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OTZI'S ODYSSEY

THE TROUBLED SOUL OF A NEOLITHIC ICEMAN

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The Bruder Brothers

Short Story 

The Bruder Brothers is a short story based on one letter published in the Jewish Daily Forward in 1906, by a young man who gets his sweetheart pregnant in Warsaw. He leaves for America with a promise that he will send for her as soon as he could. But unfortunately, as you will read, their plans have unintended consequences.

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About the NOVELIST

Beginning with his debut novel—A Cobbler’s Tale, followed by Moon Flower, The Righteous One, The Bomb Squad, Hope City, Sadie’s Sin, Cape Nome and soon to be released—Otzi’s Odyssey, Neil Perry Gordon has established himself as a well-respected and prolific historical and metaphysical fiction novelist. His storytelling ability has earned him high editorial praise from the likes of Kirkus, Midwest Book Review and others, including hundreds of four and five star reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Neil attributes his love of the writing process from his formative education at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, where he understood that classes such as music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths, were not simply subjects to be learned, but lessons to be experienced.

His creative writing methods and inspiration have been described as organic; meaning he begins his work with a premise for his characters, rather than working within the confines of a formal, detailed outline. This encourages his writing to offer surprising twists and unexpected outcomes, which readers have celebrated. His novels have the attributes of being driven by an equal balance between character development and face-paced action, which moves his stories along at a swift page-turning pace.

 
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THE BOMB SQUAD

Clash of the Patriots  

At the stroke of midnight, a devastating explosion at Black Tom Island, an armaments depot, rocks New York City awake; and so begins this story of two patriots in World War I, each willing to put his life on the line in order to achieve a glorious victory for his cause.

Serving the Fatherland is Dr. Harold Schwartz, administrator of the prestigious Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital and a German spy. Along with his father, a dealer in lethal weapons and a lifelong friend of Kaiser Wilhelm, Schwartz is hell-bent on distracting the Americans from entering the war.

Meanwhile, the British Secret Intelligence Service recruits highly regarded New York City police detective Max Rothman to assemble a team of German-speaking specialists, known as the Bomb Squad. Their mission is to investigate the sudden surge of German espionage activity wreaking havoc along the Eastern Seaboard and among steamships attempting to cross the Atlantic.

The Bomb Squad follows these men’s exploits through an interconnecting tale of love, loss, friendship, and betrayal, stretching from American shores to the epicenter of German power during a time when the world is at war.

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A COBBLER'S TALE 

Jewish Immigrants Story of Survival,
from Eastern Europe to New York's Lower East Side

Book One 

A Cobbler’s Tale is an adventure story about Pincus Potasznik, a second-generation Jewish cobbler, born in a small shtetl in the province of Galicia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

 

In 1910, at the historic height of the massive Eastern European immigration wave to the New World, Pincus decides to leave behind his pregnant wife, and three small children, in order to seek a new life for his family in the burgeoning Lower East Side of Manhattan.

 

On his traumatic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the SS Amerika steamship, Pincus meets Jakob Adler, a young man running from an accidental murder of a notorious crime boss in Warsaw. 

 

The story also explores the challenges of pregnant Clara Potasznik as she does her best to protect her family, while the bloodiest battles of World War I explode within miles of her family home, a small village called Krzywcza.

 

Moshe, the young son of Pincus and Clara Potasznik, discovers his divine ability to foretell dire events, and to offer real comfort those in pain, taking the reader into the wisdom and mystery surrounding the ancient Jewish mysticism, known as Kabbalah.

 

A Cobbler’s Tale is a story of a family’s survival against tremendous odds.

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MOON FLOWER

A Seventeenth Century Tale of a Young Man's Search for the Great Spirit

It's the year 1675, and eighteen-year-old Lukas Pietersen, a young boy from the Dutch-controlled territory of New Amsterdam, is about to consume the ceremonial substance known as moon flower. The potent seeds from this nighttime blooming plant, prepared and administered by a shaman, will cause Lukas to lose his memory and thus begin his quest of becoming a warrior of the Pequawket tribe.

From the New World to the city of Amsterdam, down to the slave coast of West Africa, and across the Atlantic Ocean to the slave mart of Charles Town, Moon Flower follows Lukas as he meets chiefs, shamans, warriors, and the English army on his journey to forge a connection with the Great Spirit and battle a fearsome evil being called the Wendigo.

