“Hi Jon, I’ve just finished reading Farewell Leicester Square and what a great book it was – the best WW2 book I’ve read to date. Actually it is one of the best books I’ve read to date. I’m so pleased that I found it.
“I really enjoyed the plots around the resistance fighters and found the ending very moving indeed. Please can we have some more? Best wishes, Phil Dumbelton”
Reader feedback means so much to authors. Thanks, Phil!
Writers work hard in their little office, or at a desk on the end of their bed, or in a coffee shop, or wherever they have space and time to work…
They write about subjects they enjoy to research, stories they want to tell; and they hope it will connect with readers… Readers they don’t know and will never meet. People who enjoy a good story, like they do.
Like I do.
That’s why reviews mean so much to them. Writers really appreciate the readers who take a few moments to write a few lines on Amazon.
I’ve just received the following message on this site. It means so much that someone got to the end of ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ and then took the time to contact me.
Many thanks, Alistair. And to all of you who take the time to write a short review on Amazon.
Hello Jon. Just read Farewell Leicester Square. One of the best books I have ever read. And that is not said lightly. I am a fan of all historical fiction especially WWII. The attention to detail was remarkable. Well done. Yours sincerely, Mr Alistair Nash.
If you have had a chance to read my wartime thriller ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ I hope you enjoyed it.
It was written because I love what I call “old-style” World War Two thrillers: action books in which a hero battles against the odds.
I grew up on Jack Higgins and Alistair MacLean, on ‘Warlord’ comics and the fantastic ‘Commando’ book series, and wanted to write the sort of book I loved to read.
During my research I travelled to Belgium, Luxembourg and Jersey; read prodigiously on SOE and the Resistance; and interviewed many veterans themselves.
As well as soldiers in uniform I have always been interested in those who risked their lives in their occupied homelands: members of the Maquis and Armée Secrète in France and of the Comet evasion line which helped downed airmen in Belgium, smuggling them through France to neutral Spain.
The courage of these people, who had no uniform to protect them and so faced a concentration camp or execution if they were captured, was immense.
In ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ I tried to capture some of that spirit of Resistance inside a thrilling plot line.
This was my first novel. I tried hard to craft the book I had envisaged when I wrote the first words on the first page.
It gave me great pleasure to write and I hope it gave you some pleasure to read too.
Please consider taking a few seconds to rate it and perhaps write one or two lines by way of review.
It helps so much to know there are other readers out there who love these kinds of books just as much as I do.
Lovely new five star review for ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ on Amazon:
“Good Story, Well Written, Recommend, Well Edited…
“This book starts with an intrigue and in the present time but quickly moves back to WWII and a different perspective, that of the Channel Islands, the only part of the UK to be occupied by the Nazis during WWII.
“It quickly pulled me in and was full of pathos, well told and a story that flowed well with some twists and turns that took me off track but I pulled myself back quickly.
“It was a story I didn’t want to end and I enjoyed the book and would like a sequel!”
FAREWELL LEICESTER SQUARE is now only 77p on KINDLE.
2005. Terrorists target London in an attack which makes headlines around the world. Elsewhere, a fishing boat makes a remarkable find: a World War II bomber, hundreds of miles from where records show it disappeared. The two events combine when journalist Jon Kilkade takes a blood-curdling phone-call. It describes a suicide mission to destroy London. Not in 2005, but during the chaotic final months of the Nazi Third Reich. The action in this fast-paced novel switches from occupied Jersey to the lives of SOE and Resistance fighters in Belgium. At its heart is a deadly circle of Nazi fanatics intent on creating a final blitz which would see the people of London wiped from the face of the earth. A riveting thriller in the tradition of Jack Higgins and Alistair MacLean.
WHAT READERS SAY:
“A great tale of WW2 daring, intrigue and heroism told in a gripping way.”
“Captivating from beginning to end. A thoroughly enjoyable read.”
“The story keeps the reader wanting to find out what will happen next.“
“Superb. I loved this novel for so many reasons– believable characters, excellent research and an exciting plotline. I was caught in the storytellers trap from beginning to end.”
“A good enjoyable read. Kept me captivated from start to finish.”
“Excellent thriller. It’s well researched – lots of stuff about SOE and the resistance.”
“Thoroughly enjoyable read.”
“An almost excellent read. If you enjoyed the TV series “Secret Army” and “Kessler” then this book has the same feel about it.”