Retribution comes with a price

1930s Germany
Karl Auerbach escapes Buchenwald concentration camp. Ashamed of the truth of how he fled, Karl vows never to speak of the memories of his imprisonment.

Present Day: Rhode Island
When Karl’s grandson Zachariah is faced with prejudice of his own and a close friend is subjected to a horrific assault, Karl knows he must finally confront the demons of his past before Zachariah sets in motion a deadly chain of events.

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Man of Clay explores the consequences of being held captive by the ghosts of our past, the decisions we make and what happens when someone crosses the line in search of revenge and retribution.

My Review

Wow – what an incredible story! So much sadness and heartbreak. So much cruelty. The story of the Jews in Buchenwald concentration camp and the terrible crimes that were perpetrated against them. It’s also the tale of a family torn apart by prejudice and hatred.

This book is written in two timelines which interweave, the first being the story of 15-year-old Zachariah’s torment as the victim of three despicable school bullies. The second takes us back to his grandfather Karl’s terrible experiences in Buchenwald during Word War Two and the memories that haunt him and he never speaks about, not even to his wife.

This is also a book of magical realism. Now whether you believe in mythology and magic is up to you. You can take this story literally or view it as something symbolic for a time when many Jewish people, who had endured six years of suffering, had reached the end of the road and finally sought revenge and retribution.

It doesn’t really matter which interpretation you choose. What matters is that you understand how despair, grief and starvation can lead to committing heinous acts of your own, which eventually you are unable to control. Or to quote a famous saying, once released you can never put the genie back in the bottle.

Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Alan Derosby, a Maine native, has spent the past several years focusing on his passion: writing. Alan has created original and spooky short stories, having several published in a variety of anthologies. Man of Clay is his debut novel.

When not writing, Alan is teaching history at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, spending time with his wife and daughter, or watching the New York Mets suffer through another disappointing season.

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