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New Book Resurrecting One of the Great Stories of the Holocaust Is More Relevant Today Than Ever

AUSTIN, TX—August 8th, 2017— Monochrome Books releases long-awaited title by local author/historian/speaker.

What makes The Trumpets of Jericho: A Novel by John Michael Dolan truly “novel” is that it is the only book, fiction or nonfiction, devoted in its entirety to the defiant 1944 Jewish uprising at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz—and the just as inspiring account of the four young female conspirators arrested and savagely tortured by the Gestapo during the investigation that followed. More than a compelling adventure yarn featuring real-life heroes and villains, however, it is a cautionary tale of racism spun out of control, a prospect that in America once again threatens.

“Given the racially-charged political climate that has resurfaced in this country,” says Dolan, “Trumpets and books like it are more necessary than ever. A public vulnerable to inflammatory propaganda can’t be reminded too often of how easy it can be for the tiniest flame of prejudice to grow into a forest fire of deadly hate and persecution.”

The book also benefits the community by empowering women. Half the heroes in it are female, who in their courage, savvy, and fully-realized humanity serve as excellent role models for not only the young but the adults of both sexes. Apart from its entertainment value, Trumpets shows what is possible when men and women refuse, against all odds, to simply curl up and die when confronted by those who wouldn’t only rob them of their lives but all dignity. That those in question were victims of a bigotry based upon ethnicity only makes this work timelier.

Nor do its contributions end there. With so many ignorant these days of what the Holocaust was and how it helped shape our modern world, Dolan adds to his story by having its characters, through word and deed, weave a useful overview of this not-that-distant, dark chapter of history. Similarly, he explores, among other themes, religion and the existence of God, the psychology of genocide, friendship and romantic love, sexual and other pathologies, the nature of good and evil, right and wrong.

At the age of twelve, Dolan read the iconic I Cannot Forgive by Rudolf Vrba and has been an avid student of the Holocaust since. Upon recently finding to his surprise that the only revolt ever to take place at Auschwitz lacked the book it deserved, he decided to write that book. And is not only willing but eager to talk about it and the lessons it teaches about racial tolerance when and wherever the speaking opportunity arises.

The Trumpets of Jericho: A Novel (Monochrome Books, $24.50, 552 pages, a 6” x 9” softcover, ISBN 978-0-99870-080-9) is listed in the Ingram and Baker & Taylor catalogues. This print version is for sale in bookstores across the state of Texas, on all the bigger online retailers, and directly from the author—with a nice discount and other perks—at his website www.jmichaeldolan.net. The eBook ($5.99, 978-0-99870-081-6) is available as well at www.amazon.com/dp/B071F34ZZC, Bookbaby, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBookstore. The author is adept at and eager to give interviews.

For excerpts, reviews, and more, go to www.facebook.com/thetrumpetsofjericho.

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Local Author Presents New Book to 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

San Antonio, TX—Sept. 27th, 2017—Novelist opens book lecture with brief if moving ceremony.

On Monday, author and speaker J. Michael Dolan gave a 55-minute talk on his book The Trumpets of Jericho: A Novel at the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio’s upscale Pearl Center. Seventy-five people attended. Though far from his first lecture, Dolan claims it his most memorable in that he preceded it by presenting a copy of his book to local advocate, Holocaust survivor, and celebrated speaker herself, Mrs. Rose Williams.

Trumpets is the first book, and only novel, devoted in its entirety to one of the more remarkable episodes of Jewish resistance to the Nazis, the defiant 1944 uprising at the SS death camp Auschwitz. When Dolan heard of Rose and that as a young Polish Jew she spent most of her 14th year at that hellish place (not to mention a good chunk of her teens at three other camps), he refused to quit until he’d arranged to publicly gift her the latest edition of his work.

“It took me a year to do so,” he states, “but I wasn’t going to stop until I made it happen, and in style. During that year I became friends with Rose, and hearing her horrific if inspiring story of survival only increased my determination. Was it worth the wait? Yes, its weight in gold.”

By this last Dolan would clarify that as successful as his main talk and book signing were, they were as nothing to the emotion generated by the presentation that came before. Many of Rose’s friends and admirers were there, and such was the power of his words honoring her that at the end of them not every eye in the house was dry.

“It’s hard not to admire Rose,” he continues. “Caught three-quarters of a century ago in the web of a regime known for its horrors, to confront the worst of them—alone at the age of fourteen, her family slain, she herself dying a slow death—and neither give up nor give in to those horrors reveals a courage and strength of will I doubt I possess. As for today, at ninety and still going strong, still traveling and speaking to children and adults alike on both the evil she lived through personally and that of the Holocaust as a whole…. well, the way I see it, that makes her not simply a survivor, but a soldier.”

The Trumpets of Jericho: A Novel (Monochrome Books, 552 pages, $24.50, a 6” by 9” softcover, ISBN 978-0-99870-080-9) is listed in the Ingram and Baker & Taylor cata-logues. This print version is for sale in bookstores across the state of Texas, on all the bigger online retailers, and directly from the author—with a nice discount and other perks—at his website www.jmichaeldolan.net. The eBook ($5.99, 978-0-99870-081-6) is available as well at www.amazon.com/dp/B071F34ZZC, Bookbaby, iBookstore, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. The author is adept at and eager to do interviews.

For excerpts, reviews, and more, go to www.facebook.com/thetrumpetsofjericho.

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CONTACT: J. Michael Dolan, mdolan1591@yahoo.com, 512-273-2576

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