An extremely thought provoking and enthralling story.
John Needham, the author of this thought-provoking story,
has had interesting and varied careers, first as a graphic designer, he then
tried living for a short time in a commune, before becoming a house renovator,
and then landscape gardener. He has also written his autobiography, a short
story collection and novels. His first book Convergence has a renovation theme,
but all his novels are deeply emotional, written from the heart, and as a
reader I found myself quickly becoming engrossed in the individual stories,
anxious to know what happens next, and what the final outcome will be.
This novel is very different from any I have read before.
The psychological phenomenon which forms the backbone of this story is real,
affecting the mental state of many to varying degrees, although the story is
fiction. Indeed, we hear on the news of people’s disappearances locally and
globally, normally the person is found safe and sound. The families are
relieved, and the ten minutes of fame becomes lost in time, quickly forgotten.
However, in this story it is a very different case.
Charlie and Siobhan, the protagonists in this novel, have
suffered heart-breaking tragedies in their lives, yet have overcome them. As
the story begins, Siobhan is struggling with post-partum depression after the
birth of their beautiful daughter Kathleen. However, none of these past
tragedies explain the disappearance of the young mother one night. One minute
she’s popping to the shops, and the next she’s gone. How can Charlies come to
terms with this, and what about little Kathleen? Brilliantly putting himself in
the shoes of Charles, the author tackles the myriad of emotions, and the
rollercoaster of a life which Charlies leads in the years following Siobhan’s
disappearance, after all, eventually life must go on…
And the information above is all I am going to give you,
because to tell you more will spoil your enjoyment of this emotional,
uplifting, yet sometimes heartrending story. All that I will say is that this
riveting book will keep you on the edges of your seats as the story twists and
John Needham has, in the back of this book given his readers
the opportunity to sample the previous book to this one Sister Annie and Me, in
which he explored the themes of compassion, sibling love, interracialism, and
In his writing of ‘Lost Time,’ the author has given his
readers a really interesting, thought-provoking, and emotionally challenging
story which will grip their interest from the very first page. Highly
A revealing and eye-openingexposé of how racial prejudice still exists in the workplace.
Well readers, the author of this incredible work of fiction
reveals that despite the years of campaigning against racial discrimination, racial
prejudice sadly still exists in the workplace. The story which follows is inspirational,
a tale of strength, integrity and determination.
The protagonist, Ebony, had a lot on her plate, going
through a divorce, and a mother, she is living with her adopted mother, Babette,and battling against the odds, when
her luck changes. A career opportunity arises, and although temporary at first,
the true skills of this young woman of colour are very soon appreciated, and
she becomes a rising star at the Daebrun Career Institute. However, as we are
to discover soon things change, along with jealousy, the ugly head of systemic
racial prejudice arises…
The story which follows tells of the horrific and cruel
racial discrimination which the protagonist endures in the various jobs she
undertook at the Daebrun Career Institute. These injustices were carried out by
work colleagues, and her superiors. She endured terrible treatment which left
her feeling worthless and degraded. However, whilst her eyes shed tears, and
her heart broke, she, with the guidance of her mother found strength through
God and Jesus, learning not to fight evil with evil, but to trust in her faith.
Yet, this clever woman who gave so much to her career also
documented every indiscretion and false accusation, giving her solid
references, something she needed countless times.
Despite the discrimination against her she used her wit and
intelligence to reveal the perpetrators, and false accusations, and despite
everything rose through the company to dizzy heights. However, she needed her
strength for her personal life too, as whilst her career was sometimes in
turmoil, she also had heart-breaking personal tragedy to deal with,
This work of fiction is truly one of fortitude,
determination, and courage, from which we can learn that anything is possible,
with faith. It sends a clear message to rise against racial discrimination, and
reveals that with honour, and detailed notations, justice can prevail.
In the character Ebony, the author Jacquie Abram reveals some of her struggles as a single mother, facing prejudice, and it is just this element of reality which makes “Hush Money” such an unforgettable, and inspirational story!
About the Author:
Jacquie Abram is an author, a single mother of two, a victim of racial discrimination, and an antiracism consultant who draws upon her experiences, and the experiences of her daughters and others, to add depth to her writing. She began her journey as a writer after her own experiences with racism in the workplace nearly broke her, she watched her daughters suffering the same fate, and the brutal murder of George Floyd left her traumatized. As conversations about systemic racism and anti-Blackness swept the nation, Abram picked up her pen to add to the conversation in a positive, creative way.
The ‘Deborah’ series tells the incredible story of a young girl in Old Testament times. A girl who, against all odds, grew with courage, and through her faith in Yahweh, to became the first female prophet, and a great military leader.
We have, through previous books in the series, seen the young girl flee her village in fear of her life. Watched her struggles, then borne witness to her strength, both physically and mentally, as she transforms herself into a boy called ‘Borah.’ Why? Simply because in those times the role of a female, was very different than it is today. A subservient obedient girl could never fulfil her father’s prediction that she would become a great prophet, and preach to her people from beneath the palm tree at the family home ‘Palm Homestead.’
Deborah/Borah had absolute faith that this was her destiny, she didn’t know how it would happen, but she ‘believed’ unswervingly that it would. All the decisions she made, and deeds she accomplished were carried out with that conviction, fortified with the wisdom and visions she received from Yahweh’s word, as he came to her in the guise of an eagle.
