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REVISED EDITION:
Includes more details about Jimmy Lucas and the Patton controversy.
Just what makes a hero and do they always disappoint us in the end?

Christopher Squires is a confused man. Adopted and raised in Britain after World War II he is surprised to find he has a connection with Fritz, an orphaned German boy, who was found dead in the boot of General Patton's Cadillac at the end of the war. Chris discovers the link through a meeting with Jimmy Lucas, an American GI, who he believes could be his father. But the surprise turns to horror when he learns that Jimmy was involved in the death of both the orphan and the much-lauded General.

FALLEN HERO is about a man who seems to spend his life building bridges: Bridges between his unknown origins and his aspirations in life. Once he finds a tenuous link to his biological father Chris Squires cannot help but follow its path. Despite his misgivings he seeks out his roots. Fallen Hero is also about a man who is trying to reconcile the realities of war, and life, with his disappointment over his lost inner hopes for the dad he needed to find. Chris Squires is a confused man, constantly seeking his hero father-figure. The British baby boomer is surprised to find he has a connection with Fritz. Chris discovers the link through Jimmy Lucas, a GI veteran, who he believes could be his father. But his surprise turns to horror when he learns that Jimmy was involved in the death of both Patton and the boy.
A confrontation creates further tragedy for Chris, for Jimmy, and for Walt - the man who had saved Jimmy’s life! Chris panics and retreats back to Britain, trying to forget the incident he caused in San Francisco. Although appearing to lead a mundane and respectable life, for years he is tormented by guilt. He still hopes to find his hero, a guide to some kind of inner peace. And then Walt re-enters his life bringing with him a new bridge!

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