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Wolf: A Review.

Wolf: A Novel
by Herbert J. Stern & Alan A. Winter

Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Skyhorse
Hardcover & eBook; 552 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

In the Great Tradition of Herman Wouk, Author of Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Wolf is a Thoroughly Researched and Illustrated Historical Novel about a Man who is Not Yet a Monster . . . but Will Soon Become the Ultimate One: Adolf Hitler.

Perhaps no man on Earth is more controversial, more hated, or more studied than Adolf Hitler. His exploits and every move are well-documented, from the time he first became chancellor and then-dictator of Germany to starting World War II to the systematic killing of millions of Jews. But how did he achieve power, and what was the makeup of the mind of a man who would deliberately inflict unimaginable horrors on millions of people?

Meet Friedrich Richard, an amnesiac soldier who, in 1918, encounters Hitler in the mental ward at Pasewalk Hospital. Hitler, then a corporal, diagnosed as a psychopath and helpless, suffering from hysterical blindness, introduces himself as Wolf to Friedrich and becomes dependent upon Friedrich for assistance, forming an unbreakable bond between the two men.

Follow Friedich—our protagonist—who interacts with real people, places, and events, through the fifteen-year friendship that witnesses Hitler turn from a quiet painter into a megalomaniacal dictator. Using brand-new historical research to construct a realistic portrait of the evolving Hitler, Wolf will satisfy, by turns, history buffs and fiction fans alike. And as this complex story is masterfully presented, it answers the question of how a nondescript man became the world’s greatest monster.

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Praise

“Adolf Hitler anointed himself with the name, Wolf, then plotted and connived with remorseless determination to become Der Fuhrer, Dictator, Savior of the Fatherland. As in ancient Greek drama, we know the ending to the story. The riddle is how we get there….A Hitler we did not know existed emerges page by page, all his bits and pieces, certain of his role as Savior of Germany, evil, driven, shrewd, an unrepentant, serial seducer of teenage girls, surrounded by toadies as ruthless as himself but not nearly so smart—his rise and words an unnerving parallel as we witness the continued erosion of democracy today in our own sweet land. Put this book on the shelf with Ludlum, Michener, and Clavell. Wolf deserves to be in their company.” —Stephen Foreman, author of Toehold, Watching Gideon, and Journey, and screenwriter of The Jazz Singer, Hostage, and America the Beautiful

“Based on extensive research, the extraordinary novel Wolf, by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter, lifts the curtain so that the reader can observe through the eyes of a fictional character how a seemingly unremarkable corporal who was denied a promotion for lack of ‘leadership ability’ became dictator of Germany. The result is a gripping page-turner, a masterful historical novel.” —The Jewish Voice

“Wolf offers a front row seat to the Nazi Party’s early years, expertly using the fictional protagonist Friedrich Richard to take the reader on a fifteen-year journey from the end of the First World War to Adolf Hitler’s seizure of absolute power in Germany. The reader experiences the gradual death of democracy in Weimar Germany like a slow-motion train wreck, equally fascinated and horrified. We all know how Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich ended, but Wolf shows us how the nightmare began. A compelling, thoroughly researched, and important work. Wolf is an impressive achievement. Exhaustively researched and richly detailed, it draws on new historical research to paint a fascinating portrait of Adolph Hitler that is more human and recognizable than most depictions—and thus even more chilling and sobering.” —Alex DeMille, co-author of The Deserter with bestselling author Nelson DeMille

“Wolf will incite intense discussion in historical circles and book clubs alike. It is a poignant, persuasive, and ultimately terrifying story of how one man came to bend the path of history through oppression and genocide by taking one step at a time.” —Amy Wilhelm, senior writer, Book Club Babble

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I first heard about this book when Amy, our tour organizer mentioned it was up for review. As I’ve still been somewhat of a slump, I was looking for something that would really engage my mind and keep me reading. A unique sounding novel, Wolf sounded promising. Well. I was not anticipating this. This is truly a stunning piece of literature. It’s riviting, fascinating and it draws you in. If you’re like me, you may try to see a human side to ‘Wolf.’

I know that sounds insane, so allow me a moment to explain, you always see Hitler as how he was as a dictator, at his full amount of power. But my mind always wonders, what led him to where he was? What was he like? Did something happen to get him there?

In Wolf, we see him and it is equal parts terrifying and interesting because as a reader, we know what he becomes. We know what lay ahead and it literally feels like a roller coaster that is heading off the rails–you’re not getting off. You’re far too involved and invested. It’s a truly astonishing.  The research gone  into this work is to be praised. I don’t think there’s anything about this that they didn’t research. I am always a sucker for good research.  It felt so real, so visceral. 

