BOOKS

 

LENIN'S HAREM is available in English and Latvian. KGB BANKER in English.

 
KGB BANKER (coauthored with whistleblower John Christmas)

Milford House Press (an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc)

ISBN/ASIN 978 1620066690

 

What if you returned to the land of your ancestors and they tried to kill you there? When Chicago financial executive Bob Vanags takes a job at ominous Turaida Bank in Rīga, Latvia, he hoped to learn of his heritage and expected to fight economic fraud in Eastern Europe. Instead, Bob finds himself pulled into a world of political intrigue, blackmail and murder. Aided by his son, David, beautiful colleague Agnese Avena and a fearless Latvian journalist named Santa Ezeriņa, Bob slowly unravels Turaida’s darkest secrets, discovering sins and conspiracies surpassing even his wildest fears. Secrets Turaida security chief Karlis Pugo and his shadowy backers want to keep hidden even at the cost of Bob’s life.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR KGB BANKER

“If you love a suspenseful story, told with great skill, then you’re definitely going to want to read this one.”

-Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author of THE AMBER ROOM and THE ROMANOV PROPHECY

“KGB BANKER is the espionage thriller at its finest. Timely and suspenseful, McCormick and Christmas use their wealth of experience in Eastern Europe to craft a pulse-pounding tale of spies, assassins and financial corruption ripped straight from today’s headlines. Santa Ezeriņa may be the best action heroine in years. A must read,. Destined to be a bestseller.”

-Robert Dugoni. New York Times Bestselling author of THE EIGHTH SISTER and THE LAST AGENT

"Dark crimes, cool twists, and an even cooler reporter who just can't resist danger."

-Antony Johnston, New York Times Bestselling Writer and Creator of

ATOMIC BLONDE

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LENIN'S HAREM 

Lume Books

ISBN-13-978-1908483447

Amidst the ashes of the failed workers’ rebellions of 1905, Courland aristocrat Wiktor Rooks finds that he has lost everything: home and heritage, his life's very purpose. Coerced into the Russian Army, Wiktor is soon swept up into the turbulent years of the Great War and Bolshevik Revolution. In the service of his enemies, he finds himself torn between the noble classes of his birth and his new communist masters, between calls for freedom on Baltic shores and waves of oppression radiating from Moscow's center.

 

By a twist of fate, he becomes a member of the elite Latvian Red Riflemen of the Revolution; a regiment nicknamed “Lenin’s Harem” for their absolute loyalty to the cause. Wiktor adapts to his situation by hiding his aristocratic past. He finds friendship amongst the soldiers and love with a communist girl. When the wars end, he returns to his homeland a different man. But betrayals await in Rīga and Stalin's soldiers are soon knocking on the midnight door...

 

Set in Russia and Latvia between 1905 and 1941, Lenin’s Harem is a story of nationhood, brotherhood and love throughout the most turbulent years of the twentieth century. The novel explores identity in a time of changing loyalties and the search for a just struggle when all causes are tainted by bloodshed and betrayal.

"If you enjoy historical fiction, tales of war and revolution, political intrigue, psychological suspense, action, family saga, or any of the above, you’ll find it all in Lenin’s Harem, along with a tender love story, all packaged in beautiful prose."

 

-V. S. Kemanis, author of the Dana Hargrove series

"Latvia rings true in Lenin's Harem."

-Brian Carslon, United States Ambassador to Latvia 2001 to 2005

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ĻEŅINA HARĒMS (Translated by Andžela Šuvajeva)

Zvaigzne ABC

ISBN-978-9934-0-4404-5

Viljama Bērtona Makormika romāns "Ļeņina harēms" ir aizraujošs vēstījums par trauksmainajiem 20. gadsimta notikumiem, latviešu nācijas veidošanos, sarkanajiem strēlniekiem un centieniem saglabāt patību laikmetu griežos. Niansēts vēsturisko notikumu apraksts un dziļš cilvēka pārdzīvojumu atainojums ļauj salīdzināt šo romānu ar Pasternaka un Solžeņicina darbiem.

Asiņainais 1905. gads. Kurzemes guberņu pāršalc tautas bruņotā sacelšanās. Baltvācu muižnieku Rūku ģimene ir spiesta visu pamest un bēgt no agrāk tik paklausīgo kalpu naida. Zaudējot mājas un mantojumu, jaunā aristokrāta Viktora Rūka dzīve sagriežas ar kājām gaisā.

Pret paša gribu iesaukts Krievijas armijā, viņš piedalās Pirmajā pasaules karā un boļševiku revolūcijā. Izprazdams baltiešu brīvības alkas un nicinādams totalitāro režīmu Maskavā, Viktors nejūtas piederīgs nedz baltvācu muižniecībai, nedz arī jaunajai komunistiskajai pārvaldei. Liktenim labpatīk jokot: Viktors nonāk Ļeņina harēmā jeb sarkano strēlnieku pulkā. Viņš slēpj savu aristokrātisko izcelsmi, sadraudzējas ar strēlniekiem un iemīlas jaunā komunistē. Karam beidzoties, Viktors atgriežas dzimtenē – nu jau neatkarīgajā Latvijā. Taču drīz pie viņa durvīm klaudzina Staļina režīma garā roka...

No angļu valodas tulkojusi Andžela Šuvajeva.