Now, in ‘Deborah Striking,’ Deborah can no longer masquerade. The mantle of Borah is discarded. Here we see the warrior, intent on claiming her birth right in the name of Yahweh. Her lifetime of good deeds and sound judgements are repaid many fold. Her reputation has spread widely. Now, comes the climax of the story, and readers are in for a real treat as, with her supporters around her, she fulfils her destiny, truly becoming the incredible prophet we read of in the scriptures.
Avraham Azrieli, has, through this absorbing series brought alive for modern readers the life of this amazing prophet, and in doing so, he also gives us glimpses into what life was really like in Old Testament times. I highly recommend this book to lovers of biblical stories and historical fiction.
About the Author:
Avraham Azrieli is the author of books and screenplays. His first novel was The Masada Complex (a political thriller), followed by Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (an interfaith family drama), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism), and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). Most recently, he has written a series of novels inspired by the true story of the first woman to lead a nation in human history, starting with Deborah Rising (HarperCollins 2016), and continuing with Deborah Calling, Deborah Slaying and Deborah Striking. Beside fiction, he has also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash – a guide to dealing with lawyers and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (an acclaimed WWII true story, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). To learn more, visit www.AzrieliBooks.com
About the Book:
This 4th novel in the Book of Deborah Series follows the best selling Deborah Rising (HarperCollins, 2016) in a tale of danger, myth, intrigue, and daring – the dramatic rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. “A captivating read from the opening shock of a stoning to the cliffhanger conclusion, Deborah Rising provides action-packed adventure!” Historical Novels Review. “Stunning … an epic journey that no reader could guess. It’s unlike anything I have read.” Urban Lit Magazine. “The story of this young woman has moved me emotionally, spiritually, and has inspired me.” Hollywood Book Reviews. “Deborah Rising is a perfect read for history enthusiasts. Riveting!” The US Review of Books. “Deborah, for all the tragedies she has endured, continues, never losing faith. A seductive saga, peopled with a fascinating array of characters.” Bookpleasures. “This enthralling story gives the reader an amazing insight into what life was really like for women at a fascinating time in history. Absolutely absorbing!” The English Informer. ” Believable and engrossing.” Pacific Book Review. “Rich descriptions and engaging dialogue bring the story of Deborah to life … her struggles will no doubt resonate with today’s readers.” Oak Tree Reviews. “A strong female protagonist that is hard to come by.” Seattle Book Review. “No story has ever hooked me right at the beginning quite like this one … entertaining, suspenseful, and heart wrenching – definitely a five-star page-turner!” The Reader Views. “A superior, heart-pounding and inspirational read … vivid descriptions, intriguing twists. Readers are in for a real treat!” Midwest Book Review. “Deborah is strong, and her story is a compelling one. Azrieli does a masterful job.” San Francisco Book Review. “Deborah Rising powerfully depicts the political, religious, and cultural landscapes – Azrieli has a powerful gift for plot and character and for making history come alive. A masterpiece!” Manhattan Book Review.
An incredibly clever blend of mystery and techno-thriller.
This extraordinary work of fiction cleverly blends intrigue, mystery, and techno-thriller, leaving its readers pondering on the future of mankind, the kinds of technology it may produce, and their uses.
The story has three protagonists, and they are brothers. Josh, is a brilliant academic, a hermit geek who is leading a revolutionary secret AI project “CHERL” (Computerised Human Experience as Real Life,) which aims to bring back historical leaders to aid in modern decision making. Louie is all about appearance and trappings. He is an investment banker who lives in a high powered world, the proverbial swan serenely floating above water, whilst paddling like fury underneath. And then there is Donny, who was destined to become a star athlete, however life doesn’t work like that, instead he’s a twice divorced, fifty-two-year old programmer.
When their eighty-seven year old mother Ruth dies, it is Louie and Donny whose job it is to arrange the funeral, and closure of her life. Where is Josh? Well he has missed the whole thing, his important project is nearing completion, his bosses are demanding, and as many people are, he is too preoccupied in his life to even think of others, let alone pick up the phone when it rings.
Like most families there are skeletons in the cupboard, and during the house clearance Donny reflects on his obsession that their fathers death 30 years previously was suspicious, but how do you find the truth when everyone who was involved is now dead?
So many questions, yet even more disaster is set to throw the brothers personal lives and careers into turmoil. With their worlds set to implode, will the appearance of their mother’s secret diaries provide the answers?
This modern day world is steeped in technology. Everyone has become insular, with the pressures of modern day life, keeping up with the Joneses, and “having all the trappings of success” becoming all consuming. This thought-provoking story looks at humans as a race, delving into the frailties of our species, those things which make us human, and asks the question “Is there is a place for technology like CHERL in our future?”
This is such a clever story, not only will it keep its readers on the edge of their seats from the very first page, but at the end it will leave them reflective, and wanting to know more… Highly recommended!
About the Author:
Marc Sheinbaum grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. After attending SUNY Albany and NYU, he worked as an executive for over thirty-five years, mostly within large corporations, including American Express, GE Capital and JP Morgan Chase. Now retired, Marc spends his time writing and serving on public and non-profit boards. He and his wife, Hildy, split their time between Westchester County and Westport.
