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Author James N. Bade

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About the Author

James N. Bade, Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Auckland, lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When he’s not busy reading and writing about novels by his favorite German authors or researching Germans in the Pacific, he enjoys supporting his wife and sons in their various pursuits, helping people as Justice of the Peace, running his own music radio station, driving his restored 1916 Dodge Roadster, and exploring landscapes.

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The Secret of the Glass Mountains


Author: James N. Bade

Paperback ISBN:  9781950890538

eBook ISBN:  9781950890545

Genre: YA Adventure

Release Date 8/26/2019

Three university students have been chosen to take part in a United Nations special mission to delve into the significance of a chart discovered in archives near Berlin. The three students – Jake, a History major and a member of the University of Oklahoma wrestling team, Tom, a German and Politics major who plays cricket for Waitakere in Auckland, New Zealand, and Luise, a German literature major also taking yoga classes at the Free University of Berlin – first meet up at the UN Headquarters in New York, then travel to Berlin to inspect the chart. Under close examination by the students the chart reveals that a crucial message from the German novelist Theodor Fontane for the future of humankind has been deposited somewhere in Oklahoma near the Indian Territory Mennonite station where Fontane set his 1890 novel Quitt. Following the clues they find, Jake, Luise and Tom climb the Glass Mountains in Oklahoma to view the sun reflecting off the mountains at the exact time of the summer solstice. What they then discover as their adventures unfold is indeed a critical message for all humanity. But are there people who want it to remain a secret?

Snake Point


Author: James N. Bade

Paperback ISBN:  9781955086400

eBook ISBN:  9781955086417

Genre: YA Adventure

Release Date 7/12/2021

Three university students—Tom from New Zealand, Jake from Oklahoma, and Luise from Berlin—have discovered a crucial message from the German novelist Theodor Fontane on the future of humankind, deposited in the Glass Mountains of Oklahoma. The three meet at a lake near Berlin associated with Fontane, Lake Stechlin, to discuss their U.N.—supported research with TV news reporters, who suggest they turn their findings into a manifesto. The students then explore the lake and witness some extraordinary phenomena.

On their way back, they are blocked by two strangers who say they are determined to stop their manifesto from getting out to the public. The students then realize that the lake was warning them to seek refuge on the other side of the world. They travel to a remote part of New Zealand—Snake Point—to write the manifesto. However, soon they become aware that the two strangers they met at Lake Stechlin have found them. The two men then make a series of attempts to ambush and eliminate them. With the help of supportive neighbors and wildlife, will the students manage to outwit their opponents and emerge with a successful manifesto?

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