Tucker is publishing here his sequel to Blind Quest: Deceived by Experience. His experience is directly related:
He was born and raised in small town Louisiana and the parish (county), the setting for much of the story. He grew up with his maternal grandmother who was born in 1870 making her 35 in 1905 the time setting for this story. He lived his childhood in the segregated south. He is an engineer regarding the sanitation and electrical projects in the story. He learned electricity generation as a West Point cadet in the mid 1950s as well as vacuum tube electronics used by Edison, Marconi and DeForest in the story.
He toured Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany site of the Monarchs Conference in this story and the Kremlin in Moscow. He lived for three years in central Germany, birth home of Tsarina Alexandra in this story.
He conducted industrial research for seven years. He owns a library of over four thousand non-fiction antiquarian books printed in the era depicted in this story.