Imperial Russia Comes to Life in New Historical Novel

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Samuel Orloff witnesses seeds of revolution in Russian Empire in ‘The Tsar’s Guard’.

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As a child, author L.L. Otto grew up listening to the fascinating stories of his grandfather, who was once a member of the Russian Tsar’s Imperial Life Guard. For more than 200 years, the Life Guards protected the Russian Imperial family and served as the core of stability throughout the Russian Empire.

Otto’s new historical fiction, “The Tsar’s Guard: Trust and Honour” (published by Archway Publishing), combines thorough research with his grandfather’s exciting tales to create a coming-of-age story that portrays the honor of the guards and the beginning of the end of the Russian Empire.

Set in 1850s Ukraine, “The Tsar’s Guard” tells the story of Samuel Orloff, a young boy. Samuel knows his father was once a Life Guard, but his past is kept secret until Samuel meets Charles Kovnik, his father’s old friend from the guard who becomes his mentor.

As political unrest rages on, secrets are uncovered, and Samuel realizes that his family’s past has everything to do with his future. Will he follow in his father’s footsteps or choose a different path?

Otto writes, “The story highlights that life-paths cannot always be clearly chosen, but often thrust upon us by events, and it is how we deal with those events that define us.”

“The Tsar’s Guard”
By L.L. Otto
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 464 pages | ISBN 9781480807006
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 464 pages | ISBN 9781480806986
E-Book | 464 pages | ISBN 9781480806993
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
L.L. Otto lives with his wife in London, Ontario, close to their sons and families. He graduated from the University of British Columbia, and also earned an MBA from the Edinburg Business School at Heriot-Watt University, U.K. He owns and manages a successful consulting firm and writes historic fiction.

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