Harvest of War by Jan Smolders
A Flemish Novel

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This is an affecting depiction of both simple heroism and complex moral ambiguity. A historically fascinating dramatization of wartime tyranny in Belgium.
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Harvest of War: A Flemish Novel drops the reader into the German-occupied town of Ramsel, Belgium, during the summer of 1944. The town’s doctor, Bruno Van Dam, cares for all who are sick or injured, whether they be Resistance fighters, collaborators, or the members of the quiet multitude just trying to survive. In secret—and simultaneously—Dr. Van Dam hides from the German military a Jewish orphan and two British pilots.



Circumstances then take a turn for the worse. Dr. Van Dam’s son, Eric, is swept up by the German military and forcibly transported to Germany and its work camps. He faces the prospects of atrocious treatment and starvation. Diagnosing the situation and mapping out a plan, the doctor sets up an indirect line of communications for offering a bribe to the leader of Ramsel’s German occupying force. Then, as the Allies liberate the town, residents celebrate. But Dr. Van Dam faces accusations for his paternally motivated actions during the war.



All who find themselves drawn to historical novels or stories about the unflagging efforts of individuals to face up to power as they seek to protect and preserve their loved ones will discover in the pages of Harvest of War: A Flemish Novel a story that satisfies.

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About Jan Smolders

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Jan Smolders, a citizen of Belgium and the United States, also has lived in Japan and Singapore. He has run industrial corporations around the world and led Latin American initiatives for the Clinton Foundation. He is the author of six earlier novels, including Alone in Boca Raton and Tennessee Tremors.
 
Published December 7, 2015 by iUniverse. 272 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 19 2016

This is an affecting depiction of both simple heroism and complex moral ambiguity. A historically fascinating dramatization of wartime tyranny in Belgium.

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BlueInk Review

Above average
on Feb 22 2016

"A fast-paced WWII historical novel that dramatically illustrates how war can transform ordinary citizens into heroes and villains alike. Ultimately, the novel explores human endurance in wartime, and well-crafted descriptions

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