Did Helen choose to run off to Troy with Paris, or did he force her to go with him? Two orphans of the Trojan War, the tragic conflict Helen’s elopement or abduction precipitated, search for the answer to one of the oldest questions in history—and discover much more.
Asymmetric Worlds has published Ron’s ninth novel, Helen’s Orphans.
The first chapter and more are free to read with Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature.
“Tender, compelling. A dazzling tale. History, myth, intrigue, and long-buried secrets mark this beautifully told tale. Fritsch’s extraordinary storytelling abilities shine as he brings to life the larger-than-life heroes and villains of Trojan war mythology. His portrayal of Agamemnon’s political ambition, Hector’s obliviousness to impending danger, the ill-fated duel between Hector and Patroclus, the showdown between Achilles and Hector, the tragic death of Paris all are evoked with skill and passion, as are individual struggles and personal conflicts. Helen is a greatly torn woman whose beauty and personal choices have tragic consequences on an epic scale. Fritsch is at his strongest when he portrays Helen as the gentle compassionate royal who makes it her life purpose to help the less fortunate orphans. The great mythic war between Trojans and Greeks is portrayed with skill and precision. The first-person narrative told in Helen and Timon’s voices is engrossing, and the continuous surprising reveals keep the reader invested throughout. The skillfully evoked era and meticulously researched period details, combined with the crisp, straightforward prose and smoothly paced narrative make for a page-turning story pulsing with romance, sacrifice, conspiracies, betrayals, and battles. Lovers of Greek mythology and historical fiction won’t want to miss this one.” The Prairies Book Review (BooksCoffee)
“Fritsch spins a complex web of secrets and revelations that keep the reader engaged throughout. His plot lines are constantly moving forward to an inevitable collision. His ability to objectively examine alternative angles of a classical work is commendable.” The US Review of Books (Mihir Shah)