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  • The Jewish Nazi by John Vocale is an intriguing novel will...
    The Jewish Nazi by John Vocale is an intriguing novel will which capture the reader from the very beginning. The protagonist is taken on a fascinating, shocking journey through time, and as a...
    The Jewish Nazi by John Vocale is an intriguing novel will which capture the reader from the very beginning. The protagonist is taken on a fascinating, shocking journey through time, and as a result, has to face deep and meaningful issues about who he is as a person, a father, a husband and about his cultural identity. Benjamin, a doctor and family man, is living comfortably in the present day. However, he has a series of strange experiences that all relate to Germany in the 1930s. He is baffled by them and confides in his wife. Of course, she listens but isn’t able to help him. It is clear from this point that Benjamin is on his own, and whatever it is he has to face, he has to face it alone. As a reader I found this technique, along with the author’s skillful character development, interesting because I was drawn into Benjamin’s world, sharing his trials and tribulations on a personal level. As a result, this novel offers an experience unlike any other. Waking up in the past with a new identity and purpose initially throws our hero, but he is smart and determined. He manages to survive and do some remarkably intriguing things. He is confronted by difficult choices and has to make important decisions not only about his own life, but that of many others. Should he change history and events or allow thousands of innocent people to suffer? What will happen if he does interfere? Will the gains made be more beneficial than those lost? The subject of time travel is a mesmerizing one, and author John Vocale’s use of it in The Jewish Nazi is utterly original, thought-provoking and convincing. I found myself being completely enthralled by the shocking and profound events Benjamin experienced. Traveling back in time is an interesting topic, which in many books result in more amusing adventures. Not so with The Jewish Nazi. Imagine being taken back in time against your will and into a world of unimaginable horror? The Jewish Nazi by John Vocale is a cleverly woven story that will hook you from the first page. Whether you are a fan of time travel or World War II history this novel will keep you captivated from start to finish. It is attention-grabbing and well-crafted and certainly gives the reader many things to think about and imagine. It’s the sort of novel that readers will want to read more than once and talk about with their friends and family. The Jewish Nazi by John Vocale is highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews.
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  • Born 1980––Died 1940? Benjamin Bauman, a contemporary Jewish Orthopedic Surgeon, is blinded by a flash of light while driving his car. When the light subsides, he gathers himself...
    Born 1980––Died 1940? Benjamin Bauman, a contemporary Jewish Orthopedic Surgeon, is blinded by a flash of light while driving his car. When the light subsides, he gathers himself and discovers he...
    Born 1980––Died 1940? Benjamin Bauman, a contemporary Jewish Orthopedic Surgeon, is blinded by a flash of light while driving his car. When the light subsides, he gathers himself and discovers he is now driving another car in another time period. He panics and crashes the vehicle into a light pole. After quickly diagnosing his injuries and reestablishing his unbelievable plight, Ben blacks out.When he awakens he finds himself in a Berlin hospital in Nazi Germany. It is Christmas Day, 1937. To the people around him Ben is Karl Schroder, a high-ranking Generalarzt and Chief Surgeon of that same hospital. Ben knows nothing of Karl’s past but, among many other surprises, he now speaks fluent German and discovers that Karl had been very close to an empathetic nurse, Elsa Hirsh, who is tending to his wounds. Still in panic mode, Ben finds a mirror and discovers that his journey has not physically altered his appearance. Yes, he is a Jew in Nazi Germany, but nobody seems to realize this but Ben. His “memory loss” and sudden knowledge of a new language is “scientifically” attributed to the blow in the head he received during the accident. From the German perspective Ben’s new language is American English, the language he retained during his trip into the past—a language Karl did not speak. This miraculous infusion of a new language after a traffic accident intrigues members of Hitler's inner circle and brings the reluctant Ben face to face with the likes of Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler and, with a stroke of luck, the famed American broadcaster and author, William L. Shirer. Ben’s obvious goal is to try return to the present, but as time goes by he feels he was propelled into the past for a yet to be determined mission. If so, what will his mission be? Is he there to kill Hitler––warn England and America of a looming world war––warn the Jews of the impending holocaust––or is it something more benign, like simply trying to stay alive?
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  • My name is John Vocale and I’ve led an interesting life. I was born in New York City, but lived most of my life in Florida, home of lightning strikes, hurricanes and blankets of...
    My name is John Vocale and I’ve led an interesting life. I was born in New York City, but lived most of my life in Florida, home of lightning strikes, hurricanes and blankets of humidity. Within...
