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INTRODUCING AUTHOR, KOOS VERKAIK!!!
CATEGORY: All the Authors Works listed here are Literary and Film Projects.
Prolific Author and Super Nova Musician – A sweet combination of talent to make a strong impact on the industry! Listen to his message and feel the vibes! All of Koos Verkaik’s works were published in Holland, and he is now looking to global publishing for all his books in various languages.
Most of Koos Verkaik’s books have been published in Holland where he is a very popular author in great demand. The first Novel we represented on behalf of the author, entitled “HIM” was accepted and published by http://www.3cornersentertainment.com/project/him/
It is the author’s dream to see all of his popular Novels and his range of children books’ series published in other languages as well, and to find strong readership globally. We are gradually achieving this goal.
On September 18, 2016 Koos send out an Exciting Newsflash when he received a message from a new Publisher who were keen to offer Koos another publishing contract, and a film contract for his book Titled “HIM” After the UFO Crash!
“I Came back from vacation and found an envelope on my doormat: 50 (!) pages film contract, signed by all parties, for my novel HIM, After the UFO Crash. Yes, Al: Onward & Upward now! We will reach our goal! My Thanks goes to: Al, Jeffrey and Richard from Three Corners Entertainment (and their Publishing Division at Righters Mill Press) – Emerantia, my agent from New Zealand.” Things were looking up!
HIM (After the USO Crash)
How apt that this work should now become a movie at this time as the world is on the brink of meeting our distant cousins from other galaxies.
HIM (After the UFO Crash) by Koos Verkaik
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title of the Book: HIM, after the UFO Crash)
Author: Koos Verkaik
Genre: Urban Fantasy Novel, 86.868 words Fan
Publisher: Righter Mill Press / 3 Corners Entertainment
Release Date: Out Now and available from Amazon.com and all Book Retailers
ABOUT “HEAVENLY VISION”
Published by Outerbanks Publishing Group
Nothing is what it seems in this new, exciting Koos Verkaik murder mystery titled ‘HEAVENLY VISION’, undoubtedly one of his masterpieces! “Heavenly Vision” is about a book collector of limited means who comes across a 1745 Atlas of the Cape of Good Hope in a second-hand bookshop in Amsterdam. Once his historian friend lays eyes on it, he becomes very excited and life for Jan Glas is never the same again. Murder, mystery and intrigue will keep the reader guessing what is going on. Is the world coming to an end, and who will survive? You only realize what has happened after you have finished the book!
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (August 21, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1732045240
- ISBN-13: 978-1732045248
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars6 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,998,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
“HEAVENLY VISION” BLUES TRACK
Nothing is what it seems, in this new, exciting Koos Verkaik novel…It starts with the finding of an old manuscript hidden in an old atlas of the Cape of Good Hope, around the year 1745.
“Allart Vroom climbed down from the ship, and we stood ready to catch him,” wrote Captain Adriaen Kalf. “His clothes, his flesh, his bones pulverized in our hands. He formed a small heap of powder at our feet. Please, believe me—it is not, like someone suggested, the contents of broken hourglasses.”
Jan Glas, an Amsterdam publicist, reads about a machine that could cause the end of the entire world! Of course, he wants to find out the truth about the remarkable manuscript!
A long journey takes him to England and the USA.
A peculiar man crosses his path – Wesley Dunn, Raso Preacher, Center of the Heavenly Vision, Franks Knight, Florida, USA.
This man says that the world will be destroyed by ‘the Machine of Colton’, which is also mentioned in the manuscript that Jan found! Only a few people will survive – the true followers of the odd Mr. Wesley Dunn, and the Raso way of life!
Murder, mystery, and intrigue will keep the reader guessing as to what is going on. Is the world coming to an end, and if so, who will survive?
Koos Verkaik a ‘Dutchie’ with spunk and a heart of gold, and an inexhaustible drive and fathomless imagination, is one of the most productive authors of the moment. Koos is not only an author but an accomplished Musician. We deem it our special privilege to work with an author of his caliber and have him on board. Besides a fast-growing pile of novels in his specific genre: Mystery, Adventure, and Magic, he also writes children’s books. Well-known is his enchanting series of children’s books Alex and the Wolpertinger, published by LadyBee Publishing, Canada.
