The Secret Viking

SecretViking-coverLARGEfinal_2THE SECRET VIKING

published on Kindle/Amazon, 2012
ISBN 978-0-9917380-0-7

Original jacket art and design by Marcus Kihn

1300-year-old Viking warrior poet, Thorsten the Rood, after a blow to the head at 44, stops aging and remains forever 44. In glimpses of his life, intertwined with fragments of his own poems, stories and dramas, The Secret Viking reveals how Thorsten keeps his secret and survives in a life-threatening world.

Thorsten learns early that he is not exactly immortal. From Viking days, when shipmates try to kill him, through later years, when he is in peril of being burnt at the stake, to the present where science, medicine and scholars are his latest threats, our hero, always writing, is constantly hiding behind changing identities all over the world to protect his secret. And his life.

A master of guile and deception, he is not only a host of Old Norse poets but also a Polish novelist, a Cornish playwright, a glue-exporting writer in Johannesburg and peripatetic marketer and writer Henry Wu. He has also been Cervantes, Pepys, Kafka and many others of note.

Professor August Dallou learns of the Viking’s secret existence while researching a recently deceased Canadian novelist who’d planned to reveal all in the book she was working on. Dallou sees, in the long-lived Viking, a treasure trove of history and literature that the world needs to know. Dallou simply must track down the elusive warrior poet of old to wring thirteen centuries of knowledge from him.

Since Thorsten has been many of history’s leading literary figures, the issues of writing are a major theme in his story. The relationship of author to literature, of literature to life, of author to god and of the character to his own tale are all woven into the book’s fabric.

A comic irony permeates this tale that is many tales. Transformation, trickery and tomfoolery prevail. If this concatenation of tales that leads us on with the mystery of a 1300-year-old writing Viking is, beneath it all, authorial artifice, which of the many authors in the book is the trickster? And where is he now? And who is he now?

UNSOLICITED PRAISE for THE SECRET VIKING:

“There are more twists in this plot than there are in a cheese danish! A wonderful read, I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a literary workout.” – first Amazon.ca reader review

“Can’t put it down… lots of fun… What a romp!” – second Amazon reader review

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