Martin Bora is the protagonist in a series of historical mystery novels by Italian novelist Ben Pastor. Martin Bora is a Wehrmacht soldier during World War II who sympathizes with the Allies. The series mixes political intrigue with detective fiction, psychological thriller and religious mystery.

Ben Pastor began her Martin Bora series in 1999 with the novel Lumen. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Ben Pastor’s Martin Bora books in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of Captain Martin Bora Books

Lumen(1999)Description / Buy at
Liar Moon(2001)Description / Buy at
A Dark Song of Blood(2002)Description / Buy at
Tin Sky(2015)Description / Buy at
The Road to Ithaca(2017)Description / Buy at
The Horseman’s Song(2019)Description / Buy at
The Night of Shooting Stars(2020)Description / Buy at
The Venus of Salo(2024)Description / Buy at

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Martin Bora Synopsis: Lumen is the first Martin Bora novel by Ben Pastor. In October 1939, Captain Martin Bora discovers the abbess, Mother Kazimierza, shot dead in her convent garden. Her alleged power to see the future has brought her a devoted following; her work and motto, “Lumen Christi Adiuva Nos” (“Light of Christ, help us”), appear also to have brought some enemies. Father Malecki has come to Cracow, at the pope’s bidding, to investigate Mother Kazimierza’s powers. The Vatican orders him to stay and assist Bora in the inquiry into her killing. Stunned by the violence of the occupation and the ideology of his colleagues, Bora’s sense of Prussian duty is tested to the breaking point. The interference of seductive actress Ewa Kowalska does not help matters.

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