The Constant Soldier

4.36 based on 107 ratings & 51 reviews on Goodreads.com
Pan

Publication date: 01.06.2017
ISBN: 9781447255062
Number of pages: 400

Synopsis

'Haunting, passionate, William Ryan’s The Constant Soldier is a subtle WW2 thriller of horror and love with an utterly gripping countdown to Gotterdamerung. One of my favourites of the year' Simon Sebag Montefiore

1944. Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front to find his village home much changed and existing in the dark shadow of an SS rest hut - a luxurious retreat for those who manage the concentration camps, run with the help of a small group of female prisoners who - against all odds - have so far survived the war.

When, by chance, Brandt glimpses one of these prisoners, he realizes that he must find a way to access the hut. For inside is the woman to whom his fate has been tied since their arrest five years before, and now he must do all he can to protect her.

But as the Russian offensive moves ever closer, the days of this rest hut and its SS inhabitants are numbered. And while hope - for Brandt and the female prisoners - grows tantalizingly close, the danger too is now greater than ever.

And, in a forest to the east, a young female Soviet tank driver awaits her orders to advance . . .

In the media

It's already winning critical acclaim and has the hallmark of a prize-winning good read'
Irish Sunday Independent
Ryan has created a dark world of moral ambiguity that is both shocking and fascinating. The Constant Soldier is a richly vivid, gripping and sophisticated WW2 thriller
Elizabeth Fremantle, author of Queen's Gambit
The Constant Soldier is a nuanced, complex and gripping tale of guilt and love that captures the chaos at the end of WWII
A.L. Kennedy (author of Costa Award Winning novel, DAY)