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About the Author
Kevin Reinholz is a 37-year old father of four and a practicing attorney licensed in the State of California. He is also a United States Air Force veteran with service in Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea. He's dreamed of writing since his youth, and wrote short stories, often in collaboration with friends, as early as 1st grade. He currently resides with his family in the Greater San Diego Area.Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes came to be after a friend issued a challenge during National Novel Writing Month 2014. That short story had little to do with the resulting novel, but Reinholz fell in love with the epistolary novel format and wrote entirely from the perspective of six characters penning diary entries and the occasional letters to each other. It's a very interesting format, giving the reader a first person perspective, without limiting that perspective to the mind of a single protagonist. Reinholz also explores Central European (especially Prussian) folklore, which is why "Hoffnungslose Ziele" dispenses with many of the 20th Century conceptions of such creatures as werewolves and vampires, hearkening back instead to 19th century folklore about these creatures with a healthy dose of his own imagination mixed in.Reinholz is also a Veller, Gauger, Rhode, Strehl, and Ehlers descendant, which gives the novel a bit of a personal touch.
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes by Kevin Reinholz is set against the backdrop of 19th century Europe, with most of the action taking place in Prussia. The reader is immediately introduced to Anna, a young girl who is excited about her friend. Christine is dating a gorgeous man called Karl and, since Karl is about to join the Prussian army, Anna and Christine must do all they can to keep him safe. Of course, he is Christine’s fiancé, and that is how they find themselves interested in sorcery. But it is just the beginning of a very long and challenging adventure, a story that will lead Anna’s path to that of a three-hundred-year-old vampire, have them meet a dubious semi-goddess, and try their spirits in more ways than one. The reader is introduced to a compelling cast of characters, each with a different background, each flawed in a unique way. It is interesting to see how they complement each other in a world that could be merciless. Kevin Reinholz is a great storyteller and he has done a great job by allowing readers to explore the complex worlds his characters carry within them, thanks to the expert use of the first person narrative, the creative use of the epistolary style and journal entries. The reader follows the stories through the perspectives of the different key characters, a style that makes the read an engrossing one, allowing a deeper understanding of the internal conflicts in the characters. Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes has a great plot, imagined with surprising moments to thrill the reader. The prose is polished and succinct. This is a great fantasy read and fans of supernatural tales will adore it.