I learned so much and I also learned, there is no sense in trying to humanize him. I absolutely enjoyed this book and its unique view. It certainly opened up my eyes.

 

About the Authors

Herbert J. Stern, formerly US attorney for the District of New Jersey, who prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City, and served as judge of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, is a trial lawyer. He also served as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. There he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work Trying Cases to Win.

Alan A. Winter is the author of four novels, including Island Bluffs, Snowflakes in the Sahara, Someone Else’s Son, and Savior’s Day, which Kirkus selected as a Best Book of 2013. Winter graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in history and has professional degrees from both New York University and Columbia, where he was an associate professor for many years. He edited an award-winning journal and has published more than twenty professional articles. Alan studied creative writing at Columbia’s Graduate School of General Studies. His screenplay, Polly, received honorable mention in the Austin Film Festival, and became the basis for Island Bluffs.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 3
Review at Books and Zebras

Tuesday, February 4
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Wednesday, February 5
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Friday, February 7
Review at Tales from the Book Dragon

Saturday, February 8
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, February 10
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads It All

Tuesday, February 11
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, February 12
Feature at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Thursday, February 13
Review at Impressions In Ink

Friday, February 14
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Wolf! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on February 14th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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I’ve got (2020) vision.

It’s 1.09 am and I’m wide awake.

My brain won’t shut off and as I look at my kindle, I’m struck by how many ARCs I have and how many I never actually got to. It is very disappointing but it also made me realize that this could be a factor in why I get “blogger burnout”, of which I am in the midst of now, thus explaining my lack of posts. I think the pressure of deadlines gets to me, as well as realizing that I have plenty of books that I haven’t even touched yet. There are many ‘old’ (but still very loved) books that I just never found time for because I was reading ARCs or I just didn’t feel like reading. I hate that I get to that point, where reading feels like a chore. It should never feel that way. I had made a promise to myself that the minute this wasn’t fun anymore, I’d walk away. I’m at that point and I have stepped away. (Not walked. Simply…stepped.)

The problem (it’s not a problem, per se) is that I love blogging. I do love reading and I love talking to you guys about things I’m excited about. It’s quite addicting, to say the least. Thus, I stepped away. I tried to post. But I didn’t post what I wrote because it is blatantly obvious that I was phoning it in, as they say. (Who is ‘they’? Anyone out there know?)  I’m a firm believer in giving all or nothing.

So, what is the point here?

The point is….I’m going to focus on whatever books I want. Some will be new. Some will be old. But they’ll be my choices. No deadlines, no bullshitting, no any of that. This is the year I take back my pleasure.

Will I still promote new books?

Absolutely! Spotlights, guest posts, by all means! But I may forego reading them right away because there’s a lot I want to catch up on.

At the moment, I’m reading the third book in The Dresden Files series. Pretty sure it came out in the early 2000’s but who cares? A good book is good whenever you get to it. I’m looking forward to sharing my review. As bloggers, we get so caught up in things that are new that I feel well do a disservice to ourselves and authors. I won’t do that anymore. It’s also why I chose to only pick 15 books on my Goodreads Challenge. Not aiming too high. That way if I reach my goal, anything else is an added bonus.

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I’m going to say that I have joined some book tours and I admit, I’ve been very choosey about them. Still, very excited about them and I hope you will be too. Also aiming to get more into audiobooks! As you can see, I’ve got plenty to choose from. Even though I’ve read Ribbons of Scarlet, I think I’ll probably start with that one because if you’re like me, you’ll pronounce something one way, and you’re about a thousand miles off. I love French words, but my pronunciation leaves much to be desired. After that, I think The Stuart Vampire (as read by Andrea Zuvich herself alongside her husband!) and then The Picture of Dorian Gray, as read by Ben Barnes. (Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some Ben. So yes, that was a lot of fun to grab up. He’s an excellent reader too. I listened to a sample and found myself being drawn off to another world, which was exactly what I hoped for. Also, speaking of Ben–can’t wait to see him in Shadow and Bone later this year. That’s another series I need to finish.) 

