Book excerpt for the thriller High Andes by Rolf Margenau

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Blurb
about High Andes:
Wylie Cypher, suffering from a mid-life crisis, decides to
challenge fading youth by taking a trekking vacation across the Cordillera
Blanca (White Mountains) of the High Andes in Peru with his daughter, Mercy,
just graduated from college. It is 1981.

While working with legal clients in Lima, he inadvertently
acquires documents that contain explosive and damning evidence about the
Peruvian government’s extreme interrogation techniques. He learns that something
is amiss when police detain and torture him. He loses his little toe. A series
of misunderstandings precipitate a heart-pounding chase across the high
mountains as two sets of villains – government thugs and members of the
communist guerrilla Sendero Luminoso – seek out the Cypher group with murderous
intent. Combat in the thin air of the mountains, deceptions of numerous sorts,
hairbreadth escapes, torture, action in underground caves populated with
mummies, and unexpected plot twists fill the pages of this book.

It is in the United States’ national interest to observe the
growing communist threat in its hemisphere, so C.I.A. agents are involved.
While Wylie and his cohorts are running for their lives, the author also
reports on international smuggling of historical artifacts, the fate of a
600-year-old child mummy, and the ancient spirit of the mountains, Pachamama.


Excerpt from High Andes:
Attack on the way to Namora

Two boys noticed the early morning
arrival of the vehicles blocking the highway on the outskirts of Namora. They
ran back to the highland village to announce the unwanted intrusion of the
soldiers, which one of the village elders quickly relayed to the agents of the
Sendero Luminoso looking for recruits. The boys and a few friends monitored the
trucks and police car as a commander of the guerillas considered plans for
their disposal.
           
High grasses in the meadows on
either side of the roadway provided excellent cover. The young men in the
village who intended to join the insurrection were enthusiastic about proving
themselves against the detested military that treated them like dirt and beat
them or worse for harboring revolutionary sentiments. Newly available grenade
launchers bearing Cyrillic markings were appropriate for the contemplated
assault. It would be a while, however, before the necessary armaments arrived.
Some of the young men crawled through the tall grass to get a better look.
           
They saw two plumes of dust in the
distance, which materialized into a pair of vintage pickup trucks that
approached the roadblock. The trucks stopped, and a soldier using a crutch
approached the first pickup. Almost immediately more soldiers jumped from the
back of a truck and surrounded both pickups. A soldier yanked open the driver’s
door of the first truck and forced the driver out and onto his knees on the
ground. Two other people, one a young woman, were pulled from the other side
and forced to kneel next to the driver. A man in the bed of the pickup was
waved to the ground, where he sat, apparently mystified at the proceedings.
           
As the same scenario was repeated
with the second pickup, a handful of Shining Path guerrillas joined the boys in
the tall grass with two grenade launchers and enough rifles to pass around. The
rifles smelled of Cosmoline. The grenade launchers resembled Thompson
submachine guns from the thirties—stubby, oversize rifles with a circular
magazine holding a dozen fat grenades. The guerrillas also carried olive-green
satchels that held more ammunition for their weapons. The self-appointed squad
leader crouched down in the grass and raised his binoculars to peer at the
activities ahead through the waving grass. He tried to assess whether the
people detained were friend or foe. Finally, he decided it did not matter—they
were there to kill soldiers and police. If others got in the way, mala suerte.
However, he was interested in the goings-on and decided to await further
developments.


Author bio
and links:

The
author of Public Information has had a varied career. He has been a scrub nurse in an operating
room, a professional photographer, a soldier during the Korean War, a
correspondent for the Pacific Stars and Stripes, an attorney specializing in
international corporate law, a volunteer executive running a not-for-profit
dedicated to housing the homeless, a manager of large and small businesses and,
lately, an author and Master Gardener.

He
first published short stories as an English Major from Yale. Finding the double-digit pay for that work
insufficient to support a wife and one and a half children, he went to law
school in hopes of finding better paying work. Fortunately, that proved to be
the case.  

When
the author discovered that his wife kept all the 300 plus letters he wrote her
from Korea, he decided to use that material as the basis for a novel about the
Korean War. It was a story he had wanted to tell for many years.

Public
Information
is based on his experiences as NCO in charge of a combat Infantry
Division Public Information (hence the title) Office in Korea. It tells the story of Wylie Cypher, a hapless
young soldier who arrives in Korea in the midst of bloody combat.  Wylie manages to survive his sixteen-month
tour of duty as Margenau recounts in gory, ribald, poignant and accurate
detail. His adventures are recounted in
military jargon and his sometimes abrasive involvement with the “Army way”
describes the good, bad and incredible of life in the military. Along the way,
Wylie manages to find and lose love.

Other
veterans have found the story authentic and highly illustrative of the
background and details of the Korean War. Publisher’s Weekly commented on the author’s ability to create a sense
of time and place. During the summer of
2012, Public Information became an Amazon.com Kindle best seller.

Pistils
and Poetry
is the author’s second book. It is a compilation of Margenau’s favorite Elizabethan poems
(Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, and numerous others) juxtaposed with the author’s
photographs of flowers. It is a rich and
engaging poetry book, enhanced and complimented by luscious photos of
flowers. The book is considered as an
elegant way to tease reluctant poetry readers into an appreciation of the
beautiful sentiments and language of long ago masters of the English language.

Encouraged
by the reception for his first novel, Margenau published Master Gardener, his
second novel, in March 2013. It is a story that explores conflicts between the
benefits of engineered crops and their potential for ecological disaster. Wylie Cypher, the hero of Public Information,
is now seventy-five years old. He uses
his life and legal experience to defend one of the women in his life, Anne
Proctor, against the machinations of malevolent BIG AG.  Senior citizens band together as eco-terrorists
to save the monarch butterfly, and Dick Geier, the ruthless and profane CEO of
BIG AG, engages in corporate shenanigans that reflect current headlines. The story is set in Middletown, New Anglia,
not too far from Philadelphia, and episodes along the Amazon River in Peru
bracketed by episodes along the Amazon River in Peru..

Margenau’s third novel, published in August 2014, is High Andes. The central narrative
follows Wylie Cypher, in his mid-forties and suffering from a serious mid-life
crisis, and his daughter, Mercy, as they try to elude various villains chasing
them across the White Mountains of Peru. The story deals with armed
insurrection by Maoist guerillas, smuggling ancient artifacts, “disappearances”
of troublemakers, a five hundred year old child mummy, and the CIA.

Rolf
Margenau lives in rural New Jersey with his wife, three dogs, a 1932 Chrysler
convertible, and a flower garden favored by monarch butterflies. He is now
working on his fourth novel. Tentatively titled National Parks, the story
recounts what happens, in the near future, when Congress decides to nationalize
America’s National Parks.


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