Shattered Vessels, Shattered Lives
Shattered Vessels, Shattered Lives tells the story of three young Jewish adults from the year 1895 in the village of Eishyshok in Lithuania, who are sent by the spirit of a mystic Kabbalist on a quest through time and space to find the hidden vessels (Sefirot) containing the original Divine Light of Creation, and release their light back to Heaven to usher in the Messianic Age. The plot and characterizations should appeal to most fantasy buffs, particularly the YA market. Originally I had in mind to write a Jewish Harry Potter-style story; but as I researched I decided to take a more adult-oriented approach. For my story contains elements of both tragedy and heroism. The young people face the actual horrors of a major fire as well as the flames of the Holocaust. They confront the first couple, Adam and Eve. They meet, and are aided by, the last Rebbe of Lubavitch. They must develop a plan to reach the Well of Souls atop the heavily-guarded Temple Mount. They even travel to Gehenna! And all the while, friendship and love grows between two couples but both are tested by tribulations and terrible decisions.
- Paperback | 490 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 31.24mm | 816.46g
- 07 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Large type / large print
- Large Print
- Illustrations, black and white
About Mark Patrick Cotter
Mark Patrick Cotter (1957) was born in southern California and has lived in several states. His favorite place is Maine where he hopes to retire. He pursued several career paths before becoming a professional writer: mortgage banker, geologist, environmental scientist, and content editor for standardized student tests. He holds an Executive MBA in Business; a BS in Earth Sciences; and an MS degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine. His interests include history, psychology, science and mathematics; as well as classic and speculative literary fiction. His favorite authors are Jack London, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harlan Ellison and Stephen King. He currently lives in Nevada and divides his time between writing novels, short stories, and magazine articles; playing word games; and caring for his tabby cat, Shadow.