Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Author G. J. Berger Receives 'Recommended' Review From Historical Novel Society For Debut Historical Novel, 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon'

G. J. Berger's historical fiction novel, 'South Of Burnt Rocks', offers the stirring tale of the Iberian Celtic clan as it battles the Roman Empire

G. J. Berger's historical fiction novel, 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon', has received a glowing 'recommended' review from the Historical Novel Society .

 This highly respected, international society reviews  US and UK mainstream published historical titles and other English language books. The group holds competitions to discover new authors and conferences bringing authors and readers together.

Berger stated, "The Historical Novel Society is both the go-to source for lovers of historical fiction and a wonderful resource for authors. Receiving this review is, to this point, the high point for my debut historical novel."

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.

"South Of Burnt Rocks" has already received fine reviews from a number of 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."

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."

The Historical Novel Society review echoes these with, "Berger’s well-researched and engrossing novel . . . . Berger’s outstanding talent for stirring set pieces and gripping action sequences . . . and really succeeds in bringing this time period alive."

G.J. Berger is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at gjberger@hotmail.com. 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon' is available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and most bookstores. The full review is available at the Historical Novel Society's website at http://historicalnovelsociety.org. More information, including an Authors Show interview, is available at Berger's website at http://www.gjberger.com.

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