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Love, personal loyalty and friendship played out against dramatic historic events.

Historical fiction at it's best. An original epic of global proportions. I can hardly wait for the rest of this epic to be revealed.

Dr. Bernard Fradkin, Emeritus Dean of Instruction and Library Resources, Riverside City College

A compelling adventure. Real history, told from the perspective of a European narrator, oozes from every page.

Julie Jacobs, Director of Juvenile Reading Programs, Santa Clara C.

Five stars. I couldn't wait to turn the next page.
It held my interest to the very end.

Dr. Kenneth Reid, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric Social Work, published author of three books

An epic historic tale of adventure, war, tragedy and love, experienced by two young Bavarian friends, one Catholic, one Jewish, as German soldiers in China’s 1900 Boxer Rebellion, and sweeping through three continents, and their families' dramas at a grand Bavarian estate in pre-WW I Germany.

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Walter Soellner

Born in L.A., Walter grew up in Detroit, MI. He was Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Professor of Art, Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, Ca. He also taught one summer at Hust University, Wuhan, China.

He was a founding partner of the Precious Objects Gallery, Los Gatos, Ca. and served on the following boards: California Crafts Museum, S.F.; Society of North American Goldsmiths (treasurer); Retired Faculty Assoc. (vice pres.); Victorian Preservation Assoc., and the San Jose Arts Commission.

He is currently writing an historic fiction four book series, of which Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey is the first book...

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Upcoming Books

Book 2: The Storm That Shook The World, will be available in August of 2016.

Book 3: ‘The Long Way Home' will be available in 2017 and Book 4 is in process.

While my story has many dramatic adventurist tales, it is primarily about love, loyalty, and friendship. Kalvarianhof refers to the ancestral home of one of the main protagonists. It is central to all four books.

In Book 2, beginning in 1908 with Markus, now Lieutenant, Electrical Unit Officer, assigned to the wireless station, Windhoek, German South West Africa. In his new life away from his constant companion Levi, Markus meets and becomes friends...

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  • Soellner’s Dispatch # 4

    SOELLNER’S DISPATCH #4 This ongoing series of Dispatches explores the writing process, research, and characters of my writing, as well as my events schedule. All of Soellner’s Dispatches are available on my blog. The Book in You I’ve heard people say that there is a book in each of us. More recently, I’ve heard people […]

  • Soellner’s Dispatch #3

    SOELLNER’S DISPATCH #3 This ongoing series of Dispatches explores the writing process, research, and characters of my writing, as well as my events schedule. All of Soellner’s Dispatches are available on my blog. The Holiday Season is Upon Us Happy holidays! The holiday season is a busy time. In addition to working on book 3, […]

  • Soellner’s Dispatch #2

    SOELLNER’S DISPATCH #2 (For your eyes only!) The Chaos of the Times: 1919-1924 Chaos reigned in Germany. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the warring powers signed an armistice ending the fighting in World War 1. Before the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the war, Germany’s […]

  • Soellner’s Kalvarianhof Dispatch #1

    SOELLNER’S DISPATCH #1 (For your eyes only!) As many of you know, I am writing a five book historic fiction series about three generations of two German families during the first half of the twentieth century. To keep avid readers informed of this ongoing saga, my progress in creating it, and to give you some […]

  • New Historic Inventions

    New Historic Inventions that influenced the lives of my characters in: ‘Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey’ While most of the characters in my first book, ‘Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey’ are fictitious, their lives play out against the background of amazing real inventions that we still marvel at today. Imagine going from horse and buggy, to the first automobiles, some powered […]

  • La Belle Époque

    La Belle Époque 1872 to 1914 (the Beautiful Era) After the Franco Prussian War of 1871-72, and the emergence of Germany as an Empire with colonies scattered around the world, a wonderful period of peace, beauty, Art and culture enveloped Europe, Russia and America. The industrial revolution brought prosperity and middle class standards to many […]

  • The Wittelsbach Dynasty

    The earliest known inhabitants in the area of present-day Bavaria were the Celts. Romans conquered the region about the beginning of the Common Era. They divided the southern part into Raetia andNoricum and built fortifications along the northern boundary to keep out the Teutons. Flourishing Roman colonies arose in the south at Augsburg, Kempten, Regensburg, […]

  • The Colonial Era

    THE COLONIAL ERA IN 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY: Britain. France. Portugal. Italy. Spain. Russia. Japan. Ottoman Empire.      Colonizing foreign territories by stronger neighbors has been an ongoing political/military strategy for easily several thousand years. The Ancient Egyptians had trading ‘sites’ through much of the Mediterranean including what is now Greece and Italy. Later, […]