Set in Saigon on the eve of the Tet Offensive of 1968, ‘Hotel Continental’ concludes Bob Sennett’s war trilogy. This novel tells the story of Artemis Moran’s nephew, Allen Harker, and his on again, off again affair with P.O. McGuire, a press photographer who happens to be the son of one of the most famous actors in Hollywood history. It is a tale about the combustion that happens when love mixes with violence, chaos, and intrigue.
In ‘The Music Teacher,’ Bob Sennett begins the story of the Dooley/Moran/Harker family. Joe Dooley is an Irish patriot forced to fight for the British Army in World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, on the Western Front, he runs into his best friend from Dublin, the son of his German barber, now a soldier on the other side. They rekindle their unlikely friendship, fall in love, and choose to fight for their ideals. ‘The Music Teacher’ was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2014.
Joe Dooley’s sister, Kathleen, marries John Moran and they emigrate to America. It is now 1941. In ‘Vinegar Hill,’ Kathleen’s son, Artemis, is a champion swimmer for Brooklyn College. There, he befriends Solly Harker, a poet studying at the college. As the two fall in love, they inadvertently get caught up in the actions of German spy ring running out of a boarding house near the Navy Yard. In the end, they are called upon to test their newfound maturity and courage under the most difficult circumstances imaginable.
Solly’s brother Danny marries Artemis’ sister, Grace, and their son, Allen, is the hero of the third volume of this trilogy, ‘Hotel Continental’. Set in Saigon on the eve of the Tet Offensive of 1968, ‘Hotel Continental’ is the story of Allen’s on again, off again affair with P.O. McGuire, a press photographer who happens to be the son of one of the most famous actors in Hollywood history.
Bob Sennett is the author of several novels as well as two books on the history of Hollywood. He has retired to the beautiful city of Prague, where he works as a writing coach.