Bipolar WINTER is recommended reading for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Steiner has written a compelling story with a sympathetic protagonist. I am eager to read volume two. In the meantime, I’ll keep wondering what is real and what is fiction.
Historian Aldo Lombardi is a recent graduate of the Pontifical Gregorian University summoned to appear before Pope Benedict. Allison Gillespie is an investigator whose assignment leads her to Aldo and a 500-year-old secret whose discovery may unravel the very fabric of the Christian faith.
The pair must uncover the truth behind the secret and reveal what the leaders of the modern Seventh-day Adventist Church know that could destroy the Catholic Church. It’s a race against time to discover the truth before hundreds of millions of followers are thrown into chaos—and before a rogue sect unleashes a global cataclysm to fulfill its founder’s doomsday prophesy.
About the Author
Samuel David Steiner, I was born on October 11, 1952, in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.
I was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA). My parents remained faithful to the church’s teachings their whole life. My father, a church pastor who later became a church administrator, was a loving man devoted to his family. My gracious mother likewise loved her children deeply. Despite their membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, my parents cared for their children well and instilled in them the virtues of honesty and integrity. When I left the Seventh-day Adventist Church, I embraced my mother’s Jewish roots and found my home in the ancient faith.
According to a church tradition, I was to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a church administrator. I was to help further develop the massive medical arm of the church as a modern evangelistic tool.
I decided that I would not support a Sabbath (Saturday) keeping church that teaches its young people they could soon be forced into prison or even lose their lives for defying church teachings. According to the prophecies of the SDA Church, the United States government will soon pass laws forbidding any Christian from worshiping on Saturday. As unbelievable as this sounds, I struggled with the concept. Additional false teachings of the church ultimately prompted me to leave the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Bipolar Winter is a work of fiction, but much of the story is based on facts.
My story, as told in Bipolar Winter, is available at BipolarWinter.com
BipolarWINTER Editorial Review
“When Arnold J Rimmer, second technician of the mining ship Red Dwarf in the comedy series of the same name, flippantly mentioned in Episode Six of Series Three that his parents belonged to ‘The Seventh-day Advent Hoppists’, little did the chuckling audience think that the real, pan-global Seventh-day Adventist religious sect might be something much more sinister than they ever imagined.
Exactly how sinister is the powerful and complex tale which unfolds in this book, the magic carpet of narrative whisking us through time and across the continents to expose some very dark secrets indeed.
Full of action, the story doesn’t keep you waiting around, setting the prologue in medieval Germany after a significant witch trial, moving off to 21st century Italy to meet our hero, and rapidly on to a whole host of locations and eras, including World War II Europe and 19th Century America. For anyone who, like me, is fascinated by both history and travel, as well as a thoroughly good mystery, this book is a goldmine.
The writing is fluent, bringing the people and places to life in full technicolour, the reader witnessing everything as if part of the scene, so that the fast-moving tale becomes all-absorbing and, indeed, difficult to put down.
The leading figure, Aldo Lombardi, makes an interesting and very likeable hero, being quiet, scholarly, and slightly self-deprecating, but, of course, capable when it counts, however much that may surprise him!
The historical characters become people we might know ourselves, both good and bad, the attention given to their fears and concerns enabling us to understand the reasons for their actions much more fully than we might otherwise do from a simple factual account, which is where good writing like this can teach us so much.
One aspect of many religions which runs through this story, the prophecies and predictions, is in itself a fascinating topic.
Religions are usually founded by people who are considered prophets in the eyes of their followers. Their prophecies and teachings are an important part of the faith. In Bipolar Winter, we see how influential these prophecies can be for a religion’s followers, especially with regard to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. How many have been fulfilled? Are any close to fruition?
Is it important? Well, the investigations in this book certainly persuade us it’s a topic well worth examining.”
Reviewed by Xica van Dahl