Another series I’d like to read this year is The Witcher. (Toss a coin to your witcher…) I had no idea there was a series of books! I knew there were games, of which I am playing on Xbox actually. Very fun thus far. (SpockSocks86, if anyone plays. <3) Big fan of Henry Cavill; I have been since he was in The Tudors. I am quite looking forward to reading the books. There’s something about fantasy that I love. Perhaps I’m looking for something to take the place of Game of Thrones…or even Harry Potter. Just something…gritty and full of action and fantastic beasts. Have any of you read the books? Or just watched the series and would like to talk about it? I enjoyed the series, hate waiting until 2021…but c’est la vie. Let’s hope the wait doesn’t disappoint. (Looking at you, season 8 of GOT.)

Speaking of someone who should read audiobooks…

And on this note, I leave you. Enjoy!

 

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My First Times: Book Tag.

Untitled-2Hey hey, bookworms!! Hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been so stressed out by the news lately, oh man. I can’t even begin to put it in words. So, I’ve taken a minor sabbatical from Facebook and the news; I only check in sparingly. I have been reading and working on my writing and I was painting today. I think I may pick up my coloring books again too. I very much enjoy the creative pursuits and I find they help relax me. I also did some blog hunting, looking for new people to follow and I found Jenny’s blog whilst on Twitter. In fact,  I saw this tag on her blog and I thought that it would be fun to do something based on yours truly and not books.

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First app you check when you wake up in the morning?

I always check Instagram first. I love to see all the pictures that my friends have posted; videos. I’m also half-asleep, so pictures are appreciated. I also don’t have my glasses on usually, so I just look at the pictures and like.

First broken bone?

The first was my ankle when I was…10 or 11. I don’t remember how old I was, but it’s a testament to my clumsiness that I fell and our screen door slammed on my ankle. So I like to joke that I fell walking out of a doorway.

First foreign country you ever visited?

Mexico! I went on a cruise for my 21st birthday. 🙂

My first makeup item?

Is nail polish a makeup item? Because I always had that. But if not, it was liquid eyeliner.

My first ever tape or CD?

The first tape I ever bought on my own was Middle of Nowhere by Hanson. I wore it out and ended up buying it like…3 more times. Spice Girls followed until I got CDs. The first cd that I bought was the Backstreet Boys, more than likely.

My first car?

I don’t drive!

My first Celebrity crush

Jonathan Taylor Thomas. My walls were covered with him until Taylor Hanson took over. Then Backstreet Boys…haha.

My first cooking experience?

Erm…I don’t remember the first. I’m not a very good cook and I am thankful that I live at home and my mother cooks, lol. I can make a box of Mac & Cheese, so there’s that. I am keen to learn though. It’s a bit ironic all of this because when I was 16, I worked as a cook! Give me a grill-top and I can make eggs, bacon, pancakes, burgers.

My first ever boyfriend/girlfriend?

Must we speak of him? He dumped me after a year. On my 17th birthday. For another guy.

My first ever mobile phone?

One of those Nokia house bricks which was only useful for playing Snake. <—I have to keep Jenny’s answer here, because that was my phone too.

My first fear?

The Dark!!

My first internet activity?

AOL Instant Messenger! I used it to keep in touch with my friends from New York after I moved.

My first job?

I worked as a pool attendant, but I got fired, lol.

My first language?

English. It’s my only.

First musical instrument?

Recorder, haha. Then piano, but I’m not really musically inclined.

My first pet?

I had hamsters named Honey and Bandit.

My first piercing and when did I get it?

I have my ears done three times. I was an infant when my parents got them done the first time. I think I was 18 when I got them done the second time and I forget about the third.

My first tattoo?

I don’t have any tattoo’s and don’t think I’ll get any either. I am way too indecisive to know what I want. <—-Same answer!

My first soft toy?

I have a doll that my mother bought me when she brought me home; it’s a little rattle doll named Mary. I still have her. ❤

My first thought today?

I’m tired!

My first time on a ship?

A ship? The Carnival Legend when I was 21.

The first book I remember reading?

That I remember reading? Probably Madeleine. I don’t remember! Ah!

The first concert I ever attended?

The Backstreet Boys in 1999, for my 13th birthday.

The first film I remember seeing?

Beauty and the Beast!

The first person I talked to today?

My mother. ❤

The first text I sent today?

I haven’t sent a text today. The first IM I sent today was to my friend and it was a response to a roleplay.

The first thing I do every morning?

Say hello to my dog, Tess and my parents. Then eat.

The first thing I do when I get home?

Usually, go to the bathroom and then change my pants. I’m all about comfort.

The first time you ever got drunk?

I was at my friend’s house and I drank four Mike’s Hard Lemonades. Dude, I was so drunk. Don’t laugh at me! I’m a lightweight. I felt it the next day, oh man.

