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Tommy's War: July, 1914
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Tommy's War: July, 1914 (Paperback)

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Tommy's War is a story of speculative fiction. Or is it historical fiction? It's certainly a careful blend of detailed history and personal story. Real-life characters ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Josef Stalin feature in authentic situations. Or is this a love story crossing the rigid social barriers of the early 20th Century? Is it ultimately the story of a family, told over more than two centuries? Is it a story of adventure?

It is all of those things, told from the perspective of Tommy Green, a disaffected shopkeeper-craftsman living in Greenford, Middlesex. This is now a busy suburb of London but at that at that time it was still a semi-rural village. At the beginning of July, 1914, Tommy receives a mysterious visitor, who tells him that he, and only he, can alter history, bring sanity to the World for the future, and save millions of lives, including those of his as yet unborn son and his best friend. To do this he has to go to Paris to carry out a difficult and dangerous mission.

But Tommy has just learned that his life in the village, both romantically and in business, is set to improve in dramatic ways. If he goes to Paris his hopes for a new life in the village may be dashed. He is placed in an impossible conflict as his life is pulled in different directions. How can he even begin to resolve his dilemma?

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceFiction & PoetryScience Fiction Publisher: Benybont Books Publication Date: 25/03/2019 ISBN-13: 9781916494268  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Tom's latest is the second ELDRITCH collection, WISH MAN'S WOOD. This was preceded by a second edition of the first, THE EVE OF ST ELIGIUS. Seven other recent books include three very different novels. The most recent was THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST JUDAS. Little is known about Judas Iscariot - he is a symbol of all things bad rather than a person - but what if his influence on the early church was altogether more significant? What if he was nothing less than the writer of the first gospel, upon which the canonical gospels are based? And what if manuscript fragments were found in Iraq on the eve of the Western invasion in 2003? Novels prior to this were the 100,000-word TOMMY'S WAR: JULY 1914, an unusual take on the month before WWI and THE GREENLAND PARTY (79,000 words). The latter is a 'whodunit', although with an out-of-the-ordinary setting and a strange motive for the original murder. All of the above are available as e-books or paperbacks in a number of places across the world. Earlier Tom was the writer of many works of fiction, commercial articles, essays, reviews, 'other prose' and poetry. He was also the author of six (print) books.

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If fate is a given and we can’t do anything about it, why go back in time and try to change it? If, on the contrary, we make our own fate, why, if we go back in time, can’t we change anything, why are timelines untouchable? Is there any elasticity of time that would allow us to bend the law? These are basic science fantasy questions that Tommy’s War: July, 1914, Tom East’s latest novel, confronts the reader with against the background of a quiet English village, almost oblivious of the outside world which is on the brink of the Great War. But, despite the ingenious way in which the author plays with time paradoxes, the book is not just another SF thought-variant. The complexity of Tommy’s character, his tribulations – he’s a young man who finds it hard to integrate in a small community where everyone knows what everyone else says and does, and who loves a woman above his status, and who desperately tries to fulfil an almost impossible task - and the minute description of pre-war life in a seemingly insignificant place that, nevertheless, will send its young men (the Tommies) to fight and die, make East’s novel both SF and social. A real tour de force of an author who has that rare voluptuousness of words, elegance of phrasing, and richness of meaning.

- 17/03/2019
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