In 1866, an assassination attempt against Alexander II unfolds a series of events that coerce him into selling Alaska to the United States an year later. Meanwhile, Native Alaskans are stuck between the changing order. Some try to fit in while others attempt to fight back. Further south, in a deeply polarized post-Civil War America, the plans of President Johnson conflict with his Secretary of State’s ambition to acquire Alaska. An approaching impeachment pressures Johnson to attempt to sabotage the deal. Behind closed doors, however, a powerful banking family is awaiting a long overdue payment from the Russians, but there is only so much gold to go around.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am seeking the connectivity between historical events and their impact on the future. By exploring stories from multiple viewpoints, readers are given the chance to understand how others see the world and the motivation behind their actions.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The vast majority of characters are actual historical figures. Only a few were created for dramatic purposes.
Horseshoes pound the sloshing mud and puddles pooling
in the torn tracks of the road. The storm could not slow this finely tuned animal for which running at great speed was a pleasure; rain and mud just made it more of a sport. The black horse lavished in the challenge of harsh weather and the coachman knew this, it was almost fun for him too, regardless of the long trip.
The heavy rain was the coachman’s least concern. The
real danger was the wind and thunder on the open fields around them that could easily harm the ‘precious’ cargo in the back.
Another flash of lightning revealed a silhouette of the
château in the near distance. It was a long, solid rectangular shape with strong form and contrasted the roundness of the trees nearby, with little chimneys sticking out and two large buildings at either side. The horse did not flinch at the sound of the thunder, and the coachman smiled to himself. This magnificent animal would have stayed calm even if chased by the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
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