Published: 15/10/2017
ISBN: 9781788033145
eISBN: 9781788030021
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Steve has been a brewery worker, a police officer, a lawyer and a teacher lecturing in uniformed public services. He has worked alongside major investigations, Government departments and the military.... read more

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Twenty Five Million Ghosts
by Steve Aitchsmith

War and devastation made us.
What is past is past and resulted in you, me and everybody else.
We are all haunted by the ruptured history that created us.

Steve lives a reasonably content and secure life in early retirement. He is dealing with the impending death of his mother, out-of-control garden ants and his own need for both security in and understanding of this world. He is assisted by an unusual Roman Catholic priest as he copes with loss while reviewing how his family history reflects the new world that was inevitably born from the major wars of the past.

He recognises that his story is everybody’s story; we are all the result of destruction and violent change. His reflections and adventures lead him to look at the changes in the world, to commit a crime, to recall the stories of the fear, gore, loss and love that war generates.

Steve shows you who you are. He shows that his story is your story, only the details vary. By seeing the slaughter, murder, evil and good that war provokes he shows you why you are. The horrors of the family history take us to the First World War Western Front, the Second World War D-Day, the Holocaust and the Russian Front. He also provides tips for dealing with ants.

Some books grab you by the throat and pull you into a few hours of escape. Other books, this book, take you gently by the hand and lead you towards a new view of the world and your place in it. Twenty Five Million Ghosts mourns those who have been lost or never existed because of our terrible propensity for violence. It also celebrates those who only exist because of it.

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Twenty Five Million Ghosts tells the story of the author's past relatives experiences throughout wars and is a tribute to those who have been lost, failed to exist, or damaged due to wars. I found this to be a really interesting and read it in a couple of hours. It was written well and the main characters are likeable. The lasting impression has left me thinking philosophically about a concept I had never considered before.

by Ashley Hoffman


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