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Achim’s Story – A Riveting True Historical Fiction of Love, Loss, and Survival Amidst WWII’s Perils

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Achim's Story - A Riveting True Historical Fiction of Love, Loss, and Survival Amidst WWII's Perils

In her debut novel, "Achim's Story," author Bettina Spicer Owens takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the tumultuous life of Joachim Wedekind zur Horst, a merchant seaman and one of the scarce survivors of the harrowing sinking of the Steuben in 1945. This gripping historical fiction is not just a recollection of wartime events; it's a poignant exploration of human resilience and the enduring impact of choices.

Joachim's saga begins with tragedy, set against the backdrop of pre-Hitler Germany. Born into an upper-class family, he unravels a life shrouded in deception, discovering the perilous consequences of his inquisitiveness as Germany succumbs to Hitler's influence. Dreams of the sea, a forbidden passion, propel Joachim into World War II, where he sails on merchant ships, earns the Iron Cross from Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, and faces the ultimate test of survival aboard the ill-fated Steuben.

The novel delves into Joachim's wartime experiences, weaving a narrative enriched by love, tragedy, fear, friendship, betrayal, joy, and luck. As a survivor, Joachim grapples with the indelible impact of his choices during the rise of Hitler, narrating a firsthand account that echoes the resilience of citizens during the war. Supported by meticulous research and Achim's actual logs, this is an intimate portrayal of a young merchant seaman's trials and triumphs.

Praise for Achim's Story:

"This is a historical fiction novel, infused with facts from the life of the main character, as told to his stepdaughter, the author. The book is supported by extensive research, and actual logs kept by Achim. This is a firsthand account of the impact to the citizens during the rise of Hitler, as experienced by a young merchant seaman. Achim was actively engaged in naval maneuvers, barely surviving the sinking of his ship.

It's a story of war and the resulting deaths, with an emphasis on the power of moving forward with life in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Achim survives the war and goes on to live a life filled with optimism. I really enjoyed reading this book!"
- piratemama

“Great story that keeps you engaged throughout the book. Incredible that this took place in just a few short years - really puts things in perspective about the plight of the German people post-war, also just the general difficulty to get information in a timely fashion (v/s almost instantly knowing where anyone is now-a-days). Enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of the chapters - some of those were new and they are keepers!” - Jonathan Peyton

About the Author:

Bettina Spicer Owens, a retiree from LSU Health Sciences Center's information technology department, unveils her literary prowess with "Achim's Story." As the daughter of a Navy veteran, Bettina draws inspiration from her German stepfather's tales, crafting a narrative that transcends time and captivates readers with its authenticity.

Book Name: Achim's Story: A Novel Based on the Eventful Early Life of Joachim Wedekind zur Horst
Author Name: Bettina Spicer Owens
ISBN Number: 979-8843447069
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