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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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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 in 2018—A Cobbler’s Tale, followed by Moon Flower, The Righteous One, The Bomb Squad and Hope City, Neil Perry Gordon has established himself as a well-respected and prolific historical fiction novelist. His story telling 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 learned that subjects such as music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths, were not simply things to be read about and tested, but lessons to be experienced.

 

His creative writing methods and inspiration have been described as organic; meaning that he begins his work with a general storyline for his characters, rather than working with 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 - Book One  

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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Bonus Material
From Cape Nome

CHAPTER ONE—WYATT EARP

“I can’t believe my eyes. That’s Wyatt Earp and his wife Josephine. I recognize them from their pictures in the newspaper,” a finely dressed woman said, propped upon her tiptoes, trying to see over the other first class passengers swarming the celebrated couple.

As a journalist, I too wanted to be on the scene, since my editorial duties required me to record any “interesting or provocative event” on my three- month assignment in Nome, Alaska. And observing the contentious Earp and his provocative bride onboard the Alliance certainly qualified as newsworthy.

I worked for the San Francisco Examiner, and its owner—William Randolph Hearst. It so happened the famous publisher developed a close relationship with Mr. Earp eighteen years earlier, when as sheriff of Tombstone, he provided security for the Hearst family during a visit to the city, home to the infamous shootout known as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The time these two men spent together developed into a friendship beneficial to Mr. Earp’s reputation, as the paper took his side concerning the controversial heavyweight boxing match on December 2nd, 1896, between Bob Fitzsimmons and Tom Sharkey, in which Mr. Earp refereed.

On that day, Mr. Earp was a last-minute, stand-in referee for the heavyweight boxing contest in the country’s most anticipated bout of the year.

As an amateur boxer myself, I remember reading how Mr. Earp entered the ring with a Colt .45 tucked into a holster cinched to his hips, and had to be publicly disarmed by the officials. No doubt a humiliating experience for the famed lawman.

As a three-to-one favorite, a victory for Fitzsimmons was widely expected, and it appeared he wouldn’t disappoint by dominating the fight in front of the packed house at the Mechanics’ Pavilion. Sharkey was on the verge of defeat after hitting the canvas in both the first and fifth rounds, but managed to survive until the eighth when the fight seemed to be over after Fitzsimmons delivered a devastating blow to Sharkey’s jaw, flooring him. Yet to the bewilderment of the fifteen-thousand fans in attendance, Mr. Earp stepped in and ruled that Fitzsimmons committed a foul, hitting Sharkey below the belt, thereby disqualifying him.

The rumor that circulated afterwards, claimed that Mr. Earp earned himself twenty-five hundred dollars for fixing the fight.

While the San Francisco Examiner vigorously defended Earp’s reputation, offering creative reasons for his outlandish behavior; the San Francisco Call, a cross-town rival newspaper, wrote it objectively, castigating his character.

Based upon the history between the Earps and Mr. Hearst’s Examiner, I could safely assume if I wrote anything detrimental about him, my editor would insist upon a rewrite, or worse—a recall, thereby sending me home. The idea of turning back after spending the last twenty-one months dreaming about this adventure to the goldfields of Nome would most likely give me pause not to rock the boat—no pun intended.

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