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COVER REVEAL: Jack Brandon’s War

11th Dimension Press is excited to offer this sneak peak at Brian C. Merritt’s debut novel JACK BRANDON’S WAR…

The outside of the book is awesome!  Just wait, the inside is even better!

Here’s the front cover with original artwork by the author himself, Brian C. Merritt:

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And here’s the back:

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JACK BRANDON’S WAR follows the parallel stories of Jack, an eight-year-old boy growing up in the small industrial town of Birkenhead, England during the Second World War and his father Tom, a ship’s engineer in Britain’s Merchant Navy. Both face terrible loss. Both grapple with mental and physical trauma and both find themselves fighting the war on fronts that are seldom explored in literature. Tom is away at sea when war descends on his family, residents of urban England. In fact, Tom returns home oblivious to the tragedy that struck is family only days before his ship, the merchant vessel S.S. Griffon, reached port. There’s a lot of work to be done, bodies, souls, and families to be mended before Tom is, once again, called to duty aboard the Griffon. When separated again both Tom and his son Jack are confronted by the war. Their struggles threaten to keep them apart forever, their only hope for survival and reunion lies in the kindness of their neighbours and the spirit inside them.

JACK BRANDON’S WAR will be available November 11th 2015.  Until then you can find Brian on Twitter @AuthorBMerritt and on facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorBrianMerritt.

PRESS RELEASE: New Canadian Author Poised to Release Debut Novel, JACK BRANDON’S WAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2015

Media Contact: Darryl J. Murphy, 11th Dimension Press

 

New Canadian Author Poised to Release Debut Novel,

JACK BRANDON’S WAR

11th Dimension Press is proud to introduce

author Brian C. Merritt of Grimsby, Ontario

 

Brian C. Merritt, Grimsby, Ontario, is poised to release his first novel JACK BRANDON’S WAR, a fictional memoire set during the Second World War in rural England and on the turbulent waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. JACK BRANDON’S WAR will be the third full-length novel by a new Canadian author published by the independent 11th Dimension Press.

 

JACK BRANDON’S WAR follows the parallel stories of Jack, an eight-year-old boy growing up in the small industrial town of Birkenhead, England during the Second World War and his father Tom, a ship’s engineer in Britain’s Merchant Navy. Both face terrible loss. Both grapple with mental and physical trauma and both find themselves fighting the war on fronts that are seldom explored in literature. Tom is away at sea when war descends on his family, residents of urban England. In fact, Tom returns home oblivious to the tragedy that struck is family only days before his ship, the merchant vessel S.S. Griffon, reached port. There’s a lot of work to be done, bodies, souls, and families to be mended before Tom is, once again, called to duty aboard the Griffon. When separated again both Tom and his son Jack are confronted by the war. Their struggles threaten to keep them apart forever, their only hope for survival and reunion lies in the kindness of their neighbours and the spirit inside them.

 

Check-out a preview of JACK BRANDON’S WAR here!

 

JACK BRANDON’S WAR will be available November 11th 2015.

 

About Brian C. Merritt

Brian was born in 1933 and grew up in Merseyside, England. He and his family endured the Liverpool bombings of the Second World War that took their home and many of their friends. Brian immigrated to Canada in 1973 with his wife and two sons. Brian’s career as a marine service manager brought him to the Niagara Region of Ontario where he also served as unit commander with a marine rescue unit of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. Brian still lives in the Niagara Region with his wife. He is a keen sailor and enjoys painting and writing. JACK BRANDON’S WAR is Brian’s debut novel.

 

For more information about Brian C. Merritt, please visit his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrianMerritt

Memories of War and the Homefront

Progress has been steady!  Brian Merritt’s fictionalized memoir of life at sea with the British Merchant Navy and life on the homefront during the Second World War is just about ready for print.  11th Dimension Press will be very proud to bring you JACK BRANDON’S WAR!

In anticipation of this release and in honour of all the brave people who witnessed first hand this momentous and horrific time in our history, 11th Dimension Press is collecting images, photos, flyers, media of all kinds, and personal accounts of life during the Second World War.

We are particularly interested in images and accounts of life at sea, as a member of the merchant or fighting navy during the Second World War as well as images and accounts of life on the homefront.  11th Dimension Press would be honoured to share these valuable pieces of history on our website and, perhaps, in an curated anthology of first hand accounts.

Please send your materials to editor@11thdimensionpress.com or, if you’re unsure how to send your photos to us electronically, please contact us and our editors will help!  We will NOT use anything without your express permission, so please share your memories so the lessons of your life are not lost to the future!