The newest entry in the family saga:How Soon the Flowers Fall
Markus Mathais and Solomon Levi have survived the Great War and are building successful lives for themselves in Bavaria amidst the economic and political turmoil of the 1920s. However, the rise of fascism threatens them and their families, and will test their bonds like nothing has before. Tender romance, daring escapes and real history combine to tell the story of Germany between the first and second world wars.
The Perilous JourneyBook One
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.
"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 County
"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 and published author
The Storm That Shook the World
Book two of a five book multi-generational saga about two German families, one Catholic, and one Jewish. The story of these two families, friends for years, plays out across three continents and the first half of the 20th century. Kalvarianhof, the grand estate of the Levi’s in Bavaria, plays a central role throughout the four book series.
An Incident in Africa
Released in 2017, An Incident in Africa continues the family saga that started in The Perilous Journey and The Storm That Shook the World.
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.
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.
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 by steam, some electric, but most by a gas engine, ( Benz autos in Munich).Read More