What if you could talk to people from the past? Lincoln. Churchill. Gandhi. Your dead mother.
Josh Brodsky is at the top of his game. At his new Silicon Valley job, he’s on the verge of an invention that uses artificial intelligence to bring back the greatest leaders in history. But his top-secret code becomes encrypted by a devastating ransomware attack—was the malware planted by Josh’s troubled brother Donny? When the brothers uncover their dead mother’s diaries, the family careens toward a rendezvous with A.I. to discover the truth behind their father’s mysterious death thirty years ago, and the stunning secret their mother carried to her grave. Set in the near future, Memories Live Here is a provocative technothriller about artificial intelligence and a moving family drama about three brothers haunted by the past.
A superb thriller grounded in fact. Highly Recommended!
This book took me back to my childhood and my father reading extracts of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi against the Jews in the WWII concentration camps. These terrible things are well documented, held up as they should be as an example to the world of the terrible injustices suffered by helpless people at the command of a cruel dictator. Yet, in the first few pages of this book I discovered another, unknown, yet horrific act of evil which was carried out in the Mariana Archipelago. There five-thousand women and young boys were brought to be burnt alive in the Shinagawa Manufacturing company’s ovens, built on site by The Imperial Japanese Army.
It was July 4th 1944 when the then 27 year-old Marine Corps Captain Frank Clifford smelt gaseous fumes and went to investigate….What he saw that day was to live with him for the rest of his life, and his actions that day were set to have a marked effect on the lives of those involved, their offspring, and impacted on the lives of many, decades later.
Whilst Hitler’s aim was land acquisition, the Japanese wanted to rid the world of everyone who wasn’t Japanese, and see Emperor Hirohito and his heirs seated on the Throne of the Chrysanthemum, as rulers of the world! The Japanese scientists had been working germ warfare for years, and Dr. General Ishii Shiro was already experimenting, using prisoners as Guinea pigs…
However, this was years ago. This story is set in1978 Chicago, where the FBI’s first female Special Agent, Michaelene (Mike) Westgate has been called to investigate a series of killings.
As the death toll rises, the public are getting scared. Michaelene and fellow agent Steve Donaldson are desperate for answers. When ‘their own’ begin to be targets they suddenly realise that there may be more than one killer, a scorpion and a frog. If this is the case, what is the link between them, and what is their motive?
As the plot thickens in this incredibly clever thriller, the reader finds themselves learning fascinating snippets about Japanese history, as they are drawn into the warped psyche of two men, linked, and driven by powerful beliefs.
The author of this book is a very successful businessman and investment banker who established The Moore Financial Group, which he sold aged 45 years. He went on to fulfil his life-long passion which is to bring closure to the families of America’s MIA. His non-profit organisation Moore’s Marauders continue on their global mission to locate the remains of America’s fallen.
This book is not only a great thriller, it is also, and I think more importantly, a story which should be told. At the end of the book there are graphic photos, information, and statements about the ovens. The author was once asked: “Why am I the one person in the world best suited to tell this story? He said, the answer is easy. Simply because in June of 1998, I was perhaps, the only living being to unwittingly crawl into the human incinerators featured in this novel since they were last in use on July 3rd, 1945.” What more powerful reason could there be?
I thank God that there are people like the author, people who are brave enough to speak for those who no longer can, like the poor victims, the Japanese cruelly called “Pieces of Wood.”
About the Author:
Ken received a Bachelor’s of Science in political science from Arizona State University then continued his studies in international relations as a graduate student at Georgetown University. Following an internship with the National Security Agency, he was hired at Beverly Hills Securities in Beverly Hills, California, leading to a post as an international investment banker. Thereafter, and over the course of the next decade and a half, Ken owned and operated his own firm, THE MOORE FINANCIAL GROUP. He successfully sold it at age 45. With that Ken now sought to fulfill his life-long passion of bringing closure to the families of America’s MIA’s, the brave men and women who fought and died to preserve our nation whose remains still linger on yesterday’s battlefields. To accomplish the objective, he designed and headed a 501C-3 non-profit organization known affectionately as Moore’s Marauders. From all around the world volunteers stepped forward setting forth on a global mission to locate the remains of America’s fallen. Married to the love of his life now for 40 years, at age 71, Ken and Patti live in Scottsdale Arizona, where he as the “First Marauder,” continues to write, seeking to tell the tales of the unparalleled bravery and determination of his teams of volunteers and the heroes they sought.
Bill Thompson, New York based editor for Stephen King and John Grisham, offered this: “Ken, You know how to tell a hell of a good story! Pieces of Wood is a fascinating read! You did a great research job. This novel combines historical background, interesting characters and exciting action. I was particularly riveted by the final 70 or so pages. Top marks, Ken.”
Britt Pfluger, a London-based literary scout since 1991, provided the following: “I believe the main premise of your novel has huge potential, focusing as it does on a part of 20th-century-history that, at least to my knowledge, has not been explored much, if ever, in novel form! Pieces of Wood is an utterly riveting thriller with plenty of twists and turns.”
