The Smuggler's Apprentice

Author: Thom Poole

ISBN: 978-1-326-82095-4

Print Details: 5.83" x 8.26", perfect bound paperback, white interior paper (60# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-colour exterior ink.

Pages: 384

Weight: 0.64 kg

Dimensions (centimetres): 14.81 wide x 20.98 tall

© 2016

RRP: £10.99 (paperback)
RRP: £1.49 (Kindle)

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Caught up in the impending disaster of another war, the Leitner family were trying to make ends meet. Emil, a veteran of the Great War, had set up a lucrative business smuggling goods across the Austrian border into Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

With the increased violence and threats to human life, Emil's business - trafficking people across to the safety of the neutral countries - was increasing. As the business grew, he had to rely more and more on his three children Hans, Marlene, and Robert. Starting in 1937, this is a story of Robert's adventures as a smuggler during the National Socialist occupation of his country.

How This Book Came About

Thom's family originally come from Liechtenstein, a small alpine country in the centre of Europe. This book came about from a desire to tell a story about the recent history of the area - most notably the occupation of Austria by the Third Reich. Not everyone was happy to with their overlords and this book follows the life of a boy smuggler. Thom researched it carefully - compiling the historic facts to weave into a fictitious story.


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