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Coffee and Ink’s Review

A vivid retelling of the sinking of the Lusitania, riveting and well researched. The author pulled every thread making up the tragedy and wove a suspense-filled story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters and personality types of the early 20th century are true to history and as the Lusitania sailed toward tragedy, I couldn’t put it down.

Curtis Carlson is on the Lusitania in order to bring loan papers to the UK to help them in the war effort. The US has yet to enter the World War I theater, but the allies need their help. He meets the lovely Josette and her twin Yvette and their family moving to the UK, the charming Mrs. Donaldson and her dog Mr. Duns. There are spies aboard and munitions, but there are innocent civilians, and it’s heartbreaking to read how the Lusitania was carrying so many children with their families.

However dark the story is, how realistic, there are some rays of light at the end of the journey.

Publication Date: November 15, 2018
Sand Hill Review Press
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 356 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1915 while the First World War raged on in Europe, Americans, and especially New Yorkers, faced their own “silent war” at home. Disgruntled with America’s so-called promise of “neutrality” and overt trade deals with England and France, the German government set up a spy ring headquartered in Manhattan. Their espionage and terrorist networks had tentacles reaching all the way to the German Ambassador in Washington D.C. German operatives planted explosives on American and British cargo ships en route from New York to England, France, and Russia. They plotted to blow up trains, bridges, factories, and even the U.S. Capitol Building.
Josette Rogers is the daughter of a rich businessman who must move his family to London when he inherits his uncle’s import/export business. Curtis Carlson is a rising star at the House of Morgan on Wall Street. They each have very different opinions about whether or not America should enter the war.
Curtis and Mr. Van Camp, a senior partner at Morgan’s Manhattan offices, are sent to England to have $500 million loan documents signed that will help finance the nearly bankrupt British and French governments. Josette and Curtis are both traveling to England on the RMS Lusitania when Josette suspects there is a spy ring on board. Were they sent to divulge the location of the Lusitania?
About the Author
Colleen Adair Fliedner is a multi-published author, journalist, research historian, and travel writer.
She has had three nonfictions published, two of which were work-for-hire: A one-hundred-year coffee table book of Los Angeles history; Stories in Stone: stories of the pioneers who lived and died in Park City, Utah; and Quick Escapes from Orange County for Globe Pequot Press. Colleen’s background covers a wide range of writing experience, including an optioned screenplay; radio scripts and interviews; radio advertising scripts; magazine and newspaper articles; travel articles and Blogs for the Orange County Register newspaper; plays; a cable TV mini-series; several ghostwritten e-books, and over 100 travel articles.
After years of research, Colleen’s first novel, In the Shadow of War: Spies, Love & the Lusitania, has been released. Published by Sand Hill Review Press, the novel was released in November 2018.
Colleen is currently working on Voices from the Lusitania, a nonfiction book that tells the real-life stories of many of the Lusitania’s most famous and interesting passengers. Look for that book to be released in the spring of 2019.