Independent Press Award - 2017 WINNER!

I'm thrilled to announce that I've received national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®! This award recognizes excellence from small presses and independent publishers.

The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD gave 1st place honors to BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN, in two categories – General Fiction and Historical Fiction. The competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award Winners and Distinguished Favorites based on overall excellence.

In 2017, we had worldwide participation, from London to Australia, from Portugal to Hong Kong, and are so proud to announce the winners and favorites in our annual INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. Independent publishing is alive and well, and continues to gain traction worldwide.
— Indpendent Press Awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak

About the Book:

BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN, by Jack Mayer is based on the true story of a fascist assassin, Ernst Techow, and his complex and harrowing redemption. The novel is also a consideration of how Germany’s Weimar democracy became the Third Reich – a cautionary tale. How ordinary Germans became complicit in extraordinary crimes. Ernst Techow’s history is also the tender story of his inextinguishable passion for his first love, Lisa. Scholars of German history and the Holocaust have vetted the historical accuracy of BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN.

“Haunting echoes of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. . . “  US Review of Books

“. . . a strong, affecting novel . . . a story of immense human failure and touching redemption . . . it stands among the finer recent portrayals in fiction of the most troubling era of modern history.” – Jay Parini – Novelist, poet, essayist and D.E. Axinn Prof. of English and Creative Writing, Middlebury College – author of The Last Station.  

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