I was educated as an orthopedic surgeon and remain one to this day. But from a young age I have harbored this writer trying to escape. In the mid-nineties I began to research an era of history in which I had long been intrigued, and few years later, I wrote my first historical novel, THE NEW WORLD. Achieving some success, my inner writer helped produce seven more books and what became the eight-book ALLARD SAGA.
On completion of BOOK EIGHT: THE CHIEF, he suggested a new genre, and THE CORRIDOR, a dark tale of outrageous healthcare fraud in the inner city of Detroit, was published in 2010 followed by THE PAIN DOC, a similar thriller concerning healthcare fraud and addiction in a much more opulent setting. Fulfilling the trilogy came THE LABYRINTH set in home healthcare, the mother lode of potential healthcare fraud.
Most recent is FEARFUL PASSAGE NORTH, a return to historical fiction following the life of Elizabeth Price, a young girl living at the final frontier of Puritan New England in 1704 where she and much of her small community are taken in a vicious Indian raid and marched through the snows of Vermont to Montréal where she must find a new life. See the featured work below.
Fearful Passage North
1704, Deerfield Massachusetts—the limits of the American frontier. Seeking a normal adolescence, it is the chance meeting of a strange young man that puts excitement into Elizabeth (Lizzie) Price’s life leading to romance and a marriage not entirely embraced by her Puritan community.
During one of New England’s harshest winters, when she has just begun her wonderful new life, Lizzie and her community are violently wrenched into chaos when an army of Indians and their French military supporters burn the village and kill or capture half of its occupants. Led by leather lashes around their necks, the captives are marched for a month on a fearful passage north through the winter wilderness of Vermont to the relative metropolis of Montréal. In this totally foreign setting of French-Canadian Catholicism Lizzie is forced to find a new life.
Not only a journey through the frozen wild, but a journey through the cultures of Puritan New England, American Indian and French-Canadian Catholic—all so different, yet so hauntingly similar.
If you enjoyed the Allard Series and Kreis’ ability to bring history to life, you will love Fearful Passage North.