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The Constant Soldier - William Ryan

The Constant Soldier - William Ryan

This book comes complete with a set of 3 related postcards

Title: The Constant Soldier

Author:  William Ryan

ISBN:  9781447255017

Weight:  923g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Constant Soldier by William Ryan

The pain woke him up.  He was grateful for it.  The train had stopped and somewhere, up above them, the drone of aircraft engines filled the night sky.  He could almost remember her smile…  It must be the morphine…  He had managed not to think about her for months now.

1944.  Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front to find his village home much changed and existing in the dark shadow of an SS rest hut – a luxurious retreat for those who manage the concentration camps, run with the help of a small group of female prisoners who – against all odds – have so far survived the war.

When, by chance, Brandt glimpses one of these prisoners, he realizes that he must find a way to access the hut.  For inside is the woman to whom his fate has been tied since their arrest five years before, and now he must do all he can to protect her.

But as the Russian offensive moves ever closer, the days of this rest hut and its SS inhabitants are numbered.  And while hope – for Brandt and the female prisoners – grows tantalizingly close, the danger too is now greater than ever.

And, in a forest to the east, a young female Soviet tank driver awaits her orders to advance…

Peer & Press Reviews

The Constant Soldier is a beguiling blend, a spy novel-cum-historical thriller that offers a gripping but nuanced narrative set against the horrors of the absolute abuse of absolute power.  It’s a bleak but rewarding novel about guilt, personal and shared, and taking responsibility for your actions, even if doing so offers no possibility of reward.

Irish Times

Ryan has written a tour de force.  A chilling account of civilian and military life amid the collapse of the Third Reich, Ryan’s book makes for compelling, even mesmerising reading.  From the icy winter wind to the bleak landscape, from the war weary SS officers and the terrified camp prisoners to the cynical, maimed hero, Ryan’s world feels frighteningly authentic.  I couldn’t put it down.  And as for the final scene… well, I defy you not to shed a tear.  A bloody great read!

Ben Kane, author of the Eagles of Rome series

This is a terrific novel: a tough-minded, morally probing thriller that only gains in pace, depth and authority as it goes along.

Daily Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Constant Soldier
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

This book comes with a set of 3 postcards that have a photo on one side and a printed explanation / observation by Ryan on the other.  The photo and text are relevant to the WW2 theme of the book.

William only signed 100 sets of postcards and this is set 52/100.  Note that while all three cards are signed, only one has the set number written on it.

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Mantle
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781447255017
ISBN 10: 1447255011
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 386
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 162 x 37mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Kate Eshelby
Jacket images: Shutterstock, Mark Owen, Arcangel Images & Uilstein Bild / Getty Images

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