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Wisconsin author debuts new novel at Madison’s Mystery to Me bookstore
October 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wisconsin Vietnam Vet, Soviet Scholar and Author Robert E. Townsend to Debut Third Novel in The Long War Series at Mystery to Me Bookstore on 14 October 2016.
MADISON, Wisconsin, 1 October 2016: The Executioner’s Son, the third novel in Robert Townsend’s Long War series, opens in springtime 1953. Eighteen-year-old Danton, son of NKVD officer, Volk Larionov, lives in Suzdahl, Russia’s medieval religious center. Its fortresses, monasteries, and nunneries have become the Gulag, the NKVD all-powerful. Screams punctuate the night. During the rasputitsa, Russia’s spring thaw, the dead rise from mass graves, the earth rejecting the murdered, those buried without ceremony or funeral.
An apparition, the fifteen-year-old goose herder, Ekaterina Soroka, appears on Illian Meadow beneath the walls of the Suzdal Kremlin. The all-powerful sixteen-year-old Danton spies the beauty from afar. He will take her for his pleasure. She transfixes with a tale and as the spring becomes summer a slight and blond Scheherazade beguiles the executioner’s son with skazky, Russian folk tales.
On a summer day she disappears. He vows he will seek her if he must travel beyond the seventh sea beyond the seventh kingdom. Danton the bully seeks the love of Ekaterina the storyteller.
Time passes. He is exiled to a distant land, where, on a flooded Laotian river crossing, the American sniper, SP-4 Richard Belisle, frames him within crosshairs.
The Executioner’s Son, (ISBN 978-1495399336) $14.95 paperback, $2.99 eBook. The third novel in Robert E. Townsend’s The Long War series, release date 15 October 2016, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com in Ebook ($2.99) format or paperback ($14.95).