My novel “In Search of a Revolution” has been honoured with a review by the Historical Novel Society.
Here is the link to the full review:
Here is a little teaser:
I was drawn to this book by the setting – I have read some Finnish folklore, and a little about contemporary Finland, but there are huge gaps in my knowledge of recent Finnish history. In that respect, the story is excellent. It traces the fortunes of Finland through the eyes of four representative individuals, spanning the turbulent years from 1917 to the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. During this time, Finns took up opposing political sides in the twentieth century clash between Soviet communism and right wing fascism. The nation’s wounds were slow to heal.
Although the author says he tried to avoid “a fictionalised retelling of history”, I felt the presentation of history was actually the author’s strongest skill…
Although I didn’t get top marks for all parts of the book, I am very pleased with the positive points of the review.
IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION
In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.
His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.
Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.
Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.
The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.