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Love, loyalty and friendship as history is made.

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
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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 midway through writing a five book historical fiction series.

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Upcoming Books

Book 3, An Incident in Africa, will release in 2017. Books 4 and 5 are works in progress.

Markus Mathais returns to his wife and her family's ranch in German Southwest Africa, now under British control. Unknown to him, the family is covering up an incident that threatens to plunge them all into conflict with the new government.

Meanwhile Solomon Levi, returned to his family estate near Munich, experiences the German Revolution firsthand as the Weimar Republic is engulfed in the political turmoil of the 1920s.

These lifelong friends, separated by countries and oceans, continue to support one another through terror, intrigue, tragedy and danger as the Mathais family carries out its desperate deception.

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  • Soellner’s Dispatch # 8

    This ongoing series of Dispatches explores the writing process, research, and characters of my five book historical fiction series, as well as my events schedule. All of Soellner’s Dispatches are available on my blog, and you can buy my books on Amazon. Special Sneak Peak: Book 3’s title and cover page! In Dispatch #7 I […]

  • Soellner’s Dispatch # 7

    This ongoing series of Dispatches explores the writing process, research, and characters of my five book historical fiction series The Kalvarianhof Saga, as well as my events schedule. All of Soellner’s Dispatches are available on my blog. The Shortest, Most Important Line in a Book In earlier dispatches, I commented on activities related to writing, […]

  • Soellner’s Dispatch # 6

    Soellner’s Dispatch # 6 The Storm That Shook the World, my second historic fiction novel, takes place in the years 1909 to 1919, the time before and the time of The Great War, World War One. In the era before radio, television and other modern technologies, countries used print material to communicate messages to the […]

  • Soellner’s Dispatch # 5

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  • Soellner’s Dispatch # 4

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  • Soellner’s Dispatch #3

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  • 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

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  • New Historic Inventions

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  • 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 […]