LA RAZZA DI TRENTA NOVE
La Razza Di Trenta Nove is Part 1 of 3 titles in the Fiction Series and falls into category of Historical Fiction.
It is an epic adventure written with strong visual imagery tracing the lives of several international iconic figures in their struggle for power, fame, money and love in the gritty early years of automobile racing in the United States and Italy prior to World War II.
ISBN: 978-0-9963261-4-4 (e-book) April 2017 (available exclusively on Amazon)
ISBN: 978-0-9963261-1-7 (print) Summer 2017 (special print edition)
Release date: Now Available
La Razza di Trenta Nove is an epic adventure written with strong visual imagery tracing the lives of several international iconic figures in their struggle for power, fame, money and love in the gritty early years of automobile racing in the United States and Italy prior to World War II. My novel follows the life of 25-year old Michael Streets, the U.S. box car racing champion that has abandoned his father’s fourth generation Oklahoma farm, as it fails to desert conditions spreading across the country, to take his place in the first European rally style automobile race in 1939 and in history.
This is the race of the century. A race against time for two brilliant German engineers. A race for power and prestige for the first woman to race. A race for independence for an Arab trapped by tradition.
You will also meet and never forget Cynthia Garrison the daughter of an American tycoon who bought her way into the race. The Russian ‘Boltz’ who smells of vodka and petrol. And Niccolo Giangele, the legendary Italian and architect of La Razza Di Trenta Nove who must stop an advancing German armada by sacrificing the race with the words:
“Angels exist that guard the gates of heaven and although they may not enter they stop all those who must not!”
One of those that must not is the Kommandant who defends the Nazi party with a ruthless brutality.
As a student of history, anthropology and literature I have taken great care in creating a classically poignant novel in a quickly moving prose that will propel readers into the grasp of a past era where people are remarkably similar to cultural icons today in their confrontational quest for identity and purpose.
How will American racer Michael Streets and the Italian Niccolo Giangele stop the Nazi’s?
What secret is the German engineer hiding?
What’s in the future for the first American woman racer and her Arab suitor?
At the 70 year anniversary of WWII a strong market exist for my novel as the past year has shown a tremendous increase in World War II era stories such as Miracle at St. Anna, Defiance, Valkyrie and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. La Razza di Trenta Nove takes 1939 into a new unexplored and capturing storyline with vibrant characters, the speed and excitement of racing and the quickly moving prose that strongly appeals to young adult fiction readers and the historical attraction of WWII for adult fiction readers.
FAQ-LA RAZZA DI TRENTA NOVE:Novel specific questions are listed below. Also see the authors FAQ. Q-Why the title “La Razza di Trenta Nove”? A-This is The Race of 39 (1939). The Race of 1939 is the central event that brings the Michael Streets together with the Italians. The race itself is the brainchild of the Italian race legend Niccolo Giangele and it takes place in Italy. Q-Is this a holocaust story?[From reading the excerpt]? A-No, but the placement of the Krystalnaught story is appropriate and integral to the establishing the villainy of the German Kommandant. No pre-World War II epic would be complete without a poignant annotation of the Nazi role and Jewish fates. Q-Who was your favorite character to write for? A-It would have to be the Russian Engineer and Racer Truno Bolintsky. He is the classic Bolshevik figure with a rounded belly and Van Gogh beard but is less ideological and more liberal which created a light-hearted gentle industrialist. He is the comic relief. Q-Who or what was the most difficult character or section to write?A-The villain in this novel is particularly devoid of normal human connections with no excuse. I felt a compelling need to state why he was, but finally settled on he was.Q-Who wins the race?A-LOL! That I cannot reveal here.
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