prevent his life from crumbling before his very eyes.
Das Boot

Das Boot

Filled with almost unbearable tension and excitement, DAS BOOT is one of the best stories ever written about war, a supreme novel of the Second World War and an acclaimed film and TV drama.

It is autumn 1941 and a German U-boat commander and his crew set out on yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. Over the coming weeks they must brave the stormy waters of the Atlantic in their mission to seek out and destroy British supply ships. But the tide is beginning to turn against the Germans in the war for the North Atlantic. Their targets now travel in convoys, fiercely guarded by Royal Navy destroyers, and when contact is finally made the hunters rapidly become the hunted.

As the U-boat is forced to hide beneath the surface of the sea a cat-and-mouse game begins, where the increasing claustrophobia of the submarine becomes an enemy just as frightening as the depth charges that explode around it. Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned. Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet, DAS BOOT is a psychological drama merciless in its intensity, and a classic novel of the Second World War.
Death To The French

Death To The French

A stand-alone novel that inspired Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series

It is 1810, and the last French invasion of Portugal has penned Wellington’s army behind the river Tagus with their backs to the sea.

Separated from his regiment, Rifleman Dodd of the Ninety-Fifth stumbles on a band of undisciplined Portuguese guerrillas. With rough inventiveness he transforms this ramshackle group into an organised fighting force, continually harrying the infuriated enemy as he battles his way back to his own lines.

Written by the author of the Hornblower series, DEATH TO THE FRENCH is a classic novel of the Peninsular War, and was the inspiration for Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books.
Hombre

Hombre

A classic tale of the American west from the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author.

John Russell has been raised as an Apache. Now he’s on his way to live as a white man. But when the stagecoach passengers learn who he is, they want nothing to do with him. That is, until outlaws ride down on them and they must rely on Russell’s guns and his ability to lead them out of the desert. He can’t ride with them, but they must walk with him or die…
Ice-Cold in Alex

Ice-Cold in Alex

The bestselling novel which inspired the Hollywood movie starring John Mills.

They served it ice-cold in Alex – pale amber Rheingold beer in tall, dewy glasses. This is the image that haunts Captain George Anson. Stationed in the North African desert just before the fall of Tobruk, an ice-cold lager seems a million miles away.

When Anson is detailed to escort two nursing sisters to Alexandria, it looks as though his wish is finally about to come true – a routine assignment, with a lager at the end of it as his reward. But what starts out as a routine journey soon becomes an epic. Forced to drive further and further south in order to escape the advancing German Army, Anson and his small party are soon on the edge of the Great Sand Sea. As they battle with the physical agonies of a six-hundred-mile drive through the desert it soon becomes apparent that each member of the group has his or her own private struggles to resolve. Not only that, but with a Nazi agent in their midst, it is clear that not all of them are going to make it to Alexandria …
Last Stand at Saber River

Last Stand at Saber River

A nail-biting, tough-talking classic western from the author of GET SHORTY and JACKIE BROWN.

In LAST STAND AT SABER RIVER, a Civil War veteran returns home to find a Yankee’s private army living on his land, while another enemy waits to strike…

Paul Cable has fought – and lost – for the Confederacy but when he returns home he finds that his own war is far from over. The Union Army and two brothers – and a beautiful woman – have taken over Cable’s spread and are refusing to give it back. But Cable is determined that no one is going to take his future away – not with words, not with treachery, and not with guns.
Legion of the Damned

Legion of the Damned

Sven Hassel’s iconic war novel about the Russian Front.

‘An extraordinary book, which has captured the attention of all of Europe’ – NEW YORK TIMES

‘LEGION OF THE DAMNED is an incredible picture of totalitarianism, of stupefying injustice … He is graphic, at times brilliantly so, but never brutal or bitter. He is, too, a first-rate storyteller’ – WASHINGTON POST

Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel is sent to a penal regiment on the Russian Front. He and his comrades are regarded as expendable, cannon fodder in the battle against the implacable Red Army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they fight their way across the frozen steppe…

This iconic anti-war novel is a testament to the atrocities suffered by the lone soldier in the fight for survival.

Sven Hassel’s unflinching narrative is based on his own experiences in the German Army. He began writing his first novel, LEGION OF THE DAMNED in a prisoner of war camp at the end of the Second World War.
Liquidate Paris

Liquidate Paris

LIQUIDATE PARIS shows the eruption of the Second World War in its most brutal and cruel phase, as allied troops advance upon Paris and the penal regiment retreat.

I had a grenade in my hand. So, no doubt, did the English private. I tore out the pin with my teeth. Lay there and counted. Twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four…

It is Hitler’s last chance to save the Third Reich…

Millions of Allied troops have landed in Normandy.

The orders are clear: Sven and his comrades, hardened by a savage war that has led them from the bloody steppes of the Russian Front, to the slopes of Monte Cassino, are ordered to withdraw to Strasbourg and destroy Paris on the way…
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