Telmenu Saimnieks - The Lord of Telmeni

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Voldemars Vechi, an officer status in the Czarist Cavalry, finds himself caught between his obligated duty to his conscripted failing country Russia, and his heart and heritage, Latvia and Telmeni. More

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Words: 118,880
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476305288
About Guntis Goncarovs

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.

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Review by: Scott Skipper on Oct. 21, 2012 :
Telmenu Saimnieks - The Lord of Telmeni has four things that appeal to me. The first is the work of Guntis Goncarovs, the second is historical fiction, third is genealogy and since reading Norman Davies' massive Vanished Kingdoms, I've been intrigued by the teetering fate of the Balkans. This story compiled of family lore and personal exploration tells of the shameful treatment of Latvia at the hands of the Germans and the Russians around the time of the First World War. Mr. Goncarovs' handling of the matter is intensely personal. His characters thread their way through the dichotomy of shifting alliances balancing loyalty and survival with duty and independence. The fate of the three small and fiercely proud countries that were trapped for decades between the maws of their bellicose and voracious neighbors is a compelling story for anyone with a fondness for history. This tale of the struggles of the Vechi family during a time of crisis is not only moving and unforgettable, it's a fast paced and powerful war story. has four things that appeal to me. The first is the work of Guntis Goncarovs, the second is historical fiction, third is genealogy and since reading Norman Davies' massive Vanished Kingdoms, I've been intrigued by the teetering fate of the Balkans. This story compiled of family lore and personal exploration tells of the shameful treatment of Latvia at the hands of the Germans and the Russians around the time of the First World War. Mr. Goncarovs' handling of the matter is intensely personal. His characters thread their way through the dichotomy of shifting alliances balancing loyalty and survival with duty and independence. The fate of the three small and fiercely proud countries that were trapped for decades between the maws of their bellicose and voracious neighbors is a compelling story for anyone with a fondness for history. This tale of the struggles of the Vechi family during a time of crisis is not only moving and unforgettable, it's a fast paced and powerful war story.
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