Hoffnungslose Ziele

Hoffnungslose Ziele book cover

Hoffnungslose Ziele is a dark fantasy novel which takes place in 1860s Prussia. I’d like to tell you a little about my book and introduce you to some of the major characters:

Against the backdrop of Continental Europe in the 1860s, in a world where witches, werewolves, and vampires are real, Hoffnungslose Ziele is quintessentially a story about coming of age and confronting the horrors of innocence lost and finding one’s way in an often unforgiving world. Four friends from a rural farming village in eastern Prussia–Anna, Christine, Karl, and Gustav–find themselves thrust into the adventure of a lifetime: a dark and at times hopeless journey in which more than one “lost cause” must be taken up, or that which each holds most dear abandoned.

The story begins with best friends Anna and Christine dabbling in witchcraft for the protection of Christine’s fiancée, Karl, as he is about to enter conscripted military service in the Prussian Army. While Anna’s Catholic faith is being tested, however, a more sinister trial awaits: a 300 year old vampire takes an unhealthy interest in her. As her friends begin a desperate search, they meet various friends and foes along the way–including a mysterious demigoddess from the pagan world whose intentions are anything but clear.

Here is a brief sample of how the story begins.

You can purchase a copy of my book on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books. Regular cost is $5.99 for the eBook version and $20.16 for the paperback (print) version.

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Name: Anna Maria Veller

Height: 5’5” (165 cm)

Hair color: Chocolate-brown

Eye color: Blue

Blood type: A (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 24 August 1848

Relationships: Best friends with Christine Gauger. Romantically interested in Gustav Strehl.

Additional Info: Peasant farm girl from the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). She has numerous siblings, but is closest to her older brother August and her younger brother Hans.

Name: Christine Elisabeth Gauger

Height: 5’6” (167.5 cm)

Hair color: Dirty-blonde

Eye color: Green

Blood type: AB (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 3 March 1848

Relationships: Best friends with Anna Veller. Engaged to be married to Karl Rhode.

Additional Info: Peasant farm girl from the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). She is an only child, and her family are somewhat outcast due to rumors her great aunt is a pagan witch.

Name: Karl Gottlieb Rhode

Height: 5’11” (181 cm)

Hair color: Brown

Eye color: Amber

Blood type: O (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 18 January 1845

Relationships: Best friends with Gustav Strehl. Engaged to be married to Christine Gauger.

Additional Info: Peasant farm boy from the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). He is rumored to be descended from a werewolf, but the bloodline has grown too thin and he is without the power to transform.

Name: Gustav August Strehl

Height: 5’9” (177 cm)

Hair color: Ash-blonde

Eye color: Grey

Blood type: B (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 14 March 1845

Relationships: Best friends with Karl Rhode. Romantically interested in Anna Veller.

Additional Info: Peasant farm boy from
the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). He has always been shy, especially around women, but doesn’t know when to quit if he perceives someone he cares about is in trouble.

Name: Johann Wilhelm Ehlers

Height: 5’11” (181 cm)

Hair color: Dark brown

Eye color: Brown

Blood type: O (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 17 September 1838

Relationships: Best friends with Konrad von Brendemühl, the only son of a lesser Pomeranian lord. The two are rumored to be unduly familiar with each other/romantically involved.

Additional Info: Son of a wealthy merchant family from Pomerania (modern day West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland).

Name: Constanţa

Height: 5’3” (160 cm)

Hair color: Very dark brown

Eye color: Amber and wolf-like

Blood type: O (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 2 April 1837

Relationships: Open to almost any relationship

Additional Info: Noblewoman from an extinct Romanian family. One of the last surviving werewolves, whose primary motivation is the continuation of her bloodline (numerous attempts to become pregnant have failed).

Name: Jacobus

Height: 6’0” (183 cm)

Hair color: Black

Eye color: Red

Blood type: AB (Rh Negative)

Birth date: About 1566

Relationships: Has many “wives” he has turned into vampires. Consorts with demons and seeks prestige, power, and admiration.

Additional Info: Carries himself as a foreign nobleman, although his exact origins are unclear. While he comes across as arrogant, narcissistic and abusive in his relationships, deep down he is very insecure and afraid of rejection. After initially being less choosy about which mortals he made undead companions/servants out of, for at least the past mortal lifetime, Jacobus has selected a very specific victim profile: short, petite, brown haired, blue eyed teenage girls.

Name: Metia

Height: 5’7” (170 cm)

Hair color: Dirty-blonde

Eye color: Yellow “whites” of her eyes, flame-like irises, infinitely dark “world swallowing” pupils

Blood type: Unknown (part god)

Birth date: Born outside of time in the realm of the Old Gods, but due to her conception in the human world, “born”/able to enter human history on or after 23 June 1866. Metia enters human history on 24 June 1866 at the age of 18 human years, giving her a “constructive” birth date of 23 June 1848.

Relationships: Daughter of Peckols (Old Prussian God of Death) and a mortal (human) mother. Takes a keen interest in the mortals Christine Gauger, Anna Veller, and Gustav Strehl.

Additional Info: Demi-goddess with powers relating to death. Due to her dual-nature of human and god, she is able to reveal herself  simultaneously in both the Visible (material) World and the Invisible (spiritual) World, and directly influence human events.

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All text and images are Copyright © 2017 Kevin Reinholz. The beautiful “Hoffnungslose Ziele” cover art and character portraits you see on this page were created by José del Nido, http://josedelnido.com/.

7 thoughts on “Hoffnungslose Ziele

    1. As noted on my home page, sadly, the launch of the book has been delayed…but hopefully only by a few weeks. In terms of quality, I believe the wait will be well worth it. One bonus is a new and improved cover! Stay tuned…and please be patient. It should still hit shelves later this month!

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  1. While we all wait for my book to launch, I’ve linked a sample to the first 40 or so pages to this page so you can check it out for yourselves. Hopefully this will hold you over until the complete work is available in both print and eBook!

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  2. Update: as of Sep 19th, you can find the Kindle edition of my book on Amazon.com. Paperback should follow shortly on both Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, as should eBook on iBooks and Nook. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. I noted this on my home page already, but the cost of the paperback print book has increased from $19.99 to $20.16. This wasn’t due to my greed for another 17 cents–printing costs just went up because I couldn’t keep it under 500 pages. As of today, only the eBook version shows up on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but the print version should show up soon so keep checking if you have your heart set on print. I should warn you, the character portraits are black and white in the print version, vice color in the eBook version. It was a printing cost issue. I can send you color versions of the portraits if you buy the print book and want to see what everyone looks like in full color! (Although quite a few of them are already on this page).

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  4. I’m truly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reviews I’ve received so far! Reader feedback is one of the most important and fulfilling things for an author, and I’d love to hear what you thought of my novel–good or bad!

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