When did you go to your first party?

I was boring as hell; I hated to party. I still do, honestly. I don’t like crowds or being drunk or any of that. Birthday parties for the family is one thing, receptions and such, but I’m not a party girl. Give me hot chocolate and a book. That’s good for me.

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Writing Wednesday: Advice.

I had a friend ask me recently, “Riss, how do you get so many books to review or to consider reviewing?”

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I thought it would be an interesting post for the blog and since I’ve been slacking on posting, here we are. I just want to say that I don’t mean to slack off, I just have these periods where my mind works better on fictional works, not on about books. I always try to come back though and I have some reviews coming up along with spotlights, so don’t count me out! ❤

Honestly, it takes a lot of hard work and patience. If you’re like me and are not a patient person, you will learn. Haha. My sent folder in my e-mail is filled with e-mails to publicists and publishing companies. I highly recommend being friendly and patient. To rush someone or to be rude leaves a bad flavor in their mouth and they’re not likely to remember you for future projects or recommend you. I’ve encountered several who are absolutely lovely and I enjoy getting to work with.

  1. Be polite. Start out your greetings with a hello and continue a friendly but kind tone.
  2. Don’t rush. Be willing to wait to hear back. Sometimes, you may not get a response back. Sometimes you will.
  3. Don’t give a lame excuse as to why you want a book. “Because I want it” is a crappy reason. Praise the author and theme, say you’re a fan, say what an honor it would be, etc. Be honest! I’ve said many times that I am a big fan of the author and have included them here before and have had positive responses. Sometimes, I don’t but still, they do read your messages and some pass along the word.
  4. Include your blog stats–how many followers do you have? Include your view count, if you like. Say how and where you’re going to share things for maximum exposure.  (Twitter, Insta, wherever! 🙂 Include your follower count there too.)
  5. Even if you aren’t approved, be it for a physical copy or an e-book, get the book. You can support your favorite authors and then still show them support by reviewing. Be sure that you cross-post on your favorite seller’s site and Goodreads if you have one.
  6. On the offchance you don’t like the book, still post a little about it. I post spotlights to get the word out and let the publisher know.
  7. When the book arrives–say thank you. A little gratitude goes a LONG way.

Another way is to look for Blog Tour companies. My favorite is Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours, which is run by Amy Bruno. Now, you can look for ones that cater to your favorite genres, I happened to find her by accident when I was first starting out. It’s a wonderful way to connect with the authors of the works themselves and Amy is wonderful, always happy to help and to offer a kind word. She’s a delightful person and so informative.

Most blog tour companies are like that.

However, I can’t stress it enough. Be sure that you buy a copy if you don’t get approved. You’re supporting the author by doing so and you can also make them ridiculously happy by posting a review on sites like Amazon and Goodreads. Don’t forget to post on Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and wherever you purchase books. It helps get the word out!

So there’s my two cents…<3

If you guys have any questions for me, I’m happy to answer! Hit up my contact page and just reach out. ❤

Have a great week!

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.favorite book passages.

ba0053_enlargeI thought it would be fun to compile some of my favorite quotes from Gone With The Wind, my favorite book. I think that will be my Sunday post; quotes from books I like. It may occasionally be from several, it may sometimes just be focused on one book. I fell in love with Gone With The Wind when I was about…12? I saw part of the movie on the television. It was on TNT  and Atlanta was currently burning. I thought it was a remarkable scene.

My parents have always called me Scarlett since I was a little girl, given my predilection for saying, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” I have been saying that since I was little before I knew who Miss O’Hara was. Apparently, I am a lot like Scarlett personality wise. (I wish physically, Vivien Leigh is beautiful!)

How better to start it then? Pictures are included from the 1939 film too. 😀 Let me know some of your favorite quotes below or your favorite books.

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  • “As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

