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List of published novels and essays
Sunrise – Das Tor zum Träumen
(The door to your dream)
Novel, Part 1 of Trilogy, Publisher: Acabus-Verlag, Hamburg, 2009
The story is starting with the message in a bottle Benjamin throws into the Australian sea and how it ‘returned’. Afterwards, a lovely teenage story of finding the first real love begins.Itall starts when Benjamin and Johanna meet for the first time in school, how they fall in love. There are ups and downs, misunderstandings … real teenager-life. The most serious problem causes Hanna’s engagement with Wolfgang. Will Ben and Hanna solvetheir difficulties and will they ever announce their love to be official?
Sunshine – Wo Himmel und Erde sich berühren
(Where heaven meets earth)
Novel, Part 2 of Trilogy,Publisher: Acabus-Verlag, Hamburg, 2010
Part 2 tells about the outstanding life Hanna and Ben lived since they have become a couple. They saw a lot of wonderful spots on their journeys around the world. They bought and renovated an old house – built in 1875 - and called it their little “Villa Kunterbunt” (Villa Colourful). Colourful was their life - no place for boring moments.
Both crowned their love it with a marriage. Ben’s proposal of marriage starts with a very romantic ‘kidnapping’. Then they planned and organized their outstanding wedding.For the reception they chosethe theme: “Around the world”. Their plans were to simulate a journey for their guests. They taped the sound of airplanes.Their waiters had to dress and speak like ‘flight attentands’.They decorated the ball-room like the interior of a plane. Every chair was equiped with seat-belt, amenity-kits (In advance they asked several airlines to support their dream and reception.A lot of them did!) Several weeks before, Ben and Hanna planned ‘stop-overs’in USA, Asia, Africa and South America. Afterwards they divided their guests into different travelgroups.The guests were asked to organize the stops by welcoming and congratulating bride and groom in the respective language. Later on they had to present special items of the country and an original song. It was an unforgettable day for all participants - and of course for Hanna and Ben. Afterwards both depart for their honeymoon: San Francisco, Hawaii and Las Vegas. In that moment, when they think they found their paradise, dark clouds appear at the velvet sky …
Sunset – Darum sehet die Lilien
(Consider the lilies of the field)
Novel, Part 3 of Trilogy,Publisher: Acabus-Verlag, Hamburg, 2010
One year later Hanna and Ben move to Frankfurt, where Ben works for the HR department of a bank. They rent a flat, but they keep their little Villa Kunterbunt, too, for their weekend escapes. Johanna finds a job, too:She is HR assistant in a brand new five star hotel. Both live an urban and vivid life. But Hanna never gets used to living in the big city. One day Ben is offered a job in a University in their hometown Hachenburg. Hanna is so happy, because they are able to return home into their Villa Kunterbunt. When she finds a job too in a big health-insurance company everything seems to be perfect. But then, only one month later,Hanna is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a devastating message. Their lives step on a rollercoaster of different feelings: hope, sadness, fear, love, hope, disappointment, tears, hope, belief, hope, God, metastases, Jesus, love, cry, strength, blood, tumor, loss …
Civitas a. d. 1200 – Das Geheimnis der Rose
(The Secret of the Rose)
Historic Novel, Publisher: Acabus-Verlag, Hamburg, 2011
The Historic novel takes part in/around the year 1200. Heinrich returns as a crusader.He has a souvenir which is chased by the STRICT EYES OF GOD, an association which wants to collect and preserve all relicts, which are brought back by crusaders from the holy land. Several years Heinrich fought for his Christian idols, but now he only wants to get back home to his wife and son. Heinrich is the count of Hachenburg. Before following the demand of emperor Barbarossa, he and his brother Eberhardbegan to build a castle. Heinrich hopes his brother will fulfill their plans. Years later, almost reaching home again, he gets almost caught by three raiders from the Strict Eyes of God. But Heinrich escapes injured. When he reaches a gorge, he falls, unconscious, from his horse.Antonius, the sun of a miller, finds him and takeshim to his father’s mill.The whole family takes care of the stranger. When he recovers, he offers Antonius to accompanyhim on the last kilometers to Hachenburg.Heinrich promises Antonius will return with a reward that will help the miller’s family. Antonius follows Heinrich on the way to his new civitas. It does not take one day and Antonius gets stuck in his first real and dangerous adventure.The raiders are close and ...Civitas is a story that combines fiction and real story/people.In 2011 the book awarded for the Readers Price of Best Newcomers in Historic Novels on LOVELYBOOKS.de.
Die Allegorie der Bäume
(The allegory of trees)
Essay in anthology „Der König im grünen Gewand“
(The king in the green gown), Publisher: Christoph Kloft Verlag, 2013
Ein Brief für Albertine
(A letter for Albertine)
Essay in anthology „Albertine von Gruen– meine Freundschaft zu Johann W. von Goethe“
(Albertine von Gruen – My friendship with Johann W. von Goethe), Publisher: Ruldolf Grabowski, 2014
ATTENTION: NEW PROJECTS! RIGHTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Four completed manuscripts are ready to publish!
