The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell

The Wooden King

Czechoslovakia, 1939: Snow is falling over the city when the Nazis invade. Before the ice on the roads has a chance to melt, everything has changed for the country—and for Viktor Trn.It isn’t obvious at first. The day-to-day realities of occupation take time to sink in. After losing his job as a history professor, Trn remains optimistic, preserving what little he can of his family’s dwindling freedom. In his family’s small apartment, the ...

Details The Wooden King

TitleThe Wooden King
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherHub City Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Wooden King

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love.Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive.I found this book hard to get into. Thomas McConnell’s prose is not initially easy to follow, but once you get into the swing the language he uses cleverly constructs images and ideas.As the war progresses Trn...
  • Annie
    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his life in Prague during World War II. In spite of everything that happens—having his country stolen, losing his job, seeing his Jewish neighbors rounded up, slowly st...
  • Allen Whitaker
    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importantly, what are the consequences of those choices? Many books are full of the stories of heroes who choose action in the face of adversity. Set against the backdrop ...
  • Nissa
    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical piece and takes readers deep into the historical events of the war in Czechoslovakia. Brilliantly well-written and the characters are well-developed. Readers will ...
  • Jim Dunlap
    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it.