1941: Their retreat across Ukraine wore out their boots—and they kept going.

Three months after drafting him, the Soviet Red Army throws Maurice Bury, along with millions of other under-trained men, against the juggernaut of the biggest invasion in the history of warfare: Nazi Germany’s Operation Barbarossa, the assault on the USSR.

Maurice sees that his job as Lieutenant is to keep his “boys”—the men of his anti-tank unit—alive as they retreat from the unstoppable Panzers and German infantry. When they’re captured, survival becomes impossible. Their captors starve them.

Then a miracle: Maurice gets a chance to escape. He cannot leave his boys to starve. But how can twelve Red Army soldiers cross German-occupied Ukraine without being shot?  


About the author:

Scott Bury started is a journalist, editor and writer who lives in Ottawa, Canada with a very tolerant wife, mighty sons and two pesky cats. His journalistic career now spans four decades, and he has contributed to magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US, UK and Australia. 

His first novel, The Bones of the Earth, received critical acclaim when published in 2012. He followed that in 2013 with a romantic-erotic spoof, One Shade of Red, which also received very positive reviews.

He plans to follow Army of Worn Soles with the second half of the story of its protagonist, Maurice Bury, before returning to the sequel to his first novel.