Twenty Five Million Ghosts tells the story of the author's past relatives experiences throughout wars and is a tribute to those who have been lost, failed to exist, or damaged due to wars. I found this to be a really interesting and read it in a couple of hours. It was written well and the main characters are likeable. The lasting impression has left me thinking philosophically about a concept I had never considered before.
by Ashley Hoffman
One mans look at his family and how all our histories are entwined. A look at how War has killed so many people and that so many people were not born because of war. This is a fascinating book which is obviously well researched and leaves the reader pondering how mankind have inflicted so much on each other. The concept of twenty five million is one I have never heard before. It is really interesting and something to think about.
by Julie Hosford
Twenty Five Million Ghosts by Steve Aitchsmith is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This is a very odd but appealing book. Somehow this man can just talk about his family and flow seamlessly from one thing to another and drag me along as if I am caught on a line. It is not only what he says but how he says things that is so intriguing. I feel I know his family, I am in the battle lines, I am looking through the wires at the concentration camps at the people, I am holding a leg to a dead soldier, and it all seems so real. He made me feel this. Just his simple rambling and gentle soothing ways lead me forward and back and I couldn't stop. I was helpless. I was trapped on the line and followed at he lead me to wars and back, to his many excursions on the side. It was a fascinating journey and the next thing I knew, the book ended. I was exhausted emotionally and needed time to process this long trip I never expected to take today. My heart ached, my chest throbbed, and my eyes stung. I don't think I could read this again but I am glad I read this, very glad. It opened me up, I felt something....more today. Thank you.
by Montzalee Whitmann
I am holding a leg to a dead soldier, this was also a memory of my fathers when he fought during ww2.
This a novel of war and really gets you thinking about the people and the impact that these events cause.
it is such an emotional and memorable read you can't help but think and analyse it for days after you have read it
You have to read it to feel it's effect.
by Tracy Shephard
I just loved this book and couldn’t put it down. As my family’s historian I understand where he is coming from and share his views on life.
A definite “must read”.
by Kaye Hayes
Steve has been a brewery worker, a police officer, a lawyer and a teacher lecturing in uniformed public services. He has worked alongside major investigations, Government departments and the military.
He has previously published some magazine articles and self-published:
‘Surviving the Law’, an advice book for public service personnel facing disciplinary action, in his actual name of S.A.Smith (now out of print and probably out of date).
‘Gingerbread’, a short story about Nazi human experimentation (now out of print).
He went into policing in the seventies after serious differences between himself and trade unions obliged him to withdraw his union membership. Since this was a time of ‘closed shop’ he was only able to work in uniformed public services,
After policing he retrained as a lawyer, discovered he didn’t enjoy working in legal practice and retrained again as a teacher. He lectured for eight years until Government policies (this time from the other end of the political spectrum) led to his redundancy.
He sees himself as a liberal libertarian and has been accused of being quixotic which he considers a compliment.