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Coming Home [Kindle Edition]

Roy E. Stolworthy
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A brutally honest portrayal of the realities of war, this novel relays the story of fifteen-year-old Thomas Elkin as he engages in the First World War. A tale of conflict, both global and personal, and of redemption, this novel 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 sibling 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 novel enacts the kind of existential crises experienced on the battlefield with the constant threat of the 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.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 585 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Claymore Press (17. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009S7P7UE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #469.160 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A horrifying account of the hell of war 14. August 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Thomas is a 15-year-old English farm boy whose older brother, Archie, is an abusive jerk. During a confrontation, Archie is accidentally killed, and Thomas fakes his own death and assumes Archie's identity as a cover, reporting for duty as a new recruit in WWI. From there, we follow Thomas as he attempts to assuage his guilt by trying to die in the battlefield to escape his conscience.

Mr. Stolworthy has a fabulous way with words - descriptions are vivid and emotions are real. The gruesome facts and horrors of the trenches are portrayed brilliantly, forcing the reader to live the atrocities and feel the despair, misery, anguish, and hopelessness of the soldiers, while marveling at the sense of duty and courage displayed by so many young men under such ghastly conditions.

I have enjoyed a few other books by this author, and although the others have been great reads, this one is a masterpiece! Five stars is not enough to rank this one. Bravo, sir.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen coming home 26. Februar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Coming home is a moving account of a young boys experience of the trenches of the Great War , told in absolutely stunning clarity
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An outstanding read!!! 11. November 2012
Von Bookworm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Fantastic....I could not put this book down! Superbly written and with great feeling the author has certainly done his research as we follow a group of men serving in the trenches of World War One. Perfectly balanced, this clever piece of historical/fiction transports the reader into the encounters and emotions of of a terrible event of human conflict. From beginning to end the reader feels as if he is present in the great battles, the roar of the guns, the screams of the dying are vivid to the imagination. Courage, humility, fear, hope and despair with a touch of romance are all present in this work. So brilliantly done.
Roy E Stolworthy is a superb writer and one to follow and I thoroughly recommend this book to those of all ages.
A masterful insight to one of mans great follies.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen RIVETING AND MOVING TESTIMONY TO WORLD WAR 1 4. November 2012
Von Margaret Tanner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Roy Stolworthy has written a brilliant and poignant account of the life and often death of soldiers in the trenches of World War 1. His hero is Thomas Elkin.

At fifteen years of age Thomas becomes a soldier in the Yorkshire Rifles in his deceased brother's place. He didn't go to war because it was a great adventure, didn't want to be a hero, and didn't do it for King and Country, either. He was responsible for his brother's death and guilt ridden, he wanted to die, and on the battlefield that was an honourable way in which to do it.

The author's style of writing is vivid, and it is hard to believe that this is a work of fiction. I have visited the battlefields of France and Belgium while researching my own World War 1 books, and I can tell you this, the descriptions of the countryside and battles are so vivid I could see the red poppies dancing in the fields, smell the cordite and hear the gunfire and screams of wounded and dying men. The fact that the author mentions places in France and Belgium that I have visited adds even more potency to Thomas Elkin's remarkable story. He is a boy of fifteen who becomes a battle hardened soldier at the tender age of sixteen years.

This book would stack up well with Sebastian Faulk's novel, Bird Song. I am biased as World War 1 is an era I am interested in, but I can honestly say, this is a story you won't be able to put down once you have started reading it. It deserves all the accolades it is receiving.

Margaret Tanner
Published Author
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Coming Home 23. Oktober 2012
Von Joanne Mazzotta - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
COMING HOME
I began this book knowing Roy Stolworthy wrote it. I knew it would difficult to put down because I have read two books authored by him; and it was. Coming Home is more than a war story; it is a deep look at humankind. It harks back with metaphors much like the efforts of legends that gave us the interior truth about humanity by men like Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, and Carl Jung, while Stolworthy led me to the journey of Thomas Elkin.
A main character with a secret takes the reader to his fifteenth year of life when his brother Archie dies in a way that make even the freakiest accidents seem average ways to die. As I read of his horrific situation, by the third chapter I saw that I was not following Thomas but rather, he was following me.

Within a dazzling effigy of a storyteller, Roy Stolworthy gives a bare and raw account of the jeopardies of World War 1. He creates images and builds momentums so intense that you cannot look away. With unique portrayals of a kind of hell that only exists in battle, he was able to redefine fear in a way I have never seen or heard before. A young boy being face to face with the enemy who wanted him and his comrades dead, and whom held no mercy for human life met a boy with less respect for his own, and that made him dangerous. He had no fear of hazards of combat. He welcomed them, and that fact was rich with irony when he earns honor for bravery while his morality seems absent.

Stolworthy gave me a clear view of the mental and emotional workings of each character, most especially Thomas who was frantically trying to fashion his death, scribing that event with his pen of guilt for the death of a brother. What better place to commit suicide unnoticed, than war? Moreover, what better way to do it... and be a sanctioned as hero, while posing as someone he was not?

Within the story line of Coming Home, Stolworthy allows us to eavesdrop on Thomas's superiors who chastise young Thomas for putting himself in harm's way and triggering risk to the other soldiers who have come to care for him, which caused them to risk their own life.

I must mention the weather. Roy Stolworthy can describe weather like a song. "Raining, raining, forever raining, it became like day is to daylight and dark is to darkness. The raindrops fell, whispering a symphony on the uneven panes of glass, and he thanked God that the fire crackled a smiling comforting hello."
As if every chapter isn't shocking enough; find out what happens to Thomas.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen COMING HOME 26. Mai 2013
Von TOM ZOMBERG - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first book I,'ve read on my kindle and down loaded it based on the jacket cover just for the experience. Surprisingly, I came to enjoy the read and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great characters within a well developed story that has unexpected turns.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A horrifying account of the hell of war 14. August 2013
Von mountainmama - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Thomas is a 15-year-old English farm boy whose older brother, Archie, is an abusive jerk. During a confrontation, Archie is accidentally killed, and Thomas fakes his own death and assumes Archie's identity as a cover, reporting for duty as a new recruit in WWI. From there, we follow Thomas as he attempts to assuage his guilt by trying to die in the battlefield to escape his conscience.

Mr. Stolworthy has a fabulous way with words - descriptions are vivid and emotions are real. The gruesome facts and horrors of the trenches are portrayed brilliantly, forcing the reader to live the atrocities and feel the despair, misery, anguish, and hopelessness of the soldiers, while marveling at the sense of duty and courage displayed by so many young men under such ghastly conditions.

I have enjoyed a few other books by this author, and although the others have been great reads, this one is a masterpiece! Five stars is not enough to rank this one. Bravo, sir.
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