It’s 1978. Two sons of the Rising Sun reignite their fathers’ World War Two diabolical disdain for women, secreting it to Chicago’s shores. The first – the mastermind – a professor of nuclear physics, is readying an ingenious new weapon that if released, will have a catastrophic effect on every human being across the North American continent for decades to come. The second, a butchering psychopath, is loose in the streets, diverting local authorities with an ever-escalating, body count of his young female victims. Recalling a childhood riddle, the FBI’s first authorized, gun-toting, female agent Michaelene Westgate, rushes as the clock ticks, to decipher and crush the professor’s barbaric scheme.
Author Kenneth James Moore has traveled the globe to research a little known holocaust that has remained a closely guarded secret of Japan and US allies alike, for over 80 years. A battle plan like any other, drawn during WWII by the Imperial Japanese Army’s general staff, it aimed at destroying the women of the countries they planned to occupy. This international crime thriller wraps such historical events with edge of your seat adventure and heroism. Today, for the millions of women who mercilessly fell at the hands of Imperial Japan, their story needs to be told as a way for modern day feminists in western culture to expand their values to ones that are more intersectional. Pieces of Wood does just that. From the east coast of the United States to its mid-west, to Japan, the Mariana Archipelago, Malaysia, China, London, the former Soviet Union, to the underground remnants of 1816’s Fort Dearborn along the Chicago River, this epic, historically accurate, crime thriller is set to electrify readers, worldwide.
The author as a child lived in Lake Charles, near Cameron which is the location of this story, when Hurricane Audrey hit the area in June 1957. She has, through thorough research, and listening to first-hand accounts of the local Cajun-French inhabitants of Cameron, written this heart-rending book. The sheer terror this natural disaster caused could be felt through the pages, as she revealed what it was like to experience first-hand what has been called one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in U.S. history.
Walt LaCour the protagonist, is a twelve years old boy. He lives in Cameron with his mother, younger brother Bobby and baby sister Faye. His father is a drunken fisherman, a man whose dreams have been destroyed, and who enjoys physically and mentally abusing his oldest son, for a reason Walt can’t understand. Avoiding his father, and with recurring drowning nightmares haunting his sleep, Walt’s only true friend and loyal companion is his beloved dog Pooch.
The beach-town of Cameron is located on the Gulf of Mexico, it is a close-knit community, and the village bar is its hub. Like all communities, its inhabitants have lived there for generations, their histories intertwining, memories go way back, and some of the current generations remember the WWII POW Camp nearby, and the impact its inhabitants had on the residents. Walt is to discover that it only takes a photo or a long lost letter to trigger a memory or even reveal a long-buried secret.
It is in the bar that Walt, his family, and friends discover on the news that a tropical storm has formed in the Gulf and is heading straight for them in southwest Louisiana. As the storm is upgraded to Hurricane Audrey, nothing could have prepared the inhabitants of this peaceful beach town for the devastation which was to follow, and the terrible loss of lives. However, it is a fact that community spirit is at its best in an emergency. Cameron’s residents pulled together, saved who they could, grieved, and then, as is human nature moved forward with their separate lives, forever linked by the common bond of the memories they share. For some, moving on is more difficult, and Walt finds himself troubled by regrets, guilt, and unanswered questions. However, one fateful day everything changes when he meets a stranger confronts him, and discovers he isn’t a stranger at all…
Many of us have watched on the television the damage hurricanes cause, however, the true magnitude of the devastation experienced by those who have lived through them is palpable in this incredible story. Walt’s path through life wasn’t an easy one, he suffered tragedy, love, pain, and a myriad of other emotions along the way, however, his and other stories like it deserve to be told, in memory of those who didn’t survive so they too can be remembered.
The author’s descriptive writing brings the swamps of southwest Louisiana, its people, wildlife, and climate to life. From Eli, an idiot savant with an incredible gift for violin playing, to Walt’s mother, a woman whose dream’s and life changed. This fictionalized memoir makes compelling reading and I highly recommend it.
About the Author:
Linda S. Cunningham grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she experienced firsthand accounts of the 1957 hurricane that killed nearly five hundred people in Cameron, Louisiana. She and her family watched the devastation from their picture window. Her father, who served as Director of Civil Defense for Calcasieu Parish, told her the survival stories and gave her access to the coroner’s pictures that lend authenticity to the novel.
She has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She also has a B.S. and M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has won awards for screenwriting. She currently resides in Kingwood, Texas.
About the Book:
More than a decade after the end of WWII, the joie de vivre of the Cajun-French culture returns to southwest Louisiana. Spirits are buoyed, and for twelve-year-old Walt LaCour, life is idyllic―except for the caustic relationship with his father. A discovery of a paternity scandal makes Walt wonder if it’s true that a German POW could be his real father. The days before the storm, Walt and his family try to protect his friend’s Stradivarius violin from being stolen until Hurricane Audrey hits taking with her nearly 500 lives and every shred of normalcy Walt had ever called his own.
In this fictionalized memoir, an aged Walt LaCour begins with his childhood desperation to find his roots, firmly believing that knowing his history will bring him a separate kind of peace. As Hurricane Audrey pummels his home town, he braves 20-foot tidal waves and eventually comes face-to-face with his own mortality. Later, as a college student, a mysterious classmate taunts him with knowledge of secrets Walt has never told another living soul, and Walt begins to suspect that there was more to his experience in the hurricane than he ever realized.
