Who is Andrew Valquist?
Andrew Valquist has an interesting back story. His mother was a Romanian anti-communist freedom fighter. She
trained him and his twin brother Stephan to go back to her homeland and fight to overthrow that tyranny, but
Communism ended before that mission would begin. That story, and the twins' unexpected adventure in Romania
while searching for their long lost uncle is told in the first novel of the series, A Place of Brightness.
In the novel Amor Vincit Omnia, we follow Andrew as he becomes an Arabic linguist at the National Security Agency,
where he is quickly pulled into international intrigue surrounding a cryptic Latin book.
Andrew later retired from the NSA to become a Latin teacher at the Fairfax Classical Academy. But is he secretly under
deep cover still as an NSA agent? That question is answered in the novel In Saecula Saeculorum and, if you'd like to
learn some Spanish, also in the novel Next Stop Spanish.
What is the setting of the novels?
A Place of Brightness is set in Romania. Amor Vincit Omnia takes place at the NSA, with excursions to Rome,
Istanbul, and Bucharest, Romania. In Saecula Saeculorum follows a race back in time from Roman Britain to
Rome and, if possible, back home to the present day. Next Stop Spanish lands you in Madrid to help solve a mystery
while you learn a little Spanish.
What was your inspiration for writing A Place of Brightness?
I learned that there was an anti-communist insurgency in Romania that was finally crushed in the 1960's. And so, I
imagined the adventures of a family that was part of that movement, during and then after the end of their struggle.
Andrew Valquist and his twin Stephan inherit the burden of their family's dream of a free Romania. And they will
eventually get the chance to fight for it.
How accurate is the NSA content in Amor Vincit Omnia?
I was an Arabic linguist at the National Security Agency from June, 2002 until July 2006. During that time I was
awarded the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal for service I performed in Iraq in 2004. I have a life-time
responsibility to submit anything I publish to the NSA for pre-approval, lest I even inadvertently release anything that
is classified. Everything in the novel is an authentic, though fictionalized, depiction of the top secret world in which I
Will the novels make sense separately?
Each novel in the Andrew Valquist Series is a stand-alone story that can be read, understood, and enjoyed without
reading the others. Andrew Valquist is in each of the novels, but he is the main character only in Amor Vincit Omnia.
The main heroes of A Place of Brightness are his uncle Petre and the Romanian Intelligence Officer Aurora Zamfir. In
the novel In Saecula Saeculorum, Andrew is the Latin teacher of four high schools students, who are themselves the
main protagonists. The novel Next Stop Spanish follows Andrew's nephew John as he travels with his uncle to learn
some Spanish but finds an unexpected adventure.
Do I need to know Latin to enjoy In Saecula Saeculorum?
For authenticity, I include some Latin dialogue in this time travel espionage adventure, but the meaning of the Latin is
always clear from context to anyone who has not studied Latin. It will be like watching a movie with foreign language
dialogue but with subtitles.