About The Letter
Safe from the horrors of war a German soldier makes the ultimate sacrifice
Having survived the hell of Stalingrad and two years of bitter fighting on the Eastern Front, Sergeant Franz Mayer found he was now a deserter. Not by choice, it had to be said, but a reality nevertheless. Faced with the prospect of an SS firing squad, convinced that the war was in its final death throes his only hope lay in returning home. If fate had condemned him it now came to his rescue and aided by an elderly couple who had lost their only son in the war, he was able to return to his family. But fate hadn’t finished with him just yet.
It was purely by chance that the convoy of lorries’ passed through the village but it changed everything. Plagued by his conscience over what he had witnessed, Franz knew there was only one thing left to do. He must return to the war. But before leaving, he wrote a letter to the old couple who had saved his life, asking his wife to post it should he not return. A letter that would unwittingly unite the two families and give them the strength to face the hardships which lay ahead in their war-ravaged country.
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Barry Cole was born in Yorkshire and after leaving the army he began contributing stories and articles to the monthly magazines of two Native American charities. With a love of film, he then studied for two years at the London Screenwriters Workshop. His first book, The Time Bandit was published in 2016, followed by a historical novel Shingas a few months later. His third book The Conquistadors Horse was published in 2018 and has been optioned as a short film by Looking Window Pictures. His latest book The Letter, which was inspired by the Battle of Stalingrad was published by Michael Terence Publishing in 2021. After living on a narrowboat for several years he has now returned to his roots in North Yorkshire. The idea for his latest book: A New Beginning came from a short screenplay written while studying at the Screenwriters Workshop which he now plans to re-write as a feature. For those who may be interested, the principal character is named after the author's great-uncle, Albert Edward Clemens who died in August 1915 during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Although the only thing they have in common is that both were soldiers his inclusion in the book is to celebrate the family's ancestral connection with one of America’s greatest writers Samuel Langhorne Clemens Better known as Mark Twain.