An incredible journey back in time to Victorian England.
Readers of this captivating historical novel are taken by
its author, J. L. Crozier, on an incredible journey back in time to Victorian
England. With a fascination with English history, the author as a Masters in
Creative Writing from Melbourne University, and has also won awards for short
stories. Born in Malaya, after having lived in south-east Asia, Burma, Vietnam,
and Australia, she now lives in France with her sons.
The time is 1860, and young Adelaide Broom is like other
girls of her era, shy, yet dreaming of romance and the handsome young men who she
meets and dances with, whilst being carefully chaperoned. However, she soon discovers
that her fate has already been decided, she is to marry the elderly,
respectable friend of her fathers, George Hadley. In this strict period of
history she does her duty, yet, inside she has a spirit which is expressed in
her secret writing, a pastime which allows her to pour out her feelings, and
It is Mr Collins’s sensational (at the time) novel, The
Woman in White, which is to lead to her husband’s undoing. Arriving home and furious
at finding her reading something he considers so unsuitable he, as husbands had
the right to do at that time, beats her. Ironically, it is this action which
causes him to suffer an apoplectic fit, which results in him becoming comatose.
Suddenly the household is very different, and Adelaide has
to learn to adjust to the changes in her circumstances. Now, with the support
of her Ladies Maid Sobriety, this young wife and mother must manage everything,
and keep up appearances, not only for herself, but also her eight year old son
However, as her horizons expands, she soon discovers the
flip side to the perfect world she has grown up in. This is the one which lies
beneath the silver and damask of the drawing room, and instead lives in the
shadows and tunnels below London. In this world which reeks of deception, greed
and treachery, her naivety is cruelly stripped away from her…
This story is more than a story, it’s a real experience! Through
the authors vividly descriptive writing the reader finds themselves in Adelaide’s
shoes, and the pages just come alive!
Beautifully written, wonderfully detailed and entertaining, I highly recommend this outstanding story to lovers of historical fiction.
About the Author:
My first book was 30 pages long and cunningly reversed all my friends’ names to make the characters sound foreign. It worked quite well, I thought, but then – I was only eleven.
Until that point I had been living in south-east Asia – being born in Malaya during the ‘Emergency’, then living in Burma (where the Burmese army and Karen tribespeople fought their battles in our front garden on moonlit nights) and then in Vietnam in the 60s. You’ll recall the war there. My father was a mining engineer until Vietnam, when he, as someone who had worked in the region much of his life and perhaps because he’d a lot of experience in war zones, was employed as an advisor on aid to the Australian Embassy.
Nowadays, I live in France, having moved here after the necessary decades back in Australia doing a variety of things: lots of politics and work on policy, community work, studying and teaching creative writing (I hold a Masters in Creative Writing from Melbourne University and have won awards for my short stories), singing the blues and teaching singing, proof reading, raising my two boys… Why France? Because I went to a French convent school in Vietnam and it all seemed to make sense.
So how does an Australian who lived in south east Asia come to write a book based in London in 1860? Well, I love history, and Australians in the 60s tended to be anglophiles (my family was no exception). I had read my way through the British Council Library in Saigon from the kids’ section to the adults’, including some Dickens and Thackeray by the time I was nine. And I find that period fascinating still, foreign but deeply familiar, especially at a time when the #MeToo movement has hit with such force.
In 1860s Britain there is nothing unusual in a man beating his wife. When George Hadley’s aggression triggers his own stroke and coma, his wife discovers all she thinks of as hers is to pass to her young son Toby. Adelaide seems as powerless as her ladies’ maid, Sobriety.Beyond the strictures of domestic and social expectation, these two women of different class remake the rules to discover what lies beneath the drapes and tassels of Victorian Britain. Life, they find, is urgent, exciting¿ but cheap. Even as they adventure into alleyways, a tunnel and a séance, their innocence is gone.What Empty Things Are These is about what happens to women who look into the face of this newly industrialized and still patriarchal age. Change is everywhere, exhilarating, corrupt, terrifying. Fraud and farce abound. Spiritualists prey on the confused; women are encased in clothing that imply both modesty and sexuality; the powerful prey upon the weak. Adelaide and Sobriety, in their way, show us that every era has secrets that must be uncovered for real social progress.But the truth of the age is encapsulated for them, in the underlying tale of the vulnerable urchin girl, the nameless victim of this pitiless society.
A life-changing journey in search of a magical elixir.
Avraham Azrieli is a graduate of Columbia Law School in New
York and an award-winning author. In this incredible tale, he takes his readers
back through the centuries into Old Testament times and reveals a story steeped
in mystery and intrigue. It stands alone, however, it is the prequel to ‘Deborah
Rising,’ the first in the author’s epic historical ‘Deborah’ series, which tells
the journey of the biblical prophetess Deborah in her quest to fullfil her
Traditionally, in many countries, your career is dictated by
your family heritage, and this is the case for the protagonist in this story, Sall,
who is an apprentice healer, under the instruction of his father, in Edom.
Although highly respected, and essential, his career is not a glamorous one, yet,
his father assures him, it is his destiny
Sall, on the day this book begins, falls under the spell of the
beautiful but unobtainable daughter of the High Priest, and this fires a desire
to be so much more in the heart of the young man, but how can this happen?
