Among the Ashes

Among the Ashes

by Matthew James McDonald


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Among the Ashes is a soulful story of love and war, dangerous liaisons, and conflicted loyalties. At the dawn of World War I, a young German officer, Lieutenant Erich von Zandt, is thrust into a world of chaos and confusion when the German-occupied city of Louvain, Belgium, is abruptly burned and looted by the occupying forces. Although the command blames local insurgents for the disturbance, he has witnessed something different. Torn between the suffering populace and his faith in the Fatherland, Erich's growing involvement with a local woman moves him to question his most deep-set beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490944081
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Matthew McDonald is no stranger to the complexities of war. He spent eleven years as a Marine Corps officer serving throughout the United States and Asia. After leaving the military, he moved to Europe, where he began research on Among the Ashes. He was drawn to this particular story not only because the burning of Louvain remains a mystery, but in hopes that the tragedy of what happened might not be forgotten. He obtained his masters of fine arts degree in creative writing from Antioch University and is a member of the World War I Historical Association. Matthew currently lives in Newport Beach, California, with his wife and two children.

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