Promised Valley Peace

Promised Valley Peace

by Ron Fritsch


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ISBN-13: 9781493672332
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2013
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Ron Fritsch has published a four-book series of Promised Valley novels: Promised Valley Rebellion, Promised Valley War, Promised Valley Conspiracy and Promised Valley Peace. The novels have won a number of awards and highly favorable reviews. The series is complete.

In the epic Promised Valley adventure, prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they believe their gods promised them in return for their good behavior and obedience. Their enemies, hunters roaming the mostly barren hills beyond the mountains enclosing the valley, believe their gods gave it to them.

Both sides, though, value individuals who partner with persons of their own gender. Because they have no children to raise, they take leadership positions, especially in times of war.

The four Promised Valley novels ask whether civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, could've begun differently.

The individuals who live, struggle, revel, die and survive in the novels confront fundamental questions:

How factual are the stories their ancestors handed down to them?

Despite those stories, are they and their enemies equal human beings who deserve to be treated as such?

Are their gods-who appear to be the same deities for the farmers as well as the hunters, even as they exhort both of their supposedly favored peoples to kill the other-truly benevolent gods?

Or do their gods, outside of those ancestral stories that might not be true, simply not exist?

Fritsch grew up in rural northern Illinois. His father and mother were hard-working tenant farmers who loved to read. So did he and his siblings (one older sister, one older brother, one younger sister).

Fritsch obtained a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Illinois (major: history; minor: English literature) and a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Fritsch lives in Chicago with his long-term partner, David Darling.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite Promised Valley Peace by Ron Fritsch is the last volume in the Promised Valley series. In this novel, the characters have moved from rebellion, through war and conspiracy, and are now in a quest to end hostilities between prehistoric neighbors and establish a lasting peace. In the first three novels of the series, a huge number of characters come in and out of the story and the intrigues of these characters leads to this fourth novel. In this novel, the characters are beginning to question their gods as the hunters from the hills and the farmer/gatherers from the valley discover how to work together. As the horse is domesticated and used in warfare, the prehistoric characters discover that there are things in both communities that are important. I started Promised Valley Peace by Ron Fritsch without having read the first three novels in the series. Although this book can stand on its own, I found myself referring to the list of characters often enough that I finally put the book down and read the first three volumes in the series. It turns out that this made the fourth novel MUCH easier to understand! I would highly recommend that you start with the first book of the series and read through to this one. The blurring of gender lines in the series may be disconcerting to some, but this aspect of the story was handled well and was an integral part of the story line without being offensive. Well-written and imaginative, I would highly recommend Promised Valley Peace by Ron Fritsch.
LeighKC More than 1 year ago
Rebellion, War and Conspiracy, and it all begins with disaffected youth who rise up against the king and his officials when a prince is not allowed to marry the daughter of a mere farmer. Into the boiling pot, you have the classes: farmers, city dwellers, royalty, bureaucracy and you might be mistaken for believing you are reading a dissertation on life today and the risks to society that simmer below the surface until a seemingly innocuous event brings about conflict that has no way to end ie until Peace. We are introduced to the prehistoric people of the fertile river valley and their enemies, the hill people in the first book in the Promised Valley series, Promised Valley Rebellion. While this story is filled with an incredible array of complex, interesting characters like Blue Sky, Early Harvest, Spring Rain, Fair Judge (all aptly named), the author has thoughtfully provided a character list to keep it all in check. As we progress through to Promised Valley War, the second book, we start to see society from an objective viewpoint and although thousands of years may have passed, not a lot has changed – the same structures, division, hierarchy, discrimination, angst yet in spite of it all, there is still some hope. The onslaught of war and the overwhelming threat to life and the beauty of the valley have an effect on the characters that Fritsch delivers with a deep knowing of our humanness. It’s all too real. If you were not already feeling that the story, setting, and characters are epic in every proportion, you certainly know this is true by the end of book three in the series, Promised Valley Conspiracy. Comparisons with Homer’s Iliad are fitting. Other than war mongers, no one believes war is anything other than devastating for everyone involved and its reach extends far beyond those at the forefront. We certainly get that in a heart-felt way from Conspiracy. I for one have always hoped, especially through Promised Valley Conspiracy, that the war would end and peace would once again return to the valley. It was difficult to see how this might happen, but still we hoped, we hoped for a promise of peace. Then Fritsch honored his readers with this satisfying conclusion, which was no easy feat – we were heavily invested in the people and their conflict, and we wanted to see the youths who started it all in Promised Valley Rebellion come into age, and be the ones to achieve what did seem impossible.  Congratulations, Ron Fritsch on an epic, multi-award winning series and deservedly so. I’m only sorry that it had to end, but thank you for the incredible journey.