In The Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen one single resistance rescue action is described taking place in Occupied Norway, 1943. An allied plane is shot down. The brave fifteen-year-old Kari Dahlstrøm locates the wreck and finds the American pilot Lance Mahurin. Pretending to be part of the Norwegian resistance she offers to guide Lance to the Swedish border. More people are hunting on Mahurin, such as Kari’s father Erling and the Nazi Oberleutnant Conrad Moltke hunt them down, Kari begins to fall for Lance. Will Lance and Kari reach neutral Sweden in time, and not get stuck in the icy winter landscape? Love blossoms and dies, will hate prevail or man’s virtue? A rather short, and straightforward war story mixed with love and a fine taste of culture and languages (German, Norwegian, Swedish) next to the main plot set in English.
About the author
Kirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from the University of Southern California and is currently an assistant professor in the cinema program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. His first novel, Tomorrow City, was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by The New Jersey Star-Ledger. He also wrote and produced the feature film Gavagai, which was directed by Rob Tregenza. He lives in Essen, Germany with his wife and two children.
I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.