San Rafael, California – May 26th, 2023 – Debut author, Chris Bock, is thrilled to announce the release of his highly anticipated book, ‘An Ordinary Man.’ This is the epic true story of Paul Patek, a Jewish gay man, and his extraordinary life – from escaping Nazi oppression in Austria via a winning lottery ticket to finding refuge in war-crazed Japan until finally settling down to a quiet life back in Austria after the war. ‘An Ordinary Man’ takes readers on an intriguing journey as they discover that Paul Patek is more than just an ordinary man.
With a storyline interwoven with the power of destiny, fate elements, family saga, romance, and adventure this book is a gripping and captivating read.
‘An Ordinary Man’ recounts some of the most horrific events of the 20th century, such as the Holocaust, and masterfully and evocatively crafts a narrative that effortlessly transports readers back to World War II so they can experience what happened to the ordinary people caught up in the war.
“It truly is a story like no other.” – E. Randol Schoenberg, lawyer, genealogist, and author
“A fascinating and moving true account that reads like a novel, memoir and adventure story of one man’s family and the uncle who risked everything to save them from Nazi terror. Richly told and lovingly documented, An Ordinary Man is no ordinary story, highlighting issues of anti-Semitism, racism and LGBTQ rights, so prevalent today. As a Jewish writer, Asian Studies major and Chinese linguist, I was particularly moved by this page-turning retelling. Highly recommended.” – Jana Laiz, author of Weeping Under This Same Moon
“For Holocaust offspring who owe their lives to the courageous acts of kindness and out of-the-box thinking of people like Paul Patek, An Ordinary Man reminds us of a surprising truth—that the fate of Holocaust survivors continues to touch the hearts of family members across the generations.” –Liane Grunberg Wakabayashi, author of The Wagamama Bride
“An Ordinary Man helps you to picture what really happened to ordinary people during World War II, especially in Austria and Japan. A gripping story that brings history to life.” – Dr. Clemens Jochem, author of Der Fall Foerster.
Early reviewers have praised the book for its engrossing storyline, ability to tell the truth, and its potential to resonate with readers of all generations.
‘An Ordinary Man’ is available on Amazon. It is available at Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores as well.
About the Author
Chris Bock is a passionate writer whose literary works are inspired by his deep-seated desire, to tell the truth. It is this same passion that led him to tell the extraordinary story of his grandfather’s escape from Austria in 1938—and the key role a mischievous uncle played in the family’s survival.
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