Category: Literary and Film Representation
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul W. Feenstra is most talented historical fiction novelist. He has authored three novels, The Breath of God, For Want of a Shilling, and Boundary. His fourth novel, Tied to Mae is is due to become published shortly.
Paul’s Meticulous research, and settings used in beautiful and mysterious New Zealand, lend the novels with an ideal tapestry against which his stories unfold. The books frequently detail early colonial life, and the impact colonialism had on native Maori. Says Feenstra, “History is about the untold story, and writing historical fiction is a wonderful way to present the past in a compelling and entertaining way.”
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1959, to Dutch immigrants, Paul still commutes frequently to Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a multiple ‘Emmy’ nominated entertainment industry professional. For over 25 years he called the USA home and was fortunate to travel extensively throughout the country. His two grown children still reside in Los Angeles.
Sought after as a public speaker by various learning institutions, professional member networks, and countless organisations, Paul has toured the length of New Zealand lecturing about his unique experiences in the Hollywood film and television industry. Recognised for his contribution in helping his country, Paul was honoured by the New Zealand government and invited to join the prestigious, ‘World Class New Zealand,’ network.
In his spare time he enjoys photography and wresting bears.
ABOUT THE NOVEL “BOUNDARY”
File Size: 3295 KB
Publisher: Lang Book Publishing, Limited (July 5, 2016)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
July 1839, without the knowledge of the English Government, the ship Tory, stealthily departed Plymouth, determined to reach New Zealand with the utmost speed. The objective, to purchase millions of acres of lands at the lowest possible price and then build the perfect society. The New Zealand Company called the first settlement Britannia, a civilization without the shortcomings and failings of a troubled English culture.
On board the Tory, a young Scottish couple indentured to the New Zealand Company are excited at the prospect of beginning a new life, Britannia is the Utopia they’ve been promised.
This is the story of adversity, the struggle to survive in the hardships of a new colony, and their fight to preserve morality and integrity in the face of greed, deception and injustice. For Andrew and Eleanor Stewart they must first battle the environment – they now live in fear for their lives.
On arriving in New Zealand, colonists and settlers discover it isn’t as advertised, and far from the paradise they were promised. The New Zealand Company show no restraint as surveyors measure, plot and divide, while disregarding mounting claims of illegally purchased lands and fraudulently obtained deeds.
Underestimating the Maori people, the Company test their patience, how much more can Maori withstand before they finally take action and rebel?
Befriended and aided by formidable Maori chiefs, the Stewart’s question
their own beliefs and values as they discover what lengths powerful men will go to satisfy their greed and lust for land. Caught between the loyalty to their employer, and helping Maori, Andrew and Eleanor encounter schemers and murderers, as they challenge the powerful New Zealand Company and the men who govern.
Using violence, and intimidation, one man can destroy it all, and threatens to topple everything – who will survive?
Accurately researched, this is a story of honour and integrity, and highlights
an often-misunderstood dark passage in New Zealand’s early colonial history.
Other Works completed and soon to be published are:-
“For Want of a Schilling”
“The Breath of God”
“Tied to Mae”
A wonderful Children’s Illustrated Series titled “The Adventures of Morley and Jack Rabbit” presented in endearing rhyming prose.
The Illustrations too (by Erika Husselmann), present a feast to the eyes and which children will well relate to.
Paul is a very talented author, whose potential to be diverse shown already in the genres he has thus far tackled, and which will entertain us with many hours of fine reading. We shall be eagerly looking out for more unique and quirky story concepts as time goes by. We are of the opinion that Paul’s books will fulfill all the film sectors’ criterion for riveting viewing and box office appeal, to the measure enjoyed by the afamed Hollywood award winning film “The Piano”, and I believe it is in the tradition of that film likewise set in historical New Zealand that Paul books “Boundary” and “For Want of a Schilling” in particular, will exude that same visual appeal and success of their afamed forerunner.
ABOUT – “THE BREATH OF GOD”
Publisher: Lang Book Publishing, Limited (September 6, 2016)
Believing God speaks to him through the archangel Gabriel, and
anointed with powers, Te Ua unites his people through a common
cause. He is determined to drive the imperial oppressors from
Maori land and return New Zealand to the righteous.
In early 1860’s New Zealand, the beautiful region of Taranaki
is engulfed in a brutal land war. Continuing with its unpopular
policy, the New Zealand government, bolstered by British soldiers,
seeks punitive and severe action against rebel Maori who openly
resist the Government’s determined e ort to confi scate their lands.
With regular army forces ill equipped to fi ght in the wilderness, the
specialist highly trained ‘Forest Rangers’ are tasked to pursue rebel
Maori deep into the rugged bush clad hills.
The Rangers newest recruit, Moana (Ira) Rangitira, a veteran of
the Crimean war, shows remarkable and unusual skills, Maori fear
and call him, ‘The ghost who walks’. Ira faces challenges that test
his will to survive, and can he protect what is closest to his heart, or
has everything been destroyed.
‘The Breath of God’ is the first novel in the Moana Rangitira
A magic work for discerning readers and a ‘must’ read, this fine work by Feenstra is also destined to the film sectors!!!