Thank you for stopping by. This website is devoted to Fred McGavran's fiction. Books & Stories provides a taste of his work, while Reviews and Awards show the critical praise
and awards his stories have earned. Fred's stories have appeared in Pearl Magazine,
Rosebud, Gray's Sporting Journal, Storyglossia.com, Hayden's Ferry Review, Harvard
Review, Winning Writers and other literary magazines and e-zines.
Read an interview with the author about his work The Butterfly Collector at The Short Review. You can also find a review of his work here by James Murray-White. Read It Now.
"'The link between butterflies and dreams is poorly understood.' So begins the title story of this wry and witty collection, narrated by a henpecked husband who, it turns out, has Alzheimer's disease. So the reader has doubts, even as the story begins. It is not just unusual; it is bizarre for the narrator to be the victim of a mental condition he can't control. But his condition isn't pitiable; it is comical."
Bill Pratt, Miami University, World Literature Today
"Sometimes lawyers really can write...Few, however, transform themselves from writers of the arcane, unadorned language of the law into authors of fiction that both frightens and stirs as well as Fred McGavran's The Butterfly Collector."
JoAnn Baca, The Federal Lawyer, May 2011
"McGavran's debut collection proves him to be an accomplished storyteller. I will go so far as to say he is a master "getter-inside-of-characters' psyches;" whether this comes from his innate sense of story, his training in creative writing, or his legal practice, I could not say, but most of the stories have a natural ease about them, and an insightful understanding of what makes people tick." James Murray-White, The Short Review
Reviewed By Paul Johnson for Readers’ Favorite
The Arminius Codex: The Hunt for the Last Roman Eagle is written by Fred McGavran. Toward the end of WWII, Adolph Hitler learns of an ancient book telling how the German king Arminius massacred three Roman legions. The story says he hid their golden eagle in the same mountain where the Nazis are hiding their stolen art. Believing it to be a sign he would win World War II, he orders an immediate translation. Kurt Ewald’s father is tasked to translate the book, but the war ends before he completes the work and the eagle remains lost. Set during the War and the late sixties, the novel follows Kurt’s search for the truth about his father’s past. Was he a Nazi? The story also tells of Kurt’s own struggles from horrific experiences in Vietnam. There is also the missing 39th page of the Codex, and the golden Roman eagle.
After his father’s death, Kurt is led to a cave still guarded by two former SS men also searching for the eagle. Kurt has an ally or a competitor in Rachael Gottlieb, who is determined to find the remains of her grandfather. If that isn’t enough, throw in the CIA and the East Germans competing to find the eagle to claim a victory in the Cold War. Kurt must decide to risk his life and sanity by facing his own demons to save Rachael before it’s too late.
This is a well-written novel that unfolds the mystery of the ancient Arminius Codex. Author Fred McGavran creates complex, but utterly believable characters in place and time. This is a fast-moving read enhanced by the author's quick and thought inducing style with a mastery of ancient German history. A very enjoyable read.