A gripping, hard-to-put-down historical tale…
Gerts’s stunning debut installment in The Martensen Chronicles explores family, love, relationships, human resilience, and patriotism. 1798. Brilliant and smart, Martin Martensen is happy to start his work at the Ketelswarf Shipyard, but navigation holds a pull he is unable to resist. When an opportunity arises for him to learn the craft, Martin is quick to accept the offer. Soon after, he migrates to America and begins to work on his dream of setting up his own successful business. Meticulously researched details are rendered through credible, complex protagonists on their journey of adulthood who personalize the questions we all must answer about finding our own place in the world. Martin’s grit and determination give the story both depth and substance. Daniel and Charles are equally compelling. Together they provide alternating third-person lenses for viewing a time period in history that represented tremendous growth and change, rapid advances in technology and transportation, and the chaos of war. All of them, determined to find their own place in the world, venture out to pursue their passions. And though their lives take different directions, they all share one thing in common: standing for their nation no matter the cost. Themes of hard work, grit, love, loss, family, dreams, hopes, and the inevitability of growing up are seamlessly woven into the story. Actual events, such as the embargo of 1807, the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil among others form a backdrop to this story of finding one’s own place in the world. Inspiring, engrossing, and uplifting.
The Martensen Chronicles – Book I
Pub date May 7, 2021
Price $13.95 (USD) Paperback, $0.00