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About Paul W. Feenstra
Paul W. Feenstra is a historical fiction novelist. Meticulously researched and detailed, his character driven novels create a dramatic window into our chronicled and complex past.
Set in beautiful and mysterious New Zealand, Paul’s first novels, ‘Boundary,’ ‘The Breath of God’ and ‘For Want of a Shilling’, detail early colonial life and the controversial impact colonialism had on native Maori. Says Feenstra, “History is about the untold story, and writing historical fiction is a wonderful way to present the past in a compelling and entertaining way.”
The medieval ‘Falls Ende’ eBook series– ‘The Oath’, ‘Courser’ and ‘The King’, have proven to be equally successful. Originally written as three short stories, they are emotional and captivating and been seamlessly compiled together to create a full-length print book, ‘Falls Ende – Primus’. Since then Paul has completed a much-anticipated full length sequel, ‘Falls Ende – Secundus’ and a third, ‘Falls Ende – Tertium.
His latest project, Gunpowder Green, is a lighthearted collection of New Zealand short stories that chronicle New Zealand life as it once was. Humorous and even thought provoking, each story is varied and highlights rural living, a diverse culture and a forgotten yet very familiar lifestyle.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography and wrestling bears.
of rural New Zealand short-stories
In the tradition of iconic Kiwi short-stories, Gunpowder Green is a nostalgic look into New Zealand’s unique and colourful past. Light-hearted, humorous and even thought provoking, each story is varied and highlights New Zealand rural living, a diverse culture and a forgotten yet very familiar lifestyle.
From the tragic reality of families being torn apart during WWII, Gangway to War, captures the heart, while The Mechanic rekindles fond, youthful memories and ends with a satisfying conclusion. Entertaining, fast paced and real, the stories reflect New Zealand life as it was.
Gunpowder Green offers a wholesome laugh in this wonderful character driven story. From Sheryl, the alluring local barmaid in 148 Pastoral Road, to the resilient, Mr. Prakash, the dairy owner in, A Flaming Mess. These stories reflect the best of New Zealand life in an entertaining, easy-to-read anthology of suspense, humour, and drama.
To combat growing opposition and to fight rebel Maori in the bush, General Cameron, head of New Zealand’s armed forces, establishes an elite, irregular fighting force called the “Forest Rangers.” Forest Ranger Company No. 2, commanded by Captain Gustavus Von Tempsky, deploys his troops to Taranaki. Befriended by Von Tempsky, the Ranger’s newest recruit, Moana (Ira) Rangitira, shows his formidable skills that rebels grow to fear.
Moana faces challenges that test his will to survive against a brutal and clever enemy deep in the rugged Taranaki wilderness. Can he protect what is closest to his heart, or has he lost everything?
“The Breath of God” is the first in the Moana Rangitira adventure series.
In January 1873, New Zealand, in a sparsely populated coastal community on Wellington’s south coast, the peaceful lives of Owhiro Bay residents are shattered with the discovery of two brutal and senseless murders.
What begins as a local murder investigation turns into a plot of global proportions. From the political agenda of England’s Prime Minister, the Machiavellian son of Russia’s Tsar, to the famed exploits of America’s Confederate ship Alabama. Intricately researched, this story uses many recorded historical events and people to weave a story of intrigue, conspiracy and greed.
Returning in ‘For Want of a Shilling’, veteran soldier and local constable, Sergeant Moana Rangitira of the Armed Constabulary, investigates the murders, which leads him in frantic pursuit of Russians through the streets of Wellington. The trail leads northwards where he encounters smugglers, and his violent past as a Forest Ranger remerges to haunt him when he is pursued by a Maori war party, intent on revenge, through Taranaki’s rugged bush and wilderness. Eventually confronting the Russians in the dark waters of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, he discovers they want more than information.
Can Sergeant Rangitira, prevent the Russians from fulfilling their ultimate goal, and can he prevent Russia and England from going to war?
Falls Ende – Secundus, the second novel in the Falls Ende series, is a gripping, page-turning window into our storied past. This riveting sequel to Falls Ende – Primus, is Paul W. Feenstra’s next installment of his fast-paced medieval saga that will leave you breathless.
When Mellester Manor, a small peaceful hamlet in southern England, is overcome by a catastrophic disaster, Odo and Charlotte’s life is in absolute turmoil. With Sir Gweir, Lord of Mellester Manor, away in Ireland fighting alongside King Henry II, Mellester is left undefended and unprotected. The surprise arrival of Templar Knights isn’t a mere coincidence; they want the old, wooden box that once belonged to Odo’s father. It’s the perfect time for the Church to lay claim to what they believe is theirs.
