Historical Fiction by Mike H. Mizrahi
“The Chattanooga Bicycle Race” Available Today!
The 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race
Judge’s Comments:“In The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race, a genre novel by Mike H Mizrahi, we are presented with a truly delightful novel that does a good job of dealing with issues of gender in the context of the advancing trends of society, while not losing sight of the fun and grandeur of the big city. Throughout, wisely, all of this is filtered and presented in the context of a simple love story, or at least a coming of age story. The dialogue here is particularly solid, sounding realistic and still readable, aiding the characterization and adding layers of nuance to the proceedings. The chapters are nicely paced, with enough meat to make them satisfying but not so ponderous as to make it difficult to keep track of the narrative as it develops. The title for the novel seems to this reader to be a little long, but upon reflection tonally right on the money, giving readers a glimpse of the plot but also the way that the historical elements will interact. The overall design of the book is professional, with crisp and legible text throughout, while the cover image for the book is a rich and well appointed period piece with stylish colors conveying a clear sense of the overall innocence of the age.” (Thanks Writer’s Digest!)
Meet Mike Mizrahi
Help me if you can, I’m feelin’ down
And I do appreciate your bein’ round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me.
–John Winston Lennon
I admit it. I’m hopelessly locked in a musical time warp, an unabashed fan of the Beatles. Remember this song? John Lennon actually was calling out for personal help during a troubled period in his life. Who of us hasn’t?
We all long for Superman or Gandalf to show up and save us. We identify with characters in books and movies who need liberation. When a mentor recently asked for my three all-time favorite movies, I listed Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as one. This is a great adventure about rescue, where Indy seeks to save his father from the Nazi’s. At the end, in a wonderful twist, it’s the father who saves his son.
“Indiana…let it go,” Henry Jones, Sr. says, as the Holy Grail slips between his son’s fingers and into an earthquake’s crevice, to be buried for all time.
What do you need saving from? My list has included pain, guilt, and depression. What about you? John Lennon spent half his life reeling from abandonment and loss. Maybe you’re on the floor of your deepest valley, or just maybe you’re on the highest peak of your mountain range. Maybe this is your time to be a rescuer.
All stories are about death—physical, psychological, professional, or a combination of the three. But the stories that make me come alive more than any other are those where the characters are transformed, they’re rescued; physically, emotionally…often both.
That’s the kind of story I love to write, and hopefully you love to read.
The best news of all? I believe—no matter where you’re at right now—that rescue is coming, because your life is an awe-inspiring story still being told. And in the final chapter you will be rescued, because the best is truly yet to come.
Deliver me from the mire and do not let
Me sink; may I be delivered from my foes
And from the deep waters.
– Psalm 69:14
The Latest Blogs From Mike H. Mizrahi
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