Iíve met this multi-published author before, but Gabriel Timarís book, Aura Of War is so flawless with its convoluted espionage details that I couldnít put it down. The life history of Baron Arthur DeVendtís military career is an above average read. It is so real, so believable, that I could have sworn this writer was telling his own lifeís experience. Yes, it is that good. If you doubt me, read it yourself. Not only is this book a keeper, but I rate it a 5+. Youíll not find a single plot glitch, or unexpected snag within the fabric of this story. Itís the history of one manís military accomplishments, in a war that tears his family, and homeland of Hungary asunder. When WWII begins in Germany, Baron Arthur DeVendt is only a school boy, yet he comes from a military background, and so, is determined to find a way to serve his country. Yet, in keeping with his plans to become an international businessman when he grows up, he also prepares himself by becoming an accomplished linguist. While serving as a cadet in the Royal Hungarian Army, he is employed for his linguistic talents, as well as by the French Foreign Legion, then eventually as an underground leader of Saboteurs, with many men under his command. When he finds the lady who wins his heart, he is in no position to even tell her who he really is. Yet, he knows he wishes to marry her, no matter what. This is his straw of hope throughout his years operating as a spy, until one day his team is compromised. Then he must make his own decisions how to save his operatives, as well as himself.

JoEllen Conger


Gabriel Timar draws on his own experiences as a cadet at an elite military school in Hungary to give credence to his latest novel, ďAura of WarĒ. Arthur, his main character is a likeable honest, professional soldier with whom it is easy to sympathise.† As a boy he is enrolled into a military academy against his wishes and finds himself involved in the last days of the war. The author has chosen a straightforward prose style to match the progression of his heroís career from cadet to officer in the intelligence service. Arthurís adventures, which take him from Hungary to Paris and the Foreign Legion, keep you wanting to know what is going to happen to him next. The story covers a little known period in the history of WWII and provides a depth of insight into the hardships endured. The use of real street names and places give the novel an authentic feel and a unique flavour of the times.†

This is a war novel with a difference, a worthwhile read, by an author with a deep knowledge of his subject.

Margaret Birks and Jean Rosser, authors of ĎTreasures from an Earthen Potí



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ďIím a pilot and thatís what I want to do for the rest of my life.Ē- said Max.


The Author Ė Gabriel Timar - was born in Hungary in 1932, as son of a brilliant, outstanding pilot, who was fortunate enough to follow a very interesting carrier in the Royal Hungarian Air Force. The Great War for Hungary ended with the Trianon Peace Treaty in 1920, which forbade the defeated countries to have air forces and heavy weapons. In the mean time two third of the Hungarian land was taken away and given to the neighboring countries, while one third of the Hungarian population became suffered stranger in their born places overnight.

Max, the protagonist of this story lives through the hard times between the two world wars. As pilot, he serves more than one airlines, then in the Royal Hungarian Air Force serves his homeland.

†††††††† The reader will be acquainted with the atmosphere of the Hungarian society on the time, family life and the exciting feeling of flying and making love. Itís not easy to decide which one is the favorite for Max. May be both!

†††††††† Max finishes his war in Spain, after proving his experience as a long distance airline captain using his warplane to go there. From Spain he goes further to the exotic Africa, where he follows the life of civil airmen.


†††††††† This is the book, you cannot put down before the end!


Dr. Peter Moys

Author of the History of Hungarian Aviation and

Severať related studies and articles,

Retired Air Traffic Controller




This is a rollicking great adventure back in the days when Britain ruled the world and men were men and women were women and you could still tell the difference. The author obviously knows his stuff and the aviation sequences hark back to a time when flying was still an adventure that mass tourism had not discovered. Timar keeps the story moving and every page makes you want to meet Laura, sooner rather than later. What I want to know is, when will the movie be made. The story would be perfect for the silver screen.

Alan Harman




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