False Conviction and Imprisonment Didn't Deter One Man's Passion for History and Literature: Antique Arms and Armor Expert Writes New Book About Samurai Culture

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After being accused and convicted of mail fraud in 2003, Zomber left his family and two young children to spend two years in a U.S. prison camp. Even while undergoing inner turmoil about his injustice, Zomber said he used his time wisely inside, making the library open when it was supposed to, tutoring many prisoners to pass their GEDs, writing countless legal documents for those unable to, and penning seven novels and nonfiction books.

Cover of "Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan" by Michael R. Zomber

It was a long and arduous journey, one that in many ways we still travel

Michael Zomber’s path to becoming an author and A&E and History Channel-featured historian has been a bumpy one. Falsely accused of fraud and imprisoned for years, the world-renowned antique arms and armors expert began to outline the blueprint of a historical fiction novel, Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan, on a subject Zomber is more than familiar with: Samurai culture and weaponry.

After being accused and convicted of mail fraud in 2003 by the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania¹, Zomber left his family and two young children to spend two years in a U.S. prison camp. Even while undergoing inner turmoil about his injustice, Zomber said he used his time wisely inside, making the library open when it was supposed to, tutoring many prisoners to pass their GEDs, writing countless legal documents for those unable to, and penning seven novels and nonfiction books. In 2008, his conviction was reversed by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals² and his case was remanded a new trial.

“It was a long and arduous journey, one that in many ways we still travel,” says his wife, Andrea. “However, the Appellate Court was appalled by the injustice and the verdict was completely reversed, so at least we have a happy ending.”

About the Book:
Shogun Iemitsu (published by iUniverse) chronicles a day in the lives of two young samurai, Hideo and Kobiyashi. The province of Kyushu is a hotbed of discontent with the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the torrid summer heat has driven inhabitants—including the samurai—half mad. Hideo and Kobiyashi are in service of Lord Arima, who is secretly plotting a rebellion against the Tokugawa Shogunate. Within hours of waking, the two young samurai find themselves enmeshed in a whirlwind of conspiracy, murder, treason and love, all while preserving their honor as befits true adherence to Bushido, the way of the Samurai.

About the Author:
Michael R. Zomber graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois with degrees in English and psychology and completed his masters in English Literature at UCLA. His wife encouraged him to begin writing screenplays, which formed the basis of several novels. Zomber wrote and produced a full-length documentary film to critical acclaim: The Soul of the Samurai. He has owned weapons belonging to such prominent figures as George Washington and Simone Bolivar. Zomber has also written both a television series and full length screen play for Shogun Iemitsu. Visit him at http://www.michaelzomber.com.

EDITORS: If you’d like to connect to Zomber for a story or interview, or if you would like more information, a complimentary review copy, press release or press kit, contact Sandy Dunwoody at sdunwoody(at)authorsolutions(dot)com or 1-800-AUTHORS ext. 5507.

    ¹= D.C. Case No. 03-cr-046-2 (United States v. Michael Zomber, 358 F. Supp. 2d 442, 444–48 ( E.D. Pa. 2005))
    ²= Case No. 06-1287/2230/07-1933 (United States v. Zomber, 2008 WL 4874509 (C.A.3 (Pa.))

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