Koos wrote his first novel, a sci-fi, when he was only eighteen years old, during a weekend; it was published immediately—he was only sixteen when he wrote a series about a young space traveler who went in search of adventures on a far-away planet; it got published in the weekly newspaper (three pages each week). He published with big Dutch publishers as De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam. With his books All-Father and Wolf Tears, he earned the name critics gave him of The Dutch Stephen King.
AMAZON REVIEWS – “HEAVENLY VISION”
A wonderful new author on the rise! Gripping story! Page turning suspense/adventure and mystery, an all-night read! A master storyteller!
A fantastic and spectacular intrigue; Dutch Koos Verkaik can hold his own with the best foreign names in this field! A.P. magazine.
“I am a very fast worker; always have been, always sitting behind the keyboard and write! It is not a neurosis or so, it’s just that I have a lot to tell…” Haagse Courant.
The Dutch Stephen King, that’s the best compliment we can give horror writer Koos Verkaik. With his novels he fills a gap in the market – he is writing original fantasy and horror. Verkaik has a personal, original style! Aktueel.
Verkaik is always flirting with the paranormal. The tight, balanced style of his works give away his great craftsmanship. Koos Verkaik is called the Dutch Stephen King. Where productivity is concerned, this is right, but where his work is concerned I think that Koos is just himself and that is quite a lot! Penthouse.
Koos Verkaik gives a new substance to the literary thriller! The new book of Koos Verkaik is a well-constructed thriller with an original storyline wherein cleverly is made use of horror elements. But Koos Verkaik has more to offer than just a thrilling story. Weaving mythical and psychological elements in it, in a very subtle way, he makes novels with many mentions and gives a new substance to the literary thriller. And that is a remarkable performance for an author who writes through the years in order to make a living, publishing countless novels and comics. De Persunie, Holland, De Standaard, Belgium.
“I knew I would become a writer when I was only six years old,” tells Koos Verkaik. “I have always been working on stories.”And so it went – he wrote during his high school years, walked away from home and lived by his pen. He worked for countless publishers and wrote what they asked for: children’s books, novels, comics, scripts, name it. He has become a well-known fantasy writer; one of the best! Aktueel.
“THE NIBELUNG GOLD” THE LATEST PUBLICATION OUT NOW!
ABOUT “THE NIBELUNG GOLD” Published as a 2nd edition under a new cover by Outerbanks Publishing Group.
ABOUT “NIBELUNG GOLD”
At the end of the nineteenth century, the rich have great interest in the occult; tables dance everywhere, and ghosts speak in many a darkened room. Willem Wolf, a wealthy young man, has a passion for exploring psychic phenomena and exposing the charlatans. He believes many are fraudulent and he becomes a one-man inquisition hunting for the truth, first giving the psychics the benefit of the doubt until he sees through their trickery.Then he decides to find out what happens when more than a dozen mediums concentrate on the same thing at the same time. He finds himself in a mesmerizing world where the intriguing story of the long-lost Nibelung Gold seems to be a fact.Wolf begins a journey he never expected, dealing with dishonest and evil people while searching for the truth of the legendary Nibelung treasure or Rhine Gold that has been lost since the 5th century along Germany’s Rhine River.”…A very interesting story. I really liked Wolf and the story being set late in the 19th century. The magic, spiritism, ghosts and of course finding out the story behind the legend, along with the suspense, mystery and adventure made for a delightful read. I highly recommend “The Nibelung Gold” to those who love a great mystery/adventure/suspense story.” – Amazon review by Sheri A. Wilkinson
Ironically, to say a wonderful new author is on the rise, Koos Verkaik has been writing since he was a young teenager and had a series of books published in Holland, and had already found his fame in his beloved home country at a very young age. Both “Nibelung Gold” and “Heavenly Vision” are Novels that coming under the heading “Must Reads!”
Both Novels are Gripping and suspense filled stories you will never forget!
Page turning suspense/adventure and mystery, this author’s books are promising to be your all-night reads! Here is a master storyteller borne to his craft and that caliber of writer don’t come any the better and more impacting upon his ever-growing readership around the world!
