Comes a Horseman
Title: Comes a Horseman
Author: Anne Barwell
Series: Echoes Rising
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: 8/1/2017
Echoes Rising Book 3, sequel to Winter Duet
Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.
Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.
When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options as they fight to keep atomic plans from the Nazis. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.
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I tend to have music playing in the background when I write, and Comes a Horseman was no different. The music I associate with the story is a mix of different styles, although most were far more recent than the setting of the 1944. I tend to choose music as my soundtrack because of the feel of the piece, rather than what the characters would have been listening to.
Touch of Your Hand by Glass Tiger is a song that always makes me think of Kristopher —Kit—and Michel, and it’s on the soundtrack for the series, rather than just Comes a Horseman.
When You Say Nothing at All by Ronan Keating is another that makes me think of them, but the lyrics also work well as, given the time period, they can’t say how they truly feel about each other unless they’re alone. This one is for both couples, and even Liang. Although he’s straight, he’s fallen for the sister of their enemy so needs to be careful too.
Another Ronan Keating is I Hope You Dance. That one I’ve always seen as bittersweet, and of my guys hoping the person they love survives and has a future when their own looks bleak.
Close Your Eyes by Michael Bublé is Michel being rather whimsical about the man he loves.
When I started writing Echoes Rising, The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle featured in my soundtrack for the series.
When I was writing Comes a Horseman, another version of it came out by Disturbed, which is a lot more gritty. It fits the book perfectly and the two versions of the song also reflect the way the characters and their situation has changed since Shadowboxing.
I’m finishing off with a couple of classical pieces. Kristopher is a violinist, and tends to use music to work through problems. When I was writing Comes a Horseman I was rehearsing Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony so I had it playing in the background. I think it fits the feel of the story. The version at this link is from the first movement of our concert.
Finally Michel, who plays flute, has promised Kristopher a duet since they first met, and Brahms’ Lullaby is the piece I imagine them playing together. Although I couldn’t find a version that is violin and flute, here is a violin solo.
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About Anne Barwell
Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.
In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.
She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.
Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.
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