Well, the answer lies in the advice of a magical dwarf, Sall
must leave his home and take a dangerous journey to find the elixir of love.
The elixir will not only enable him to win her heart but also achieve greatness
as the savior of his people.
So, fired with determination, Sall sets off with his donkey
and dog. Advised by a merchant to talk to the dream reader, the merchant shows
him the way, and her wise words and the secrets she reveals, open his mind and
strengthen his resolve to continue his journey. It is a journey fraught with danger,
he suffers terrible injuries, trickery, and deceit, yet he also makes friends
and alliances and discovers a lot about himself. Over time, these events change
the boy into a man, giving him morals and the kind of wisdom which can only be
gained through experiences. Until ultimately, as the story reaches its climax,
Sall discovers his true destiny and self.
Throughout the story, the characters each have their own vital part and weave their way through his life. It is a true coming-of-age story and wonderfully illustrates how, whatever century or time we are in, every element and person in our lives impacts us in varying degrees. Yet, it also illustrates how, with determination we can make our dreams come true. Highly Recommended!
About the Author:
Avraham Azrieli’s novel Deborah Rising (Harper Collins, 2016) won the 2017 Illumination Book Awards – Gold Medal for Fiction. It portrays the dramatic rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. A graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City, Azrieli tried many complex court cases before his first novel, The Masada Complex (a political thriller) was published in 2010. A full-time author since then, his other books include the Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (a family drama dealing with interfaith conflicts), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (a WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). Azrieli grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife and children. To learn more, visit www.AzrieliBooks.com
Praise for Avraham Azrieli’s books:
The Jerusalem Inception – “Beautifully and superbly narrated.” The Examiner. “Boldly realistic plotlines and genuine, well-developed characters. Highly recommended!” Yahoo News/Politics. “Protagonist Jerusalem Gerster is the quintessential recruit.” NY Daily News. “Among the likes of the Jason Bourne series and Mission: Impossible franchise, The Jerusalem Inception is a daring piece of literature … airtight research and believability … intriguing … never a boring moment!” Shelf Pickings. “A lover’s triangle, complete with the friction, suspense, and human gratification … Azrieli educates as he entertains … the reader introduced to the secret ways of the Mossad. To those unfamiliar of the living history of Israel, this book is a must. For those knowing the facts surrounding the creation of the Jewish State, this book is an absolute must. Extraordinarily impressive!” Pacific Book Review.
The Jerusalem Assassin – “Action-packed escapade … memorable cast of characters … pages turn as fast as the plot twists and locales shift, taking the reader from Paris to Zurich to Amsterdam to Tel Aviv.” Jewish News. “Reviewing The Jerusalem Inception, I wrote that “Avraham Azrieli’s suspenseful action thriller is an engrossing read and compares favorably with the novels by John Le Carre, Tom Clancy, and Lee Child.” This sequel is far more exiting, and is arguably better than the novels of the aforementioned best-selling authors.” The Jewish Eye. “Keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the author navigates through the twists and turns of religious zeal, political missteps, intense human emotions, and complicated personal relationships … the story of human suffering and redemption shines through as the ultimate theme of the novel.” The Authors Den.
The Masada Complex – “A fast-paced thrill ride. Exciting. The complexity of the characters keeps the reader enticed to see what will eventually become of them. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good story.” Book Review Bin. “An edge of your seat political thriller from start to finish. A fascinating tale. Filled with surprising twists and turns. Not only entertaining, but also believable. A must read. Literary Fetish. “Brims with gritty authenticity … a genuine treat!” David Liss, author of Conspiracy of Paper, winner of Edgar. “Riveting portrayal of global intrigue!” Stella Pope Duarte, author of If I Die in Juaréz, winner of the 2009 American Book Award.
The Mormon Candidate – “Plotted like a cinematic thriller … a very powerful novel … making his readers as eager as his protagonist in uncovering the truth … sure to keep you up late against your better judgment. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” The Examiner. “A thoroughly entertaining mystery … twists surprise the reader without seeming out of place. A well-written page-turner. San Jose Mercury. “Excellent mystery … will likely draw some Mormons to defensive protestations reminiscent of stormy Catholic reactions to The Da Vinci’s Code. Ben Teller is witty and intractable–you’ll want to stay with him for every flare-up of action and shocking discovery. Timely and provocative novel you don’t want to miss. Dad of Divas Reviews. “New and interesting … unique setting … pushes you forward!” City Book Review. “Tying together church intrigue, electoral politics and Mormon practice. Even-handed, even as [it] deals with the delicate issue of posthumous baptism, anathema to many Jews and a controversial practice in the LDS church. An exciting chase … well-conceived and timely.” The Jewish News. “This thriller gives chilling insight into the lengths that politicians go … fast paced, full of facts, and provides a detailed bibliography. Do you like books like The Bourne Identity or The DaVinci Code? This is a book for you.” Bubblews.com “Part thriller, part mystery, part love story, part religious interrogation … maintains an excellent balance, keeping the reader engaged not only with the current mystery, but the life and progression of the protagonist’s life as well. Never a dull moment!” San Francisco Book Review.