OTHER THRILLING TITLES BY KOOS VERKAIK can be found on the author’s Website: www.koosverkaik.com
The Author can be reached at: email@example.com
The details about the author’s “Wolpertinger Children’s Fantasy Book Series can be found on this website: www.alexandthewolpertinger.com
Wolpertinger Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scCfmEsC3DY
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Koos Verkaik is a true master in his genre: Mystery, Adventure, and Magic. He published over fifty different titles, both novels for adults and children’s books. Author of more than 60 different titles! He works hard on a new series of children’s books, “ALEX AND THE WOLPERTINGER”, sold in Europe and Canada.
He wrote his first novel, a sci-fi, when he was only eighteen years old, during a weekend; it was published immediately—he was only sixteen when he wrote a series about a young space traveler who went in search of adventures on a far-away planet; it got published in the weekly newspaper (three pages each week). He published with big Dutch publishers as De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam. With his books “ALL FATHER” and “WOLF TEARS“, he earned the name critics gave him of The Dutch Stephen King. Several new books will be published this year: DE DANS VAN DE NAR (THE DANCE OF THE JESTER), NEANDERTHALER DROMEN (NEANDERTHAL DREAMS) and many new books in his series of children’s books. Koos Verkaik is one of the most productive authors of the moment—and never ever had a writer’s block. He works very hard, writing every day.
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The first 3 Wolpertinger Titles in a series of 8 books, this amazing Children’s Series is under consideration for a substantial Animation Project.
OUT NOW!!! “LUDO THE WOLPERTINGER!”
A NEW HERO HAS ARRIVED: LUDO THE WOLPERTINGER!
The amazing friendship between a clever boy and a mean, wonderful, odd, mysterious, magic, terrifying, great, supernatural, awesome, amazing, clever, unequalled, unbelievable wolpertinger…
ALEX AND THE WOLPERTINGER by Koos Verkaik. An extensive series of children’s books of 14 different titles so far (intending to write 30 books)!
Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group, North Carolina, USA
Website Koos Verkaik: www.koosverkaik.com
Interview about Alex and The Wolpertinger:
News Update for Dutch Readership
ABOUT “ALL FATHER”
ANOTHER THRILLING NOVEL TITLED “ALL FATHER” IS SOON TO BE REASSIGNED WITH A NEW PUBLISHER…
The Book’s previous publisher has gone into liquidation.
Paperback: 296 pages
REVIEWS Amazon.com for ALL FATHER Novel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Sheri A. Wilkinson on November 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
ABOUT “ALL FATHER’
Peter Jonker has special magical gifts. He is told of the horrifying tales of Wodan, God of the Germanic tribes and Scandinavian Berserkers. Then he finds out he has immortal powers, something some would like to take advantage of. Wodan is on the hunt for him to join his evil army, the Berserkers who bring destruction and death. Soon he is not sure what is truth, or merely a horrible dream from which he would soon wake up, or is he really responsible for the death of people? Peter decides to find out by being hypnotized, and soon his world as he knows it is about to change.
Peter is very likable, he wants to do what is right and is faced with challenges. He encounters good and bad people/events. The story moves at a steady pace with attention to details, pulling you into this fantastic magical thrilling story. The plot is original with the perfect balance of drama, suspense, action, and adventure. A definite five-star read. I highly recommend to young/adult as well as adult lovers of action/adventure/magic.
Or is the All-father with his army of the dead directing other receptors?
Buy the book and find out. You are in for the ride of your life.
” I could easily see some of his work next to greats such as Stephen King, or Dean Koontz.”
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Fanatic Review’s sat down with Koos Verkaik to learn more about him, this is what we learned.
15 Questions about you, and your work (s).
1.) What would you say inspired you to write your story?
I wrote All-Father in Dutch, it was first published by De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam. I read a lot about history and love the old stories about the Celtic and Germanic tribes. In All-Father we learn how Woden (Odin, All-Father) rides the sky with his Army of the Death and about Berserkers who fear steel nor blood. (We still talk about going berserk!).
2.) Are some of the details rendered in your story from real-life situations?
Yes, it enacts in The Netherlands of the seventies. With real people in a recognizable setting. The story is about a little boy who becomes so afraid of the horrible stories a Rembrandt-like painter tells him about Woden and berserkers, that he almost dies… but then he finds out that he has special powers and he is going to use them.
3.) At what age did you begin writing? When did you know you would make writing a career path?
I started writing at the age of seven and never stopped. I still have a pile of notebooks from my youth, full of stories. I knew I would become a writer when I was about twelve.
