My name is Robert Hendry, and over the past 30 years, I have 26 published Non-Fiction books in paper form. I recently decided I would like to branch out into the Fiction field, initially with a subject I have studied for a similar length of time, the Soviet Union.
During that time I got to know a good deal about Soviet military hardware and operational doctrine, and after the break up of the USSR, it was interesting to actually see at first hand the stuff I had studied at a distance.Seeing a Termit Surface to surface missile fired for real beats any number of photos!
The majority o COl War Era novels have a Western hero and Soviet baddies. In the 1980s, as the Brezhnev era ground to a stand, various factions view for power, and my novels have brought in a limited CIA or MI6 involvement, but the main action is between good guys and bad guys in the USSR.
The First Novel to be relesed on Smashwords is "To Kill Our WOrthy Comrade", which covers a plot to assassinate the General Secretary at his dacha in the Crimea in 1981. The real 1991 plot took place at the replacement dacha just a few kilometres along the coast.
The novel introduces the C-in-C of the Black Sea FLeet, Admiral Petrov who is drawn into the fight to defeat the plotters and a 19 year old girl communications rating, Lidiya. She is one of those girls who just seem to attract trouble, as you will discover in the Lidiya Petrova Series No 2 and No 3.
I managed to get No 2, The Admiral's Woman on line, and if you felt that Lidiya had a pretty easy time in No 1, and landed on her feet, you will fidcover that things get a bit more hectic for the lovely Lidiya in "The Admiral's Woman".
As you will have gathered I have these two very different publishing careers and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. As a historian, I have to rely on available sources, and imagination is not on. As a novelist, it is important to get facts right but after that the more imaginative and original the storyline the better.
All the Best
The Search for Lady Godiva
Lady Godiva’s naked ride through Coventry as a protest against oppressive tax entered history! Did it really take place? Historian and Godiva descendant Robert Hendry offers compelling evidence from 1000 years ago that it did! Discover the social and religious background to this famous event and unravel the mystery of where she was laid to rest. 120,000 words + 100 illustrations, appendices.
The Russian Blonde
Free e-book. The Lidiya Petrova series follows the lovely young wife of Russian Admiral Mikhail Petrov as different factions vie for power in the 1980s Soviet Union. Land, sea and air action, a chemical weapons plot to attack Scandinavia, submarines, Spetsnaz, a manhunt and romance in a convincing setting from an author who studied the USSR for over 30 years. Taste the series with this FREE e-book
Lidiya, The Photo File
They Say a picture is worth 1000 words. 'Lidiya, the Photo File' illustrates the military hardware and locations from the Soviet Era Lidiya Petrova stories about the glamorous young Russian Naval officer who goes in harm's way when plotters seek to seize control of the Soviet Union and destabilise East-West relations. Reader or non reader of the Lidiya novels, you can see the photo album as well
To Hook or Not to Hook, That is the Question?
By Robert Hendry
Published: January 23, 2011.
Robert Hendry is the author of 26 published non-fiction titles and three novels. He asks some fundamental quastions about the way literature is going. With modern demands for "the Hook", POV and so on, would the classic authors of the past get published today?
Read this FREE book and see what you think.
Lidiya Petrova,the lovely young wife of Admiral Mikhail Petrov is used by the Kremlin as a goodwil ambassador for the USSR in the troubled 1980s. After a dangerous mission to Turkey, she is sent to Washington where Mikhail will become Soviet Ambassador. Now a mother of twin girls, Lidiya is caught up in a terrorist kidnap plot, a Soviet move to invade Scandinavia, and claims that she is a spy.
The Admiral's Woman
The newly married 20 y.o. Lidiya Petrova relaxes on the yacht of her husband, Admiral Mikhail Petrov, C-in-C, Black Sea Fleet. It is an idyllic life. Soon Mikhail is under arrest and Lidiya is a fugitive, as a plot to murder Yuri Andropov takes shape. The impractical 'Little Dreamer' must lose the guy who saved her, or win through in a dramatic action packed novel set in the USSR.
To Kill Our Worthy Comrade
As the Brezhnev era in the USSR ends,hardline officers mount a coup. KGB General Ivanov, a war hero and Admiral Petrov, C-in-C of the Black Sea Fleet, are all that can stop them. As action hots up with air, sea and land battles NATO is worried, and a 19 y.o. radio operator, Lidiya, is drawn in.
An exciting read from an author with 1st hand knowledge of the Soviet military.
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- How We Learn to Spell by Risa Attrell
on Jan. 23, 2011
Risa Attrell produces a fascinating case for a better way of teaching kids to spell. In History one turn-off for kids is lists of dates of Kings or Presidents. I had a splendid history teacher who said dates were just convenient milestones and events were what mattered. He taught us the events and let us pick up the dates as we went along.
I think Risa has applied similar thinking over words. We do need dates in history. Probably we need some spelling lessons as well as reading, but the case for a better approach is good. We have three little ones, and I am tempted to try Risa's guidelines. If they spell well, then I'll ask for a sixth star for you, Risa !