About the Books

Crucible of FateCrucible of Fate

Crucible of Fate is the third in Andy Johnson’s World War Two series of novels. This latest outing is a blow by blow dramatisation and part fictionalisation of the events of D-Day, 6th June 1944, when the Allies launched their long awaited invasion of Nazi occupied Europe. Concentrating on the events around Sword Beach and the Drop Zones of the British 6th Airborne Division, the novel is yet another non-stop roller-coaster of battle-action sequences.

The action switches from one side to another as the reader experiences the minute by minute chaos, terror and exhilaration of the largest and most sophisticated amphibious assault landing in history. From the disorientation of British paratroopers landing in the wrong place in the dead of night, through the frustration of German commanders waiting for permission to counter-attack, to the brutal fighting of the beach assault and subsequent exploitation, Crucible of Fate brings history to life as no other war novel can.

Thunder in May

The early hours of 10th May 1940. The Second World War is eight months old. In France, the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards look forward to another day of digging endless trenches. In Norway, the Germans are gaining the upper hand against the Allied forces. At sea, German U-Boats are taking a heavy toll of Allied shipping, whilst in London, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is fighting for political survival. In North-West Europe, hundreds of thousands of men endure the boredom of the ‘Phoney War’. Before the end of the month however, some of these men will become heroes. Others will become villains. Many will be dead. As dawn approaches, the ominous roll of thunder sounds far off to the east along the German border. But this is May, and it never thunders in May… does it?

Thunder in May is out now; available in large paperback from any good book shop by quoting the title and International Standard Book Number 978-1-908128-20-1. The novel is also available from a range of internet retailers including www.amazon.co.uk A percentage of the profits from the novel will be donated annually to British military charities.

Seelőwe Nord: The Germans are Coming

Seelöwe Nord: The Germans are coming… SYNOPSIS

Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. In Andy Johnson’s debut novel, the invasion actually takes place, but instead of falling on the south coast of England as was expected, the Germans land on the east coast of Yorkshire between Scarborough and Skipsea. The invasion also involves a parachute attack on RAF Driffield and a glider-borne assault against the gun batteries on Spurn Head. In the days following the invasion, the Germans fight their way south-westwards through Holme-on-Spalding Moor in an attempt to cross the River Ouse between Selby and Goole.

While the British forces in the area put up desperate resistance in order to delay the German advance, the British reserves are rushed northwards to deliver a counter-attack, which eventually takes place four days after the German landings. This results in a climactic final battle on both sides of the Ouse in the vicinity of Church Fenton, Cawood and Ricall. In addition to this, the area of Filey Bay, Bridlington and Holme-on-Spalding Moor, become the settings for some spectacular battle sequences, and readers familiar with this part of Yorkshire will be able to follow the action, quite literally, field by field.

The novel is written using the snapshot method, switching between the German and British forces and is written from a soldier’s perspective. The colourful language, black humour and sometimes absurd nature of battle, will resonate with serving or former soldiers. The book contains a mixture of historical figures, such as Churchill, General Alan Brooke, and the German Commander of the SS Totenkopf Division, Theodor Eicke. In addition, there are many fictional characters typical of the low level soldiery from both sides.

The scenario was originally designed by the author for a command training exercise when he was a serving soldier in the British Army. Due to operational commitments, the exercise was never conducted before the author’s retirement, and so he decided to take the scenario and turn it into a novel, some of the profits from which could then be donated to military charities that care for British soldiers injured in modern conflict.

Seelöwe Nord is not for the feint hearted and is certainly not a nostalgic trip down memory lane with ‘blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover’. Containing graphic scenes of battle, strong language, and descriptions of war crimes, this is a blunt, robust and unpretentious war story. For the reader who isn’t too fussed about the academic debate over whether Operation Sealion was ever a real possibility, but who is keen to understand the sound, smell and feel of battle for the man at the sharp end, this book is an absolute must.

Seelöwe Nord: The Germans are coming… is out now; available in large paperback from any good book shop by quoting the title and International Standard Book Number 978-1-907294-38-9. The novel is also available from a range of internet retailers including www.amazon.co.uk A percentage of the profits from the novel will be donated annually to British military charities.

Captains of the Gate

From the Front Consultancy Ltd is delighted to announce the publication of their first training handbook,Captains of the Gate: An introduction to Leadership, written by their Core Speaker and Trainer Andy Johnson. This concise e-book is available via Amazon Kindle across the globe and is an introduction to the company’s ethos on leadership, management and operational delivery. It explains many of their core driving forces including the Three Pillars of Professionalism and the Principles of Operational Effectiveness. Andy Also covers a range of topics that go hand in hand with leadership, from time management through influence activities, training and discipline, to workforce resilience. As a highly experienced leader who has enjoyed great success in both the military and civilian worlds, across a range of sectors and industries, Andy delivers a broad introduction to the key lessons and mindsets that have stood him in good stead throughout.

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Welcome!

Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.