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Boris [Kindle Edition]

Jack Dold
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Book Description

Boris Kastel was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1914. A few months later the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated some 300 kilometers away in Sarajevo, an act which touched off “The Great War.” That catastrophic event presages Boris’ tumultuous life, during which he traveled to five continents and mastered at least ten languages. Throughout the violent war years following the Nazi invasion of his country, he never lost sight of his great dream—a quest for peace. That quest had to wait through the long years of World War II, when duty called him first to the mountains of Northern Italy with the Italian Underground, and then to Tito’s Partisans and life in nascent Yugoslavia. That quest was realized in a most unexpectedly beautiful way. His story takes us from war-torn Zagreb to post-revolution China, to Ghandi’s India, through the birth of kibbutzim in Palestine, summer and winter Olympics in 1936, the resistance movements in Italy and Yugoslavia, Nazi hunting in Argentina and Uruguay, and ultimately to New York, where he met Eva, and the peace for which he yearned.

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About the Author

Jack Dold was Vice Principal of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California when he met Boris and Eva Kastel, both of whom eventually became part of the faculty. Subsequently Jack has traveled the world as the owner of a large tour company. That vast travel experience is evident in this amazing story of his friend, Boris Kastel. Written as an historical novel, Boris is set in the shattered, turbulent days of World War II. Previously Jack has published with AuthorHouse, two successful books: Crosshairs, a novel about domestic terrorism and You Don't Stop Living, a moving journal about his wife's successful battle with 4th stage cancer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 554 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VWL21Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By the standards of historical fiction, “Boris” is a fascinating and masterful tale. Jack Dold has woven the story out of his vast and detailed knowledge of exotic cities and places, and has researched an astonishing number of figures and movements known only to historians of WWI and WWII and the tumultuous ‘peace’ between those wars.

What makes this personal story truly stunning and powerful, beyond historical fiction, is that it is essentially true. I know. Boris Kastel was a good friend of mine for 25 years. He told me his life story for several hours after breakfast every Saturday morning. All of the historical events, and many of the personal events in “Boris” life, did happen. I heard them, repeatedly, from his own mouth.

It is a wild story. After each chapter I thought, “It can’t get any wilder.” And then it did. Every time I would encourage Boris to write his most extraordinary warrior’s story, he would answer, “The fascists are among us still. I still would be assassinated.”
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Having traveled to Yugoslavia a couple of times, Turin many times, this was an amazing look into the lives of faces I might have passed on the street, and never known the terror they survived, and the courage that brought them through experiences that I pray we in the USA never have to face. It would have been an honor to meet the real Boris. Thanx, Jack, for bringing him and his fellow heros to life. I look forward to reading Eva!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 25, 2013
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I Knew Boris Kastel as a teacher at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Ca. I had heard many of the stories about him. H was in the Olympics. He was hidden under the alter by a Catholic priest. His wife, Eva Kastel,was my English teacher my senior year. The auther, Jack Dold, was Dean of Discipline. He always called me Miss Monteith. That's because my mother, Mrs. Monteith also taught there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boris June 9, 2013
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What a treasure.
Thank you Jack Dold and Eva. And Boris.
A captivating story. Adventure, exciting stories, a journey through an amazing life.
You do not need to know who Boris was to appreciate this book, you will know him and wish you could have met him.
If anything you will appreciate more the people in your life and people you will meet.
After reading Jack Dold's Boris, I wish I inquired further into this amazing man Boris when he was our teacher. Boris and Eva were our German and Lit & Film teachers at Bishop O'Dowd H.S. His demeanor, presence, and sense of knowing make so much more sense now. A man so powerful and monumental, yet grounded beyond belief without a hint of arrogance.
A story of history and why so many of our families are where we are today.
A story of coming of age and adventures of youth.
A story of adulthood and the decisions that make us.
A story of a knowing young man and old soul where peace in at least ourselves can and should be obtainable.
I believe Boris found it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting historical novel based on fact. April 28, 2013
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I felt like I understood a lot more about Yugoslavia, Serbia and Croatia during WWII, based on this very human story. Boris and his father were amazing men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONe of the best books i have ever read March 5, 2013
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This is a gripping stoty that blends romance, tragedy, survival, intrigue, and action into a "page" turning joy. I can see this story on the big screen - it is that good.
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