The Lost Hours
D-Day 6th June 1944

By Irvine Eidelman

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Richard Underberg is a psychiatrist who, whilst on a medical sabbatical, finds himself caught up in the lost hours of a World War Two veteran seeking answers to questions that have troubled him since D-Day.

Intrigued by this soldierís story and compelled by his own destiny, Underberg visits the sites of the D-Day landings of 1944, only to discover more than he imagined possible about not just the soldier but also himself.

The Lost Hours introduces Richard Underberg as a sleuth with a difference: knowledgeable yet vulnerable, both passionate and compassionate.

What is remarkable about The Lost Hours is the authorís skill in marrying fact and fiction, his professional knowledge and his detailed research into the hours leading up to the Longest Day: D-Day, June 6 1944.

Kindle Edition

File Size: 529 KB
Print Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Irvine J Eidelman; 1 edition (August 10, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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Reviews via Amazon

I hope it will become a movie
September 28, 2013

I recommend this book wholeheartedly! Eidelman's work is satisfying on so many levels: it's a suspenseful page-turner that I didn't want to put down, a sensitive psychological portrayal , and a great read for history buffs. At times funny, at times moving, and always compelling, the book is filled with the kind of attention to detail that fans of non-fiction appreciate. Unterberg's psychiatric exploration's offer a sensitive and intimate look into the nature of trauma and memory. Don't think you'll be able to figure out the ending of this book ahead of time and get ready for unexpected twists. I hope someone options the rights for this book soon, because it would make a great movie ...

Intellectual and emotional masterpiece!
September 14, 2013
By Dalene

Dr Eidelman`s historical knowledge of this event, one of the greatest invasions in history, served it`s purpose for me in this book. There is elements of mystery and suspense and the technical detail of the battle are awe inspiring! The characters draws you into their world, from the start. A compelling piece of history.

A superb read
September 1, 2013
By K. Smith

I could not put this book down. It is so vividly written that reading it was like watching an exciting film. For example, the details - even the technical details- in the airforce scenes were such that I felt I was right there with the pilots and crew.

The author is a psychiatrist, and as a 'lay person' I found it very interesting to see into the mind and modus operandi of the main character, Richard Underberg, also a psychiatrist, as he goes about unravelling the mystery of his patient's 'lost hours' during the Second World War.

Unlike many other World War novels, the book is not dripping with tears and misery- neither is it lightweight in tone. I am of the immediate post-war generation, growing up at a time steeped in the raw yet little discussed memories of our elders, and the theme of The Lost Hours resonated deeply within me.

The various threads in this story are expertly drawn together is a deeply satisfying, feel-good ending.

The Lost Hours is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.

The story of a WWII veteran's torment and a psychiatrist determined to help him
August 28, 2013
By Cecil Schneider

Friend, colleague, professional photographer and start-up novelist, Irvine Eidelman, has produced a novel replete with Holocaust terror, Allied victory, empathy, romance and touches of humour.

The main protagonist, Richard Underberg, is a psychiatrist who, piqued by the effects of his own family's Holocaust experiences, embarks on a mission to visit the sites of the Allied forces' glider landings on the beaches of Normandy six decades previously. His purpose is to try to help his WWII veteran patient to find inner peace, by uncovering information which could possibly fill the gaps in the old man's memory. Eidelman's psychiatric expertise wraps itself around the various themes that emerge as the story progresses.

It is obvious to the reader that the writing of this attention-sustaining story followed exhaustive personal research by Eidelman. It also reveals how unresolved issues of a psychiatrist may be awakened under such trying circumstances as those revealed in "The Lost Hours".

From the beginning to the last pages of this book the reader's focus is drawn compellingly to the pages of narrative over which one's eyes easily glide.

I highly recommend that anyone with a predilection for a heart-throbbing, yet poignant story, should read this book.

A thriller based on a true story
August 27, 2013
By Ron Irwin

One of the many interesting parts about this novel is the fact that Irvine Eidelman writes it out of his own professional psychiatric experience in helping an aged WW II veteran account for the "lost hours"--time he blocked out during the chaos of of D-Day. This is really an odyssey into a patient's past by a concerned doctor who not only accounts for those lost hours, but discovers a tragic secret as well. Highly recommended.

Highly recommended
August 26, 2013
By meerkat

One of those can't-put-it-down books. A really great read, good plot, interesting characters and an unexpected conclusion. Based around a World War Two veteran who is curiously unable to recall events following his landing in France on D Day. Much of the narrative takes place in the recent past as central character, Richard Underberg, psychiatrist turned sleuth, tries to unravel the truth about `the lost hours'. Many twists and turns in the story. I found it impossible to predict the ending until all is revealed in the last few pages. Highly recommended.

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Review via University of Cape Town (UCT) Monday Paper

Psychiatrist's tale of lost hours
Volume 32.11
23 September 2013

Author and alumnus Dr Irvine Eidelman shares a special bond with Richard Underberg, the main character of his debut e-book. Both are practising psychiatrists. But the fictional Underberg's career is curtailed by a dicky heart, resulting in a 'medical sabbatical'. He's drawn out of semi-retirement by a World War Two veteran who has disturbing flashbacks to D-Day on 6 June 1944, when the Allied assault on Hitler's 'Fortress Europe' began.

A participant in of the strategic strike on the Caen Canal and Caen River bridges in France, the former soldier is unable to recall the 'lost hours', the critical sequence of events after landing in a flimsy glider - one of three - to take the bridges.

Inexplicably drawn in by his story, Underberg turns amateur sleuth, visiting the battle sites in an attempt to piece together history and occurrences. In France, serendipity weaves its way between events and meetings and Underberg begins to uncover the truth - and troubling elements of his own past. Blending fact and fiction, Eidelman's story recreates the historical details of the war's turning point. "I tried to keep the novel as credible as I could against the historic background," he says.

He toured the beaches of Normandy as well as the vast cemeteries - and the harrowingly narrow glider landing sites targeted for the assault on the bridges to secure them for advancing Allied forces.

"I wanted to give readers an appreciation of an aspect of D-Day; its planning, scale, heroism and its traumas, as well as other traumas individuals can have and how they seek resolution - and, that resolution can take place."

Story by Helen Swingler

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