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Annihilation: A Story of the Armenian Genocide

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Bosland's story of the Armenian Genocide is a tragic tale of loss, pain, and desperation, but where there is will there is a way.

Living in constant fear is no way to live. Historians have written our stories since the Ice Age and the one concept that remains constant is the fear of war. We see their detailed drawings and writing in pictures that were captured throughout the ages and we have become the biggest threat to ourselves. No matter the culture, race, religion, education, or any other factor that we use to discriminate, we breathe the same air, share the same earth, and life is a precious commodity for all. Bosland really captures just how fragile and heart wrenching war can be and readers will certainly be enraptured by this story of true sadness.


Rosmerta and her family are uprooted from their home in Bayburt by the Turkish government for being Armenian and sentenced to death marches through the Syrian desert. Along the way, Rosmerta slowly loses everyone who she's ever loved. The boy who is supposed to become her husband has protected her thus far, but even he cannot stand up against the soldiers who segregate them into different camps once they reach a new town. Through fever, lice, dehydration, and violence, Rosmerta doesn't understand how she has survived this far when everyone else has perished. What will be in store for her once they come across the next town? She knows that she will most definitely die if she stays on this path with these soldiers, but what are her options for escape? She has to keep the promise she made to her father before he died, that she will do everything in her power to stay alive.


Bosland's story is a very hard one to read, but not from lack of understanding or difficulty in writing. The context is violent and readers may find it challenging; therefore, this story s not recommended for children or teenagers under the age of eighteen. The author does share his insight on the research that he completes for this story regarding what is referred to as the first genocide of the Twentieth Century so his credibility is on par; however, he does mention that his character is fictitious. The story, while violent, does carry a fast pace and is well-written with little to no grammatical or spelling errors. If you are a reader of historical fiction with an emphasis on Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, this may be of interest to you.


An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Annihilation: A Story of the Armenian Genocide  by Michael Bosland.

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About the author

Mr. Bosland has a lifelong passion for history and has spoken on topics as diverse as King Henry VIII and the California Gold Rush. He lives in Rockport, Maine, with his wife and four cats. Annihilation: A story of the Armenian Genocide is Mr. Bosland's first novel. view profile

Published on November 01, 2019

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50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Historical Fiction

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