Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Journal of Rabbi Levy Wang by David Harris Lang

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Three Friends, Two Countries, One Priceless jewel
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1937 China; the Japanese Imperial Army is chewing up China. Three middle-aged friends, Westerners, who have lived in China for decades, are about to lose everything to the onslaught. Leave China or die. As their world collapses around them, a fur trader from New York, a Russian, and a Rabbi from Germany, learn that a race of Chinese Jews is about to become victims of a German and Japanese alliance to acquire a valuable ruby, supposedly hidden in their village of Kaifeng.
The three friends embark on one last adventure before leaving China, to save the Jews of Kaifeng and the jewel. Can they reach Kaifeng before the alliance bent on the destruction of the village gets to them? It’s a deadly pursuit across 1937 China, through Japanese controlled territory, Chinese bandits, and countless dangers and obstacles. The only clues to its location are written in a cryptic, twenty-year-old diary of  disillusioned Chinese Rabbi; the Journal of Rabbi Levy Wang. The three friends are tested to the extreme in a desperate attempt to warn their friends and find the jewel.

 

 

 

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David Harris Lang, a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts. 

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Top Ten List

  • Being out in nature hiking.
  • Snorkelling in water so clear it is like it is not there.
  • Don’t even have to be catching, I am happy even with a line in the water.
  • Cooking with my daughters.
  • Wrestling with my dog.
  • Writing a chapter and having no idea where the ideas came from, feeling like I am channeling some writing muse.
  • Exploring exotic places and ancient architecture.
  • Communicating successfully in a language other than my native tongue.
  • Slipping a jab.
  • Being warm under the covers when it is storming outside

 

Snippet 

“Dad, this book talks about the Kaifeng Jews!” Henry exclaimed to Harry.

“Really?” Harry asked. “The Kaifeng Jews? Our Kaifeng Jews?”

Both Henry and Harry had visited the small community of Chinese Jews living in central China many times. The current residents looked no different than other Chinese from generations of intermarriage. However, they wore yarmulkes, had mezuzahs on their doors, and did not eat pork. Harry and Henry had a fondness in their hearts for the community.

“Yes, our Kaifeng Jews,” Henry said. “The book says God gave Moses a staff with a ruby on it. This jewel eventually was taken, via the Silk Road, to Kaifeng by the Jews, who settled there. However, in the early 1900s the Kaifeng rabbi, Rabbi Levy Wang, became disillusioned with the congregation and the faith, took the jewel, and disappeared. No one has seen Levy Wang or the jewel since. The ruby became known as the Moses Jewel.”

“Interesting. I never heard of the Moses Jewel. Do you believe it?” Harry asked.

“Sure, I believe it.” Henry said. “It is definitely one of the great mysteries of the world. Perhaps the ruby is still in China.”

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