Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Tour--MINOTAUR REVISITED by David Gelber

Goddess Fish Book Tour

A historical fantasy

Legend states that the Minotaur was confined to the Labyrinth, slain by Theseus and then laid to rest by thousands of years of Greek mythology. But, the truth is far different. Read the Minotaur’s own words as he recounts his full life as god, king, warrior, matchmaker, midwife, monk, sage, father, mother, husband and, most of all, witness. The fierce Minotaur lived to see and be a part of the best and worst of humanity during a life spanning thousands of years. Part bull, part human, the Minotaur struggled to find his place in this world and, in the end, left his unique mark on history.

-What book and/or experience made you want to be a writer?

In high school I wrote a few things which my teachers thought were entertaining and funny. At that time I considered becoming a writer. I had always had an idea for a story, a character actually, but never had the drive to sit down and write until I started “Future Hope” in 2006. That character became Joshua Smith, who is first appears in “Future Hope” and takes center stage in “Joshua and Aaron.” Joshua Smith is a character who is a bit cynical, extremely intelligent and resourceful. He solves problems by using his intelligence and insight.

-What genre(s) do you write?

My fiction stories are speculative fiction/science fiction. “Minotaur Revisited” probably fits best into the genre of historical fantasy. The two books about surgery are nonfiction.

-For other aspiring writers, any tips?

Write about what interests you, don’t be afraid to use your imagination and find a good editor.

-What’s your favorite book/genre to read?

Literary Classics such as Dickens, Hugo, Dostoyevsky.

-What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?

The poker scene in “Joshua and Aaron” where Joshua Smith has to play poker with Death while the entire fare of humanity hangs on his success or failure.

David Gelber, a New York native, is the seventh of nine sons and one of three to pursue medicine. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and went on to graduate medical school in 1984 from the University of Rochester.

He completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by three years as attending surgeon at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y. Gelber has since joined Coastal Surgical Group in Houston, Texas.

Gelber has been a surgeon for more than 20 years, but over the last few years he began to pursue his passion for writing, initially with his debut novel, "Future Hope" (Emerald Book Company, January 2010). The novel speculates about future Earth and what the world might have been like if man had not succumbed to temptation in the Garden of Eden. "Joshua and Aaron" is a sequel to "Future Hope" and follows the battle of wills that transpires between unsung hero Joshua Smith and satanic Aaron Diblonski.

Dr. Gelber has added two books about surgery, "Behind the Mask" and "Under the Drapes", both of which provide the reader with a view of the world of surgery rarely seen by those outside the medical professions.

"Last Light" is an apocalyptic short story which starts off asking the question: "What would happen if nobody ever was sick or injured?”

"Minotaur Revisited" is an entertaining romp through history seen through the eyes of Quint, the famed half bull half man monster of Greek Mythology.

“I thought I might become a writer when I was in high school. However, college was only discouraging and I took the easy way out and became a surgeon instead. About seven years ago I had an idea for a futuristic novel and managed to write “Future Hope”, book one of the ITP series. I followed this with “Joshua and Aaron”, book two in that series. These books are speculative fiction, looking at a future earth where God and religion have been eliminated. My wife suggested I write about something I actually knew about, so I wrote two books about surgery, “Behind the Mask” and “Under the Drapes”. Along the way I also wrote a short story, “Last Light”, an eschatological story and now, “Minotaur Revisited”, which started as a short story but blossomed into a short novel.”

Gelber was raised in reformed Judaism, but joined the Presbyterian Church 15 years ago. He is married with three teenage children, four dogs and 24 birds of various species. His interests include horse racing, mechanical Swiss watches and, of course, writing.

Visit David’s website, and check out his blog.

Hey, readers,

A new take on an old story, very cool.

And of course, don’t forget to leave comments on the posts for this tour and on David’s review tour for a chance at an awesome prize.

David will be awarding a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at the conclusion of the two tours.


  1. I think that the two books about surgery would be fascinating as well.


  2. I can only hope that this story can be made into a movie. It sounds so exciting.

  3. Thank you for taking the time to interview me and allowing me to be part of our blog.

  4. You took the easy way out and became a surgeon!? Too funny. Do you think about left brain/right brain theory when you're doing your creative writing? That expressive outlet might balance out your taxing of the left brain use during your "day job."

  5. The story sounds so entertaining I can't wait to read it.


  6. Great excerpt, is there an author that you admire?

    moonsurfer123 at gmail dot com

  7. Do you have any plans for a memoir?


    1. My books about surgery are sort of memoirs, containing my recollections of a variety of interesting and unusual surgical cases. I have some unpublished work which describes the events around a family tragedy, (my mother being assaulted) I may put this into book form someday.

  8. Is there a genre that you'd like to explore in the future?

    galaschick78 At gmail Dot com

  9. I'll have to check out that scene in “Joshua and Aaron” sounds really interesting and I am assuming hopefully he won?

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. If you plan to read Joshua and Aaron, it is best to read the first book in the ITP series Future Hope before.

  10. Fun interview! I'm enjoying learning more about you, and your novel. Have a great weekend!


  11. I tend to write about anything that strikes me as interesting at the moment. Check out my blog for some examples.
    Much of my writing contains religious themes and there is usual some sort of commentary on the world of today buried somewhere.

  12. The pokier scene sounds intriguing.


  13. I really wanna get my hands on Minotaur Revisited!

    andralynn7@gmail DOT com

    1. Find it online at, Barnes and Noble online or get a signed copy through my website. E-books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo books.

  14. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. What an interesting book! Love mythology. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. You have some interesting stories on your blog, I'm glad you actually answered the call to help the woman, it's just sad that you were the only one.

    emiliana25(at)web dot de

  17. Looking forward to more books with different concepts from you,
    Was interesting to know your pov's.
    Sydney W