For Ukrainians in 1942, the occupying Germans were not the only enemy. Maurice Bury was drafted into the Red Army in 1941. Captured and starved in a POW camp, he escaped and made his way home to western Ukraine, where the Nazi occupiers pursue a policy of starving the locals to make more "living space" for Germans. To protect his family, Maurice joins the secret resistance and soon finds they faces multiple threats. Maurice and his men are up against Soviet spies, the Polish Home Army and enemies even closer to home. Experience this seldom seen phase of World War 2 through the eyes of a man who fought and survived Under the Nazi Heel.
After a 20-year career in journalism, he turned to writing fiction. "Sam, the Strawb Part," a children's story, came out in 2011, with all the proceeds going to an autism charity. Next was a paranormal short story for grown-ups, "Dark Clouds."
The Bones of the Earth, a historical fantasy, came out in 2012. It was followed in 2013 with One Shade of Red, an erotic romance.
The Eastern Front trilogy tells the true story of Maurice Bury, a Canadian drafted into the USSR’s Red Army to face the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Army of Worn Soles, the first volume, was published in 2014, followed by Under the Nazi Heel in 2016 and Walking Out of War in 2017.
Scott Bury has been invited to contribute to three Kindle Worlds. For the Jet Kindle World, based on a character created by bestseller Russell Blake, he published Jet – Stealth: A Jet Kindle World Novella in July 2015.
The same week, he published Torn Roots: A Lei Crime Kindle World Novella featuring characters created by bestselling Hawaii crime author Toby Neal. He has since published three more Lei Crime Kindle World books: Palm Trees & Snowflakes (December 2015), Dead Man Lying (2016) and Echoes (2017).
Emily Kimelman, author of the Sydney Rye series, invited Scott to contribute to the Sydney Rye Kindle World. His answer was The Wife Line in 2016, and The Three-Way in 2017.
In between writing books and blog posts, Scott helped found an author's cooperative publishing venture, Independent Authors International. He is also President of author's professional association BestSelling Reads.
He lives in Ottawa with his two mighty sons, two pesky cats and a very understanding wife.
You can find more about Scott Bury, and contact him through his website, http://www.writtenword.ca, his blog, Written Words, and on Twitter @ScottTheWriter.
The chief protagonist, Maurice finds himself between the devil and deep blue seas the war rages between the retreating Germans and the resurgent red army. It is a well narrated story of the atrocities of both the warring factions and how the Ukrainians suffer at their hands
I'm glad to be one of the lucky ARC readers of Under the Nazi Heel: Walking Out of War, Book II by Scott Bury. The journey of Maurice Bury continues in this compelling memoir. You actually feel yourself standing in the war zone, the earth turning liquid beneath you, you can hear the sounds of bombs and machine guns. That's how you close you get when you're reading Scott's writing. I'd say its an exceptional memoir. If I put myself in Maurice's shoes, I don't think I'd ever be able to lead a healthy life. Hats off to all the WWII survivors, who after so much suffering, still managed to lead a normal life. "Five years of war, marching across whole countries, five years of sitting on cold and wet ground, of fighting and sheltering from bombs and bullets, of sneaking through the dark, and this is the worst I've ever felt." I was able to feel all Maurice's words around me. Scott Bury has wonderfully gathered all the information for his readers and no, it wasn't a poor judgement from your wife :) I was never a memoir reader, especially related to wars but when I read the first book Army of Worn Soles , it captured my interest since then. I read many novels related to World War after that which I loved, including The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See, The Storyteller and I hope this memoir gets the same recognition as the novels I mentioned.
While Scott Bury is one of my favorite authors, I will say that this book fell short for me as a must read book. That being said, let me further explain. I am not a fan of war, war memoirs, or that type of historical fiction. I did find the elements I love about Mr Bury, his development of character, and time and place. Under the Nazi Heel certainly put me in war torn Europe during World War II. I would give this book a 4 star rating for story and development, although for me as to the content a 2 1/2 star, because of my dislike of the topic. I believe that folks of Ukrainian decent, folks who love history of this era and folks who long for stories of the World War II will throughly enjoy the this book. It should be noted that this book is the middle book in a trilogy.
This is not my typical reading genre but I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. It is a small piece of history from World War II as told by Maurice Bury who lived it. I am not a history buff but I found the action of the story to sound very accurate and highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys stories of World War II. I look forward to the next novel in the series. Yes, this is a series and this is book two. I now must go back and read book one. Each story is complete unto itself but woven to link together to give us the history of Maurice Bury during World War II. This is a personal tale, not some cold telling of the war.
I pressurised to stumble accidentallY across this trilogy on war time ukraine. Very week dones. Depicts the tragedy of Ukraine's no win dilemma during that period of history. Unfortunately Ukrainians still face a similar dilemma with no one really interested in helping them