    My name is John Vocale and I’ve led an interesting life. I was born in New York City, but lived most of my life in Florida, home of lightning strikes, hurricanes and blankets of humidity. Within the confines of a personal historical record, humidity owns millions of acres of land in Florida and I’ve been to each and every one of them. I’m also a bit of a world traveler. I’ve been to Europe on countless occasions (more like twelve), Australia, Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia and Dubai. While in Dubai, I visited a slave labor camp filled with Pakistani workers who had signed a “contract” for indentured servitude. In Australia, I dived and viewed the deteriorating Great Barrier Reef. In Sydney, I learned that the visually pleasing Opera House is covered in cheap ceramic tile to affect its pleasing appearance. In Cambodia, I shared a hut and an outhouse with Buddhists, living in dirt floor abodes who display a life of tranquility unseen in the United States. They have few material possessions and have replaced anger, blame and rage with an inner calm–quite an accomplishment from my perspective, and exceptional considering the ongoing exorcism of the ghost of Pol Pot. When I was three years old my father was murdered by the mob. Details of the murder are recounted in my novel, A Tale of Two Times. Shortly thereafter, my mother married a master check forger and my last name was changed to Baumel. When Baumel stole the family car and departed, to never be heard from again, my mother married the cab driver that chauffeured her oft inebriated persona around Sarasota, Florida until she could afford a new mode of transportation. The hack’s name was Allen and mine was soon changed to match. Yes, I’ve had three surnames. Their volatile relationship resulted in several beatings to my mother and four consecutive marriages followed by four consecutive divorces. At fourteen I ran away from home, never again to be the son of the woman that bore me. I sought refuge with my grandmother who, with open arms, welcomed me into her minuscule 8′ x 20′ house-trailer. I was the only child in a senior citizen trailer park community where the minimum age for acceptance was sixty-five. When my grandmother was ordered to oust me under the six-month visitation limits of the “no young whippersnapper rule,” she circumvented the age requirements by legally adopting me. Like the Cambodian Buddhists, we had nothing of material value, and I was never happier. My grandmother was and always will be my hero and the most giving person I have yet to meet. She saved my life. At nineteen I was drafted into the military but elected to join the Air Force. When my grandmother became ill, they stationed me in Tampa to be close to home. When her conditioned worsened, I was granted an early discharge to help care for her. She died a few days later. Immediately after her death the trailer was confiscated by park officials and I was homeless. I never got a straight answer on the confiscation. I could only presume that our trailer was a rental and without its signed lessee, I fell victim to the “no young whippersnapper rule” and was tossed to the curb. As a master of internal locutions, a barbed voice in my head informed me that the least desirable aspect of becoming a penurious whippersnapper is finding a place to sleep. An order to seek employment followed immediately thereafter. In the military I netted only $128.50 a month and, resultingly, I wasn’t much of a saver. Since I lived off base, I blew my monthly stipend on rent and food. Because of this aversion to parsimony, I had to reconfigure my long body to sleep in the backseat of my VW Bug. It was a contorted effort. On occasion, I was granted access to a couch or floor by some of my friend’s parents (thank you Mr. & Mrs. Frosch!). Luckily, in what some might call a forced expeditious maneuver, I was able to get a job as a carpenter’s helper where I met two former high school buddies who were looking for a roommate. I was off the street in a month! Then, I met a beautiful … I know–if you have made it this far, you’re probably thinking, ‘boy, does this guy feel sorry for himself!’ All I want to know if his books are worth reading! You’re right–I’ll try again. Through the years, as I told my tale of woe to the one or two people that found it interesting, I kept getting the same reply that has been cast upon millions with a story to tell: “You ought to write a book.” So, I did. I called it Don’t get Mad–The Ins and Outs of Getting Even as An Entry Level Assassin. And then I wrote another, the aforementioned A Tale of Two Times. And then I wrote another, the recently released The Jewish Nazi. If you read one or both, I hope you get a laugh or two. If you read The Jewish Nazi, I hope you empathize with the multiple plights of Benjamin Bauman and learn a thing or two about love, brutality, heroism and a history that should never be repeated.
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  • Lorna Peel is an author of historical fiction and mystery romance novels set in Ireland and the UK. A SCARLET WOMAN, A SUITABLE WIFE and A DISCARDED SON - books one to three in The...
    Lorna Peel is an author of historical fiction and mystery romance novels set in Ireland and the UK. A SCARLET WOMAN, A SUITABLE WIFE and A DISCARDED SON - books one to three in The Fitzgeralds of...
    Lorna Peel is an author of historical fiction and mystery romance novels set in Ireland and the UK. A SCARLET WOMAN, A SUITABLE WIFE and A DISCARDED SON - books one to three in The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Series - a gritty family saga set in 1880s Ireland - are out now on Kindle, in paperback and on Kindle Unlimited.
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  • I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, and so many other authors filled my imagination with intrigue and mystery. The TV show, Murder She Wrote, entertained...
    I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, and so many other authors filled my imagination with intrigue and mystery. The TV show, Murder She Wrote, entertained me when I was...
    I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, and so many other authors filled my imagination with intrigue and mystery. The TV show, Murder She Wrote, entertained me when I was not reading late into the night. The Dead Game is the first book in paranormal suspense series. It brings fantasy and the surreal to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues; but it has vampires, vampire derivatives, and a touch of romance to give spice to the mix. Once you read The Dead Game, you will never look at a dead body the same way. The second book will be released soon.