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THE RIGHTEOUS ONE

A Cobbler's Journey into the
Dreamworld and Beyond
Book Two

The Righteous One is the story of Moshe the cobbler, a gentle, sixty-year-old tzaddik—a righteous and saintly Jew—who is called upon to rekindle his divine connection to the Almighty in order to destroy the notorious New York gangster and rasha Solomon Blass, a man who uses his power of foreseeing events via his vivid dreams to advance his own financial interests. 

 

While Solomon and his son, Myron, seek to control much of Manhattan—its biggest businesses, its police department, and its city government—they find themselves embroiled in conflict with numerous powerful people from both their waking life and the dream world, where Moshe has begun training with the descendants of an ancient mystical spirit for his inevitable confrontation with Solomon.

As the final battle approaches, the divide between good and evil becomes ever clearer and each character faces the consequences of his past, present, and future actions. Will Solomon’s wily tenacity prevail, or will Moshe be strong enough to destroy the rasha’s wicked soul?

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HOPE CITY

The Alaskan Adventures of Percy Hope

Book One 

 

Hope City is the adventure story of Samuel Rothman and his best friend, Liam Kampen, two teenage boys from San Francisco who, in the summer of 1898, venture into the goldfields of the Alaskan wilderness. 

Warned by his father to conceal his Jewish heritage from the ruffians he may encounter, Samuel changes his name to the less conspicuous Percy Hope. This fateful decision gives a yet-unnamed mining village a new identity and catapults Percy into a world where the good and the righteous must face greedy and ruthless adversaries. 

Along a waterway known as Turnagain Arm, the newly named Hope City and the more established Sunrise are like opposite sisters. The good and virtuous Hope, with a Catholic church led by the influential Reverend O’Hara, admonishes residents against committing the seven deadly sins. In Sunrise, villainous saloon owner Magnus Vega tempts prospectors with whiskey, gambling, and women. 

Hope City weaves the tale of a young man falling down a proverbial rabbit hole of unexpected toils and hardships and struggling to find his way back out, amid a wild and unforgiving environment where ambitious men and women seek their fortunes. 

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Sadie's Sin

The Zwi Migdal's Reign of Terror

Sadie Wollman, a young Jewess in 1924 Warsaw, Poland, has fallen in love with the handsome university professor—Alexander Kaminski. But when her traditional parents learn about this possible unholy matrimony to a gentile, they hastily arrange a brokered marriage to a wealthy Argentine Jewish business man—Ezra Porkevitch. 

 

Believing they sent their daughter off to a glamorous life of wealth and luxury, this young woman instead faces a new reality of becoming a Polaca, a sex slave to the Zwi Migdal, a Jewish organized-crime group trafficking young women into forced prostitution throughout brothels in Buenos Aires. 

 

When her lover Alex, a war hero of Poland, learns of the deception, he, along with his life-long friend Jan Mazur, seek to rescue Sadie from the grips of this wicked group of men protected by the Argentine political and law enforcement establishment. 

 

Sadie’s Sin is an epic-romantic tale of an innocent woman's torment as she is sold to the city's most prestigious brothel—The Tango, and the hero's journey across three continents, seeking her rescue. 

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Cape Nome

The Alaskan Adventures of Percy Hope
Book 2

 

It’s 1898, and one of history’s most abundant gold discoveries has shaken awake the desolate city of Cape Nome, Alaska. This monumental find by John Brynteson, Jafet Lindeberg, and Erik Lindblom earns them the moniker of the Three Lucky Swedes.

News of their good fortune spreads swiftly, and by the summer of 1900, tens of thousands of dreamers trek over land and by sea to the mines surrounding Anvil Creek and upon the Bering Sea beaches, where gold deposits pepper the soft sands.

 

Cape Nome chronicles the continuing adventures of Percy Hope, following his exploits two years earlier in Hope City. Percy, now a journalist for William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner, is sent on assignment to Nome to report on the next great stampede.

Along the way, Percy encounters and befriends the legendary gunman Wyatt Earp and his spirited wife, Josephine, as well as an assemblage of amusing, disarming, and sinister characters, including a sea monster known as the Qalupalik.

 

Cape Nome is a riveting story of betrayal, murder, kidnapping, and government conspiracies, all of which form the backdrop for Percy Hope’s struggle to uncover the truth in a world poisoned by greed, deceit, and lies.

