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About Walter Soellner
He is retired professor of art and art history, and has lectured approximately 80 times in most of the S.F. Bay Area Art museums. A longtime interest in the history of the 19th and 20th centuries led Walter to author some of the least known fascinating stories of this period. He plays out the lives of his fictional characters against the real history of the times, with grand adventures across three contenients. Loyalty, friendship, love, and sometimes illicit love, challenges his characters dealing with the tragic events of the period.
Walter currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife, Sandra, and their two cats.
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Family friends for generations, Catholic Markus and Jewish Levi--young men newly home from adventures in China--find themselves and their ladies living the last wonderfully romantic days of the Belle Epoch, the Beautiful Era, before the beginning of the first World War in 1914. The two men, swept up by the Great War, find themselves far from the trenches of France, but no less safe in the wilds and wars as soldiers in Kaiser Wilhelm’s African colonies.
Meanwhile back at Kalvarianhof, the grand Levi estate deep in the forests of Bavaria, the families left behind struggle with hardships and dangers unforeseen. In Africa too, loved ones face betrayal and terror that threatens their very lives.
His best friend, Solomon Levi, returns to his family estate in the forests near Munich. As he struggles to return to his normal life, around him Germany faces revolution, economic hardship and social upheaval.
These two families support each other across two continents, through heartbreaking ordeals, intrigue and murder.