4.) Who is your favorite character in your book(s)?
I have no favorite characters. Mostly I create them during the writing process and suddenly I know everything about their specific character. It is great to be able to bring the most peculiars persons together in a novel!
5.) How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I am so happy that you ask me this. My first novel was a sci-fi of 160 pages and I wrote it during a long weekend when I was only 18 years old. It was published immediately and I was very proud when I saw it in the window of a bookshop.
6.) Where can we find your work(s)?
I have published about 60 different titles in the Netherlands and they are available in the bookshops and on the internet. You can find my books in English on the internet:http://www.amazon.com/Koos-Verkaik/e/B001JXJGMA,
“ALEX AND THE WOLPERTINGER” by Koos Verkaik
(More Wolpertinger Volumes recently published will be added this week)
Alex and his friends, Shabby Tabby Chum and Ludo the wolpertinger are on a mission to save the magician Halo. Halo is being held prisoner by Prince Ruff Rumble. The giant prince wants the magician to make gold for him. Halo’s magic books are now unreadable after falling into the lake but he couldn’t have made the gold even if his books hadn’t gotten wet. The prince doesn’t know that, and Alex’s real mission is to find a magician that can help Halo and get him set free.
Excerpt: Halo put me under a spell that shrank me till I was just as little as Chum the old tomcat. And suddenly I was able to speak the language of the animals! On the back of the fat cat, I traveled to an oak wood. On the way, I met two friends, William Wing the miller and Alfred Axe the woodcutter. With their help, I reached the tallest oak of the wood. It was there that I first met Ludo the wolpertinger. He had blue fur and a lanky figure. His feet were very, very big. When I asked the wolpertinger how we could reach the Downhills, he said: “You have to believe in the Downhills. If you don’t believe in them, then you will bump your head on the trunk of the oak tree. If you do believe in them, then you will walk straight through it, and you will be where you want to be.”
He was right! Chum and I believed in the Downhills, walked right into the oak, stepped right through the bark, and ended up in a tunnel. There we reached a mysterious land and saw a big, red sun in the sky.
“I’ve loved illustrated children’s chapter books since I was a young sprite. Their usually epic stories that carry with you a lifetime of happy memories. Especially, those that remind me of warm nights nestled by the fire, listening to Hans Christian Anderson cassette tapes on the radio in the living room. While reading, I reminisced back to how truly remarkable those stories were, and of how they caught and easily kept my attention. Mr. Verkaik has done it again! This time it came in the guise of a children’s book. I fell in love with this timeless story, and so will you.”
From the Reviewer About the book:
“Mr. Verkaik paints a vivid portrait of the life of Alex, a boy from the Alps, who works in the land of the Giant Clover King. Alex is sent to help a magician and finds a world of adventure before him. Alex meets Ludo the Wolpertinger, and the two embark on a creative trek filled with shrinking, talking animals, and giants beyond measure!
I rather enjoyed the tempo of this short, yet remarkably expansive story. I will definitely be getting this in paperback for my daughter to read when she is old enough. It has such colorful illustrations, and engaging artwork, that will easily keep your child entertained. The best part about this book is that it’s really for all ages. It reads like an adventure, one that any age can get behind. Five stars Mr. Verkaik. Truly an adventurous read!”
April 2016 Reviews:-
THE LATEST INTERVIEW Conducted by Byron Lafayette
Byron: Being a prolific writer, where do you find your inspiration comes from to write your various stories?
Koos: I have written stories all my life, from the age of 7. Wrote my first novel when I was 18 and it got published right away – and I had published many, many comics in weeklies when I was only 16. Often one single line is enough for me to write a novel. It can be just a thought: “What will happen is a dozen mediums concentrate on conjuring up one and the same spirit?” That is the start of The Nibelung Gold, which will be published in a few weeks. Or: “Can a little boy ever become friends with a mean wolpertinger?” So I started writing a series of children’s book, working on part 14 now and will eventually write 30 different titles. There is always inspiration, never had a writer’s block in my life.
Byron: You have written in many different genres of fiction, is there one that stands out as your favorite to write in?
