April 2019

Playing Chess with God

                                                                                    by Verne R. Albright

NUMBER ONE on Calgary Herald’s BEST-SELLER List!

Five Star Rating at Amazon and Goodreads!

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Henning Dietzel, at the urging of a Chilean prostitute named Encinas, investigates rumors of gold in California prior to the 1849 rush. Intrigued he heads to the Gold Country to stake his claim. When others flee a brutal winter, Henning perseveres, and by the time the Forty-Niners arrive, he’s already a wealthy young man.

His saga is a sweeping tale of fortune and misfortune, discovery and tragedy, love and loss. From the backwaters and boardrooms of early San Francisco to malaria infested jungles and a guano island off the coast of Peru, Henning’s search for meaning and purpose eventually brings him to realize that all that glitters is not necessarily gold.

What Readers Are Saying:

Rich cast of characters…Didn’t want to put it down…Would make a delightful gift…Looking forward to more books by this author…Clever dialogue…Intriguing and fascinating…Brilliantly written!

Press Review:

“Written by an author with a genuine flair for originality, deftly crafted narrative storytelling, and a knack for creating memorable characters.”  Midwest Book Review

The Wrath of God

                                                by Verne R. Albright

Features Epic 500 Mile Desert Horse Race between 2 Peruvian Pasos

NUMBER FIVE on Calgary Herald’s BEST-SELLER List!

Glowing Reviews at Amazon and Goodreads!

Sequel to Playing Chess with God

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Henning Dietzel’s attempt to rebuild his businesses—destroyed by a massive tidal wave—is complicated by a desire to also enjoy a satisfying personal life. Quick to recognize opportunity, he amasses an agricultural empire the size of a small country. But his fortunes rise and fall during three disastrous wars followed by struggles with an unscrupulous competitor, a crooked judge, and a slave trader.

All the while he doggedly courts Martine Prado, a feisty, beautiful, seemingly unattainable Peruvian aristocrat whose liberation is a century ahead of its time. Henning accepts her proposal of a mutually advantageous marriage, which combines their haciendas. Rocky at first, the relationship improves until an astonishing, out-of-nowhere answer to Henning’s prayers threatens to destroy it.

What Readers Are Saying:

Wonderful read…Couldn’t put it down…Many twists and turns…A grand adventure…Takes you on a real adventure, looking forward to what unfolds next…Its twists and turns leave you wanting more!

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Verne R. Albright – Author Bio

“My earliest memory,” six foot, nine inch Verne Albright remembers, “is of an English class where the teacher assigned a one-page story. The other students’ reaction was summed up by a boy who exclaimed, ‘How will I ever write a whole page!’ I however, wrote twenty and in the process discovered my life’s first passion.”

At twenty-one, Verne traveled to Peru and was enchanted by the country and its people. During that first visit he, his wife, and their year-old daughter traveled by jeep in the Andes Mountains of four nations. Over the next half-century he returned to Peru sixty-four times and imported over two hundred of its Paso horses—including a pair he took overland to California, a nine-month trek of over five thousand miles in eleven nations. Riding much of the way, he came face-to-face with killer deserts, witch doctors, bandits, avalanches, poisonous reptiles, vampire bats, and a violent revolution. His next book The Ultimate Trail Ride, is a rewrite for general audiences of his Best-Seller about that journey.

“Finding a true calling is a miracle experienced by few,” he once said, “and Peru provided me with two. I promoted its Paso horses world-wide for over fifty years and more recently began writing historical fiction set in its fascinating past and rich culture.”

Verne is a master story teller and his novels are so well written that they’ve already begun appearing on Best-Seller Lists. And why not? He has lived adventures at least as exciting as the ones about which he writes.