In The Nibelungen Hoard I created ordinary people and placed them in extraordinary environments. After all, isn’t that what war is all about? The two places and periods through which the characters navigate are Berlin during the last days the Third Reich in March and April , 1945 and again at the fall of the Wall in November 1989. Add to this one McGuffin, the Hoard, and let the characters drive the plot. Sounds easy and straightforward, but to make it work those historical moments must be well researched and accurately described to draw the reader into the time and place. This is great fun, but takes time, at least for me it did. Just to give you an idea. I give you a small album of the books I read along the way.