Author Fred Gaertner Returns with Third Novel

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‘Beethoven, Then and Now’ uses speculative fiction to examine life after death

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Fred Gaertner, author of the novels “Six Days Till Sunday” and “Preacher Sean, Antiterrorist,” returns to the literary world with “Beethoven, Then and Now” (published by Xlibris). In his third and latest novel, Gaertner examines the possibility of life after death through the daredevil adventures of 18th century musician Ludwig van Beethoven and his numerous reincarnations.

“Beethoven, Then and Now” is a two-part book. Part I, titled “Beethoven Then,” takes place during the maestro’s final earthly years in Germany while Part II, “Beethoven Now,” unfolds between 1827 and 1950 or what the author calls “the beginning of one thousand years of Second-Order life within our Second-Order Major universe.” The novel imagines Beethoven as he is reincarnated into a new 17-year-old being. There is romance, humor, adventure and unforgettable twists and turns.

“I have often heard people express their wish that someone who has died would return to us and relate what the life-death-rebirth experience is really like,” Gaertner said. “This is exactly what Beethoven does in my third novel.”

A heady blend of real and speculative, fact and fiction, “Beethoven, Then and Now” is a journey of epic dimensions and a metaphysical adventure into some of life’s biggest questions.

“Beethoven, Then and Now”
By Fred Gaertner
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 658 pages | ISBN 9781499068191
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 658 pages | ISBN 9781499068184
E-Book | 658 pages | ISBN 9781499068207
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Fred and Marie Gaertner are a husband-wife team of composers and music dramatists. Fred also writes the novels upon which their music dramas are based. Their goal is to inspire, entertain, inform and uplift readers.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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