The novelist, screen writer and resident of Barga, Tom Gabbay has just published his latest work – “Baquba” which revolves around Vincent Spinelli, a nineteen year-old soldier whose fragile state of mind unravels in the violent chaos of Iraq in 2007.
In a marked difference from his last three novel, The Berlin Conspiracy, The Lisbon Crossing, and The Tehran Conviction, Baquba is available to his readers for the first time as an e-book.
As the man once said, The Times They Are A-Changin’, and that’s certainly true in the world of book publishing. The transition from paper to electronic books is happening so fast that it’s hard to keep up, but if you are in any doubt about what the future holds, take note that Amazons’s electronic books sales have now overtaken print sales. This historic shift makes for unsettling times if you are a traditional publisher but it provides an interesting opportunity for authors like myself. Big publishing houses are no longer our literary gatekeepers.
So here I am, publishing my latest novel as an e-book. (download this book here)
Tom Gabbay was born in 1953 in Bloomington, Indiana. USA. After studying painting in London and Philadelphia, he began his career in New York, producing animated films for the well known children’s program Sesame Street. In 1985 he joined NBC television in Los Angeles as Director of Children’s programs. During his tenure at the network, he also served as a Director of Comedy Programs and Creative Director of NBC Europe. In addition to his novels, (The Berlin Conspiracy, The Lisbon Crossing, and The Tehran Conviction) he has written several screenplays and contributed political cartoons to the Philadelphia Daily News.
The story of BAQUBA revolves around Vincent Spinelli, a nineteen year-old soldier whose fragile state of mind unravels in the violent chaos of Iraq in 2007 – a time when US troops were engaged in some of most intense fighting of the war. Vincent’s instability, due in part to a traumatic brain injury, is clear to the men in his platoon but the surge is on and the army needs boots on the ground.
When Vincent finally reaches his breaking point, triggering a nightmarish incident in which an innocent family is killed, the military sweeps him under the carpet. Discharged and sent home. But, like too many returning veterans, Vincent has no real home to return to. Alone, confused, and drifting on the streets of Miami, he becomes a walking time bomb. The inevitable explosion of violence sets in motion events that form the basis of a psychological thriller with harrowing relevance to recent events.
It’s a difficult subject, but it’s real. It’s happening.
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