Finnish Boys

Finnish Boys – the prequel to ‘Forest Brothers’

After a few years of waiting, I am now delighted to announce the prequel to ‘Forest Brothers’ and book 1 of the Estonian trilogy.

Entitled ‘Finnish Boys’, it tells the story of an estranged family of three Estonians, beginning with the night of the ‘Red Terror’ – when the Soviets rounded up 10,000 people from Estonia and deported them to gulag camps in Siberia.

Märt runs a small bakery in the centre of Estonia. His life is shattered on the night of the ‘Red Terror’, when he is told his name is one of the thousands marked for deportation by the Soviets to Siberia.

His informer asks him to take a British spy, Harry, to Finland. Harry will not reveal the reason for travelling to a country allied to England’s enemy, nor why he is also avoiding the rampaging Germans.

They make their way north, where they encounter the Estonian batallion of the Finnish Army, the ‘Finnish Boys’. Märt joins up and, in the turmoil of the war, is left with the dilemma of who to trust; Harry, with his mysterious mission or Märt’s estranged wife, Maarja, who will do what she believes is best for Estonia?

The book is available via my website or Amazon, priced at £8.99. ISBN 979-8591098377. This will also be the same ISBN for international customers (ie non-UK). Amazon will print and despatch the novel from your local amazon website, thus it should save you on international postage.

The e-book is available on Amazon Kindle, priced at £4.79

More blog posts will follow giving the background to the story and the history of the time. In due course, the sequel to ‘Forest Brothers’ will follow. Yes, I know it seems a bit loopy to do it this way around, but ‘Forest Brothers’ was the story from which the others developed!

Yes, I know it feels like London buses at the moment, but the Estonian books have very much remained unfinished business for too long and the story extends beyond Forest Brothers!

By Geraint Roberts

Stuck in a limbo and desperate to do something meaningful, what to do? That is where writing began for me. A creative way of expressing myself and a chance to harness my wondering imagination. I close my eyes and I'm there. Wish I'd picked 'there' as a warm sunny day on a sandy beach, with the waves gently lapping on the shore...but I have to let the story load in my mind, then watch it unfold, wherever it may be. Currently I'm on a windy bridge, or a Devon beach, or a Cornish ti mine, or a submarine, or looking towards a Hebridean port...

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