Koos: No. I am used to writing different books at the same time, mostly a novel and a children’s book. In The Netherlands, one of the big publishers, De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam, placed three words on the covers of my books to describe my genre: Magic, Mystery & Adventure. Sometimes I burst out laughing when I write Alex and The Wolpertinger books and I can look rather angry when I write dark passages for novels. I love to write about fantastic things in a normal setting. And I always explain what it is all about, I never keep my readers in the dark; after they have finished my books, they will understand everything. When you read Heavenly Vision, for instance, you really only know what it is all about after you have read the last page.
Byron: Being from Europe, do you find that the taste for fiction is the same everywhere? Or is there some fiction that does better in Europe say then America?
Koos: One of my favorite authors is Jack Vance. He is a great American writer, but I think he was more popular in Europe (here in The Netherlands, where I live, in France etc.). Books from the USA dominated the world for a long time, especially with science fiction and fantasy; horror was more European (but I immediately have to mention the great Edgar Allan Poe from Boston!). Jules Verne from France was unique and influenced many other writers. And now the world has grown smaller thanks to the internet and we notice quicker what happens in other countries.
Author Koos Verkaik
Byron: All Father has a very interesting premise; how did you go about creating that story?
Koos: I read lots of nonfiction books and love history. For All-Father I studied the old European gods. The All-Father and Wodan and Odin are the same. Long, long ago the Germanic tribes had special feasts and ecstatic men joined the Army of The Dead that traversed the skies following Wodan with his black ravens and his white horse. It is said that the Army of The Dead was seen through the ages, even in modern times. But it goes further – in those dark ages there were parades of men who entered all houses to steal something (bread or beer, you name it), the had the right to do so on such days. That was how jesters came into being and I studied jesters as well for several novels.
All-Father is special to me. The leading character is a copywriter. Everything he writes actually happens! I have worked as a copywriter myself for a big agency in Rotterdam.
This is how the story of All-Father goes:
Peter Jonker has special gifts at his disposal. As a provoked, frightened child, he has come under the spell of master painter Poolman and his evocative, terrifying canvases. Poolman has spun gory tales about Wodan, god of the Germanic tribes, and the fearless Scandinavian berserkers. And now it seems Peter has seen the magic truth behind those sagas. In his agony, he discovers unknown talents, and soon it is said he has the possession of immortal powers! Haunted by the fantasies of his youth, the adult Peter is going downhill, and in his vulnerable state strangers intervene trying to reach their own dubious goals by taking advantage of him. Wodan is looking for him and wants him to join the Army of the Dead – Berserkers who carry death and destruction… Peter’s life becomes a choking nightmare. Is he responsible for the death of four people, or being set up by unknown forces? Brought under hypnosis, the horrible truth may come out…
All-Father will be published again by Righter’s Mill Press in Princeton and for film it is contracted by Three Corners Entertainment, also in Princeton; both companies have contracted me for 10 different titles; Mr. Al Longden (who was my former literary agent, now the president and publisher) allows me to play with the big boys now! I consider myself lucky that I know so many people in the USA now who are giving me a chance to publish.
Byron: You have been called “The Dutch Stephen King” how does that feel to be likened to such a famous author?
Koos: There was that Dutch magazine, Aktueel, that was looking for the Dutch Stephen King and in an article, they wrote that I was the one – later Penthouse picked it up and then everyone was talking about it.
And this is very curious: years later one of my agents in the USA asked me if he was allowed to show one of my manuscripts, Dance of The Jester, to Bill Thompson, the editor of the first Stephen King Books (Carry, Cujo) and the first John Grisham books. That was quite a challenge. Bill Thompson was so excited that the invited me to come to his office in the Empire State Building in New York and so I took a plane to the USA. We worked on the manuscript to make it perfect. It will be published again this year, also by Righter’s Mill Press and Three Corners have it for film rights.
Having said this all, I don’t want to be compared with anyone, I write typical Koos Verkaik books. It is just that the press in small countries like The Netherlands likes to compare native authors with writers in the ‘big USA’.
Byron: Do you have a favorite novel or author?
Koos: Many. In already mentioned Jack Vance. There are Theodore Sturgeon and Roger Zelazny. But my number one had always been Edgar Allan Poe. Not long ago I was asked to tell about him. For the people who are able to read Dutch: http://www.edgarallanpoe.nl/het-rendez-vous-met-koos-verkaik/The work of Poe is so intense. I must have read some short stories a dozen times or more.
Byron: In a few of your book ads you play music (Very well I might add) Do you listen to music to get into the mood for writing a certain type of story?