Can an ordinary herdsman stand up to a rapacious bishop and the unquestioned dominance of the Church? And can Odo and Charlotte find what they seek by risking everything to journey across the ocean to the small, coastal province of Frisia?
Emotional, twisty and dynamic, Falls Ende – Secundus is a discriminating novel that resonates with the best of Bernard Cornwall, Ken Follett.
Best read in sequence.
In this fast-paced sequel to Falls Ende – Secundus, Mellester Manor is enduring the aftermath of a horrid cattle disease and a food shortage. When the granaries are opened to feed the starving, a virulent sickness is unleashed, and the people of Mellester suffer the impact of a new adversary, Saint Anthony’s Fire. With Mellester’s lord and his knights in Ireland fighting for King Henry II, there is little anyone can do to help. The situation intensifies when a band of marauding, shipwrecked Normans approach the vulnerable village. What they take with them leaves Odo and Charlotte’s lives in turmoil.
With unrelenting pressure from within his diocese, Utrecht’s Bishop Laninga seeks retribution for the killer of a Frisian farmer and a wealthy merchant, and journeys to Exeter to enlist the help of his close friend, Bishop Immers. Jointly, they plot to avenge the dead and Immers, again, sets his sights on Falls Ende and Herdsman Odo Read. Unable to challenge the might of the Church and clear his name, Odo fears he will die and prepares himself for the end. Even the powerful Templars can’t save him this time.
Set during the tumultuous reign of King Henry II, in feudal England, the quiet and peace of Mellester Manor is shaken by the unexpected. For Odo, there is more at stake than just his dignity and pride because they’ve already been taken, all he has left is his life. Will Falls Ende see his downfall and disgrace and how far will one man go to protect what’s closest to his heart?
Falls Ende is more than a simple story, it’s a saga of survival against all the odds.
On board the Tory, Andrew and Eleanor Stewart, young Scottish emigrants indentured to the New Zealand Company, are excited at the prospect of beginning a new life in a perfect town called Britannia. It’s the Utopia the company promised.
Boundary highlights adversity as settlers struggle to survive the hardships of a new colony. Where mounting claims of illegally obtained lands and deception force local Maori chiefs to resist. How much more can they endure before they finally take action and revolt?
Caught between the loyalty to their employer, and helping Maori, Andrew and Eleanor encounter schemers and murderers as they challenge the powerful New Zealand Company and the men who govern. Meticulously researched, Boundary is a story of greed and injustice, and draws attention to an often-misunderstood dark passage in New Zealand’s early colonial history.
For Herdsman Odo Read, life at Mellester Manor has almost returned to normal when a sudden death changes his life. The discovery of a letter has far-reaching implications and the potential to create unwanted friction between King Henry II and Pope Alexander III.
Incensed at the developments, the king’s proxy, Lord of Ridgley Manor, Sir Hyde Fortescue turns his back on Odo and refuses to help. One man steps up and offers assistance. Will his plan succeed? Can Odo honour his word and remain at Ridgely Manor or will he return to Mellester and his beloved Charlotte?
‘Falls Ende – The King,’ chronicles Odo’s biggest challenge yet in another page-turning drama.
Best read in sequence, Book 1, Falls Ende – The Oath, Book 2, Falls Ende – Courser and Book 3, Falls Ende – The King are currently available only in digital ebook formats.
Set during the tumultuous reign of King Henry II in feudal England, the quiet and peace of Mellester Manor is shattered by the discovery of a senseless, brutal double murder at Falls Ende. Odo's life is thrown into upheaval as he searches desperately for what he holds dear. Ignoring the warnings of Mellester's new reeve, his own life is suddenly in peril when he is hunted by a sadistic knight intent on revenge. For Odo, it's either leap or die even though the cold depths of 'Falls Ende' can only lead to dishonour and death.
Sir Gweir, Mellester Manor's inexperienced and new lord, faces his own challenges and risks upsetting King Henry II. Can he help Odo and Charlotte and provide justice, or will his own life be at risk?
'Falls Ende - Courser' seamlessly continues on from book one, 'Falls Ende - The Oath' and should be read in sequence.
In mid-eleventh century, England, the picturesque and peaceful hamlet of Mellester Manor is devastated by the unthinkable, and the effects are lasting. The cold depths of ‘Falls Ende' can only shame and kill.
While managing some of the king's affairs in his absence, Sir Hyde Fortescue, a powerful lord of a neighbouring manor discovers a litany of lies and deception. Can he act with honour and serve justice, or will ‘Falls Ende' claim yet another?
For Odo, there is more at stake than just his dignity and pride because they’ve already been taken, all he has left is his life.