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 - née Limor - Neuman, the past is a closed book. The daughter of two Czech Holocaust survivors, her carefree childhood in the cramped intimacy of south Tel Aviv turns into a troubled adolescence after the untimely death of her mother. Scrabbling for a foothold on the slippery slopes of her family’s silence, she in vain seeks answers from her father Michael, grandfather Jakub, and enigmatic Uncle Tomas about the family’s wartime experiences.
From Jerusalem’s Yad V’Shem Holocaust research center, to the Jewish Museum of Prague, and into the former “paradise ghetto” of Terezin – 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.