Reluctant Hero

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An incredible true story about John's Dad, Bill, who left school at 14 and became a Lancaster Bomber PILOT in WW2. He wanted to be part of the 'establishment' but rebelled when he realised how expendable he was. Victim of their class concious attitudes, he was unwilling to toe their line. An exciting, thrill-filled war story and a window into history. More
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About John Hickman

John Hickman was born in the UK at the end of WWII. He grew up in the shadow of his war hero father, Bill.
Attending numerous schools due to the family moving for Bill’s work, John learned quickly to enjoy the most of the moment, and to not take life too seriously. His books are a glimpse into his world and the imagination that has grown from those life experiences.
After specialising in global pest control, fumigation, and timber preservation, John and his family diversified into farming Javan Rusa deer, in the South Burnett.
After retirement in 2003 and unable to play golf, he discovered a latent passion for writing.
John’s first book 'Reluctant Hero' is about his Dad, Bill, who survived as a Lancaster bomber pilot in WW2.
John's second book 'Tripping Over' depicts the humorous side of life in post war England.
It provides a comic foil to his 'Reluctant Hero' reminiscent of a true life 'Diary Of A Wimpish Kid' during the 1950s and 1960s.
'Sex, Lies & Crazy People' is the follow on from 'Tripping Over'.
John tells the Bittersweet true story about his family’s involvement in the Harewood Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent in England during the 1960s interspersed with self-deprecating reminisces. Best described as a true life Fawlty Towers – but without Basil.
Unlike Fawlty Towers John's are all true stories.
'Living Upside Down' is John’s debut novel to feature the adventures of Sue and Roger, after writing three true stories this novel was inspired in part by the author’s thirty-five years of experience in the global pest control industry, life in the Archipelago, and migrating as ten pound poms.
Given the gift of LIFE - other books may follow about how not to run a Deer farm, and after retirement his life at the pointy end of the queue in a Happy Valley resort.

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Barry PETERSON reviewed on June 27, 2011

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28/06/2011 at 4:52 pm
Hello John, from Pamela Peterson: We [you know who] downloaded, and printed, your Book – “Reluctant Hero” from the Smashwords Site.

I found "Reluctant Hero" a very involving story, right to the end, and the details very enlivening. I recommend this Book to any reader as the story suits to all tastes in literature. It displays seriousness, humour, life’s dreadful moments and happy moments, some anti-establishment attitudes, and of course heroism. I read the Book in a week [maybe a little less] and only put the Book down to undertake those menial life tasks. That is a quick read for me, and I have read many Books, at greater cost too, by more famous authors, and have been disappointed quite often, and in that vain, I suggest this “Reluctant Hero” true story is right up there with many published and much publicised authors. So those of you who have taken time to see just what Titles Smashwords has available, will be very impressed and enjoy a truly “good read” for a small expenditure in choosing to download and read this intriguing true story. Folks – just do it – you will be truly pleased with your selection.
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)
Morrie Melcer reviewed on May 7, 2011
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Reluctant Hero is a book that transports the reader into a stream of sub consciousness; the pleasurable state that a reader attains from a book he finds and can't put down. Through strong characters and a rise and fall in tension smattered with humorous, original simile John Hicknan has written another must read for all. Congratulations John.

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