"Global Dawn", an Enticing First Novel by Deborah Gelbard in the New Age Fantasy Genre, Now Grabbing Publishers’ Attention for 2005/6 Lists

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Webhaven for New Writers Webhaven.co.il , a dynamic new forum for Israeli writers of fiction and creative non-fiction recently sprang to life. This vibrant community of almost fifty writers is proving itself a treasure-trove for all seekers of emerging talent in the literary field.

Webhaven provides an online framework for new voices in the literary scene in Israel and worldwide. It also supplies professional consultation, assistance and support to a vibrant community of emerging writers, the cream of whose work is showcased together with tips from seasoned authors and editors. Among the creative sparks revealed under the Webhaven canopy is "Global Dawn" - enticing first novel of Deborah Gelbard. Publishers seeking a fresh approach to realistic fantasy bound for the bestseller list straight from the slush pile, read on!

Reuven Sofer, a prophet-like figure believes himself called to build a mega-project in Jerusalem as part of the universal Master Plan. As predicted by the insightful Jeanine, his exotic friend and spiritual guide, the burden of his mission is his eventual downfall while the Global Dawn project itself rises amid apocalyptic chaos to become humanity’s springboard into new dimensions of space and time:

A fortuitous encounter at a memorial for three fallen soldiers, one of whom is Jeanine’s only son, is the setting for Reuven’s revelation to Ora, his chosen confidante. He declares his aim to bring planetary awareness to every citizen of the world. A challenge of a lifetime, she comments.

Alienated from his mother, a woman deeply scarred by the Holocaust, Reuven’s emotional connection with his ancestral land is reflected in his chosen land surveying profession and in his obsession with the mystique of Jerusalem. He is also a musician and feels at home among the artists of Tel-Aviv’s bohemian fringe. These include a renowned sculptor and Kabbalist who tells him of the alchemy of dreamers – only they can perceive the treasures of the world. From Ariella, a craftswoman, he learns about the Maya, ancient monitors of time and universal rhythms.

Always searching for the maternal warmth he was deprived of, Reuven has an idealized view of the women close to him, seeing them as angels and priestesses of his mission. Under his charismatic leadership a circle of project supporters is formed and within it a flock of adoring women. One of these is Ora; another, the exotic Shira. The project is given the name of Global Dawn, planning meetings are held, some regional support is obtained and the southern pilot gets under way.

Reuven’s uncompromising passion for Global Dawn leads to bitter conflict with his wife who also suspects him of romantic entanglements. The one untainted love in his life is that of his beautiful and talented daughter, Shahar. He dreams of the key roles she and her mother are destined to play in Global Dawn.

The turn of the millennium finds Reuven’s life in turmoil, mirroring the economic and political strife throughout the country. Jeanine urges him to put his house in order, but inner demons begin to haunt him, disturbing his sleep until, in utter exhaustion, he runs his car off the road.

He flounders as leader of Global Dawn just as it is gaining international acclaim. Its chief promoter is none other than his own sister, former harsh critic of his fantasy. At the same time, Shira and Jeanine take control of the southern branch, and a newly self-assured Ora brings her family to live in Jerusalem as pioneers of the project there.

The country is hit first by a new Intifada, then by a succession of natural disasters. From everywhere people flee to the one safe haven in Jerusalem where Global Dawn, enriched by generous donations from global supporters, has opened its doors to the needy.


Shira comes to Jerusalem and in her train a stream of followers from the four corners of the Earth. Through Global Dawn’s crystal dome a ray of planetary harmony beams into the cosmos. Reuven is not a witness to these events. Like the biblical figure of Moses, he has been barred from entering his promised land.

Brief Biographical Detail

Deborah Gelbard, University of London honours graduate in French and Spanish Literature, also has a Higher Diploma in French Studies from the University of Nice, France. She has published academic essays on the work of Marcel Proust and is the Technical Editor of Horizon, electronic magazine of the International Peace Research Association.

Ms. Gelbard has lived, studied and worked in England, France, Belgium, Spain and Israel, where she has lived since 1978. Her professional experience includes commercial diplomacy at the British Embassies in Madrid and Tel-Aviv, marketing consultancy and marketing writing for the hi-tech industry in Israel.

All rights available. Extracts downloadable here and at http://www.webhaven.co.il.

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