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WW1 Re-enactors Board Train for Book Launch


First world war re-enactors will board the Waterloo Central Railway’s 1923 CP train car in uptown Waterloo this Friday, to help launch local author Kenneth Tam’s latest novel. The Reprisal is the third book in Tam’s His Majesty’s New World series, the first two volumes of which were launched at events in Newfoundland in 2008 and 2009.

“We’re thrilled to be launching The Reprisal here in Waterloo,” Tam says. “Newfoundland has been a wonderful host for the first two launches in this series, but this event gives us the opportunity to introduce many new readers to this historical Canadian adventure.”

In the His Majesty’s New World alternate history series, explorers in the rocky mountains discover gateways to another planet in the year 1881. The British Empire – represented by Canada – and the United States quickly partner to colonize this rich new world, thus changing history as we know it.

Following the first two books in the series, The Grasslands and The Frontier, The Reprisal joins the alternate timeline in 1919, when the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, an American drifter named Smith, and two mysterious ladies are plunged into adventures on the new world.

“Alternate history takes the past we know and throws in an unexpected twist,” explains Tam. “In The Reprisal we get to ask what might happen if our grandparents’ generation, with their different worldview and technology, had the chance to mount old-fashioned adventures on another planet.”

The support of the Waterloo Central Railway and the re-enactors of the Canadian Military Heritage Society will add a special dimension to the book launch, providing guests with first-hand look at the settings and characters that can be found in The Reprisal.

“This is a unique opportunity for us,” Tam elaborates. “I write a lot of science fiction, so it’s rare to have the chance to show people exactly what they’ll be reading about. At this event, we’ll be aboard the same kind of train the characters ride in the book, and interacting with soldiers from that period.”

An experienced author, Tam has released more than twenty novels since 2003. In that time he has travelled from coast to coast for book events, classroom visits, writing workshops, and as a guest author at numerous conventions. He is also a partner in Iceberg Publishing, the Waterloo-based company he started with his family in 2002.

The Reprisal launches at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 11, aboard the Waterloo Central Railway’s 1923 Canadian Pacific car. The train will remain in the station on Father David Bauer Drive for the event, which is open to the public.