11 Declarations to an extraordinary life!
Inside “The Mount of Olives”
The Mount of Olives takes readers for an emotional ride through the life of a young Roman boy who’s search for better becomes a discovery of something extraordinary.
Through his journey, he learns the following principles to Extraordinary living:
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“The book opens with a gripping scene of verbal attack, dropping us right in an engaging scene and establishing our main character. We get a sense of his role in life, and author uses an expert hand at illustrating the brutality of punishment. Intrigue levels are high. Author does a spectacular job with scenery, imbuing the setting with experiential sensory details. We get a sense of the earth, of air thickness, the sparkle of stars – all work to ground the reader in the scene. Very well done. Dialogue shines, as author has differentiated characters’ voices and backgrounds. I enjoyed the description of the pirates as ‘unruly farmers with knives,’ as one example of the author’s great talent for physical description. Pace carries us along well, avoiding any lull in the middle of the book, and using transitions between chapters to create a fine cadence and structure. Well done. Haziq is an effective teacher and protector, one of the most well-rounded characters of the book. The ending is gorgeous, with the barefoot run through the olive groves, conveying movement, texture, and freedom. Very well done.“
– Writer’s Digest
Michael was born in Soviet Russia and came to the United states at two years old with his parents and siblings as a political refugee. He is the grandson of a ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and Dachau camp survivor.
He grew up in the small town of Washougal, near Portland Oregon, and still calls the area his home.
Today, Michael is an author and a speaker, sharing his experience in will-power, mindset, and motivation, to inspire others to “Stay Alive All Your Life,” using 11 of life’s most valuable principles as written in the story from his book.
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