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About the author:
Michael Alan Mayer (1951 -
Born in New York, raised in Florida since 1958 and residing in Minnesota since 1989, he is a serious history and time travel buff. He holds an MA in History from Delhi University in India (St. Stephen's College), a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison and spent 32 years in the airline industry.
"I am deeply interested in spreading not only the history itself, but the ambiance as well. The cultural and technological context one can learn from the old periodicals of a given time period is a key to perhaps explain why something happened. History is too often taught in a dry manner, yet it is the greatest adventure there is and fiction can seldom hold a candle to it."
"My aim in my books is to take my characters and the reader through time and history to experience it first-hand, in a fun and readable way, yet conveying interesting 'snapshots' of life in a particular time period, highlighting key elements of culture, technology and society at that particular time to capture the flavor of a given period."
He is also very keen on historical accuracy: "I'm also very picky about history as well. Historical and Time Travel novels with sloppy history, inaccurate details of life and technology in a particular time period are not only irritating but misleading. In this first novel, I learned a lot about the decade of the 1920s during my research. Although I am writing historical fiction I will always try to get the facts as straight as possible while enjoying the journey of my characters as they (and you, the reader) experience it firsthand."
To contact me, please visit my blog at: michaelalanmayer.wordpress.com/
The Nights of the Round Table
Michael Alan Mayer
Two kids and their grandfather take a trip to New York to tour the city and see a Yankee's game. Not in the present, but thanks to Harry Houdini's lost magic wand that accidentally turned up on Ebay, they travel back in time to the last week of September, 1927 to see Babe Ruth hit his record-breaking 60th home run that Friday and experience life in the Jazz Age.
Staying at the Algonquin Hotel, thanks to the grand daughter's love of Harpo Marx of the Marx Brothers, a regular of the hotel's world famous Round Table lunch group, they befriend him, Dorothy Parker, the poetess, critic, queen of the putdown and a thoroughly modern woman and humorist Robert Benchley. While touring the city, they run into other famous and soon-to-be-famous people, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Cagney, Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel and a certain Japanese Navy Midshipman to name but a few.
These chance encounters and seemingly innocent trip in time unleashes a series of events that begin to spin out of control. Speakeasies, bootleggers, gangsters, kidnapping and a desperate rescue attempt lead to potential historical mayhem. The reputation of one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the outcome of World War Two and the future as we know it is in serious danger.
Based on actual events, this carefully researched tale is an educational, historically accurate 'snapshot' of life in the Jazz Age highlighting manners and morals, Prohibition, Wall Street, technology, transportation, (rail, ship and air), entertainment, sports and world affairs in the last week of September, 1927, the decade when women experienced their first true liberation and when modern America was born. All the characters were or plausibly could have been in New York at that time.
So take a walk back in time with them to 1927 as if you were there. Take a ride in the cab of a fast steam locomotive, visit famous ocean liners, travel to Chicago on the 20th Century Limited, fly on Northwest Airways, take a tour of the battleship New York, hang out with wisecracking Dorothy Parker, have a drink with her friend F. Scott Fitzgerald in a speakeasy and attend the two Yankees games in the golden age of baseball and enjoy other adventures on this trip in time.
- Publication Date:
- 1451524412 / 9781451524413
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Fantasy / Historical