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The Partisan

The Partisan

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by William Jarvis
     
 
He has a portfolio worth billions, but he does not feel the security to leave her graveside. She would have dirtied her hands on the dusty crypt of their secrets had he only consented for a moment, opening the casket for their children—and grandchildren—to look in at what he had buried. Stefan Kosar had escaped the Nazis, but there was no escaping his

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He has a portfolio worth billions, but he does not feel the security to leave her graveside. She would have dirtied her hands on the dusty crypt of their secrets had he only consented for a moment, opening the casket for their children—and grandchildren—to look in at what he had buried. Stefan Kosar had escaped the Nazis, but there was no escaping his guilt. As the soft wind blowing in from the Hudson River gently rustled the flowers atop her casket, he wondered if it was her own hand somehow shaking the petals—telling him one last time to share their legacy, and not hide it any longer. Having shut out his son, daughter, and the media from his past, Stefan's limo departs the cemetery with his children and journeys back to his youth. His narration opens the crypt--a saga of family affluence, tragedy, poverty, and armed resistance in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during WWII. In an era when ruthless ideology enslaved a sovereign nation, readers are invited into the dark lives of individuals in which fear and brutality become commonplace. Stefan's dream of a happy marriage and prosperous future becomes a nightmare as he struggles to maintain the simple dignity that is hollowed out by the cruelty of fascism. Having lost so much, young Stefan finds genuine love and discovers there can be virtue in suffering and victory in death. "The Partisan" is an epic tale of the cultural destruction of tyranny and the extremes that men of honor will endure for the cause of freedom.

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ISBN-13:
9781626756571
Publisher:
BookBaby
Publication date:
04/22/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
233
Sales rank:
42,562
File size:
733 KB

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The Partisan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. It would be great for a book club. A combination of history and great character development told in a unique and little known setting. The book includes a romance, an action packed survival, strong female characters, a sociopath villian, and true information about a little known part of World War II. I will be looking for more books from this author. A++++++
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite The year is 1996 and Stefan Kosar and his children, Thomas and Julia, are at the Sea of Mary Memorial Gardens, Southwest Manhattan Island in New York. They are saying goodbye to Ana, a wife and mother who brings with her a family secret that dates back to the turbulent years of the Second World War in Slovakia. William Jarvis's novel "The Partisan" is the story of the Kosars, a family of Slovak industrialists and nationalists. The young Stefan was a student in Geneva when the Nazis were ruthlessly subjugating most of Europe. Life will never be the same again for the whole family when their father Tomas, a member of the Slovak delegation negotiating with Germany and Britain at the outbreak of the Second World War, was imprisoned for treason by his own people. Estefan, Patrik and Matilda are left to continue their father's business and moral legacy. This is their story. This novel brings me back to a time when most people in East Europe lived in fear and where brutality was a common occurrence. It is amazing how William Jarvis is able to make his characters real and alive. The narrative is character and dialogue-driven with a pace that will keep the reader glued to his reading corner. "The Partisan" is a historical fiction that will send chills through your spine because the conflict and the terror are told in such a way that they become palpable. This is because of the excellent descriptive style of the author. Although the setting of the story changes from Slovakia to the United States of America, it does not affect its fluidity and coherence; in fact, it enhances them. I have read a lot of novels about war-torn Europe and I am not new to the brutality of that era but this story stands out because of the author's excellent writing style and creativity. 
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite “The Partisan” by William Jarvis is extremely well-written. I felt as if I was a part of the conflict and felt all of the horrible pain of the Kosar family as they fought for what they believed against all odds of winning. The story starts in the present time at a cemetery in America and takes us back to Nazi-occupied Slovakia. Stefan Kosar feels it is time to tell his children the real story of their ancestors. He shares with them his childhood home and the carefree life he and his brother and sister shared. It was a short-lived happiness because very quickly his father was removed forcefully from their home and imprisoned. His sister was raped by the arresting soldiers and his younger brother beaten badly. Stefan had to make many sacrifices that included leaving the University and his fiancé behind to return home and run the family business. He would try in vain to protect his brother, sister and all they held dear.   “The Partisan” brings us vividly back to a time in history when the Nazi army and their brutality were allowed. William Jarvis has written a book with characters that are very real and the plot is perfectly believable. This is an epic story of a family fighting the injustices of war-torn Eastern Europe. The reign of terror inflicted by the Nazi soldiers and how they thought and believed that it was right and fair treatment is also portrayed. I cried, laughed and felt pain and joy from page one to the very last word. For all lovers of historical fiction this is a must read. I can only hope that Jarvis continues the saga and shares with us what happens to the Kosar’s in America.   
cupid92 More than 1 year ago
I really loved the characters in this book-was sad when I finished it. Highly recommend
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that THE PARTISAN by William Jarvis is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written book and I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I highly recommend everyone to read. You will not be disappointed.
donnasreview More than 1 year ago
Great history read without being boring. And it certainly is different in the fact it is about other countries that suffered also. I would recommend it to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable but not as well liked as Cast No Stones, eventhough a previous reviewer gave this book the nod over Cast No Stones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Couldn't put it down!
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