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Craig Simpson
Feb 2007
�It struck me that true evil probably lurked in only a few men but its effect was felt across borders, continents even.�

Opening with full force as brothers Marek and Olaf shoot a deer, the remainder of this notable book by debut novelist Craig Simpson packs a similarly powerful punch. Marek and Olaf�s late childhood is lived out in Nazi occupied Norway. Seeking vengeance against their father�s arrest for conspiring with the Norwegian Resistance, the brothers arrange and execute the assassination of the Nazi, Wold. After killing him, they discover there had been a passenger in the car who witnessed the act.

In a desperate attempt to escape the ramifications of their subversion of occupied rule, the boys flee to the hostile environs of the Hardanger where survival itself is a ordeal. There Resistance workers save the boys who find themselves caught in endeavours to liberate their country from its oppressors.

Simpson successfully mirrors the bleak reality of Fascist rule against the cold and barren landscape of the Hardanger. Careful research and historical accuracy into the method and means of the resistance workers lends a quite literally real sense of urgency and imperative to this gripping and hard-hitting thriller that, in speaking of the past gives chilling warning for the future...

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