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Guiding Stars
by Julius Ling  Julius Ling 

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Publisher:  Trafford Publishing ISBN-10:  1552126803 Type: 


Copyright:  Nov 1 1999

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Guiding Stars is a historical love story-- a fiction with the sound of biographic reality-- built on the Hungarian revolution. The story plays out in 1956 Hungary, Australia and Canada.

In the early nineteen-forties the Second World War was raging in full force on Soviet soil. When the Soviet army turned the German military force around, it was a matter of time before they reached and fought on Hungarian soil. The Soviets reached Budapest at Christmas time in 1945.Defeating Germany, the Soviet communist power spread over Eastern Europe, including Hungary. The country was soon paralized by the choking terror that was called the Stalin era. In desperation the terror squeezed the Hungarian people into revolution in 1956. Guiding us through the dark years of Communism, what life was like behind the iron curtain, GUIDING STARS was built on this crucial period of history. Julius Ling illustrates the 1956 Hungarian revolution in vivid and unforgettable color-- brining to the forefront the heroic struggle; sharing with us the few days of unforgettable but bittersweet victory. Then, as a brutal les son, people learn the shocking price to be paid for an impossible dream- - freedom. What makes it unique is that it was the first time in history that a tiny nation of ten million people was able to deafeat the Soviet World Power and force them out of the country! But this is not a book about Hungary, rather it is the story of two young lovers, torn apart by a dreadful act of Soviet oppression. Excerpt
Then, after a foreboding silence, the attack began. The sound of heavy guns rumbled in the distance, ominously advancing to the heart of the sleeping city. Its citizens did not yet know the Russians had started to retake their capital. By the time the sun rose, painting the autumn skyline with a faint pink, the rattle of machine guns and cannons were drilling the horror into their unsuspecting brains. It was as if two million people had been sleeping on a barrel of gunpowder that suddenly exploded. Then, they heard Imre Nagy's dramatic voice on the radio, repeating desperately over an over: "At dawn, the Soviet troops attacked our capital with the obvious purpose of overthrowing the new Hungarian democratic government. Our army is fighting the attack. This is my message to the Hungarian people and to the free world. God Bless our nation!" The Hungarian national anthem followed every message. So, once again, an embittered nation stood eye-to-eye against one of the world's strongest powers. The most tenacious battles took place at Kilian barracks, the Royal Castle and Csepel. The freedom fighters soon realized that this counter attack was a deadly fight. The Soviets, armed to the teeth, aimed for total annihilation. Every shot by the Hungarians was answered with heavy artillery barrages. After a few days, the freedom fighters realized that it would be suicide to resist any further. Their surrender altered the lives of millions forever, including Andrew's.

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Message from Budapest
Dear Mr. Ling; I am happy to inform you that the flame of GUIDING STARS had not died out from the sky of the Hungarian literature. By a professional jury, your book has been rewarded with the honorary title of the Second Best Novel in the last decade of the twentieth century. (Both fellow compatriots are living abroad.) The first title went to K. T. TRIOLOGY OF THE DANUBE, which itself indicates the high level of evaluation in which your book has been recognized, and the success will remain engraved forever. Accept my sincere congratulations! = Gyula Nyitrai, chief editor of NEMZETOR.(Nation's Guard.)

It is rare to find a good book. If you love to read, Guiding Stars is the book for you! It will give you the ultimate pleasure you are searching for. It is a historical novel, a sensational love story. It starts in the early fifties with the Communist rein of terror which triggers the Hungarian revolution in 1956. After the Soviet counter-attack, the returning terror forced the freedomfighter hero, Andrew Dombrady to leave the country. Having no chance to say good-bye to his love, Katie, they both disappeared from the face of the earth. "I will never stop loving you," Katie said, but after the years of desperate searching Andrew began to wonder: Will they ever see each other again? This is a breathtaking saga of faith and courage that will keep you spellbound; the story is "begging" to be read. You cannot help but fall in love with this story. All this for only $24.95, and $5.00 postage. Julius Ling, 591 Delora Dr. Victoria, B.C. V9C 3S2 Canada. E-mail:

Mr.Ling, congratulations for your excellentbook ! In Guiding Stars the story rolls smoothly and I could not stop reading until I've finished it. I'm happy to have it in my 2,500 book collection... Mr. Ling; my wife literally fell in love with your book. There is a magnetic pull in the pages, as one chapter rolls into the next. It is a rare book that is truly begging to be read. Congratulations! ------ ...Please, keep writing, your book was brilliant! I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am 94 and I want to read your next book....

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Reader Reviews for "Guiding Stars"

Reviewed by Harry 8/19/2001
I was taken back in time and location to Hungary and the lives of two caught up in the tragedy of revolution. Thoroughly enjoyed the book as it recounted the details of how we all have a guiding star in our life.

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