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“An absorbing, addictive and bold story of early 20th century crime fuelled America.” — Books Tea & Me

In 1904 Czarist Russia, four-year-old Max witnesses the brutal murder of his mother by Russian soldiers. After the boy’s father extracts terrible revenge, father and son escape to New York, a teeming melting pot of immigrants. Max meets a young Polish girl, Sophie, who grows into a stunningly beautiful young woman. The two fall in love but their plans are shattered when Sophie is forced to marry a local crime boss and, once again, Max must watch as the most important person in his life is taken from him.
Thus begins Max’s ruthless climb to dominance of the New York underworld and Sophie’s transformation from a submissive girl to a strong woman who will allow no man determine her fate.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the imprint of long-standing Independent Flame Tree Publishing, dedicated to full-length original fiction in the horror and suspense, science fiction & fantasy, and crime / mystery / thriller categories. The list brings together fantastic new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices. Learn more about Flame Tree Press at and connect on social media @FlameTreePress

About The Author

Kenneth Bromberg grew up in the beach cities of Southern California with a passion for tennis, American history, and literature. His first novel, American Dreams, is based upon stories told by his grandmother, who emigrated from a small Jewish village near Kiev in the first years of the 20th century.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (July 25, 2019)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781787582934

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Raves and Reviews

“A complex and surprising read. With a diverse assortment of interconnected characters Kenneth Bromberg delves into the melting pot of American immigrant culture.”

– The Nerdy Girl Express

“There’s something of The Godfather to this sweeping novel. This is a narrative the time frame of which is generations, with a cast of characters to match. Apparently, the author found inspiration in stories of his own family passed down from his grandmother. It’s an involving tale that has the full gamut of experience: love, life, and death. All in all, it’s an intriguing tale well told.”

– NB Magazine

“An intriguing tale of family, loss, love, violence and power over generations….”

– The Bookwormery

“There’s a real human story driving the plot, and it’s full of abuse, love, lust, terrible consequences, power, violence, patriarchal dominance and family bonds. An absorbing, addictive and bold story of early 20th century crime fuelled America.”

– Books Tea & Me

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