Thump – “A light-hearted romp through sexual proclivities … the characters are lovable … the irreverence is delightful. Thought-provoking. Interesting. Unconventional. Recommended!” U.S. Review of Books. “There is something captivating when we mix spicy sex, lust, greed, and a protagonist that acts with such abandon as long as the end justifies the means. Well-paced plot … a thoughtful and gripping narrative … never a dull moment … highly entertaining.” The Examiner. “Stirring and dramatic…unique look at sexual harassment. Unflinching and unapologetic. Delves into the gritty reality of inner office liaisons. “Thump” is thought provoking and poignant long after the last page turns. I highly recommend it!” Penn Book Review. “Balanced yet thrilling example of racism and sexual harassment in a very realistic work environment. [Not] the classic “young beautiful woman who falls victim,” [but] a young man in his prime. A legal thriller with plot twists that can make your head spinning…this is definitely a book you will enjoy!” Hollywood Book Reviews. “A well-written, attention-grabbing courtroom room drama. Engaging. Realistic. Honest. Provocative. Builds to a climax that rivals other mainstream authors in this genre. A book you cannot put down until you figure out the resolution.” Pacific Book Review. “Thump’s various bold personalities collide over socially fraught questions with stimulating results. A taut courtroom drama that blends issues of race and sexual harassment. Blunt dialogue, a quick pace, and pressing social questions make Thump an engrossing read.” Foreword. “A striking social commentary that will draw readers in. Diverse, timely and thoughtful.” Portland Book Review.
Christmas for Joshua – “In its own gentle way, the book is as much a page-turner as Azrieli’s thrillers – pulling the reader into complex personal and familial conflicts.” The Jewish Journal. Christmas for Joshua is a sensational novel […] filled with religious paradoxes, sure to test any faith. [It is] a wonderful five-star spiritual fiction. Avraham Azrieli proves himself, time and again, to be a popular contemporary writer for our troubled times, as his plots often expose attitudes, beliefs, and actions that contribute to human suffering. Christmas for Joshua is no exception. – Pacific Book Review. “Have you ever been given a gift and unwrapped it, slowly, enjoying the moment, and then discovering yourself deeply touched by what you found inside? Christmas for Joshua is that gift. Through superbly developed characters and a delightfully creative plot, Avraham Azrieli weaves a gentle yet powerful story that closes with yet another gift – the gift of hope. – The Examiner. “This book is the perfect eye-opener. A beautifully written, heartfelt novel.” Bee’s Knees Reviews.
The Bootstrap Ultimatum – “Riveting. It doesn’t get any better than this, folks!!” Sun Francisco Book Review. “The real magic here is Azrieli’s incredible ability to create well-developed characters. The Examiner. “Fast-paced, action thriller … full of heart. An entertaining, thought provoking read … sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.” Hollywood Book Reviews. “Thought-provoking. Plenty of action make this book difficult to put down. Fans won’t be disappointed. Entertaining.” U.S. Review of Books. “Much more than a fun read. Azrieli’s latest work will appeal to a wide range of readers in its accessibility, fast-paced action, and intelligent storyline.” Pacific Book Review.
A young man’s dangerous quest for a mythical elixir of love wins him not only a girl’s heart, but also immortal greatness as savior of his people. The Elixirist is an exciting adventure that evokes an unforgettable testament to the priceless rewards bestowed on those who follow their dreams. The novel has been compared with such inspiring books as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
A Fascinating insight into the African culture in Paris.
This interesting book follows the life of Sainy Kanteh, who
the readers met in the author’s previous book ‘Peculiar.’ He is the protagonist
in both stories, and through him, and his wife Fatou, we are able to gain very
thought-provoking and enlightening insights into how life is in Europe, and
Paris in particular for African immigrants.
Before going into more depth, I must stress that it is not
necessary to have read ‘Peculiar’ to enjoy reading this book. For those who have not, it tells of Sainy’s
arrival in Paris as a young man from his native Gambia. Through his experiences
and observations the readers discover his reactions to this new city he is to
call his home, and gain insight into the African community there, their
customs, and traditions which they continue away from their homeland. In this
book he also meets and falls madly in love with Fatou, a divorcee with a young
Now this their story continues with Fatou adoring her man, doing
everything she can to please him. They have a happy and fulfilled life, and in
return he tries to provide for his family, and to do so he gains employment in
The strong bonds of the African community shines through in
this book, where we learn about the traditions which are still carried out in
Europe as they were in Africa, and their importance. However, it is also clear
that life in France with its Child Benefit and other social help changes the thoughts
of the African women. These changes in attitudes do affect both sexes, and can
and do lead to unrest both in families and amongst the people, the cultures
clash sometimes and we see the reasons clearly portrayed within these pages.
As in relationships throughout the world, temptations rise
and people are human, and this is the case when Sainy falls for Stephanie a
white woman who is deeply attracted to him. As the relationship develops, Sainy
like many men before him change, and Fatou as his wife notices. However Fatou
has also to deal with comments from the community, other women, and an accident
suffered by her son which leads to trouble in the family.
As an English woman moving to France the changes in culture
have been different and take adjustment, however I cannot pretend to understand
how it must be for someone whose cultures differ so much in their homeland.
