On a Tuesday in April, 100 ordinary Americans are gunned down at precisely the same time in 100 ordinary small towns. Who orchestrated the execution-style murders? And will they strike again? In the midst of shock, grief and outrage, with an ineffective President in the White House, the directors of the FBI and CIA work together to stop the insanity and reduce the panic that grips the nation. American in the Crosshairs, a cant-put-it-down mystery races from Washington, D.C., to Detroit to Oakland to Montana to Biloxi and back to Washington for the surprising conclusion.
Boris Kastel was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1914. A few months later the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated some 300 kilometers away in Sarajevo, an act which touched off The Great War. That catastrophic event presages Boris tumultuous life, during which he traveled to five continents and mastered at least ten languages. Throughout the violent war years following the Nazi invasion of his country, he never lost sight of his great dreama quest for peace. That quest had to wait through the long years of World War II, when duty called him first to the mountains of Northern Italy with the Italian Underground, and then to Titos Partisans and life in nascent Yugoslavia. That quest was realized in a most unexpectedly beautiful way. His story takes us from war-torn Zagreb to post-revolution China, to Ghandis India, through the birth of kibbutzim in Palestine, summer and winter Olympics in 1936, the resistance movements in Italy and Yugoslavia, Nazi hunting in Argentina and Uruguay, and ultimately to New York, where he met Eva, and the peace for which he yearned.
Billionaire businessman Raymond Barksley is privy to a startling secretthat the earths core is heating at a rate that will result in the destruction of the planet. A deeply religious man, Barksley fears the destructive societal forces that will be unleashed when news of the catastrophe is broadcast around the globe, and he formulates a plan to allow mankind to end its days with faith and dignity. His vision widens into a global effort, drawing in political and religious leaders, community activists, and common citizens as they frantically scramble to provide food and security to people of faith and hope. And The Swan Died asks the question What would you do if you knew you had four months to live? and answers it in hundreds of ways. As mankind struggles with its final days on earth, powerful forces move toward reconciliation, seeking to end ancient enmities before it is too late. Raymond Barksley sets those forces in motion in his effort to ensure that people of faith have the food and security they need to face their final judgment and to live out their lives with dignity. It is a daunting task to enlist the religious and secular leadership needed for such a vision.
A Cancer diagnosis is never something you want to hear, but many people have claimed that it’s the best thing that ever happened to them. The best? Not as crazy as it sounds when they tell you how cancer brought out a powerful love in themselves and their loved ones that fundamentally changed their lives. That love often can be a key to healing. When Jack Dold’s wife of forty-seven years was diagnosed with sarcoma, he vowed to make Mary the center of life for her year of treatment. He has recorded that year with all of its ups and downs—surgery, chemo, and radiation, but also delightful family holidays, the ordinary pleasures of loving grandchildren and the ongoing support from a whole army of friends. Jack watched Mary bloom from the love that surrounded her, even during the darkest days. You Don’t Stop Living offers encouragement to families facing cancer by reminding them that illness is only one aspect of their lives. They will still empty the dishwasher, weed the garden, be blessed by the kiss of a grandchild and the love of their children, and strengthened by the hug of a friend. Lovingly told, this book is a reminder that cancer families will still have an abundance of life and warmth to share. Text: Jack Dold has been writing his journal for almost 20 years, a chronicle of his extensive world travels as the owner of Golden Gate Tours, and also of the events, large and small, in the lives of his family and friends. You Don’t Stop Living filled his journal writings for the past year, as he describes the successful struggle of his wife, Mary fighting sarcoma cancer, and the therapeutic help she received from her family and friends. Jack recently published his first novel, Crosshairs, and is presently working on a major historical novel. (Picture to be provided)
Eva Rothschild was born into the upscale Berlin world of the 1920s, an artistic, Cabaret society that lived on the edge between the two World Wars. Her secure world crumbled to pieces with the arrival of Hitlers storm troopers, forcing her parents to flee with their two daughters from Germany to Montevideo, Uruguay. Energetic and alive, she yearned for freedom to express herself in her own fashion, through dance and learning, until she finally took the daunting step of moving to New York City. In her third country, with her third language, she found the life she sought, with Boris Kastel, who was also on a personal life quest. Evas story covers nearly a century. And it is by no means finished.
Some years ago, a Canadian travel campaign aimed at the United States described the country as The World Next Door. It is a spectacular place to visit, the world that is so close to us, filled with sparkling, friendly cities, incomparable natural areas, world-class museums and national parks, and lovely people who invariably welcome the visitor. Jack Dold, Director of Golden Gate Tours of California, takes the reader on a coast-to-coast tour, exploring nearly every facet of this beautiful Canadian world. Six imaginative tours with the alumni of the University of California, Berkeley, take you from Atlantic to Pacific and from the U.S. border to the Arctic, exploring Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes, the unique Province of Quebec, the frozen north of Hudsons Bay Company and the Land of the Midnight Sun along the Alaska Highway and the route of the Klondike. Visit Canadas superb cities, filled with welcoming people and attractive parks and museums. Enjoy the incomparable beauty of unfettered nature, and relive the drama of a nation of explorers and trappers and immigrants who slowly came to populate their enormous land.