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Genre: Historical Fiction
Spring 1951: it is the fiery zenith of the Korean War, a war that the youthful US Army lieutenant Wesley Palm and his men thought that they had wonÖ until the Chinese swept across the Yalu River.
Traveling with the million-man army bent on driving back the march of ìAmerican imperialismî is Jasmine Young, a Chinese surgeon who has volunteered herself into the war for unspoken, grave reasons. Through a chronicle of merciless battles, freezing winters, and the brutality and hypocrisy of human nature, the two will find themselves weaving through the twists and turns of fate and destiny. Though their love is forbidden, their passion and pursuit of liberty cannot be quenched.
Praise for The Dance of the Spirits
“…On the surface, The Dance of the Spirits is a story of love and of war, but on a deeper level, it is a story of the misery that the communist ideology brought to millions of souls in the twentieth century. Whether that philosophy is related to nationalism, internationalism or faith, Catherine Aerie reminds readers that when a system that will entertain no contradiction in thought or deed comes to power, no one is safe — and no one is free. Aerie draws a vivid picture of war and its price, and a tender image of love…” – Readers’ Favorite (5 Stars)
“…a love that is stronger than all the horrors that war can throw at them… compelling…poignant… sensitive and beautiful…” – San Francisco Book Reviews (4.5/ Stars)
“Adversaries in the Korean War find love in Aerie’s debut novel. The story starts in the middle of a firefight… Out of the rubble, two characters emerge: an American officer… and a Chinese military doctor… Their paths cross again and again… In the intimacy of the war, these coincidences don’t feel forced, nor even particularly fated–it’s just the way things went… Readers will likely find Palm a decent, very human person, but Young has more complexity and vibrancy… As the war rages around them, Palm and Young fall in love… but their romance is ill-starred and open to tragedy. Aerie keeps readers on their toes with the twists…fleeting but intense…
An often engaging tale of a flickering moment of love during a forgotten war.” – Kirkus Reviews
Not just a powerful love story between adversaries during war, it is also an in depth presentation of communism. All aspects of communism including expectations, outlandish behavior as Mao ascends the ladder of power, as well the continual deplorable continuation of communism and the aftermath of war is also included in the story.
Aerie constructs a well written, extremely vivid and realistic portrait of war. Her writing is graphic leaving the reader running for cover as you are in the trenches or fighting for survival as a civilian. You are given privy to the carnage and destruction war brings to not only the military personal but the innocent and those risking themselves to tend to the victims. Well researched and given to the reader in a affecting, all plausible form.
Despite the heavy hand with communism, the political vibe sets the tone for the two main protagonists as well as understanding the revolution as a whole and its impact on all lives. The ending is extremely powerful and emotional reinforcing the rawness and brazen destructiveness of war.
The plot initially comes off a bit too dramatic, but as you continue reading you accept the dramatic feel and question if this is not a nonfictional story. Jasmine and Wesley were complimentary contrasts. Jasmine was presented naked to the reader. Wesley was more a mystery and relied upon Jasmine’s eye to complete his enigmatic puzzle.
A morose and sobering view of communist beliefs merging with the savagery of war weaved within a tragic romance.
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About the Author
Catherine Aerie, a graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a master degree in finance, grew up in China as the daughter of a Shanghai architect. She was inspired to write The Dance of the Spirits while researching a family memberís role in the Korean War, deciding to revive an often neglected and overlooked setting in fiction and heighten the universality of resilient pursuit of love and liberty. Her debut novel was finished after about two years of research. She currently resides in southern California.
The Dance of the Spirits Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, August 12
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, August 13
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, August 14
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Monday, August 18
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes
Tuesday, August 19
Review at Book Babe
Thursday, August 21
Review & Interview Back Porchervations
Friday, August 22
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
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