The author was himself born in the Gambia, and as a young
man migrated to Paris, where he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature,
and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture). He also taught Legal
English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) and Economic English, for two years before
returning to Africa and working as a Senior Research and Programme Officer at
the African Union office (the African Academy of Languages) in Bamako, Mali,
from November 2009 to July 2015, and as Acting Executive Secretary from August
2015 to December 2018, and from then to now as Executive Secretary of the same
This book is openly and skilfully written, and gives the readers an unbiased opportunity to understand the life of Gambian immigrants in Paris and Europe. Highly recommended.
About the Author:
Born in the Gambia, Lang Fafa Dampha lived and worked in Paris from 1989 to 2009. He has obtained a B.A. in English Language, Literature and Civilisation at the University of Paris 7 Jussieu, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture) at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne. Lang Fafa taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) at the University of Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas, and Economic English (introduction to banking and finance, and the history of economic thought) at the University of Paris 8, Saint Denis, for two and a half years. He returned to Africa in November 2009 and is now working in Bamako, Mali, as Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), which is the African Union’s specialised institution mandated to develop and promote African languages so that they could be used in all spheres of life in Africa.
About the Book:
After falling madly in love during his first year in Paris, Sainy and Fatou’s marriage is initially successful, but as time goes on the man, and to a lesser extent, the woman both start behaving peculiarly from an African perspective, creating frictions to the point of almost irreparable damage. The story explores new things about African immigrants and shows how their home-grown values of culture, community and morality adapt in their new culture, for better or worse.
Braveheart meets Love Actually in this incredible journey of discovery.
As this compelling story begins we find the protagonist
Douglas McCombs distraught, having nursed his wife Hope, the love of his life,
with Alzheimer’s for the last 5 years, she has died. Grief-stricken he falls
into the deepest of despairs and goes to that place only those who have lost
love ones will know. Unable to remain in the family home he moves to an
apartment and there gives up on everything, his reason to be lost…
Luckily his good friend called Mark calls to see him and is
devastated by the shadow of a man Douglas has become. Gently he reminds him
that he is an accomplished man with hundreds of patents and inventions to his
credit, and reflects of the time when he was at the White House receiving the
National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his inventions and advances in
health science technology from the President, reminding Douglas about his own
incredulity that he was actually there, and how he asked himself, was it his
upbringing, his wife Hope, or his Scottish ancestry?
Finally, Mark wins him over and thus beings his re-emergence
into normal life, catapulted forward by a chance incident which is just the
catalyst he needs, the meeting of librarian Suzy Hamilton. Encouraged by her
love of research, suddenly he finds himself rekindling his need to discover
himself through his genealogy, which traces back to Scottish clans with their
fierce pride, and loyalty. His journey takes him across the world, places his
ancestors at important historical events, and introduces him to the determined
and strong men, and women, whose blood flows through his veins.
Coming from Scottish roots, I know first-hand of the deep
pride the Scottish feel in their family, its roots, and the glorious country
which is their home. No matter where in the world they are, you can’t take
Scotland out of a Scot, and I should know, living in France. This feeling and
strength grows steadily in Douglas as he begins to understand more, and more,
his family and how it has evolved including the sacrifices each generation has
made for their children.
With these revelations come other more personal ones, as he
slowly begins to permit himself to feel again, he learns anew how to smile,
look forward to life, and yes, he even rediscovers his reason to be.
At the beginning of this incredible story there was heartrending sorrow, and then slowly the pages like petals unfurl, and with them so does Douglas. Emotions grow and events unfold until eventually, having feverishly been unable to put it down, I discovered with great sadness that I had reached the end of the most incredible story, I have ever read. Highly recommended!
About the Author:
Norman McCombs was born in Amherst, New York, in a home built by his immigrant father. He graduated from Amherst Central High School, where he met his late wife, Grace. Norman went on to earn an AASEE from ECTI, along with a BSME and an ScD from State University New York at Buffalo while serving in the New York Army National Guard.
Norman is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which honored him with the EDISON Medal, their highest patent award. He has received numerous other awards for technical achievement, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama for develop- ing the portable oxygen concentrator credited with saving and extending the lives of millions with lung diseases. He has over two hundred patents worldwide, primarily for air separation technology used for a myriad of oxygen applications around the world.
Norman is also an officier commander of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, as well as a sculptor, classical guitarist, and an avid fan of opera and the fine arts in general.
About the Book:
An epic tale beginning in 15th-century Scotland and flowing through time to modern-day New York, A Reason to Be is a tale of loss, hope, and the transcendent power of the love that bind us to one another.
Douglas McCombs is an accomplished engineer and recent widower driven to discover the truth of who he is by studying the people and places he comes from. After losing his wife to a battle with Alzheimer’s, Douglas is left devastated until a chance encounter with a sharp, compassionate librarian named Suzy Hamilton on the steps of the New York Public Library shakes him from the throes of grief.
With Suzy’s help, Douglas takes up genealogy and begins an investigation into his Scottish lineage that takes the reader on a sprawling journey through time and the remarkable lives of Douglas’s ancestors—from legendary highland clan chiefs and American war generals to humble farmers and family men. As he traces his ancestry through the generations, Douglas manages to discover not only the roots he was searching for, but also a brand-new reason to be.