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Guntis Goncarovs is an analytical chemist by education and a historian by passion. Coupling storytelling of his discoveries of the analysis of the details historical mystery of the demise of the H.L. Hunley has lead to his novel, Convergence of Valor. Havana’s Secret, the culmination of Goncarovs’ research into the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, is his third historical novel.
Goncarovs and his wife, Joan enjoy the wonders of New Hampshire with their dog, Sasha. Gardening, ice hockey, a beat-up old Saturn, and three grown daughters keep them well occupied.
on April 18, 2012 :
A stunning piece of work. Mr. Goncarovs displays three great gifts: a talent for meticulous research, a fluid, original style and the ability to recreate a period and place.
The H.L. Hunley was the first submarine successfully used in war time. It has only recently been recovered from the bottom Charleston Bay, and as one who has seen the wreckage, I can say that I learned more about that bold Confederate experiment from Convergence of Valor than I did from examining the original artifact. As a writer of historical fiction Guntis Goncarovs is first class.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)