PRLog - July 30, 2012 - Thomas Berry’s debut fiction novel, For the Tsar and the Raj, is an exciting saga that takes a young prince from war-torn Russia to India.
For the Tsar and the Raj
Prince Michael Tetov is a page for Nicholas II and his mother a lady-in-waiting to Empress Alexander in Russia.
The Tetovs socialize with the wealthy Russian court society, including the magnificently rich Usupov family. When Michael meets the Usupov’s servant, Anna, a student revolutionary, the two are instantly smitten with one another and fall passionately in love.
The Revolution of 1917 begins and Michael must hide his mother. Anna assures him she will keep his mother safe, but Anna proves to be a wolf in disguise when she surrenders Michael’s mother to the Bolsheviks. One betrayal after another leaves Michael to lose his faith; God is dead to him.
When Michael is sent to Siberia, he has to serve under the “Monster of the Urals.” Witnessing and participating in the unimaginable horrors of war, Michael becomes a shell of the man he once was. Escaping Siberia, he joins a close friend, the Maharaja of Shandragar, in India during the Malabar Riots.
Michael’s view of life is reinforced when he witnesses the ugliness of human behavior. Hope glimmers when he makes a decision that changes the course of his life and restores his faith in love. But fate takes another drastic turn, threatening to take everything from him once again.
Berry’s novel interweaves history with a riveting story of a man trying to forget a past that nearly destroyed his self-worth and his faith. For the Tsar and the Raj is a masterful novel focusing on a man’s deepest impulses to regain his heart, mind and soul, at any cost.
Here are what Amazon readers are saying about Dr. Berry and his book:
“This is an excellent read for those wanting an entertaining way to learn about the culture, history and colorful flavor of a very important historic period in both Russia and India…this would be a good book for tourists to these countries and people focused on understanding undercurrents of this very important historic period.” - MWH
“The author has such great style and technique for expressing the information to really give a thorough feel for the history of Russia. There should be more authors like Dr. Berry that express their educated knowledge, in such a well formatted approach, for everyone to read. Thank you!” – RWB
“For the Tsar and the Raj is one of the most interesting of the new historical novels to appear lately, filled with a mixture of fact and fiction seamlessly blended together to create a story that keeps your interest from the beginning to the end. Dr. Berry's knowledge of history and his ability to weave a story that spans countries, continents and a vast array of believable and well-drawn characters and events creates a story that is compelling…thumbs-
FOR THE TSAR AND THE RAJ (ISBN: 978-1-62212-
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About the Author:
Dr. Thomas Berry is a retired professor of Russian language and literature. He lectures for John Hopkins University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Russian Cultural Society in Washington, D.C., and on numerous international cruise lines. Dr. Berry has published several academic books and has traveled extensively all over the globe.
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