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A Greater Power by P J Craig (PhD 1969)

11 May 2012

This is a story of love, war and betrayal seen through the affair of Harry Oldham and Lottie Simplon, an affair which one way or another lasted for most of the twentieth century.

This is a story of love, war and betrayal seen through the affair of Harry Oldham and Lottie Simplon, an affair which one way or another lasted for most of the twentieth century.

The English Lake District June 1914. The passionate love between Harry and the Austrian Lottie is reaching a climax. But World War I intervenes and they are separated. Lottie vanishes into the cauldron of war and by its end Harry thinks they will never see each other again, indeed that she is probably dead.

The Anschluss March 1938. Germany takes over Austria at the moment when Harry discovers that Lottie is still alive. She is in a difficult position and Harry, who realizes he is still in love with her, must find and rescue her. They meet again but there is a new problem.

Lottie has been doing research in Germany and has just realized the awful potential of nuclear fission. She has the agonizing problem of telling Harry, who is an important man by now. What should she do? Say nothing and see the Nazis build an atomic bomb or confide with Harry who must tell his own government? There is a struggle of love and war and ultimately there seems to be a tragic outcome. But is it really tragic? Finally, in a mysterious way a new hope transcends all…

This old love affair is rediscovered by a modern couple Martin Kendall and Susanne Gatling and as they uncover the story of Harry and Lottie, they are changed by it. In revealing this old story, their own lives in the late twentieth century take on a new direction. Out of the old love a new relationship has begun…

As this story unfolds the action moves between the Lake District, Germany, Los Alamos and Barbados. The issues are finally resolved when the four protagonists are brought together in Santa Fe New Mexico when, in a strange way, old and new loves find culmination.

A Greater Power (131,000 words) has been enthusiastically reviewed by numerous national and local organizations and web sites. One web site group placed it amongst the twenty best works of all types submitted nationally for review by fellow authors.

The book is available to buy now on Amazon Kindle.