On the coldest night of that winter the gypsy-like refugee Marina unexpectedly joins Ricky Belisle and Marie Jeanne, "M.J.", Charbonneau at curtain call on the night of their school's Christmas program. Her arrival looses a cascade of events that ultimately finds Ricky carrying M.J. in his arms across the Great Bogus Swamp into the teeth of a 100-year Lake Superior storm. If she survives he vows an ultimate sacrifice.
In 1947, the Soviet security services named the United States as 'the main enemy.' The Cold War was joined. Four teens, born half-worlds apart, children of their nations' greatest generation, come of age in the 1950s, each in their small-town Eden, cast out to encounter one another on the front lines in a war to control the imagination.
The series follows the lives of four young people seeking truth using what tools they had: language, stories, and history. None is a poet studied in the nuance of the word though one is a singer-songwriter, another a linguist, the third a soldier, and the fourth a Soviet intelligence deception specialist. None wishes to lie but lie they must.
The four main characters: Two Russians; Danton Larionov and Ekaterina Soroka, an American; Richard Belisle, and a Canadian; Marie Jeanne Charbonneau, cross paths, destinies, and swords as they stalk, deceive and love across the world. They trust and double-cross, are fast friends and bitter enemies, give faith and deceive while striving to live within moral codes in an amoral world.
The Long War is a novel series addressing deception, war and peace in the 20th century world of both contrived and actual moral ambiguity.
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About the Author
He learned this lesson--storytellers are treasured, liars are vexing and both are so often one and the same. The craft is shared; only the objectives differ.
His stories and novels arise from family history, fables and stories told around the kitchen table as well as his own experiences in America's late 20th century ambiguous wars, deceptions and counter-deceptions.
By background and training, he his well qualified to narrate this tale. Big-hearted and big-mouthed Slavic visitors at his family's isolated 1950s Wisconsin farmhouse taught storytelling and deception. They told big stories about their new Cadillac, Depression-era poverty, and ungrateful children. Now and then they hinted at that which they escaped--starvation, massacre, war, genocide--tragedies impressed upon a child's mind by a momentary silence, a shake of the head, a wife's anxious glance. It was not just the WWII veteran who lacked words to articulate unspeakable horror. They seemed fairy tales on a land where disasters were more immediate--a July storm levels the oat field, a lightening strike kills half the milking cows, there is no car to take a girl to the prom.
Fluent in Russian and German with a combat vocabulary in French, Townsend is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BA and Georgetown University (MA) with a Certifikat from the Freies Universitat Berlin. Since leaving the intelligence business, he has turned his attention to writing stories and essays, an early passion waylaid by life and work.
Townsend and his wife, Patrice Naparstek, have lived comfortably most anywhere--Rovinj, Croatia; Dresden, Germany; Dubai, UAE; Boulder, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin--returning periodically to his family farm in northern Wisconsin to breathe deeply.