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About Helena P. Schrader
Helena P. Schrader
Award-Winning Historical Novelist
For readers tired of clichés and cartoons, award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader offers nuanced and sophisticated historical fiction based on sound research. Her inspiring novels offer refreshing insights into historical events and personalities.
Helena P. Schrader holds a PhD in history and was a career diplomat. She employs her skills of observation and communication to convey the drama and excitement of the events and societies described. She delivers her stories through the eyes of complex and compelling characters—male and female—drawn from the pages of history.
She earned a PhD in History (cum Laude) from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler, which received widespread praise on publication in Germany. Her non-fiction publications include "Sisters in Arms: The Women who Flew in WWII," "The Blockade Breakers: The Berlin Airlift," "Codename Valkyrie: General Friederich Olbricht and the Plot against Hitler," an English-language adaptation of her dissertation, and "The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations."
Helena has published eighteen historical novels and won numerous literary awards, including “Best Biography 2017” from Book Excellence Awards and “Best Historical Fiction 2020” from Feathered Quill Book Awards. For more on her publications, works-in-progress, reviews and awards visit: http://helenapschrader.com
Helena's novel on the Battle of Britain, "Where Eagles Never Flew," won the praise of Wing Commander Bob Doe -- one of the few surviving RAF aces of the Battle of Britain. Doe called it the "best book" he had ever read about the Battle of Britain, adding that Helena "got it smack on the way it was for us fighter pilots." The book has also won critical acclaim from Kirkus and Clarion Foreword Reviews. It was re-released in an updated illustrated edition for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020, and has already been named a Finalist in both the Feathered Quill and the Book Excellence Awards 2021.
The Greek and Polish language rights to her three-part biography of Leonidas of Sparta have been purchased by Greek and Polish publishers respectively.
Her Jerusalem Trilogy, a three-part biography of Balian d'Ibelin, earned a total of 11 literary accolades, including Best Biography 2017 by Book Excellence Awards and Best Christian Historical Fiction 2017 by Readers' Favorites. All three books in the Jerusalem Trilogy were awarded B.R.A.G. medallions.
Her series on the baronial rebellion against the autocracy of Emperor Frederick II in thirteenth century Outremer (the Rebels of Outremer series) has to date won nine awards including Best Historical Fiction 2020 from Feathered Quill Awards and Distinguished Favorite for Military Fiction 2020 from the Independent Press Awards for "The Emperor Strikes Back."
For a complete list of awards and review excerpts visit Helena's website at: http://www.helenapschrader.com
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Summer 1940: The Battle of France is over; the Battle of Britain is about to begin. If the swastika is not to fly over Buckingham Palace, the RAF must prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over Great Britain. Standing on the front line is No. 606 (Hurricane) Squadron. As the casualties mount, new pilots find a cold reception from the clique of experienced pilots, who resent them taking the place of their dead friends. Meanwhile, despite credible service in France, former RAF aerobatics pilot Robin Priestman finds himself stuck in Training Command -- and falling for a girl from the Salvation Army. On the other side of the Channel, the Luftwaffe is recruiting women as communications specialists -- and naïve Klaudia is about to grow up.
Emperor Frederick II, called "enlightened" by historians yet decried as a despot by contemporaries, unleashes a civil war that tears the Holy Land apart. The heir to an intimidating legacy, a woman artist, and a boy king are caught up in the game of emperors and popes. Set against the backdrop of the Sixth Crusade, "Rebels against Tyranny" takes you from the harems of Sicily to the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, from the palaces of privilege to the dungeons of despair. This is a timeless tale of youthful audacity taking on tyranny?but sometimes courage is not enough....
They opposed Hitler's diabolical regime on moral grounds. They sought to defend human dignity and restore the rule of law -- at the risk of their own lives. Traitors to Hitler, they were heroes to the oppressed. They remain an inspiration to anyone fighting against immoral and corrupt governments anywhere in the world.
Adolf Hitler seems to have captivated all of Germany, yet even as one Nazi victory follows another, individuals with integrity and compassion remain opposed to him, his regime and all it stands for. People like Philip, Alexandra, and Marianne. They feel isolated and hopeless until they discover each other -- and learn that their concerns are shared by men in the very highest places in the German High Command....
Helena P. Schrader holds a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg, which she earned with a ground-breaking dissertation about General Friedrich Olbricht, a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler. Her research entailed extensive primary and secondary research in what was then East and West Germany, including interviews with over one hundred survivors of Nazi Germany. Helena later served as an American diplomat in Europe and Africa. Her historical novels have collectively won more than twenty literary awards, including Best Biography 2017 and Best Historical Fiction 2020. In addition, she is the author of non-fiction books on women in aviation, the Berlin Airlift, the German Resistance and the crusades.
FINALIST, HISTORICAL FICTION, ERIC HOFFER AWARDS, 2019
John d'Ibelin, son of the legendary Balian, will one day defy the most powerful monarch on earth. But first he must survive his apprenticeship as squire to a man determined to build a kingdom on an island ravaged by rebellion. The Greek insurgents have already driven the Knights Templar from the island, and now stand poised to destroy Richard the Lionheart's legacy to the Holy Land: a crusader foothold on the island of Cyprus.
In this, the third book in the Jerusalem Trilogy, Balian d'Ibelin has survived the devastating Christian defeat at the Battle of Hattin and walked away a free man after the surrender of Jerusalem, but he is baron of nothing in a kingdom that no longer exists. Haunted by the tens of thousands of Christians now in Saracen captivity, he is determined to regain what has been lost. The arrival of a vast crusading army under the soon-to-be-legendary Richard the Lionheart offers hope -- but also conflict, as natives and crusaders clash and French and English quarrel.
In 480 BC he would defy an army half a million strong.
But who was Leonidas?
The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered superfluous -- even by his mother. Lucky not to be killed for being undersized, he was raised not as a prince like his eldest brother, Cleomenes, the heir to the throne, but as an ordinary citizen. As such, he had to endure the harsh upbringing of ordinary Spartan youth: The Agoge.
Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas must prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship. Struggling to survive without disgrace, Leonidas never dreams that one day he will be king and chosen to lead the combined Greek forces facing a Persian invasion. Yet these are formative years that forge the man who was to become the most famous Spartan of all time.
This is the first book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas. The second book, A Peerless Peer, describes Leonidas' years as a private citizen, and his marriage to a woman in every way his equal: Gorgo. The final book in the series, A Heroic King, describes his reign, the struggle with Persia, and his death.
Helena P. Schrader earned a PhD in History from Hamburg University before becoming a US diplomat serving in Africa and Europe. She has published more than twenty works of history and historical fiction and is the winner of multiple literary awards. Her biography of Leonidas of Sparta will be released in Athens in Greek for the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae.