25 July 2011

Interview and reviews of "Night of the Cossack" with Tom Blubaugh

Tom Blubaugh is the author of Night of the Cossack and a co-author of The Great Outdoors.

Tom, welcome to Overcoming Through Time.  Would you share either the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help, or the most tragic situation or circumstance one of your character’s has had to get past?

The most difficult thing I had to overcome was being homeless in 1998. I have a website, that came from that period in my life. I am very transparent.

What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Proverbs 16:9 and 19:21.  I spent a lot of time trying to figure out God’s will for my life by reading books and listening to tapes. These two verses simplified my life.

Disability friendliness:
My book is available for Kindle/PC Kindle on amazon.com and for Nook on barnesandnoble.com. At this time it is not available on audio or in large print.

What has been the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?
Several things, but the two most important are: That the reader connects with Jesus Christ and readers will make a strong connection with their ancestors, especially those still living and find out as much about them as they can so there is a strong legacy to pass down.  It’s sad that I don’t have any more information than I have about mine. I know the name of my grandfather and his brother and that’s it. I don’t even know the name of my great grandfather or grandmother. I’m finding this is common among Jewish families due to the fears of those who immigrated. My grandparents spoke nine languages between them.  Whenever they spoke of the old country they didn’t speak in English so my mother, aunts, and uncles knew very little. They wanted their children to be Americans. They didn’t realize they were taking our heritage away from us.

 As you researched your books, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?
Definitely—the plight of the Jewish people in Russia and Europe in the early 1900s.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
I don’t want to give away the story line, but one can read the first couple of chapters on amazon.com. It’s an intense book filled with drama, fear, emotions, action, faith, betrayal, moral decisions and much more. Readers from 8 to 80 have read it and the feedback is very good.

Book review by 
Dr. Michael Murrell

Tom Blubaugh has brought to life a piece of history that is remote in several aspects. I was vaguely aware of the Russian-Japanese War of 1905 and very much aware of the repression of the Russian Empire under communism but I did not realize the extent of Anti-Semitism that was prominent before the Bulshovek Revolution. I remember that the theme from "Fiddler on the Roof" was Anti-Semitic and that this was under the Russian czar; what the author did was weave together a fascinating, but often cruel, series of dramatic moments in the life of a young man to demonstrate the turbulent history of that time and place. It is fascinating reading and obviously well researched. I enjoyed the historical perspective as well as the action and adventure of the main character.

Book Review
by Mary Ann Lengyel
The title caught my attention and I had to buy this book! Russian heritage is near to my heart. My father in law has told many stories of his early childhood and how his parents lived in the 'old' country. I was quickly enthralled with the main character, Nathan Hertzfield, as he stuggles with an abrupt change in his life after being kidnapped at the hands of a Cossack soldier. And that's just the first few pages! I was intriqued with the connection between Nathan Hertzfield and Tom Blubaugh. I hope there is a sequel!  

Tom Blubaugh, Author of Night of the Cossack--Read the first chapter get a signed copy by ordering here. FREE shipping. Published by Bound by Faith Publishers. Ebook for Kindle available at Amazon.com. Be sure to like my page and do a review when you finish, if you like my book.
Ebook for Nook available at Barnes & Noble
Night of the Cossack Facebook page. Be sure to like my page while you're there please.
Visit My Blog. Be sure to sign up as a follower. Co-author of The Great Adventure published by Barbour Publishing. (out of print). Genesis Project
Jericho Commission, Inc.

Thank you Tom for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!


  1. Another interesting interview, Carrie, and welcome to Overcoming Through Time, Tom! I can identify with your sadness of not having any information on your grandparents. Mine passed away when I was little, and the only info I could glean from my mom was that they lived in The Netherlands. My mom would speak Dutch phrases that her mom taught her, but was very tight-lipped about her parents.

    Thank you for sharing your interesting book with us, Tom, and God bless!

  2. What an awesome God we serve that he carried Tom through this difficulties, including homelessness. Ohmygoodnessgracious, how difficult that must have been!

  3. Thanks for the interview, I also took a look at your website, Tom your story is amazing. God is so mighty to bring us through terrible times. I can't wait to read your book. tsmathews61@gmail.com

  4. Great to see Tom here as we just became friends on Facebook. It's wonderful to see that he brings to light a much needed "lost" piece of history. His story is fascinating. I know the Lord will continue to bless his writing ministry.

  5. Hi Ladies,

    I love Laura's writing, and I'd be thrilled for a chance to win this one. It seems like I get to read very few books purely for pleasure these days. dinasleiman at gmail dot com.


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