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Laura Vasilion

Location: Chicago Area

About the Author

Laura E. Vasilion worked as a freelance writer for thirty years. Her credits include The Chicago Tribune newspaper and magazine, Baltimore Sun, Reader’s Digest, Entrepreneur, and The Des Moines Register, among others. Currently, she is focusing on fiction, essay, and blog writing. Samples of her work and award-winning blog, Talking to the World, can be found at lauravasilion.com.

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Voices Around the World Talk About Living Through the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. You'll hear from people in France, Scotland, London, New Zealand, the Phillipines, Italy, and more.

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Set against the backdrop of World War II, Maelstrom is a cross-genre novel of love, loss, and sacrifice. Inspired by the experiences of the author’s father, the novel follows Johnny Loring, a musician and Navy photographer, from New England to the harsh but ethereal island of Iceland.

 

The story begins in Boston on November 28, 1942, Johnny’s last night in port. Tensions between Johnny and his girlfriend, Libby, erupt that day, hours before a fire ravages the city’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub. Unable to find her in the aftermath, Johnny is forced to ship out, further fueling his anxieties about heading to war. At sea, ferocious winter gales batter his ship and Nazi U-boats wreak havoc on his convoy. Forced to capture these horrors on film, he is not prepared for the most disturbing one of all: the frozen bodies of dozens of young women bobbing in the North Atlantic.

 

Defying orders, Johnny keeps one of the photo slides of the classified event. What he must decide, as the war rages on, is whether his loyalty is to the government or his own conscious.

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