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The Quickening of Alec Ross-bookcover

By: Walter Reid

The Quickening of Alec Ross

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War-time France – intrigue, deception and divided loyalties. Under the Mediterranean sun a shadowy world where ambivalence and compromise test loyalties to breaking point.Alec Ross is an innocent born at the outset of the twentieth century. This gripping novel explores his journey through its first half, as he finds himself almost accidentally drawn into the murky by-waysof espionage.His life has been one of avoided commitment and abandoned relationships. But now he sees young men and women, escapees and their Resistance helpers, rise to heights of bravery. He also sees corruption and squalor and the horrors of Nazism. Amidst the extremes of humanity at both its best and its worst he struggles to work out what matters to him in an existence where nothing is what it seems.Till the very end the question persists: will Alec commit himself to a cause, and to the woman he loves – or will he surrender in the face of demands which are finally too complicated for this simple man? Start reading and you won’t stop till you find out.

Walter Reid was educated at Oxford and Edinburgh universities. He is married with two children. His time is divided between the west of Scotland, where he raises sheep and cows, and the south of France, where he grows olives. He has written seven books on aspects of British twentieth-century history. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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  • Manda Scott

    Alex Ross is one of those people who grows on us slowly as we learn the events in his past that have broken him, even as he layers on the shields of duty and honour and self-recrimination that shape his life. He's not stupid, though - he learns as he grows, and in that learning, becomes more human. The historical setting is pitch-perfect and the action scenes are real and sharp and scary. It's a beautiful book. Highly recommended.

  • Anonymous

    Historian Walter Reid is as comfortable raising sheep in the west of Scotland as he is growing olives at his second home in France. and now he is delivering his debut novel. Set in wartime France, it follows Alec Ross as he navigates plot peppered with Nazism, resistance, espionage and passion. Rippling with secrets, lies and divided loyalties - will Alec follow his heart?

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