1914 A Prelude to Love and War: First Book of the 1914 Unfinished Painting Trilogy
by Gary Wm. Coatoam
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Abounding in intrigue, action and romance, "1914, A Prelude to Love and War" is Book One of an historical fiction series recalling the First World War. Commemorating the Centennial of the First World War, this novel combines a gripping romance story with a scrutinizing look at the causes and events of "the war to end all wars."
Recruited into MI6___ the British Intelligence Service___ Michael Adler a United States citizen finds himself in a conflicted romantic entanglement with Claire Jaurés, a self-proclaimed French pacifist and socialist. Since war has not yet started, Michael and Claire attend lavish and decadent parties hosted by the inimitable Gertrude Stein, where they mix with artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as well as the Russian revolutionist Vladimir Lenin. The relationship of the two lovers eventually becomes challenged by the fact that Michael is sent on assignment to Austria-Hungary by First Lord of the British Admiralty, Winston Churchill. Claire remains a resolute pacifist, and is opposed to any construction of warships. Adler agonizes over the possibility that his espionage activities may actually be fueling an impending war in Europe, and his impassioned love for the young French woman ends up putting him at odds with his devotion to duty.
Adler's overseas assignment brings him into direct contact with many notable historical figures including Winston Churchill, Sir Edward Grey, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Rasputin the Mad Monk, and the French journalist Jean Jaurés. Meanwhile behind the scenes, conspiratorial political and corporate schemes are being hatched by the likes of JP Morgan, JD Rockefeller, Colonel Edward Mandell House and President Woodrow Wilson.
Though this novel is a work of fiction, the reader will be enlightened by an array of historical facts relative to the time period including dress, culture, industrial innovations and political exploitations. "1914, A Prelude to Love and War" is the first book in this ...
Length: 251 Pages (4,627 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Jul 22nd, 2019