The Ivan

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1940s & '50s

Erin Eldridge

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The Ivan tells the story of a young German woman trying to survive in 1945 Berlin, after the city's occupation by the Russian Red Army, who are on a rampage of revenge. Her husband, Erich, has been taken prisoner on D-Day and is in a POW camp in England struggling with the demons he carries from his time on The Eastern Front. A mysterious Russian officer offers Elise protection and she subsequently falls in love with him. When Erich returns, this triangle must confront an ugly truth together, finding no easy answers.


Adventure, Drama, Action,

Short Summary

A war/romance story involving 3 characters: Elise, a young German nurse. Her lover, Valery Volkov, a Red Army major. Her husband, Erich, a former panzer commander on the Russian Front, wounded and seconded to the Atlantic Wall in France and subsequently taken prisoner on D-Day.

Erich returns to Berlin and finds out his wife has been unfaithful with a Russian officer. Valery's motives for seeking out Elise are revealed when the trio have their final showdown. Erich is wanted for war crimes on the Eastern Front. Valery helps him and Elise to escape.


Devon England. Berlin.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Major Valery Volkov

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Patriotic, Secretive, Confident, Empathetic, Honorable, Sexy, Heroic, Romantic, Selfless, Charming, Complex, Educated, Faithful, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Elise

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming, Desperate, Educated, Empathetic, Insecure, Naive, Romantic, Beautiful

Additional Character Details

Name: Erich

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Criminal, Educated, Heroic, Leader, Romantic, Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Carl

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Charming, Educated, Empathetic, Engaging, Honorable, Modest, Strong Moral Code, Faithful, Selfless

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Austin Macauley

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available



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