If you are interested in further projects of mine, I am able to present another four manuscripts (written in German language). But be aware, these have nothing to do with love stories you perhaps expected. Please follow me to the bloody side of life:
TODmüde – erlöse mich von den Bösen
(FELLOWS – Release me from evil)
With this story, I am giving new territory for myself: Their first case leads the Koblenz crime officers Sebastian Bergheim and Manfred Herbst, accompanied by Kira Spielmann, she is in the training to work for the police, to the Westerwald. A student has died at the prestigious Steven Weinberg Film Academy in Hachenburg. Investigators quickly come to the conclusion, Zoe Zimmerer rushing herself, with a doll in hand, out the window. She leaves a farewell letter on her desk. As a suicide, the case is not considered for the homicide commission, the K 11 Koblenz.
Days after, another dead man is discovered: Friedhelm Kretschmar. He is found murdered in the house opposite the academy. The K 11 investigators travel to the Westerwald again despite a snowstorm that is collapsing and will have to settle into an on-site hotel. Together with the Hachenburg colleagues, they take up the investigation into the murder case. They quickly suspect that the dead man may have watched Zoe not quite voluntarily jump out the window. Did he have to die as well? When Kira Spielmann suddenly disappears from the ground, Bergheim and autumn run out of time ...
TODgeweiht – Gekommen zu richten die Lebenden und die Toten
(The savior – In order to judge the living and the dead)
"The savior " is the second case for Sebastian Bergheim and his team. Again, it is the death of a young woman who leads the team of investigators into the German region Westerwald (Western Forest). The dead manga girl Yukina presents a major mystery not only to the investigators, but also to coroner Dr. Ulf Klein. Did Yukina die naturally or did anyone kill her? If so, then this one has actually made huge efforts to conceal the way she died. Just a few days later, another woman's body is found and Sebastian is sure they are dealing with a serial or even ritual murder, because they find two silver rings with both victims. The rings seem to be historical ones, so they contact the city archivist of the little Westerwald city Hachenburg. What city archivist Hellmuth Gellingshagen has to report leads the investigating officials to shudder, because there is a connection to an old association or lodge, called the Acolytes of Christ. The Acolytes apparently pursue one goal: To create a new world order. The ways and means they use to achieve that goal shock them all. Sebastian and his colleagues are stunned to see who they are dealing with and how brutally blind fanaticism has an impact. Since similar deaths have already occurred in other European states, the Federal Criminal Police Office, Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) is already investigating too and contacting Sebastian to support them.
Gellingshagen and an archivist of the monastery of Marienstatt give them all valuable insights into the historical contexts, from the foundation of the lodge to its role in the Nazi regime. In the process, investigators come across an artifact from a bygone era. But it is precisely this sacred object that the Acolytes seem to want to use to usurp world domination over a new savior. What first looks like a chapter of a Dan Brown’s novel soon becomes a dangerous and deadly reality for the investigating cops. Will they succeed in destroying the unscrupulous network of acolytes and, above all, can they manage to free the victims who are in their clutches in time for the agonizing death?
Follow me on an exciting journey that will take you to the dark side of history in between. Bad taste will be left when you will realize that many scenes in the story are not fiction. Goosebumps will arise, especially when we all realize: Mankind does not seem to learn from his on history!
TODbringend - Unser Reich komme. Unser Wille geschehe.
(The Followers - Our kingdom come. Our will be done.)
German author Ben Michels jumps to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge. He sees suicide as the only way to escape from the people he got too close to while researching a new project. In their third case, German detectives Bergheim and Herbst travel to San Francisco with BKA investigator Clasen to identify Michels' body and bring it back to Germany. However, it turns out that the author did not jump in voluntarily, and the SFPD is now investigating a murder case. The Germans seem to have traveled to the States for nothing. After the death of Michels, his godson Aang and the sister of a SFPD policewoman are kidnapped. The boy and Grace have something in common: they were given the opportunity to read the author's explosive manuscript. Meanwhile, the radical The Followers organization is working to create a new empire. Their will shall be done. Their top representatives gather in Las Vegas to demonstrate their power to the world. Also the German policemen get into their focus, because since "The salvator" case (Todgeweiht) they stand on their death list. Can the investigators and Zhù Ning Tian, a Chinese multi-billionaire and uncle of the kidnapped Aang, put a stop to the Followers' machinations?
Continuation of the series with both the German and American investigators possible
TODsicher - Sein Stecken und Stab töten dich.
(The Shepherd - His Rod and Thy will kill you.)
"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..." (Psalm 23)
The body of a man with his throat cut is found in the Rhine meadows of Koblenz. Sebastian Bergheim's team of investigators begins a meticulous search for the perpetrator and comes across a puzzling fact: Why is the dead man wearing the clothes of the missing Maya Trautwein? The daughter of a wealthy family sets off on a hike in the Westerwald and has been missing for days. At the same time, two other women set out to hike the 235-kilometer Westerwaldsteig trail. Already after half of the distance someone thwarts their plan. Is it related to the stranger they meet along the way, with whom one of them embarks on an amorous adventure? Does another encounter have something to do with the other suddenly disappearing from the tent and finding herself on a mysterious farm where she meets the missing Maya Trautwein? More bodies turn up both in Koblenz and near a small town near Hachenburg. All victims show the same manner of death, which is why Sebastian Bergheim, Manfred Herbst and Kira Spielmann assume they are dealing with a serial killer. A race against time begins, because the missing hikers are in the grip of the shepherd ... and his stick and staff could kill them.
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