Dr. Ken Czech & Mary A. Czech, writers
Kenneth (Ken) Czech & Mary A. Czech

2665 32nd Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304

Dr. Ken Czech has taught history both in secondary schools and in higher education. He has published books and numerous articles on a wide variety of historical topics.  His annotated bibliographies of the literature of exploration and big game hunting are quoted extensively by major auction houses and used book dealers worldwide.  Ken has received the Minnesota Book Award and the Chicago Public Library Reading Roundtable Award, and is a recipient of the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award. Ken is also active in the antiquarian book trade, specializing in works of travel, exploration, and sport. His stock can be viewed at www.abebooks.com d/b/a Classic Arms Books.  Ken's passion, however, has turned to writing historical novels. He is a member of The Historical Novel Society.

Mary A. Czech is a retired chemical dependency counselor. Her first book, LIKE A ROCK, co-authored with Teresa Rock, is now available from the authors.

         Ken's debut historical novel BEYOND THE RIVER OF SHAME, published by All Things That Matter Press, is now available from the author, from www.amazon.com, from barnesandnoble.com, and from www.allthingsthatmatterpress.com

"Fans of ... the Victorian era will find this book a gem" - 
Historical Novels Review

"I read [Beyond the River of Shame] in one sitting and recommend it highly" - 
Ross Seyfried, The Double Gun

"This excellent story is a fine example of maximum fact laced with minimal fiction" - Colonel Charles F.
Williams, Jr.

Seventeen-year-old Florie von Sass is stunned when British explorer Sam Baker thunders the winning bid for her at a slave auction.
Even more shocking is when Sam suddenly abandons her. With the Ottoman governor's slave catchers determined to return her
to bondage, Florie desperately follows Sam on a haunting and perilous journey from the savage shores of the Black Sea to the
uncharted heart of Central Africa.

Sam hadn't planned on attending a slave auction. He was, after all, on his way to unravel the riddle of the Nile River's sources.
But seeing the beautiful and proud Florie offered on the auction block strikes a chord deep within, and he calls out the final bid.
He quickly realizes that his noble attempt to save her presents a dilemma: the scandal of buying a slave will not only destroy his
family and reputation in Victorian-era England, but will jeopardize his dreams of fame. 

BEYOND THE RIVER OF SHAME, the fictionalized account of this true story of Sam Baker and the woman he comes to love,
follows this unlikely pair into the depths of unknown Africa as they are enmeshed in a struggle against wild beasts, killer diseases,
and the horrors of a slave trade that has spread its tentacles to the very headwaters of the Nile. Though Florie and Sam's courage
and love will be driven to the breaking point, the lure of the mysterious "Dead Locust Lake" draws them on to their climactic
showdown with the slave catchers.

Signed copies available from the author at $16.95 plus $3 shipping. Also available at www.amazon.com as a softcover or e-book
on Kindle. Also available at Barnes & Noble. 
Payment my check or money order, or via Paypal payable to classbk@cloudnet.com


Bright blue sky and perfect "fast snow." What started as an exciting day of skiing ended in Teresa Rock's near death battle for survival after collapsing on a Colorado mountain.

 LIKE A ROCK is the true account of this vibrant young woman's courage and persistence to recover from a devastating brain hemorrhage that robbed her of life's abilities we all take for granted.

 Teresa's story is a testament to the struggle of letting go in order to accept help. It reveals how her past prepared her to access inner strengths and the will to persevere.   

Signed copies of LIKE A ROCK are available from the author at $15.95 plus $3 shipping. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Mary A. Czech and sent to 2665 32nd Street SE, Saint Cloud, MN 56304. Payment is also accepted via Paypal to classbk@cloudnet.com 

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