THE FIERY WINDS— A novelette by Ara Hagopian.
Premise: A battlefield souvenir trade scheme triggers a U.S. Army field investigation where the Inspector General discovers the worst horror of war, deep in the Italian night.
- Genre: WWII mystery fiction.
- Length: 22k words, 100 pages.
- Format: Softcover.
- Price: $9.95 with free domestic shipping. International shipping is $12 plus the $9.95 cost of the book.
- Signed and inscribed as you wish.
NOTE: September 2021. If you’re interested in the book, send me a message. Thank you. -Ara.
First Edition published by The Literate Show Press, May 2015.
Cover design and layout by Marie Sheridan.
Cover illustration by the author.
“Ara, your book was excellent and I had a terrific time reading it. I found the plot riveting from beginning to end and as I reached the conclusion I wished the story had been longer. A good measure of a book is whether the characters have been developed to a point where you come to care about them and wonder what happened to them after you finish reading the book. Given that measure, your book succeeds beautifully. Literally every character was interesting and believable.”
–M.F., Dominican Republic
“I was already reading Rachel Joyce’s quite thick book, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” which was very emotional. Then I started to read your novelette in parallel. As I noticed the story plays during World War II, I had a kind of blockade to read it. This part of our bad German history is hard to bear and I always have to find a “right time” to read books about it.
“At the beginning of your story the special English “war vocabulary” was sometimes hard for me to understand but then I was so fascinated by the story that I could read it fluently.
“There were two turning points where I expected a totally different storyline but the book went into a surprising and exciting direction.
“I was deeply touched by the story. The American troops with their internal loyalty to one another; the phenomenon of collecting “war trophies” or souvenirs; but most of all (soldier X’s) story.
“Anyhow, I am deeply impressed and with a few words: Congratulations Ara. This is a very good, heartfelt book!”
–Ms. M.S., Hamburg Germany
“Congrats on your most recent literary effort! It’s obviously a quick read, but I have to say that the imaginative story line was such that as I read, it developed into one of those novels that you simply can’t put down. Good stuff; very creative! Don’t sell yourself short with the “novelette” descriptor when you’ve created a very interesting and riveting story.”
“Just read Ara’s book, THE FIERY WINDS. The story pulled me in from the first page and the pacing of the story was excellent. There’s a human element that Ara adds to how the characters interact and respond to the tragedies of war that everyone can identify with at one time in their life. The descriptions of war reflect many of the inner descriptions we can apply to ourselves.”
–S.M., US Army (retired)
MAKING THE COVER ILLUSTRATION:
At the end of the novel, there are several pages that detail the day-by-day making of the diorama that was built for the cover shoot to THE FIERY WINDS. Below are the in-process photographs that, when used with the text in the book, give a better idea of the method and materials that were used. The diorama was constructed and photographed by the author. The camera used was a SONY NEX 5N with the Carl Zeiss FE 1.8/55 lens.
Some alternative shots from the cover photo shoot.