Koos: Yes, I have my own recording equipment here in my workroom and play lead and rhythm guitar, bass, drums, mouth harps and so on. And I always listen to music when I write. Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde has been a favorite for years. These days I listen to Johnny Winter records, Eric Sardinas, Dave Hole, and other guitar heroes. And I play my great Fender ’63 every day! You can find some songs here: https://soundcloud.com/user-224641692
Author Koos Verkaik
Koos: Finished another novel yesterday (Nicolaes Nimbus)! In Dutch, of course, so now I have to translate it. But it is already contracted by Outer Banks Publishing Group in North Carolina; they also publish my series of children’s books Saladin the Wonder Horse and Alex and The Wolpertinger and other novels. And I am working on book 14 of the Wolpertinger series. After translating the novel, I will start writing another one immediately.
Byron: Out of the more than 60 titles you have written, do you have a favorite?
Koos: I have 60 titles under my own name, more than 60 other ones under a pseudonym to make a living. I have written 4 books per month. IBM once asked me to come and write in a lab, connected to a computer, so they could see what was happening in that odd brain of mine while writing. It never happened, but it was an intriguing idea. My favorite book is always my last one and I finished Nicolaes Nimbus yesterday, a book about our scientists working on a fantastic future with artificial intelligence, and human hybrids etc. But Nicolaes Nimbus is a phenomenon from the past who might know all about eternal life. Scientists start tracking him down. This is a book for the present, a book with all ingredients for curious, modern people. But okay, my real favorite novel is Dance of The Jester – there is a lot of me in the main character, Prince Oscar Man, the crazy jester…
Byron: Lastly, what is your favorite movie?
Koos: I seldom have the patience to sit and watch a movie on TV and also seldom go to a theatre. I think The Godfather is still one of the most impressive movies made. 3Corners Entertainment (www.3cornersentertainment.com) is working hard with my books for film and it starts with “HIM – After the UFO Crash” this year. That will be a great movie. Well, let’s wait and see…
Byron: Thank you, Mr. Verkaik, for taking the time for this interview, it was a true pleasure!
To learn more about Author Koos Verkaik and find out more about the amazing worlds he creates in his books check out his website here! To read some of our other interviews click here
About NICOLAES NIMBUS
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (April 28, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1734168757
- ISBN-13: 978-1734168754
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars1 customer rating
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The book that had to be written…
Koos Verkaik is one of the hardest working authors today; 60 different titles under his own name, with even more than 60 under a pseudonym! He a true master of the genre: Magic, Mystery and Adventure!
For Outer Banks Publishing Group he has written the intriguing novels Heavenly Vision and The Nibelung Gold, plus the series of children’s books Saladin the Wonder Horse and Alex and The Wolpertinger.
Outer Banks Publishing Group will be publishing the Author’s newest novel, the sensational, breathtaking Nicolaes Nimbus, a high tech science vs ancient magic blockbuster out now!
From the back cover:
Scientists and wealthy owners of high-tech companies have pumped millions of dollars into the search for immortality. But does the future look bright or is there disaster waiting behind the horizon of time? The world is getting more complicated by the day, but who’s actually in charge?
A group of scientists in Germany have unmasked a cheating visionary. An intriguing phenomenon from the past turns up. Who is Nicolaes Nimbus? Is he an immortal man of flesh and blood from our ancient past? The hunt is on! The secret is priceless! Who is in control, the scientists or the mystic? The intriguing novel Nicolaes Nimbus embraces modern developments… and warns against ancient magic that never dies, waiting for the right time to manifest itself.
OBXPG: A book for this day and age, a book that had to be written…
Koos Verkaik: We live in a very interesting time, with a period of magic and superstition behind us and a period of unknown technical progress in front of us. You might say that we live in an interim. Allow me to tell you the facts in just a few words:
We see the world through the filter of our brain – brainstem, midbrain, frontal lobe.
As human beings we are still evolving and we cannot imagine how we will see our world after our frontal lobe has grown, and it will. Scientifically, intervention will make us almost immortal, hyper-intelligent, and very different from what we are now.
Today we stand with one leg in the past (the magic and superstition I mentioned) and one leg in the future (longing for the possibilities that will make us live healthy and strong for ages).
