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The Pilot's Mate
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Shin'ar, My Love
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Gold...then Iron
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Iron Lake Burning
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A Civil War Romance

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Shin'ar, My Love

“Set in ancient Sumeria, "Shin'ar, My   Love: Love Among the Ruins" is a deftly crafted and riveting read …[and] is unreservedly recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community library Historical Fiction collections.”

--  Midwest Book Review - 2016

Black Powder, Gray Hope: Vengeance

"What I appreciated most was how this novel reflected so many aspects of humanity, the good, the bad,the ugly. The excellent character development kept me hooked. It brought this historical time to life for me giving me an understanding of the many personal sacrifices made from all sides, the Indian perspective, the settler’s experiences, as well as, a better understanding of the Civil War."

- Pam E., Waseca, MN

"Vengeance turns into a really great love story. Some of the war scenes are kind of gruesome but realistic and mind-opening. This book should be on Oprah's 'must-read' list."

- MAB, Marion, Iowa


Gold ... then Iron (The Grail Mystery)

"Compelling read ...spurring me on to read more by Marty Duncan."

--   M.R. Outing, MN

"Author Marty Duncan has woven a fascinating tale of the second search for 'gold' on Minnesota's Iron Range.  Set in 1938, just prior to World War II, his book Gold ... then Iron chronicles the desperate hunt for the 'Eagle of Christus', a golden eagle and ancient relic of the early Christian Church secretly transported from Jerusalem to England by the Knights of Godfrey during the Fifth crusade. Seven hundred years later, Godfrey Harris, the last monk charged with protecting the Golden Eagle, disappears from an Irish monastery and into the mines of northern Minnesota Taking the relic with him, he melts into the Irish immigrant community to escape the treacheries of Nazi spies and eventually, the agents of the Japanese Imperial Army.  Three naval officers follow the trail from the British Isles to Lake Superior, Duluth and the Iron Range to recover the object of international intrigue and to find the lost monk.

"The fictional plot is woven around the lives of the real spies and officers who were part of British, American and Japanese Intelligence in the deadly years surrounding 1938.  Overseas, Hitler was carving up Europe, the Japanese had defeated China, and the United States was trying to stay out of the looming war.  It was also a time of great upheaval on the Iron Range when labor disputes sometimes ended in the deaths of immigrant miners.  the book ends in a mystery.  Duncan invites readers of this sweeping mystery to pick up the loose ends and discover where the Golden Eagle was hidden."

 -- This review by: Mary George, Lake Superior Maritime Museum, Duluth, MN


"It's easy to forget the Nazis were poised to send weapons into Ireland in 1938.  Easier to forget the Rape of Nanking, late in 1937.  Duncan has created three memorable naval officers who come up against the epitome of evil and service in Gold ... then Iron."

-- Dr. H.L.S., Memphis, TN

"As an historical novel, I had to remind myself that this fast-moving story was fiction set against the raw and brash culture of the Iron Range in depression era Minnesota.  Quite a tale . . . ending in a mystery."

-- James J. Johnson, Minneapolis, MN


Iron Lake Burning (Tragedy in a small town)

"Five lives are entangled by politics, passion and personal tragedy during the state's longest teacher strike. Iron Lake Burning tells the story of an arson that becomes murder, a love affair that scandalizes a small town and a crooked deal between two board members.  Through trauma one man re-discovers his own sense of mission and dedication to serving children."

Iron Lake Burning tells the story of a divisive, traumatic time in a small town in Minnesota.  The story replays one man's struggle to balance competing forces that are tearing the fabric of life in his small town."

-- Arnold J. Smythe; Milwaukee, WI

About Iron Lake Burning a reader said:  "I couldn't put it down...for me, to finish a book in three days is wondrous."

-- R.Y.; Ellingsworth, NY

"It's a fast read.  Engrossing.  Terrifying, in one sense.  Iron Lake Burning say much about today's schools and their board members.  I thoroughly enjoyed it."

 -- Mary S. Brown; Olivia, MN


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