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OTZI'S ODYSSEY

THE TROUBLED SOUL OF A NEOLITHIC ICEMAN

~ COMING THIS JANUARY ~

 

Ötzi’s Odyssey – The Troubled Soul of a Neolithic Iceman, opens in the year 1991 with the remarkable sighting of a mummified man, half frozen in glacial ice, whom two hikers stumble upon. Along with this profound archeological discovery, the soul of this five-thousand-year-old iceman is awakened.

Ötzi the iceman’s adventure takes him to the modern era, where his observant soul tries to comprehend why it remains tethered to the frozen mummy, as well as to make sense of a technologically advanced world. The story then returns to 3300 BCE, to the life and times of clan chief Bhark as he lives with his family in a peaceful village upon stilt homes clinging to the shore of the great Lake Neith, located in the shadows of ominous Similaun Mountain.

Bhark and his family are ambushed by his rival Shadrach, who insists that he, not Bhark, is the clan’s rightful heir. A subsequent encounter with the soul hunter Creyak, who promises to return to Bhark all that was lost, sends our hero on a perilous journey into the four demonic realms of Gehenna. Along the way, he receives wisdom from Miko the Seer and guidance from his clairvoyant daughter, Amica, both of whom have the power to pierce the veil that separates the upper and lower spiritual realms, while Bhark fights for the salvation—and ultimate redemption—of his eternal soul.

 
 

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CHAPTER ONE—THE AWAKENING

 

There was no one to hear the screaming. Even if a hunter did scale these mountains, the sharp gusts of winds whistling through the glacial and rocky outcroppings would have drowned out the torturous cries.

It took time to understand these agonizing howls were coming from deep inside me, and not from the corpse lying below. While I observed a body, half-buried in the glacial ice, I could not reach out and touch it. While I heard the shrieking winds, I could not feel the frigid snow being pushed up into towering drifts. While I shouted my anguish aloud, my words fell silent upon the mountainside. If it is true that I existed, then it must be also true that I am not of body.

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Countless days and endless nights have rolled past my sight allowing me to take notice of the gradual change in weather, though I am numb to it. The places where men, women and animals once traversed snow-covered pathways and scaled steep icy terrains are now exposed, rocky trails. This I know to be a sign that the snows have ended, and visible evidence of the natural life of springtime, which will soon return.

           

Regardless, the body below me remains frozen. How long has it been for this lost memory of a man? How long has it been for me?

 

As time crept on, I continued to look upon this stranger who lies face down, his legs encased deep in solid ice, while his upper body remains exposed, folded over at its waist. I see that he is lying upon an outstretched arm, awkwardly pinned under his chest. His back displays ribs pushed up against leathery-orange skin, like when the shallow roots of a tree uplifts mossy earth.

 

I am haunted by questions. Who is this Iceman beneath me? Could it be we are connected? And if not, why am I here?

 

Through the darkness and the light, no matter the vision of the world before me, I remained aware, and tormented without pause by the unending chatter swirling within me. While the Iceman lies still, lifeless, I continue and carry on.

         

It appeared I was tethered to him with some sort of unbreakable, invisible rope that maintained a constant distance between us. The Iceman is far enough away to be beyond my reach, that is if I had arms and hands to touch him. Instead, all I am able to do is simply observe, unless I look away to the world beyond, which I’m able to do, but only briefly, before the Iceman pulls me back.

           

During my momentary glances, I absorbed glimpses of the mountainside, which delighted me with explosions of new life. Once frozen rivers trapped within stone cliffs are now mighty waterfalls, cascading into magnificent explosions against grand boulders and continuing on, depositing their rushing waters into a sparkling lake far off in the distance.

 

A quick gander showed a herd of ibex stopped by a small pool of tranquil turquoise, glacial water. Their large, backwards-curved horns featured rows of symmetrical ridges, tilting downwards, as they drink. How I wish I could stroke their soft fur.

           

From up high I gazed down upon the crowns of majestic pine trees grouped together, creating small clusters of woods, while the open terrains in between are covered with emerald fields of tall green grasses, and newly bloomed, pink flowers. Soaring among the landscape is a bright orange, bearded-vulture, searching for discarded, picked-over carcasses left behind by packs of generous wolves.

           

When the light shone bright, the life below invigorated and engaged my senses of sights and sounds. But when the darkness swallowed the sun, my world is turned upside down, directing my attention upwards into the familiar patterns of sparkling points in a black endless sky.

           

It is between these two realms of day and night, beyond the wondrous life teeming beneath me or the dancing stars above, this is where I seem to dwell. A place where all is frozen, where all is dead, where nothing lives and nothing grows, this is where I exist.

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