05 Jul 2013

More critical acclaim for my novels

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More critical acclaim for my novels: THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS received more three reviews this week:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Satisfying, May 30, 2013
This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
The Luck of the Weissensteiners is a powerful and satisfying historical novel, its many characters trapped at the center of Europe in the years before, during and after the worst conflagration the world has ever seen. Those early conversations between the lovers Greta, a beautiful Jewish girl, and Wilhelm, a handsome German boy, are full of charm and innocence. And yet for anyone with the slightest knowledge of history they are tinged with foreboding. As the stories of Greta and Wilhelm and their respective families unfold, Christoph Fischer demonstrates a deep and intimate knowledge of the history, culture and social currents of the region and the time, along with a remarkable understanding of Jewish life, especially surprising since the author is not Jewish. This is a writer who has done the research, assimilated the plethora of facts, and managed the comprehension of a remarkably diverse collection of people to make a great swath of history and human drama his own. In the process he proves he is deeply in touch with the vagaries of the human soul. A compelling story and an impressive debut. Highly recommended. ***** 5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and compelling novel, May 29, 2013
This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

The Luck of The Weissensteiners: Christoph Fischer [review shortened to avoid plot spoilers]

The final outcome of each member is quite compelling, the descriptions of the refugee camps vivid, the end result quite revealing. Many survived others gave up and one young woman would learn the truth but will she ever be reunited with her son? What about her father, brother and Wilma? This story spans a time period where one man’s fury reigned and ruled so many different countries, dominated so many governments and allowed so many to be tortured, killed, maimed and gassed because he hated them. What happens to Greta and the rest you will learn when you read the heartbreaking epilogue and learn the harsh realities of the times? One outstanding novel. One author whose research is extensive and so many scenes and conversations so vividly depicted he takes readers back to where it all began: Bratislava: Who comes home? The Luck of The Weissensteiners: After reading this novel you decide whether fate really did hand them a lucky hand. You decide: the Weissensteiners and the Winkelmeier: joined in marriage but never really as one. Lets dedicate this to all those who lost their lives at the hands of those who never really understood that different beliefs are what makes the world so special. ***** 5.0 out of 5 stars The Luck of the Weissensteiners, 29 May 2013

This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

This is an extraordinarily good read which is both enjoyable and instructive. It captures the predicaments of people who are displaced by war, prejudice and social hostilities with great insight. The characterisation is both finely drawn and entirely believable. The characters’ experiences are set in context: the geographical and historic backgrounds are very carefully researched and accurately described. The background and the story are skillfully intertwined to make the storyline illuminating and compelling. The story is full of interest and the reader identifies readily with the characters in a most enjoyable way. At the same time we are learning about how those times really were, with all their horror but also with hope for the future and heroic actions that inspire. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes their fiction in the historical context. ***** SEBASTIAN received two great reviews:

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses the fist novel!, 30 May 2013
By S. Rose –
This review is from: Sebastian: 2 (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Paperback)
What a treat! I feel like a just took a vacation back in time to Vienna where I met some very interesting people. The characters were so well-developed it is hard not to think of them as real people. I liked Fischer’s first novel very much,but for me this was even better. He takes such care with the dialogue and describes the scenes so well it played like a movie in my head. Well done Mr. Fischer! I look forward to the third book.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Sebastian, 29 May 2013
This review is from: Sebastian (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

Sebastian is the second the Three Nations Trilogy; the first book, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, was set in the 1930s and World War 2. Sebastian opens in 1913 and follows him and his family through World War 1 and into the post-war period. Both books have as their themes, identity, nationality and borders. Set as they are in central and eastern Europe, they highlight the instability of life there in the first half ot the 20th century, the rapid shifts and power struggles and the extreme effects on individuals who are facing serious difficulties in holding onto a normal life of any kind. Eastern Europe was truly a melting pot at that time. Fischer has described the background wonderfully well and very accurately but he never becomes tedious. As with the Weissensteiners, deft characterisation ensures that the reader empathises with each individual family member. The book explores the reactions of the characters to extreme duress and shows how they may err but also how they retain a capacity for helping each other and doing the right thing. The author really appreciates the social pressures of the early 20th century: the adoption of more liberal attitudes since that time can obscure our view of the way life was then, but this book is brilliantly and clearly set in the real social scene of the time. The storyline starts quite slowly but quickly gathers pace. This makes it a very good read and leaves the reader with a strong sense of the realities of the period.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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