Look for my latest novel "Marek Zaczek" in April
Coming soon - My latest novel. "The Life of Marek Zaczek Volume 1 - Under the Wings of Eagles"
Watch for it in April 2020
This novel is under final production review with my publisher and should be released next month (April 2020)
This twenty-five year period was one of the most eventful in world history, with three major and most remarkable changes to the status quo. First, in North America, the American Colonists successfully wrest their independence from Britain, with France shortly afterwards tearing itself asunder in the bloodiest Revolution Europe had, up until that time, ever faced. Finally, further east, the Empires of Russia, Prussia and Austria consume the independent Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania in three criminal partitions.
All the while, a peasant boy born amidst the snowy fields of an estate near the town of Wieliczka, just south of Krakow, grows to become a man. His father works in the salt mines, and his mother as a servant in the Duke's manor house. As Marek grows, he dreams only of three things: the past power of the once feared Polish Winged Hussars; to one day ride into battle as an Uhlan cavalier for his country; and to gain the hand in marriage of his beloved Maya Manuska.
This novel is rich in characters from the fictional Marek, his mother Magda, the greedy Duke Sdanowicz, and the Austrian Count Von Arndt to the historical figures of Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Maria Theresa of Austria. Also, the Europeans who were to crucial in the success of America's Revolution - Casmir Pulaski, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and the Marquis de LaFayette - are all here as well. Marek Zaczek Vol. 1 guarantees an exciting and memorable read that will keep you on the edge of whatever seat you most enjoy reading in!
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The Chopin Trilogy
Join the excitement that begins with Stanley Wisniewski, a retired CIA operative, being called to investigate an apparent corporate murder in Amsterdam in "The Willow's Bend". Stanley is hunted across Europe by the CIA and Britain's MI6 in "Chasing the Winter's Wind". In this novel, Stanley's backstory is revealed as he is pursued by his protege, Diane "The Huntress" Sterling. And the third novel, "War of the Nocturne's Widow", opens with Diane missing as an Intelligence War between the CIA and Britain's MI6 looms.
Below are a few comments excerpted from my readers:
"It did not take me long to read these because they were hard to put down once started."
"After reading your trilogy, I was thoroughly captivated by your storytelling, plot twists and character development!"
"You had me thoroughly engrossed in Chapter 2 ... As a second generation Polish American, I thoroughly enjoyed..... and even more, I appreciated..... the weaving of the Polish character, culture, history and heritage into the espionage and intrigue of the Chopin Trilogy. Thank you, Mr. Trawinski, for your telling me Stanley's tale."
"The Willow's Bend masterfully works through its protagonist Stanley to take you into Nazi Germany's occupation of Poland, Polish culture, and the inner workings of a modern day large aerospace defense contractor to create an enthralling and captivating read. The clandestine, investigative components of the book easily pull you in for what becomes an exciting and unexpected ending shaped by belief, character, and moral duty."
"The book tells of the brutal occupation of Poland during WWII and how one's actions of the past can have a powerful influence on the actions of the present. The descriptive passages are wonderfully written. I enjoyed this story immensely."
(The Willow's Bend)
"I loved the intrigue and suspense. The author did an excellent job of describing and developing the characters with their devious personalities. I could easily visualize the various locations that the story takes place in. The best mind-blowing element is the twist you do not see coming at the end of the book. I was on the edge of my seat for the last few chapters."
(The Willow's Bend)
"This immersive book is brilliantly written and took me on an action packed adventure from DC and CIA headquarters at Langley through parts of Europe including Poland, East Germany, Austria, Italy, and France."
(Chasing the Winter's Wind)
"What a well-written and well-thought-out story. It's full of suspense and intrigue. I could not stop reading until I found out how it ended. I was not disappointed, either."
(War of the Nocturne's Widow)
"I would love to see this trilogy turned into a mini-series or full-length movie!"
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An Aerospace Executive is found drowned in the canals of Amsterdam.
Stanley Wisniewski is a retired CIA officer, called in to solve this mysterious death for the firm that manufactures the CIA's Daedalus Destroyer Drones.
As he investigates, he recalls the three promises he made to his dying father, an Auschwitz survivor:
- Cherish and Care For Your Mother
- Always Remember your Polish Heritage
- Throughout Your Life, Protect The Weak from The Abuses of the Strong
Thus, two stories are concurrently told - Stanley solving the murder of the Defense Executive, and his father's telling of how he was able to survive the horrors of Auschwitz and World War II. The two tales across time intertwine, lighting the fuse to the dramatic climax which takes place in Warsaw.
Historical themes explored include the Nazi and Russian invasions of Poland, the infamous development of the Auschwitz and Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camps, The August 1944 Polish Insurgency (The Warsaw Uprising) and a brief summary of the history of Poland. Pride of the Polish Culture is the central theme.
Set in Baltimore, Washington DC, California, London, Amsterdam and Poland, with the climatic conclusion of both stories taking place in Warsaw's Stare Miasto and Krasiński Square.
Published April 2016
This novel begins in the closing moments of The Willow's Bend.
Stanley Wisniewski is now being chased across Europe by his former boss, Deputy Director Jack Trellis of the CIA. Stanley knows the excesses of Trellis' greed, and that Trellis wants him silenced forever. Trellis has the search for the aged spy led by Stanley's former protege, Diane "The Huntress" Sterling. Trellis has also added to the team the ominous Special Ops recruit, Carlyle, whose secret mission is to silence Stanley once Diane finds him.
Stanley is driven by his love for the beautiful Agnieszka Danuska, the beautiful wife of Communist Poland's Economic Minister. Stanley recalls the years he spent in Warsaw, developing Agnieszka and her son as the core of his network within the emerging Solidarity Trade Union in Gdansk.
This story deals with the historical events ranging from the 1940 Katyń Massacre to the Gdansk shipyard strikes of 1980, leading to the failure of the Communist State in Poland.
The story is set in Washington DC, London, Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw, Gdansk, Görlitz, Milan and France. The climatic ending takes place in Paris' celebrated Père Lachaise Cemetery at the foot of Frédéric Chopin's tomb.
Published September 2017
Diane Sterling is missing, and this fact alone threatens to ignite an intelligence war.
Following the conclusion of "Chasing The Winter's Wind", the CIA cannot locate their agent, Diane, who they have respectfully given the moniker of "The Huntress".
Jack Trellis, Deputy Director of Operations for the CIA suspects Diane is being harbored by his nemesis within the British Secret Service (MI6), George Chartwell.
Trellis fears Diane carries with her his darkest secrets of the Cold War, Project Osiris.
Join your favorite characters returning for this concluding installment of The Chopin Trilogy -the young innocent Polish cultural agent Sophie, the young German Stasi expert Emory Hauptmann, the charming British spy Malcolm Devereaux, the ambitious internet publisher Preston Almesbury, Trellis' CIA adjutant Ellison Redmond, and the ever-erring Dominic Reeves. And, of course, carrying the story from "The Willow's Bend" through this novel is the idealistic Stanley Wisniewski.
The story deals historically with the establishment of the communist state of East Germany after World War II, and their repressive Stasi Secret Police. The history of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, in the context of events leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, is explored.
The novel is set in Washington DC, London, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Poland. The exciting conclusion takes place in and around Berlin.
Published April 2018
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