A Soul Burned

A Soul Burned

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
281
£7.99
ISBN:
9781788231886
On 14th February, 1945, the Allies fire-bombed Dresden, killing tens of thousands and starting a political row and propaganda war that lasted years. James Dalton leads the Pathfinder group that pinpoints the target with flares and ensures that maximum destruction is done. The raid is proclaimed a success or an atrocity, depending on which side of the propaganda machine you are on.In a subsequent mission, Dalton crashes and is horribly burnt himself. Just rewards perhaps, for having choreographed the burning of Dresden. In the ensuing decade, Dalton struggles with his disfigurement and a tormented soul that holds him accountable for a war crime.In Dresden, a young boy survives the bombs and fire and escapes to England.Years later, they meet, and Dalton emerges from alcoholism and PTSD to find spiritual healing and love through a gift that he unwittingly gave the young boy in Dresden in 1945.
Curtis

RJ
Curtis

RJ Curtis had a father who was a medic in WWII and a father-in-law who was a fighter pilot. Their stories inspired the writing of this book. RJ Curtis lives with his wife on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. A private pilot, he is interested in all things to do with flying; a passion he wishes to share with his readers. This is his first novel.

Reviews

by
P Colgan
5
A Soul Burned is an extraordinary story. I began reading it on a 12 hour plane flight, on my iPhone Kindle, just to see what it was like, and I couldn't put it down. First time I've read a whole book on my iPhone!! RJ Curtis builds his historical novel around a terrible event in WWII - the deliberate bombing to complete destruction of the German city of Dresden. He develops very authentic characters with empathy and compassion. His vivid descriptions take the reader into the depths of the horrors of war from both the perspective of the perpetrator and the victims. His research is extremely thorough, giving authenticity to his work. Through his characters, he also examines the awful futility and terrible waste that is war, and its consequences. But there is humour and redemption in it as well. I found it an incredibly intense read, which at times, moved me to tears.

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