The Allies and the Nazis are in a deadly race to develop the ultimate weapon while supersonic V-2 rockets rain down on London. Madeleine Toche and Berthold Hartmann, the German super assassin who taught her to kill, search for the secret factory where Werner von Braun and his Gestapos masters use slave labor to build the weapons as the bodies of the innocent pile up. The Allied ground forces push towards Berlin while the German SS fight savagely for each inch of ground.
Finding the factory hidden beneath Mount Kohnstein, Hartmann contacts his old enemy, Winston Churchill and summons Madeleine to his side. While she moves to bring the mountain down on her enemies, Hartmann leads a daring escape from the dreaded Dora concentration camp to continue his revenge against the monsters who ruined his beloved Germany.
Together with the Russian Nachtlexen, the Night Witches, fearsome female pilots the race tightens as the United States and the Germans successfully carry out an atomic bomb test.
Germany installs an atom bomb in a V-2 pointed towards London, while the US delivers one to a forward base in the Pacific. The fate of the Second World War and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
I’m delighted to welcome author Siren Petrek to booksaremycwtches today discussing where he likes to write, why he likes being an author and his novel Wolves At Our Door.
1. Where do you get most of your writing done?
I write at the office and at home as time allows. Usually, I’ll get an uninterrupted hour here and there during the week and longer periods on weekends, holidays and evenings. I write in spurts and often do 5,000 words at a time, but more often around a thousand.
2. What is your favourite thing about being an author?
The artistic element is completely different than my ‘day job’ of being a trial attorney. Litigation involves contested proceedings and jury trials, that by nature are adversarial. Writing is insular and personal where I control the emotion and narrative.
3. What is your favourite part of Wolves at our Door? (No spoilers!)
The scene where my protagonist and her mentor are in Germany fighting side by side against the Nazi SS. Madeleine is tasked to blow up the German V-2 rocket factory under Mount Kohnstein while Hartmann to liberate the Dora concentration camp and to lead an armed prisoner attack against the guards.
4. When you’re not writing, what do you do?
I like to cook, travel with family, read and watch movies and shows. I think we’ve seen every police drama on Brtibox and of course Game of Thrones.
5. Why should readers pick up your books?
Most WWII action adventure novels feature male characters and therefore have less appeal to female readers. Mine feature Madeleine Toche, a young French woman thrust into war and the British Special Operations Executive. She is trained and selected to be an assassin operating in France taking the war directly to the enemy. So many women played pivotal roles during the war from Bletchley Park, cryptography and aerial photo interpretation to the female field agents of the SOE.
My novels appeal to readers of all ages and interests. Many of the reviews I’ve read are from readers normally not drawn to novels set in WWII or that have a military aspect to them.
I’ve hundreds of reviews where the readers remark that they couldn’t set the book down. That is the highest praise for me.
I write to entertain and perhaps reassert the need for people to remember the atrocities the Nazis perpetrated. History needn’t be bland and soulless but can be presented in a manner that intrigues and guides readers to learn more about the aspects of a time and place that catch their imaginations.
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About the author
Soren Petrek is a practicing criminal trial attorney, admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1991. Married with two adult children, Soren continues to live and work in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Educated in the U.S., England and France, Soren sat his O-level examinations at the Heathland School in Hounslow, London in 1981. His undergraduate degree in Forestry is from the University of Minnesota, 1986. His law degree is from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota (1991).
Soren’s novel, Cold Lonely Courage won Fade In Magazine’s 2009 Award for Fiction. Fade In was voted the nation’s favorite movie magazine by the Washington Post and the L.A. Times in 2011 and 2012.
The French edition of Cold Lonely Courage (titled simply, Courage) was published January 2019, by Encre Rouge Editions, distributed by Hachette Livre in 60 countries. Soren’s contemporary novel, Tim will be released along with the rest of the books in the Madeleine Toche series of historical thrillers.
Tuck Magazine has published several of Soren’s poems, some of which have been included in Soren’s book of poetry, A Search for Solid Ground.