Thursday, April 18, 2013

Author G. J. Berger Offers An Epic Tale Never Told In 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon'

G. J. Berger is fast becoming renowned for offering readers epic stories not available elsewhere. His engrossing historical fiction novel, 'South Of Burnt Rocks', offers the stirring tale of the Iberian Celtic clan as it battles with the Roman Empire for their land

As a writer, G. J. Berger hopes to transport readers to places and times available nowhere else. To that end, he recently released his newest historical fiction novel, 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon'. The new book, built upon and around the seldom heard tales of Celtic fighting women, has been very well received by reviewers and readers. The manuscript garnered 'wonderfully crafted' praise from Kirkus Review and most early readers gave it a 5-star rating in Amazon and Goodreads.

'I'm deeply pleased," Berger stated, "that my story about courageous fighting women out of the distant past in a place not known by many has received such enthusiastic early recognition."

After three great wars, Rome has crushed Carthage. Now the undefended riches of Iberia beckon--gold, tin, olives, wine, and healthy young bodies to enslave. 'Burnt Rocks' tells the story of Lavena, last child of the strongest remaining Iberian tribal leader at a time when Rome plunders and loots her land. She must grow up fast and use all her cunning and courage to survive each day. At times helped only by her father's favorite dog, a special horse, or guided by spirits of the earth and sky, she strives to unite her people and oust the Roman menace. Based on real characters, places, and events, 'Burnt Rocks' recreates that shadowy history--and eternal human nature rubbed raw.

The storyline of 'South Of Burnt Rocks' brings ancient times vividly alive while offering a tribute to Celtic fighting women of the times, select warriors seldom mentioned in historical fiction works. Berger attempts to bring this story, half-lost in the mists of history, to modern readers of historical fiction.

Reviewing the manuscript, Kirkus Reviews stated, "Smartly written, the novel moves quickly....The simple yet powerful narrative relies on a commanding cast of characters,... Berger beautifully crafts them as more than one-dimensional warriors....Berger also builds an elaborate world full of small details that add depth and historical context."

"The story, its characters, the places where it unfolds," Berger continued, "will transport readers to a fascinating time not commonly known. Rich with details from 2000 years ago but still never cluttered up with too much or too many, 'Burnt Rocks' is based on real events of Roman-era history, The novel paints a timeless drama of a 'she-warrior' tribal leader fighting a brutal oppressor with little more than the courage of those who have nothing left to lose."

G.J. Berger is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon' is available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Kobo Books and most bookstores. More information, including a recent Authors Show interview, is available at his website at

About G. J. Berger:

When G. J. was eight, his mom told him the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants and a great army. He asked her what happened to Hannibal after that. Mom didn’t know, but he was hooked, had to find out, had to write about it.

G. J. spent much of his young life on the road and at sea, even working as a crew member on a tramp steamer. Wherever his travels took him, old walls, canals, even storage holes deep in the ground, made him wonder about how they got there, about the people who built them, how they lived and got along.

The result is this and two other novels-to-be wherein the places, the history, even some of the ‘Burnt Rocks’ characters do and did exist.

When not writing, G. J. tries to roam around the places he writes about, likes to sit and soak up the times back then and bring them to modern life in his stories. G. J. is convinced that for all the changes in last 2000 years, people loved and hated, suffered and rejoiced, destroyed and built the same ways then as they do today.

G. J. lives in San Diego with his favorite grammarian and English Professor.


G. J. Berger