The Golden Key is set at the end of World War I, and as such, required a fair amount of research to write. It was an absolutely brutal war, ironically because this conflict favored defenders, which sounds like a good thing.
Due to the improved logistics and numerous European railroads, supplies could be shifted with far greater speed compared to any previous war. Soldiers dug in, waited for supplies, and…so did the other side. Then they started lobbing mortars, bombs, and bullets (with the now-standard machine gun) at the “enemy,” who were simply young men born on the wrong side of a border.
And the trenches wept with the blood of forty million dead and wounded, an estimated ten million of whom were civilians.
My story brought some hope to the trenches, in the form of a German farmer desperately searching for his missing son, and a small golden bird. But I’ll let the history speak for itself here.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns finally fell silent.
It’s up to us to keep them that way.
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