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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593600801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593600808
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,841,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I look forward to your next book.
R. Mardis
His characters were well built, the plot was extremely interesting to follow, and I couldn't put the book down until I was finished.
A. Sidoti
This book is thought-provoking and philosophical in a way that manages to be so without being dull or pedantic.
Claymore6

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Sidoti on November 22, 2006
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Night Trains was entertaining, thought-provoking, and an all around great work of fiction.

Whereas most first-time authors play it safe and don't write anything complex, Arthur Chrenkoff molded an intricate web of time travel, deceit, genocide, and personal strife into a suspenseful, fascinating, coherent novel.

Being familiar with Chrenkoff's non-fictional work, I wasn't sure how well his proven talent with writing would do in a fictional genre, but from the opening paragraph I was captivated. His characters were well built, the plot was extremely interesting to follow, and I couldn't put the book down until I was finished.

It's clear that the author mingled his personal experiences from growing up in Cold War Poland with his life in modern Australia, which made for a more unique, believable, and enjoyable perspective throughout the book.

I highly recommend this book to fans of all genres looking for a great read, as well as to young writers who could use a gutsy example of how to write an outstanding first novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claymore6 on November 25, 2006
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This book is thought-provoking and philosophical in a way that manages to be so without being dull or pedantic. I read it in a single sitting, literally unable to put it down. Ask yourself the question with which the main character finds himself confronted: If faced with existential evil and with no way to do anything about it except what seems like marginal activities that promise little return, no reward, and grave danger (and with every opportunity to simply ignore it without personal consequence) what would you do? Turn away? Or risk everything even if it seems hopeless? And why?

Don't try to read this as a thriller with a plot, story, and ending that ties everything up into a neat narrative. This is a book about the emotional and philosophical journey made by characters who are real and believable for all that they are briefly and only cursorily described... in a way, Mr. Chrenkoff's characterizations remind me of the short stories of Chekhov (if you're interested in that sort of thing).

Regardless of literary merit, however, there is action and suspense and romantic interest in the sort of desparate and doomed way that makes the best tragic drama. All of it is set in a pseudo-noir atmosphere of literal (as well as existential) night, complete with the forlorn scream of the whistles and the rattle of the steam trains that provide the title. That these trains travel on harrowing journeys that echo the screams and journeys of the human characters is an amazing and gripping device that will drag you to a conclusion. And that conclusion will truly make you think on the journey you have just taken.

What makes us moral beings in an existential world of free will? What causes us to do the right thing, even at cost and without reward? Read this book and, when you get to the end, ask yourself these questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John B. Piper Jr. on June 19, 2007
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Thank you, Mr. Chrenkoff, for bringing back the edgy tension and fire I once found in fiction but only in the beginning, in my teens. This brought it back -- brought it all back. Future editions might correct the occasional typos and grammatical errors; minor editorial input might have removed an odd elbow here and there -- but this edition I'll cherish because the printing flaws subtly add to the mini-cam/16 mm quality of images in feverish motion: jumpy, raw, washed out, jarring, etched in contrasts. What a ride. And what a journey. I knew something of the geography but not the settings; I knew certain events but not the people; but I took a ride on a riveting, well crafted piece of story-telling and came away with living memories. A separate thank you for that. And a tip for readers: don't wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald C. Schwartz on March 15, 2007
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I started reading this book from my library and got so into it that when I had to return it only partially read I imediately purchased my own copy.

My initial experience was, that this was a neat premise by the author. But then I got very involved in the story as the time shifts present to holocaust became more vivid. What would I do if it were me making these trips and having to live in that world, rather than my own.

I cant recommend this story too highly for anyone who is interested in WWII, the holocaust, and of course trains.
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