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  • Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise...
    Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a...
    Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good ole family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland’s case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain is one can't run from sin for karma is much faster.
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  •   Jitendra Anand reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    Sold our souls for greed – made mistakes without learning – death...
    Sold our souls for greed – made mistakes without learning – death clears our vision (reminding us that life has a time limit). These are some of things we encounter in Eating the Forbidden Fruit....
    Sold our souls for greed – made mistakes without learning – death clears our vision (reminding us that life has a time limit). These are some of things we encounter in Eating the Forbidden Fruit. This is an incredible piece of fiction which reads like an autobiography, and readers of both genres will love it. Roland Page has put together a gripping family/crime fiction that moved me to tears several times. As I read this novel I was struck with the thought ‘what makes me qualified to review this?’ I’ve never felt that about a book before, it caused me to sit back and contemplate on what I was reading. I am a middle-aged, white, suburban housewife from England. This is a story about a young black man living in the US, in a world I know nothing about. Then I saw it. We are the same. We live. We bleed. We die. Our blood runs through our veins making our hearts beat while supplying oxygen to our brains, so that we can – think, feel, love and hope. Whoever we are, wherever we live, we are the same. That is how thought-provoking I found this. This is a story about hope, and what defines a person. Is it the choices we make? Roland starts his life off not always making the right decisions, one day some of those choices come back to haunt him. This book begins and ends with a court case, what happens in-between those chapters are the steps that lead up to that courtroom. Like many things in life the pivotal catalyst of this event, is not one but many things. We all fall from grace now and again, but it’s how we get up and move forward that defines us. Without these struggles we might never appreciate the things we have. This message is highlighted in this marvelously gripping book. Two worlds collide when Roland joins St Louis Metropolitan Police department, a shady past of drugs that’s entwined with the love and fierce loyalty of his family and friends, and his dedication to justice and doing the right thing in the force. For me the underlying heartbeat of this novel, isn’t the troubled upbringing and crazy choice making, it is that having the love of a person that’s true and altruistic is stronger than the pull of the world, stronger than drugs, stronger than childhood ties and even stronger than habits. Without love everything is meaningless. My favorite line from the book is: Wherever Tracey laid her head was home to me. A close second is: I wasn’t a complete asshole, just a part-time one! Roland Page bravely reveals his thoughts to us in this touching and tenderly-open story. If you appreciate honest autobiographies, crime or family stories you are going to drink this up, enjoy the tale but then, if you’re like me, you might get to reflect on your own choices. Chick Lit Café highly recommends this wonderful, unique and riveting book, Eating the Forbidden Fruit by Roland Page. Don’t miss this electrifying family/crime novel!
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  •   Jitendra Anand reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    The year of 2020 has been so unpredictable we bear witness to many misfortunes in the entertainment, political, and economy. Paranoia has invaded the minds of the norm. However,...
    The year of 2020 has been so unpredictable we bear witness to many misfortunes in the entertainment, political, and economy. Paranoia has invaded the minds of the norm. However, the newly...
    The year of 2020 has been so unpredictable we bear witness to many misfortunes in the entertainment, political, and economy. Paranoia has invaded the minds of the norm. However, the newly ordained author Roland Sato Page has counted his blessing with the tragedy. He recently released his life based novel “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” a thrilling journey of his past profession as a St. Louis law enforcement officer convicted of federal crimes because of his childhood affiliation. A tale of karma, confession, and redemption. Roland states, “I have Lupus so my anxiety is on volume ten. I thought it was the end of the world. My book release is going to take a hit because of the lack of in person promotional campaign. I invested money into a delayed strategy. Yet the opposite happened. I was being booked on podcasts, blogs, and national editorials as soon as the press release went out. People were so receptive of my story.” He suggests many readers relate to transparency, trial, and tribulation of life. “We all fall from grace at times sometimes more than once. “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” displays the woes many marriages and life encounter. I reveal complete transparency to the readers. It’s practically like putting on my police uniform and riding shotgun in my squad vehicle.” The book shows the unmentioned things people would not believe cops experience. Sin behind the badge. The St. Louis writer feels he is a humble man wishing to share his inspirational story filled with drama, humor, even true romance. He does not proclaim the title as an author for he feels he has to earn that honor. Roland's resume reads like an exciting roller coaster ride warranting of a series. A former cop to a famed tattooist stricken by Lupus thus resorting to the literary industry. Regardless of what he considers himself it is clearly visible he has a Midas touch when it comes to success. He is known as quite an outstanding entrepreneur in the Midwest region. He has gained national attention in every endeavor he has committed to. He is pleased to say during the pandemic he has completed two other novels for future release “Skin Deep'' (Tattoo Industry) and “Walking the Purple Road” (90 day hospital stay battling Lupus). If you want to read more on this savvy writer/entrepreneur go to his website  http://www.authorrolandpage.com
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