A Story of Life Despite Challenges of War
The Crest tells the story of the Lange family, the men of whom serve their country through two world wars. Near the end of WWII, they flee their home in Silesia and relocate to Bavaria, where the threat of Russian aggression undermines their safety. It is dedicated to those folks forced to fight for what they believe in, to keep their family and their country safe. The Crest is Book I of The Prophecy saga, a story of war, prejudice, migration, crime, love, and heartbreak. Each story is intriguing and fast moving, written from the perspective of the people involved.
In the fall of 1914, Gerhard Lange excitedly receives orders from the Kaiserliche Deutsche Armee. He and his best friend, Otto Schmidt, are to join Germany’s battle with France. The young men quickly learn that there is no glory in war.
At the end of World War I, Gerhard and Otto return home broken men, and work alongside their fathers to restore the farming community they fought so valiantly to protect. Life remains tenuous as another war looms.
Concerned about the safety of their families, the Langes and Schmidts relocate to Bavaria. Once again, Gerhard’s commitment to his country is challenged, and he and his son, Paul, find themselves serving in an army lead by a tyrant. Despite the oppression of serving on the Eastern Front, a light is cast in Paul’s direction when he encounters Ilse-Renata Schickor.
As war rages around him, Gerhard worries about his family and how he will ensure the future of the Lange legacy.
The Prophecy saga spans over 70 years, and is a story of war, prejudice, migration, crime, love, and heartbreak. Each story is an intriguing, fast moving, historical fiction written from the perspective of the people involved. The Crest is dedicated to those folks who are forced to fight for what they believe in, to keep their family and their country safe.
Together, The Crest, The Emerald and The Destiny tell of the challenges and changes that external forces place on everyday people who are forced to rise above their own expectations to meet family obligations and responsibilities, no matter how reluctant they may be to do so. They provide the reader with an opportunity to consider life from an alternate perspective.
“The Crest is a well-researched page-turner set in Prussia, Germany in 1917. It follows the career of an idealistic, patriotic young man, Gerhard, as he leaves home to fight for Kaiser Wilhelm and the Fatherland. The story that unfolds is rich in historical detail and suspense. It was a pleasure to read Jerena Tobiasen’s novel both for its vivid imagery, vibrant prose and well developed characters.” – Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice, The Harem Midwife, and A Trial in Venice
“The Crest is an exceptionally well-written and detailed book. It follows the life of a German family through World War I and World War II–not something you read every day. The details are exquisite. I imagine that the author did a fair amount of research to get them right. If you like war stories with a human angle or sprawling family sagas, you will love this first book in the Lange family story.”
Malcolm van Delst, author of Do the Wrong Thing