One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover: the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.
THE CONSTANT SOLDIER, by William Ryan
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 . . .
My impression: The WWII era is my favorite to both read about and study. I have done a lot of research about the era in the last few years, but while my own writing was on hold as I did my graduate work, I didn’t read any fiction set in the era. I have been accumulating quite the TBR list, though, and once I finish the first draft of my own WWII story, I’m looking forward to reading some of the great tales that have released in the last few years. This one is definitely going on the list, and the Panmacmillan paperback cover immediately caught my eye. I love the color scheme, the ominous train, the barren landscape, the fighters overhead, the couple’s embrace. All hint at a combination of character drama, suspense, and danger set against the backdrop of the war.
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