The Shores of Issyk-Kul by BJ Lee

Publication Date: Jan 29 2009 ISBN/EAN13: 144145442X / 9781441454423 Page Count: 472 Binding Type: US Trade Paper Trim Size: 5.25" x 8" Language: English Color: Black and White Related Categories: Fiction.


Reader Review: This book was written by a law school buddy of mine and he succeeded in putting together a work of art. I can not recommend this book highly enough. As a part-time author myself, I appreciate the amount of work, frustration, and self-doubt that goes into drafting a manuscript and making it available to the public. B...J Lee (his pen-name) has done a fantastic job writing a historical novel that touches all of our humanity. The story involves brothers of German ancestry trapped in a provincial Russian town just before the Russian Revolution. The family is separated and forced to witness some of the most climatic events of the twentieth century. A pair of the brothers even emigrate to the United States and travel the railways of Nebraska. The brothers spend time observing and reflecting upon the similarities and differences of the people and landscapes of the American prairie and the Russian steppes. Look for the Pawnee Indian who is ironically, yet accurately, portrayed as a distrusted immigrant on his own ancestor's soil.

The book has too many attributes to list here but I was impressed with the author's use of language, dialogue, and imagery to keep the story flowing. One of the most difficult challenges I experienced as an author was trying to incorporate historical narrative within the framework of a storyline. BJ Lee keeps the reader informed as to what the characters are encountering in their travels as well as what the "big picture" is in relation to world events.

The ending is amazing. It is a fantastic conclusion to a meaningful epic of global conflict and simple family devotion. Great Book!!!!