This is the adventure/romance that I’ve just upgraded to Print-On-Demand format. Lusitania Lost is available as a Kindle ebook or paperback at http://www.amazon.com/Lusitania-Lost-Leonard-Carpenter-ebook/dp/B006NHTM8U – or on Smashwords.com for all e-read and computer formats.
These ebook versions currently have a different-looking cover icon. The artwork above, an original by my friend Leonard Wise, fellow author and screenwriter, is slightly modified from his splendid seascape that hangs on my wall.
My namesake Len’s painting could make a great book jacket. The photo of women at the ship’s rail, below, became an inspiration for my story. Having investigated the tragic and world-changing sinking of the Lusitania . I created characters to match the five nurses shown departing for the Great War in Europe. With a few other fictional players, they join the real historical cast on board the luxury liner and the German submarine U-20, in the capitals and battlefields of Europe and on the mean streets of 1915 New York.
Once aboard the doomed ship, my heroine Alma Brady (second from right, the haunted blonde) runs into Matthew Vane, a muckraking news reporter assigned as a war correspondent. Matt, on his way to the front lines, intends to find out what secret weapons may be hidden in the British passenger liner’s cargo hold. What they find there could change history, although the secret may be lost for all time.
Alma and Matt’s shipboard romance, against a background of warfare, spies, imperial politics, sabotage and mutiny leads up to a harrowing climax that surpasses even the Titanic disaster three years earlier. It makes a stunning introduction to a war-torn century, and possibly to a new series of historical novels.