Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author G. J. Berger Receives More Industry Praise For His Historical Fiction Book '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 the Roman Empire and is a finalist in the 2013 San Diego Book Awards

Positive industry reviews are a key factor that can lead to success for any historical fiction book. G. J. Berger's recent historical fiction release, 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon', a finalist in the 2013 San Diego Book Awards, has received glowing reviews from a number of high profile reviewers.

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."

Recently Awesome Indies posted a review that stated in part, "Written with an engrossing breadth of detail about the Celts and the Romans, with a sympathetic slant towards the people on both sides of the conflict, and with a depth of knowledge that he imparts effortlessly to the reader, G J Berger has written a compelling story of adventure, fortitude, revenge and love.  The main characters stand out against a supporting cast of well-drawn minor characters.  Pacing is superb, driving the reader onwards.  G J Berger’s writing style is direct and pared down, as befits a book of this nature.  Descriptive passages are moving and show very well how the landscape is used in Lavena’s fight against the invaders, and the animals – horses and dogs, add an extra dimension to the story. For any reader who loves to sink into the distant past, this is a story that will not disappoint."

"Awesome Indies," Berger stated, "selects only those novels that measure up to the standards set by established publishing houses. Plot, characters, pace, the actual writing and look of the work must all pass through an independent and rigorous review, sometime two or even three reviews. I'm honored that of 'South of Burnt Rocks' is included in Awesome Indies. AI's splendid review gives readers comfort that 'South of Burnt Rocks' is well worth it."

As a writer, G. J. Berger hopes to transport readers to places and times available nowhere else. 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon' is built upon and around the seldom heard tales of Celtic fighting women

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

"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 in the same ways then as they do today.

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


G. J. Berger