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Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Authors OnLine Ltd
19 The Cinques, Bedfordshire SG193NU, England
Genre: Fictional war memoir
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 0755202449, $14.95, 248 pp.

The back cover succinctly tells the essence of this story:

"In 1944 David Walker, an Army intelligence officer, escaped from a German prison camp in Crete. While his return to England was being arranged by the Underground he hid in the loft of a Greek family where he met the beautiful Miranda. They fell in love and planned to marry when the war ended. Miranda promises to wait for him for one year. After a dramatic journey through the mountains David returns home a hero, only to discover that he has a four year old son. Against his better judgement he succumbs to pressure by both sets of parents and marries his former girlfriend Victoria. Desperately unhappy at abandoning Miranda, David tries to make it work. He throws himself into his job and develops a loving relationship with the child but a family tragedy, an interfering father-in-law and David’s increasing dependence on alcohol along with Victoria’s desire to lead her own life, eventually destroys the marriage. Homeless and jobless, he decides to return to Crete to recapture what he once had but sixteen years have passed and nothing is as it was."

Cold Oblivion is well-written and edited, and if you like this type of story, you’ll most likely enjoy the novel. It has a good flow and reads like it was written by a pro. I personally was a little disappointed by the ending but that’s my take and . . . I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - December 26, 2006


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