Author: Steven Greenberg
Publisher: Steven Greenberg
Since 1948, when Israel became a nation, many people in the world wonder what will happen next to this small, yet highly effective, determined country. In Steven Greenberg’s Enfold Me ~ A Novel of Post Israel, the back drop of a future post-Iranian take over and a destructive earthquake in the region sets the apocalyptic scene in this fictional story.
This two hundred and seventy nine page paperback book has a photograph of a gray old dust-ridden tree with a Jewish Star of David sheet on fire on the front cover and the same tree depicted closer up on the back with three paragraphs about the book. Besides a table of contents, acknowledgement and author biography, a helpful post-war map is at the front of the book with a short prologue. There were no noticeable typographical or grammatical errors but some sentences are extremely long (up to eight lines filled with adverbial phrases). Due to the content matter of violence, death, and human brutality, this book is not suitable for young teens.
While biologist Daniel Blum is working in an Israeli lab under the pretenses of making a chemical compound to aid in male fertility, not only do Iranians attack Israel while Egypt comes to her aid but there is a massive, destructive earthquake. Written from Daniel’s perspective, he turns his home into a supposed refuge while reporting local findings to the underground Jewish movement, yearning to be with his wife and two children who he believes are safe in the United States.
After back tracking in time to his college years of being involved in a campus terrorist killing, Daniel reconnects with George, who was also involved in the altercation and now is being paid to protect Daniel and get him out of the area. The two of them have to go through secured areas, playing cat and mouse with local governments and gangs, crawling through dark, hidden tunnels and gruesome piles of dead bodies to get to the safety zone. Once free, Daniel must decide if he should support and continue to help the movement go back to his underground lab to retrieve his chemical discoveries that are actually needed to be used as a biological weapon.
Although tedious and sometimes monotonous, rambling with an abundance of analogies and diverting off topic occasionally, the storyline keeps the reader interested enough to want to know what happens to Daniel and his conscience when he feels he is the one responsible for contributing to outcomes, both past and present.
Posted July 2012: