If you have been following along with my reading list selections you are no doubt familiar with David Morrell, author of First Blood. Past reading lists have highlighted The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fraternity of the Stone, books that had a profound impact on me at a time in my life when I cemented my resolve to serve my country as a SEAL and knew that the chapter following military service would focus on writing.
The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fraternity of the Stone are stand-alone thrillers that become an epic trilogy when read with the The League of Night and Fog.
As with many of David’s novels I was not only captivated by the writing, story and characters, I also learned valuable lessons. In The League of Night and Fog, I read about the Night of the Long Knives, Kristallnacht and the Final Solution. All of David’s historical tie-ins would inspire me to do my own research and perhaps even incorporate historical references into my own novels.
The quote David Morrell uses to set the tone for The League of Night and Fog was the first time I had heard of the Nuremberg Trials. I was fourteen. It compelled a personal study that continues today. Less than a decade after reading that quote, I would make my way to the courthouse in Nuremberg, Germany, remembering all I had read and learned throughout the preceding years. The quote is one that has stayed with me from that first read. I can still recite it from memory. “New evils require new remedies. . . new sanctions to defend and vindicate the eternal principles of right and wrong.” – The Times (London) on the Nuremberg Trials.
If you have yet to experience the brilliance of David Morrell, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog are calling. . .