A traveler turned author...turning experiences into stories.
I took a sabbatical from corporate working life and traveled around the world for a couple years. A search for self? Sure...and what a great time it was, too.
Every day along the way, experiences happened, and I learned much about the world. I learned much about myself myself, too.
And what I found was the world is a great and wonderful place, full of people everywhere. The cultures varied and were many. In its most simplistic way, people are just living their lives, struggling and enjoying, suffering and thriving, enduring and prospering. What it comes down to in how we intereact, we're all just people.
And from some of these experiences, came the novel OVERLAND. It's a love story and a grand adventure. The main character Danny, learns a lot about life and love. And in the end, he learns how to embrace it.
How the world was 30 years ago, a different time.
OVERLAND appeals to multiple groups of people with varied interests, and appeals to both women and men. It is a very nice love story, but not in the Harlequin’ish way (with all due respect to Harlequin romances). But there’s so much more: History of the Soviet Union’s actual invasion of Afghanistan on December 27, 1979. This is where Danny and Heather, two of the main characters are caught in the wrong place in the wrong time. The story has loads of adventures and lots of traveling and cultural diversity.
Also, it will appeal to cultures around the world as Islam, Christianity, Hindu and Buddhism just weave and merge in and out of the story. There are some moral and human lessons that even though we may be defined by our culture or religion, or both, we’re all just people…and especially now, we all need to be reminded of that.
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Mark Levy’s explosive new book, Overland, debunks common misconceptions about Afghanistan and its people through a timeless love story.
DENVER, Co. – Every evening, while watching the news, American audiences are pelted with stories about the occupation of Afghanistan and the search for terrorists. The fact that the American invasion was not the first experienced by modern Afghani people has been long forgotten.
Mark Stephen Levy has written his first novel, Overland, to shed some light on how contemporary Afghanistan came to be, and to provide his readers with a lesson in love.
Levy’s story takes place against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan- a conflict, which has since been overshadowed by present-day U.S. occupation. The author looks back through the eyes of his main character, Danny Benson, on the first day of the invasion.
Danny, a recent medical school graduate, is devastated when his longtime girlfriend, Heather, turns down his marriage proposal. Instead, she sets off with friends on an overland bus ride towards Kathmandu. He follows her, determined to demonstrate his love, but is disrupted in Afghanistan. Danny finds himself caught in the crossfire of war.
The author writes with authority on the events that unfolded on that December in 1979. Levy’s own extensive travels inspired the tale and his familiarity with Afghani culture allows him to tell the story with wisdom and compassion.
The novel is tender, dramatic, suspenseful and truly one-of-a-kind.
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