Fear. It remains a constant focus of life in the Middle East. What we have, what we could lose, what others might or did take away from us.
Daniel Blum – scientist, father, soldier – has many reasons to fear. He lost more than he knows when the modern State of Israel fell, following a massive earthquake and Iranian-led attack. Torn from suburban family life and a budding career, Daniel is alone and scarred, enduring subjugation and terror in Hamas-controlled Northern Liberated Palestine.
Together with George Farrah, a figure from his past, Daniel journeys deep under the Carmel mountain, through Egyptian-controlled, quake-ravaged Tel Aviv, and ultimately to the ruins of a secret government research facility. Haunted, Daniel strains the bonds of duty and family as he confronts a world he no longer understands, discovers unintended consequences of his actions, and plumbs the true depth of his loss.
“Brutal…imaginative…the book's conclusion will startle..." -- San Diego Jewish World
"…compelling...truly well written.." -- Jewneric
"Devastating, stunning, unforgettable" -- Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer Glenda Bixler
Galerie - coming in 2014 from the mind of Steven Greenberg...
For Vanesa Neuman, the past is a closed book. Born to Czech Holocaust survivors, her childhood in the cramped intimacy of 1970’s south Tel Aviv is shadowed by her parents’ unspoken wartime experiences. When her father passes away, Vanesa inherits the dark taxidermy shop on Nahalat Binyamin Street, and the closed book falls literally open. Vanesa decides to decipher meaning of the diary she has received, at all costs–the diary she’s seen just once before, the diary with her father’s stories.
From Jerusalem’s Yad V’Shem Holocaust research center, to the backstreets of post-communist Prague, and into the former “paradise ghetto” of Theresienstadt–Vanesa’s journey of understanding will reveal a darker family past than she ever imagined and a secret kept alive for over half a century.