Story of Betrayed Polish Army Wins 1st Place In International Writer’s Digest Competition

Slingerlands, NY- On March 28, 2003, Writer’s Digest, the world’s leading magazine for writers, announced that “The Brief Sun,” a historical novel of a betrayed army, took 1st place in the genre fiction category of the 10th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards. Over 2100 books were entered in this year’s competitions with 350 novels entered in the genre fiction category.

Suppressed during the Cold War by both the West and East, “The Brief Sun” by Robert Ambros is the incredible true story of Anders’ Army. Poles deported to Siberia after the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 were expected to perform slave labor until they died. But all that changed when the Nazis invaded Russia; the Poles were released to form an army to fight the Nazis led by a General Anders.

Men left Siberian labor camps half-starved and began their training with wooden guns on their shoulders and rags on their feet to win back their homeland. They traversed Asia, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa and developed into what future British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan called “one of the greatest fighting units in World War II” winning battle after battle against Germany’s finest soldiers and opening up the road to Rome for the Allies. An undefeated army in exile, they were betrayed when within reach of their homeland. After the Yalta Conference, they became an army without a nation.

Robert Ambros has written dozens of scientific publications as an associate professor of pathology, obstetrics and gynecology at the Albany Medical College in New York. Both sides of the authors’ family were deported from Eastern Poland, sent to Siberia, and went on the serve in Anders’ Army. He resides in Slingerlands, New York.

“A powerful, gripping historical saga.”
-Midwest Book Review

“A passionate account of the resilience of man and compromises that left Poland at the mercy of the Soviets.”
-Polish American Journal

The Brief Sun
THE BRIEF SUN by Robert Ambros