This year, four iUniverse titles are finalists for Eric Hoffer awards! The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
Congratulations to each of the authors below. We note that Tony Taylor has TWO titles that are up for awards. Well done, Tony!
Counters, by Tony Taylor – Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
Set during the turbulent era of the Vietnam War, Counters is a quirky, thrilling story of air combat and of the young fighter pilots who blend the harsh reality of war with youth’s untamed urges. As the pilot of a sleek F-4C Phantom II, self-doubting Lieutenant Steve Mylder fights for his life in the skies above Vietnam in 1967 but battles for his soul against the Red Baron of his imagination.
The Darkest Side of Saturn, by Tony Taylor – Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
It’s 1997 at a mountaintop observatory in Southern California where spacecraft navigator Harris Mitchel and astronomer Diana Muse-Jones discover a dangerous asteroid which may hit the earth within two decades. As the asteroid tumbles through space towards an uncertain impact, Harris and Diana fight bitterly over how to announce their discovery.
In this science-fiction drama the characters battle each other in contests of “Damn your world view!”, against a background of hard science, religion, romance, metaphysical speculation, and the forces of nature versus human passions and dreams. Meanwhile an asteroid hurtles through the solar system and global salvation or disaster hangs in the balance.
Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the First Horizon Award for superior work by debut authors (i.e the first published book of any type by the author). This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.
Rob the Vatican, by Robert Gallant -Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist, First Horizon Award Finalist
Everyone believes that robbing the Vatican is impossible. The world’s greatest collection of treasures, jewelry, and art sits inside the seemingly impregnable walls of the Vatican. A vast cadre of devoted priests, Swiss Guards, and Vatican Gendarmes protect the sanctity of the one-hundred acre heartbeat of the Roman Catholic Church. But events, ingenious planning, and a man on a mission may make the impossible possible. A powerful cardinal is obsessed with becoming the next pope. A young priest and a beautiful Italian gymnast learn about a deadly conspiracy. American jewel thief Craig Reynolds methodically positions the players and maneuvers events as he plans the greatest robbery in history. He will do it to achieve enormous wealth and for the prestige of becoming the master thief of all time. But will he sacrifice the woman he initially deceived but now loves?
The Kingdom Within, by L E Madden – Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist, First Horizon Award Finalist
The Kingdom Within is a book about L E Madden’s spiritual transformation that occurred 1989. He spent twenty years previous to this event studying the major spiritual teachings of the world. Why wait so many years to let others know? The book tells the reason for the delay and it is importance for a complex society. With forty years of spiritual depth and wisdom presented to a spiritual seeker the steps to obtain an enlightened awareness in this lifetime is now possible! Sitting in silence for several years contemplating the meaning of life the full measure of this revelation is now available for all to use.
Congratulations once again to our superb authors!