“Wilk,” the latest adventure from Stephen Brooke (coming June 6) and its predecessor, “The Dictator’s Children,” would have to be considered, in the broad sense, historical fiction. We prefer to label them as historical adventure, which might be seen as a sub-genre.
The emphasis is on adventure. The narratives attempt to be period-accurate but there is no pretense that the events in the story could actually have happened, as in strict historical fiction. There is even a completely invented (meaning it is not a disguised version of a real place) Central American nation in “The Dictator’s Children,” in the tradition of such countries as Graustark or Ruritania.
“Wilk” takes place against the backdrop of Russia and China shortly after the end of the First World War, periods of revolution in both nations. Broadly, they are accurately portrayed, as are the logistics of Wilk’s trip across Asia. There is nothing that will jar ones perception of the reality of the setting.
Here is the official blurb for “Wilk”:
A connecting flight — as the aging Wilk returns to his native Poland he reminisces how, in the aftermath of the Great War, a young Jan Patrowski finds himself adrift. From the Russian Revolution to a China torn apart by factions and warlords, he strives to learn who he is. The decorated war hero and pilot? The clever mechanic and engineer? Or maybe a man in love who would throw away the rest of the world and lose himself in the heart of Asia.
Join him as he travels across a continent in a novel of adventure and a journey of discovery by Stephen Brooke, WILK.