I’ve met this multi-published author before, but Gabriel Timar’s book, Aura Of War is so flawless with its convoluted espionage details that I couldn’t put it down. The life history of Baron Arthur DeVendt’s military career is an above average read. It is so real, so believable, that I could have sworn this writer was telling his own life’s experience. Yes, it is that good. If you doubt me, read it yourself. Not only is this book a keeper, but I rate it a 5+. You’ll not find a single plot glitch, or unexpected snag within the fabric of this story. It’s the history of one man’s military accomplishments, in a war that tears his family, and homeland of Hungary asunder.
Conger Books Reviews
Gabriel Timar draws on his own experiences as a cadet at an elite military school in Hungary to give credence to his latest novel, “Aura of War”.
Arthur, his main character is a likeable honest, professional soldier with whom it is easy to sympathise. As a boy he is enrolled into a military academy against his wishes and finds himself involved in the last days of the war. The author has chosen a straightforward prose style to match the progression of his hero’s career from cadet to officer in the intelligence service. Arthur’s adventures, which take him from Hungary to Paris and the Foreign Legion, keep you wanting to know what is going to happen to him next.
The story covers a little known period in the history of world war 2 and provides a depth of insight into the hardships endured. The use of real street names and places give the novel an authentic feel and a unique flavour of the times.
This is a war novel with a difference, a worthwhile read, by an author with a deep knowledge of his subject.
Margaret Birks and Jean Rosser
authors of Treasures from an Earthen Pot
Born in Hungary in 1932, a cadet at the elite military school of Nagykaroly during World War II, Gabriel Timar studied civil engineering at the Budapest University. Taking active part in the 1956 revolution, he decided to defect to the West. In the United Kingdom he worked as a structural designer. Ten months later he immigrated to Canada and worked as an engineer. After seven years, he got his first contract in Asia. For the next twenty-odd years he worked in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific as a consulting engineer, chief executive officer, United Nations environmental engineering advisor and finally as a professor. In 1982 he married, returned to Canada with his Hungarian wife, and taught environmental engineering at Seneca College in Toronto. In 1994 he retired as the Chair of the School of Civil and Resources Engineering Technology. All his life he enjoyed writing novels, articles, and plays both in English and Hungarian. From 1997 he regularly contributed articles to Kanadai Magyarság, the largest North American Hungarian language weekly under the pseudonym Gabor Bendeguz. In 2000, his novel A Bardán kapcsolat was nominated for the Zsoldos award, recognizing the year's best Hungarian sci-fi. In 2004, his novel Hades Connection, another sci-fi was published in the USA. This novel is being translated to Russian. In 2005, Helikon Kiadó launched his historical novel, H?sök vagy b?nösök in Budapest. In 2006, Assassins' Club, a thriller was published in the USA, and Menni vagy maradni in Hungary by Kairosz Kiadó. In 2007, his latest Hungarian language novel, A fegyverek árnyékában was published by Püski Kiadó. An adventure story, Air Mogadishu, published in July 2008, and another sci-fi, Novgorod diary reached the North American market a month later. The Stop the war was published in April 2009.
His romantic adventure, the Lions, kisses, and petrodollars is coming out later in 2009, and he just contracted for the publication of Love or die.
He also wrote several manuals and college textbooks published by the Province of Ontario, Seneca College, United Nations and the University of Malawi. Occasionally, he accepts consulting engineering assignments.