  • Suddenly she hated them all because they were different from her because they carried their losses with an air that she could never attain, would never wish to attain. She hated them, these smiling, light-footed strangers, these proud fools who took pride in something they had lost, seeming to be proud that they had lost it. 
  • “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.”  
  • “Great balls of fire. Don’t bother me anymore, and don’t call me sugar!”   
  • “I loved you but I couldn’t let you know it. You’re so brutal to those who love you. You take their love and hold it over their heads like a whip.”   
  • “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”  
  • “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and we are thankful that it’s no worse than it is.” 
  • “Perhaps—I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears.” 
  • “What’s broken is broken — and I’d rather remember it as it was, then mend it and see the broken places.” 
  • “…and apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.” 
  • “Dreams, dreams always dreams with you, never common sense.”  [Scarlett] 
  • “I wanted you to stop fighting and let me fight for you. I wanted you to play, like a child – for you were a child, a brave, frightened, bullheaded child. I think you are still a child. No one but a child could be so headstrong and so insensitive. It was so obvious that we were meant for each other. So obvious that I was the only man of your acquaintance who could love you after knowing you as you really are – hard and greedy and unscrupulous, like me. I loved you and I took the chance.” [Rhett] 
  • “Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them.”
  • She had become adept at putting unpleasant thoughts out of her mind these days. She had learned to say, “I won’t think of this or that bothersome thought now. I’ll think about it tomorrow.” Generally, when tomorrow came, the thought either did not occur at all or it was so attenuated by the delay it was not very troublesome.

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Happy Release Day!!

Guys. GUYS. I discovered a new series of mystery novels with a female lead who kicks arse and solves crime. It’s in the same vein as the Maisie Dobbs series and the Maggie Hope mystery series. If you know anything about me, it’s that I like a female sleuth who can stick it to the man, take care of themselves and look good doing it. I happened upon this book by coincidence and I plan to read the first two in the series as well. So to the author Mr. Lawrence H. Levy, Happy Release Day! ❤

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In his third novel in the Mary Handley series LAST STOP IN BROOKLYN award-winning television writer and two-time Emmy nominee Lawrence H. Levy invites readers on an extraordinary adventure that seamlessly intertwines history and mystery.

It is a case of marital infidelity that lures private investigator Mary Handley to Coney Island at first—though she quickly realizes that dark secrets are buried beneath the sandy beaches and amusement parks of this Brooklyn outskirt. While in the midst of her mundane investigation, Mary is contacted by a man who asks her to investigate a gruesome murder case that petrified New Yorkers and landed his brother, Ameer Ben Ali, behind bars. Three years ago, a prostitute was brutally murdered in her New York hotel room by an eerily adept Jack the Ripper copycat, and Ameer was convicted based on circumstantial evidence and rampant racism—but the true killer is still at large.

Through a plot that interweaves a mystery narrative with historical fact in a style reminiscent of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs and Susan Ella MacNeal’s Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Levy brings to life a bygone New York on the brink of modernity. Readers will be captivated by our beloved female sleuth as she confronts deep-seated prejudice and defies social mores in a case that forces our quick-witted, ju-jitsu-practicing heroine to question just how far these New Yorkers will go to keep their secrets.

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Cover Reveal: The Romanov Empress!

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As you guys know, I am a HUGE fan of C.W Gortner’s books. I’ve reviewed Mademoiselle Chanel, featured The Vatican Princess and The Tudor Vendetta. I’ve read all of his

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books and will likely do so again (and again). His upcoming release is something I’m extremely excited about as I’m a very big fan of the Romanov family. I hope you’ll add this to your ‘To Be Read’ pile! It’s definitely on mine. Our protagonist this time is Maria Feodorovna, the mother of the ill-fated Nicholas II. Her life was fascinating and in Mr. Gortner’s very capable hands, I am certain that she will jump to life from the very pages. I first became aware of her when I was 10 and I saw ‘Anastasia’, the animated film and Angela Lansbury voiced her. Of course, we know that it was fiction, but my interest in the family was piqued by then and I have read as much as I can about the family. In the hands of one of my favorite authors, the excitement on my end is palpable. I can’t wait to read this! Below is the cover and a synopsis. Enjoy! xx

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T  H E    R O M A N O V   E M P R E S S

For readers of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir comes a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish girl who became the mother of the last Russian tsar.

Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule.

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in the final years of its long reign.

Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage—as her older sister Alix has done, moving to England to wed Queen Victoria’s eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir and becomes empress once he ascends the throne. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie—now called Maria—must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.

Her husband’s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-

willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has lead her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.

From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.

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03_cw-gortnerC.W. GORTNER holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco.

After an eleven year-long career in fashion, during which he worked as a vintage retail buyer, freelance publicist, and fashion show coordinator, C.W. devoted the next twelve years to the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels.

In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has given keynote addresses at writer conferences in the US and abroad. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights, in particular companion animal rescue to reduce shelter overcrowding.

Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. now lives in Northern California with his partner and two very spoiled rescue cats.

For more information visit C.W. Gortner’s website and blog. You can also find him on FacebookTwittterGoodreadsPinterest, and YouTube. Sign up for C.W. Gortner’s Newsletter for updates.