Monday, November 18, 2013

Featured Book - Cossacks in Paris

Cossacks in Paris
Jeffrey Perren


On the eve of Napoleon's Russian Campaign a conscripted engineer gets swept up in events that will forever alter his life and all Europe.

"If you read in bed, you might be up all night." - Frank Schulwolf, Amazon

"Sit back and strap yourself in for a riotous, rollicking ride following appealing heroes, heroines and villains across war-torn Napoleonic Europe." Peter Cresswell, Not PC

"Perren's economical style moves one quickly from page-to-page while leaving little for interpretation, and everything to purposeful conquest. The reader is driven by one overriding question: will a man's passionate pursuit of a woman prove more powerful than a ruler's quest for an empire?" - Michael Moeller, The Atlasphere


Rebellious engineer Breutier Armande is drafted into the Grande ArmeƩ on the eve of Napoleon's 1812 Russian war campaign. On a spying mission to St. Petersburg he meets Kaarina, daughter of the counselor to Tsar Alexander I.

The pair soon fall in love -- but Kaarina is betrothed to Agripin, a brooding Cossack and a favorite of the Tsar. When she refuses him, Agripin kidnaps her, sowing a showdown to the death between the two young men.

Risking a firing squad, Breutier deserts Napoleon's army during the war. Dodging the vengeance of the world's most powerful rulers catapults him onto a perilous quest to hunt down his greatest enemy.

Interweaving the characters' personal dramas with the battles in Europe forms the core of the story. The conflict peaks at the moment when, for the first time in 400 years, foreign armies invaded France, leaving behind Cossacks in Paris.

Michael Moeller, The Atlasphere
“Cossacks in Paris covers the same historical period as War and Peace — from Napoleon’s march to Moscow to his subsequent retreat to Paris and ultimate demise.
As each of [Breutier’s] moves reconfigures the prospect of certain outcomes, one realizes that the war is a backdrop — almost as if a distraction — to the central conflict of Breutier retaining [Kaarina].
Indeed, the reader finds himself tightly gripping the pages as the union of Breutier and Kaarina is constantly undermined by the political calculations of rulers, the switching allegiances during the uncertainty of war, and a Cossack intent on winning the prize.
Mr. Perren’s economical style keeps the pages turning and the reader craving a resolution.
During the succession of battles and chess moves leading up to the synchronized climax of a fight over a woman intersecting with a war for that era’s center of civilization — Paris — a question seems to continually beat at the back of the reader’s mind: Will a man’s passionate pursuit of a woman prove more powerful than a ruler’s quest for an empire?"
Frank Schulwolf, Amazon
“Perren doesn't beat you over the head with his philosophy. Rather it folds neatly into the storyline. Much of Armande's character is revealed implicitly by virtue of his actions.
There is, however, one very explicit and telling encounter with the Emperor:

         Breutier started to go, but paused when the Emperor tugged on his rein and asked an unprecedented question. "You disapprove of me, engineer. I'm curious to know the reason."
         Breutier said, his voice openly sad, "I don't believe I could make you understand."
        "I want to be free. Free to live and work as I choose. You are a serious impediment to          that."
        Napoleon released the rein, waving his hand theatrically. "It's not for my crown I am fighting, but to prove that Frenchmen were not born to be ruled by Cossacks!"
Breutier shook his head, his belief confirmed. "No man was born to be ruled by anyone, Monsieur Bonaparte."

Perren writes in a rather economical style, which means the story moves along at a rapid clip. This is not to say Cossacks is devoid of color. Though elaborate settings are not his style, the book manages to evoke a good sense of the era.
Warning: If you read in bed, you might be up all night."

Author bio
Jeffrey Perren is an American novelist. He wrote his first short story at age 12 and went on to win the Bank of America Fine Arts award at age 17. Since then he has published at award-winning sites and magazines from the U.S. to New Zealand.
 "Cossacks In Paris" was his first published novel. 

Connect with the author

His second,"Death Is Overrated," a mystery novel, was released in August, 2013. 
He has a third novel on tap: Clonmac’s Bridge. Based on a real archeological discovery, it will be published in about three months.

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