Magic is still around us but we are afraid of the future, of what will happen to the human race.
That is what Nicolaes Nimbus is about, ancient magic vs high tech science!
OBXPG: I assume you studied about the past and the future for this novel?
Koos Verkaik: Oh yes! I always do a lot of research before I start working a novel. I am a collector of books about history, magic, strange phenomena, science, etc. There are over 2000 different books in my workroom and I know exactly where to find the facts I need for new novels. For Nicolaes Nimbus I read several non-fiction books. Here are just a few: Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas, almost 800 pages of stunning information; The Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins; What We Cannot Know, Explorations on the Edge of Knowledge by Marcus de Sautoy and of course the great works of Yuval Noah Harari, From Animals into Gods, and Homo Deus. I admire the German author, Hoimar von Ditfurth, he has written in depth about the universe, about the developing of the human brain and about the way life became possible on our planet.
OBXPG: Heavy stuff – but your books are so easy to read…
Koos Verkaik: That is right. You can read my books as pure entertainment. On the other hand, you can read between the lines and discover interesting facts. My fiction is easy to read. I will take you by the hand and lead you through my odd worlds of fantasy. All my work is pure adventure.
OBXPG: Have you written about magic and science before?
Koos Verkaik: Many times. I wrote my first novel at the age of 18 and it was published right away. It was about a young man who offered his brain to build an intelligent starship. The main character, Adolar (also the title of the novel), said no to this weird proposal from the scientists, but his friend and colleague Jit agreed to do it. More than often I often perform tricks with the human brain in my books.
OBXPG: So you started very early as a writer. And it is said that you have never had writer’s block…
Koos Verkaik: I write like I work, from one to the next with almost no break in between. I was the youngest comic writer in Europe at the age of 16. Then I started to write novels. And I worked as a copywriter for a big agency always working, every day. I write in Dutch and then have my books translated into English with the help of my editors. Nicolaes Nimbus was edited by Mr. Dennis De Rose of Moneysaver Editing. He did a fantastic job with Nicolaes Nimbus and I intend to work with him on my next book.
OBXPG: Tell us some more about Nicolaes Nimbus.
Koos Verkaik: One of the main characters is Rein Vulpes, a young master painter from Rotterdam.
He always uses a stage name, derived from Vulpes vulpes, the Latin name for fox. His first name is his true name but he feels a strong affinity to Reinaert, the fox from medieval Europe portrayed in adventurous animal stories as a very sly rascal who is always one step ahead of the others. Rein always manages to nudge things his way, to manipulate people and situations, he knows how to lead everyone up the garden path, how to set a trap for other animals, from cats to dogs, from badgers to hare, even the strong wolf, the bear and the royal lion. He has memoized many lines from poems about the fox and every now and then, when the situation calls for it, he recites:
“Then hear me, noble gentlemen, I will be happy to inform you how I, innocent like the hares, came to my first tricks and snares…”
Rein Vulpes is given to laughter, he is pliable, but is not to be trifled with and he will get his own way. He lives from day-to-day confident that he owns the town; he diminishes all people around him to mere walkers-on in a play that is especially written for him.
“And when the curtain falls, when I breathe my last, it is all over and done – then nothing exists anymore.”
OBXPG: You come up with odd, colorful characters often. It has become a Koos Verkaik trademark. Can you expand on that?
Koos Verkaik: Nicolaes Nimbus is full of strange people, scientists and charlatans, for instance. And then there is, of course, Nicolaes Nimbus himself, a most mysterious figure from the past, a sorcerer, a magician – but no one knows if he actually exists; is he a just larger than life or is he still alive, perhaps he is immortal?
That is what it is all about in this novel – the search for immortality. A group of extremely clever rich German and Dutch scientists hope to live forever. They search for different possibilities to prolong life and spend lots of money to reach their goal. Then they hear about a wizard who was supposed to have lived ages ago – Nicolas Nimbus. If Nicolaes Nimbus is still alive and has found the secret of immortality through magic; the scientists want to find him – to examine him in their labs! But they need master painter Rein Vulpes to set a trap for Nicolaes Nimbus. Then high tech science meets ancient magic…
Yes, this book had to be written… before magic has completely vanished from our world.
Here we stand, halfway up the ladder to perfection, with a brain that has not completely developed, the earthly past beneath us, and the heavenly future high above us…
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