Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blog Tour Stop with MINOTAUR REVISITED/Contest

Conversation with the Minotaur, Part Three                                                  As told to David Gelber 

Why Now?

Do you mean why, after thousands of years of lurking in the shadows and going in and out of a variety of Labyrinths, am I making such a splash in the public forum?


Well. Why not now? I’ve got a story to tell and I decided it was time to set the record straight. Your mythology books paint me as a vicious monster, devouring innocent youths and maids. But, as I’m sure you can surmise, I am everything but a monster. The world today is falling apart at the seams. This is nothing new. Hatred and war and death have been around since the first man and woman. Now, however, things are different. You have the means to destroy yourselves and this world.

Maybe I’m naïve or maybe I have an inflated opinion of myself, but I thought that my experience, my personal witness of events from long ago might make a difference. It did take a bit of persuading by some of the people responsible for my being here, but they are one hundred per cent correct. The world needs to know the truth. So, here I am, an eyewitness to Moses, Jesus, Dracula and so many more. I’d like to say that I know the way to the promised land, that I can lead the masses away from the paths of certain destruction, but I am not a god, I’ve failed miserably every time I’ve tried to be a great leader, I’m only a humble monster.

What do you have to offer, Minotaur?

My witness. Witness to the truth about God, humanity and history. Is there any truth to the current Greek and Roman Mythology? I can tell you. From Moses to the beatnik generation I’ve been there and seen that.

We can all learn from history and from humanity. We can learn that there are some truly noble men and women among god’s creation, but there are far more villains and scoundrels. The depths of depravity that humanity can reach is both astounding and disgusting. I’ve lived through the evil of war, murder and the Holocaust.

On the flip side there are men and women who have sacrificed themselves so that others my live. In my life I’ve seen both the amazingly good and the exceptionally bad.

Just come visit me and I will tell you, listen to my lecture next week at the University, read the book that will follow and learn the truth. That is all I ask. And, after you’ve learned what I have to offer, look at this world and try to make a difference, try to make it a better place.

This is an excerpt from my interview with The Minotaur the week before his fateful lecture at The University. This lecture was where he first revealed the events of his remarkable life; events which are recounted in the book “Minotaur Revistied.”

Contest Announcement: David will be awarding a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at the conclusion of the two tours. Please leave a comment along with your email address to be entered. 

Make sure to follow the tour and comment; the more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/12/virtual-book-tour-minotaur-revisited-by.html

 Minotaur Revisited by David Gelber

Legend states that the Minotaur was confined to the Labyrinth, slain by Theseus and then laid to rest by thousands of years of Greek mythology. But, the truth is far different. Read the Minotaur’s own words as he recounts his full life as god, king, warrior, matchmaker, midwife, monk, sage, father, mother, husband and, most of all, witness. The fierce Minotaur lived to see and be a part of the best and worst of humanity during a life spanning thousands of years. Part bull, part human, the Minotaur struggled to find his place in this world and, in the end, left his unique mark on history.

About the Author:

David Gelber, a New York native, is the seventh of nine sons and one of three to pursue medicine. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and went on to graduate medical school in 1984 from the University of Rochester.

He completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by three years as attending surgeon at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y. Gelber has since joined Coastal Surgical Group in Houston, Texas.

Gelber has been a surgeon for more than 20 years, but over the last few years he began to pursue his passion for writing, initially with his debut novel, "Future Hope" (Emerald Book Company, January 2010). The novel speculates about future Earth and what the world might have been like if man had not succumbed to temptation in the Garden of Eden. "Joshua and Aaron" is a sequel to "Future Hope" and follows the battle of wills that transpires between unsung hero Joshua Smith and satanic Aaron Diblonski.

Dr. Gelber has added two books about surgery, "Behind the Mask" and "Under the Drapes", both of which provide the reader with a view of the world of surgery rarely seen by those outside the medical professions.

"Last Light" is an apocalyptic short story which starts off asking the question: "What would happen if nobody ever was sick or injured?"

"Minotaur Revisited" is an entertaining romp through history seen through the eyes of Quint, the famed half bull half man monster of Greek Mythology. It was in October 2012.

Gelber was raised in reformed Judaism, but joined the Presbyterian Church 15 years ago. He is married with three teenage children, four dogs and 24 birds of various species. His interests include horse racing, mechanical Swiss watches and, of course, writing.



Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

david gelber md said...

Thank for allowing me to be a guest on your blog,

Urb said...

How can a surgeon also be such a prolific author? I'm amazed. Also, does the Minotaur disguise his...differences when lectures? How do audiences respond to his horns, etc.?

This is such a blast, thank you!


Rita Wray said...

Wow, your mom must have been exhausted by the end of the day.


Unknown said...

I love the concept, the truth told from the point of the Minotaur. Thanks for sharing this unique story with us

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MomJane said...

What an absolutely fascinating story line. I can hardly wait to read it.

Gala said...

It will be interesting to see how the Minotaur interacts outside his labyrinth.


Anonymous said...

For some reason, the thought of the Minotaur as a university lecturer makes me happy.


David Gelber said...

I manage to find time to write. ther eare times when the Minotaur has to trim his horns and remain hidden. Most of the time he finds himself among prople who wouldn't care if he was human, animal or an alien. By the time he is addressing the University crowd his existence is well known and accepted (Well, not exactly, but you have to read teh ending)

Anonymous said...

This book sounds intriguing. I really enjoyed reading the other's questions and your response.

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Catherine Lee said...

You have 8 brothers...and no sisters? That would be a unique household in which to grow up, I'm sure.
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Chelsea B. said...

Thank you for sharing such a deep and interesting post.


Mary Preston said...

What a unique voice. I'm just fascinated.


David Gelber said...

Thank you for all your comments. My mother, by the way, planned to have one boy and one girl. She was going to stop when she got the girl, which she never did. She did end up with 9 daughters-in-law and 14 granddaughters

bn100 said...

Interesting premise.


Ami said...

This sounds like a great story.


Andra Lyn said...

Wow a surgeon and an author...double threat :P

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win!


BookLady said...

What an exciting book! Love mythology. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sydney said...

Apart from being a surgeon,you are such a gifted author.
Its an honour to read your books.
sydney W

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