The Red Prince

Before the revolution of 1917, Russia’s last tsar taught his son that a prince knows no fear, but seventeen-year-old Prince Alexei has plenty of reasons to be frightened. Waking up in an isolated farmhouse, Alexei finds himself among peasants with a gunshot wound in his side. Unable to remember his past – who he is or how he got there – Sasha, as he now calls himself, is haunted by images that come to him in his dreams: a night of being hunted, a beautiful young woman he cannot save, and a strange and deadly machine.

Through it all, he is sure of only one thing: he despises the revolutionary Bolsheviks who have taken over his country. With the help of an unlikely ally, the clever and resourceful Elena, herself a Bolshevik, Sasha comes to accept his new life until his sudden arrest. When his memory returns, bringing with it the awful truth of what happened to his family, he also remembers a Russian state secret, the Calyx Project, a powerful new weapon the Bolsheviks may be poised to use. As the young Prince Alexei, he must choose between his love for Elena and his duty to his family and country. If he chooses the latter, can he get to the Calyx in time? But first, can he even find it? In his darkest hour, Alexei realizes the gold watch found hidden in his jacket lining may provide a vital clue.

From the marble halls of the tsar’s summer palace to the life of a hunted fugitive, The Red Prince is the story of a young man’s struggle to accept the loss of the world he knows and find his place in a new one.

(96,000 words)