Angels of Chaos by Chris Gerboth
Path of Angels (Volume 1)

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"An invitation from a firing squad to attend my own execution does not frighten me nearly as much as one from Bahram to join him for a cup of tea.”
– Dr. Frederick Hoffman

In this sweeping saga of good versus evil, Dr. Frederick Hoffman spends four decades in pursuit of the mysterious being known only as Bahram. Without warning, Bahram appears at critical times in history to catalyze war, civil unrest, and bloodshed, only to disappear just as quickly.

Eventually, Bahram finds fertile ground for his dark arts in the Third Reich. In a story reminiscent of Joseph Conrad’s Hearts of Darkness, Hoffman and his collaborators — a struggling soldier and a military spy — are drawn deep into Nazi Germany in the dramatic closing days of World War II. When they finally confront Bahram, their choices will have a lasting impact on the future of humankind.

(Includes a preview of A Murder of Angels, Book Two in the Path of Angels series.)

Synopsis: Angels of Chaos follows the mission of Dr. Frederick Hoffman to confront and vanquish a mysterious being who appears at key points history to foment chaos and suffering. The first half of the novel is set during the labor wars in Colorado in 1913 and the second half, in Europe during World War II. Hoffman's life is bookended by catastrophic events of cruelty that leave him and the reader contemplating whether evil is a force in its own right, or simply an extension of human ambition.

Dr. Hoffman begins his pursuit of Bahram when he is hired as a negotiator by the Rockefeller family in 1913. After being kidnapped from his hotel by Bahram's men, he is taken to a tent colony housing striking workers, all followers of Bahram. While being detained, he attempts not only to secure his own release, but to diffuse what he believes will soon be a violent showdown between the striking workers and the National Guard. While he manages to escape, he is too late to bring about a peaceful end to the standoff. He blames himself for the resulting bloodshed that includes innocent women and children burned to death in a tent.

After a brief interlude, the story jumps to 1945 and World War II. Bahram has embedded himself within the SS and the Allies send an aged Hoffman with a squad of soldiers on a secret mission to neutralize him. By the time the allies enter Germany, Hoffman is hot on Bahram's trail, his collaborators have a competing side mission to capture German V2 scientists, and he is in a race against time to settle his score with Bahram as atonement for his past mistakes.

The events, characters, and setting of Angels of Chaos are based on meticulous research and first-hand accounts. More importantly, the novel gives voice to ordinary people who find themselves, through no fault of their own, caught up in extraordinary events.


About Chris Gerboth

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Chris Gerboth lives and works in Denver, Colorado. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history, and has founded two charter schools in addition to spending years working in the non-profit and private sectors. He is the author of previous works in non-fiction, including The Tall Chief: The Life of Edward W. Wynkoop, and Address Unknown: The Human Face of Homelessness.
Published March 29, 2012 by Eclectic River Daydream. 268 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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