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The Willy Lauer series takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. Here you follow the brave hero Willy Lauer and his gifted heroine Raja Romanova on their adventures.

In this book, The Letter of Marque, they meet a new obstacle. They need the government’s license to attack and capture enemy vessels.

Young fisherman Willy Lauer had been proud to sail into Fredrikshald with his first capture: the Swedish pleasure craft The Sea Lion, which he had managed to take in the most devious way thanks to his close friend Raja Romanova. Most of the citizens had shown up. It was quite the reception. But when Carsten Tank, the shipowner, opened his mouth to say: “Oh God, Willy. What is this nonsense?” with a horrified expression on his face, Willy Lauer realised that he had misunderstood. The grand celebration was for The Avenger of Wrath; not Willy’s conquest, The Sea Lion.
“Nonsense?” Willy said with a crooked smile. “Is that what you call this? Capturing a vessel.”
Tank laughed and shook his head. “Capturing, you say. Do you have a letter of marque?”

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Look out Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower. Here comes your challenger from Norway. With the help of his good friends and the maze that is the Norwegian archipelago, the poor fisherman Willy Lauer fights to become a privateer, so he can hit the British Navy where it hurts and fight for Norwegian independence. And, of course, to make a small fortune for himself and his crew.

But, above all, he wants to win the heart of the woman he loves.

The Sea Lion is the first book in the Willy Lauer series that gives the reader a unique insight into the Norwegian fight against England during the Napoleonic Wars, where Norwegian seamen were fierce, smart warriors, just like the Vikings before them.

The first book in the series follows Willy in the early stages of his career. It marks the beginning of a vast adventure, complete with sea battles and voyages in the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention love, personal drama, and much more, that will continue to unfold in the books to come.

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Tubbe Eriksson has received a concerning royal request: his assistance is required for a meeting with the Hanseatic League. Tubbe fears that it may be a trap and that an event from his past is about to catch up with him. At worst, he risks being accused of high treason. Therefore, he tries to recall the events that transpired 10 years prior – a very dramatic and intricate affair. Tubbe himself believes he acted in good faith.

The Curse of Goodness is a fierce novelette in which good intentions have unexpected consequences. And this book, written by the Norwegian author Tom Thowsen, offers a different angle on the story in his previous novel, Kayaweta.

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The Norwegian archaeologists Elise and Jim find an iron chest at Lyse Abbey, which may change the history books forever. An old map leads to a discovery journey in the United States, where Elise begins to see visions. A voice from the past guides her; the mysterious Kayaweta—a Native American woman. All of this becomes two stories woven together into one, in the Middle Ages and the present. With knights, monks and Native Americans. Love, power struggle and drama. Even the relationship between Elise and Jim is at risk. Career, friendship—everything is at stake.

Here are some reviews: 

«The story of the Kensington Rune Stone, whether true or false, is one of the most peculiar chapters in the history of the Norse explorers. It has been written so much on the subject that it could have filled up a whole library alone. But strangely enough, no one has ever written a suspense novel based on this fantastic story – until now. «Kayaweta» tells an exciting tale in the most breath-taking way, a good read from page one to the very last sentence – a page turner all the way!
Knut Rage, Executive Manager, Tysnes Public Library (Norway)”

“I was thrilled to discover that Tom Thowsen’s novel Kayaweta is now available in English. This Norwegian’s novel is a real page-turner. I finished it in a single night shift. It is two stories in one; twice the bang for your buck. The main characters for the modern part of the story are very likable college students, who are working on an excavation of a medieval Monastery in Norway. Their discovery of a map that should not exist sets them on a wild journey of intellectual discovery, academic cover-ups and even a high-speed chase ending in gunfire. Thowsen’s sparse style uses sharp dialogue and a gradually feeding in of clues that make the reader feel like they are there. You get drawn in and really care what happens to these grad students, as they are sucked into a conspiracy that they are not ready for, concerning a runestone that really was discovered in the middle of America, dated 1362, that was discovered in 1898. It is the interplay of fiction, historical fact and investigatory speculation that makes “Kayaweta” unique. The title character lives in the mid-14th century and is married to Paul Knutson, a Norwegian explorer that was sent to America, then known only as Vinland, to compel the Viking settlers, who fled the Greenland colony to live with amongst the Native Americans, to return to Christianity, pay their tithes to the church and recognize the authority of the king of Norway and Sweden. When a second Norwegian expedition arrives to see why Knutsson did not return, a conflict develops with the Knights Templar. It was a stroke of genius to add a band of monks, including the renowned astronomer and map-maker Nicholas of Lynne to the expedition. Knutsson’s daughter also shows up in America and she is not too happy to discover her father’s Native American second wife. I do not want to give too much away, so I will simply say that Thowsen’s medieval tale presents his best explanation of how and why the Kensington Runestone was created and left in Minnesota and why academics continue to argue about it. It is the author’s hope that his novel will inspire the readers to follow up with some research of their own. He runs a very active facebook group of amateur researchers called “The Kensington International Supporters Club” and provides several leads in his book that are worth looking up. Reading “Kayaweta” might just launch you onto your own intellectual adventure if you get bit by the runestone bug.

By Erik Sven Rurikson

This novel has also received good feedback from Norwegian newspapers.

“Thowsen manages to combine facts with fiction and writes excellent novels.”
Halden Arbeiderblad

“The author sparkles with the joy of storytelling and knowledge.»

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Frits and Veronica, a young couple in south-eastern Norway, purchases an old house near the walls of Fredriksten Fortress. During restoration work, they discover some intriguing surprises. A hidden passage and a diary from the 1800s. The diary reveals the heartbreaking life of the owner, which also leads them to solve a murder mystery. But there is more. The old house reveals even more shocking and creepy secrets. And there is a treasure! And who is The White Lady …

The White Lady is Tom Thowsen’s attempt at breathing new life into two urban legends from his childhood home in Norway: the tales of the White Lady and the secret passage said to exist between Fredriksten Fortress and the town of Halden. The author’s depiction of Halden is supported by his personal experience living on Festningsgata in the 80s.

The first edition(2015) of this book was a bestseller in Halden.

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