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BOOK REVIEW: BEAR ANY BURDEN
BY ELLIS M. GOODMAN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.





Sir Alex Campbell, a successful businessman, often travels. While on these business trips, Alex frequently does “little jobs for the Queen and Country.” In other words, Sir Alex works undercover for the British Secret Intelligence Services. While in Poland, his “little job” is a simple one-pass documents to the British agent to help move an important scientist to the west. What followed was anything but simple, changing Alex's life forever.

Bear Any Burden is a book that can be read on several levels by readers seeking quite different types of books.

Stripped to the basics, Bear any Burden is a wonderfully engaging multi generational family saga. When Alex becomes involved with the mission of getting a scientist out of Poland, readers move back and forth through time as Alex is brought face to face with his own family's journey from Poland to Scotland.

Viewed through a historical perspective, Goodman's book is excellent. Sir Alex's business trip to Poland takes place amidst the Soviet crackdown on the Solidarity Movement. But throughout the book readers are given a birds eye views of life in Poland prior to WWII, the Holocaust and the plight of those who left their country behind to emigrate after the war.

Where the book really shines though is as an international spy thriller. When Alex decides to become involved with Anna Kaluya, the British agent working to move the scientist, Alex's life and his “little jobs” become an entangled game of cat and mouse. Fans of the television series MI5 and readers of authors such as Daniel Silva and John le Carre will love Bear Any Burden.

Regardless of whether you are a reader of family sagas, historical fiction or spy thrillers, the pages will fly as you follow Sir Alex Campbell on his journey.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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