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The Present Climate of Hate and Division

Thomas Bauer
Thomas Bauer Author Interview

The Seventh Circle follows a university student in Nazi Germany who is persecuted for his sexuality and faces the perils of a concentration camp. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I was inspired reading a memoir of a camp survivor entitled The Men with the Pink Triangles by Heinz Heger.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I was disturbed by the present climate of hate and division in our country and across the globe and felt a lesson in man’s inhumanity to man was needed to remind us all of potential results of extremism.

I appreciated how historically accurate your novel is. What kind of research did you undertake to ensure the story was accurate?

Although the literature on the subject is scant, I read every primary source I could get my hands on. Most survivors have been reluctant to recount their struggles. I depended a great deal on Heger’s memoir and information I found about the two concentration camps most of the story takes place in.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have just published Sundays at Simone’s, a satirical look at Los Angeles aristocracy as well as a tale of a young musician’s loves and struggles to find his niche in the musical world.

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During the Third Reich, a German university student is the son of the most powerful Nazi. Called before the Gestapo, he is accused of violating Paragraph 175, which makes sexual acts between men illegal. He is sent to a concentration camp where he experiences horror at the hands of his Nazi captors. The discovery that it was his lover who betrayed him to the Gestapo sends him over the edge.

Based loosely on a true story, “The Seventh Circle,” tells of the forgotten victims of the Holocaust, the men who wore the pink triangle. It is a timely tale on man’s inhumanity to man.

Thirst Trap

It can be hard to travel this journey called life. There are so many things beyond our control that we take responsibility for, and so many things within our control that we just can’t. In Thirst Trap we are privileged to peek into the lives of four good friends who are internally falling apart. This book is an emotional roller-coaster as we jump from one protagonist to the other and delve into their broken dreams. All four are gay men who are dealing with the curve balls life throws at them: domestic abuse, suicide, broken marriages and loss. It is raw, emotional and gritty.

The book is broken into small chapters where it jumps from character to character. This can be a bit hard to follow at times as it switches so rapidly, but it is a useful tool when you have this many protagonists. The language can be crude and brash at times, but it doesn’t detract much from the story itself.

Buried within are four friends who have all suffered, or are still suffering, devastating blows. While they are all suffering from different issues, they are all dealing with it in similar ways: by ignoring or avoiding it. This can be a bit aggravating at times, but readers need to keep in mind that this is a very realistic representation of what many people go through when they are faced with such loss.

At the core, Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan is a story about four men who have all been dealt a hard hand in life. These four friends are available to each other as a source of support, but they are not willing in the beginning to allow themselves to be unreserved with each other. The evolution of their relationships with each other and their individual demons dramatically unfolds as you keep reading. This is an emotional story that exceptionally captures the human experience and all it’s ups and downs in one thought-provoking novel.

Pages: 212 | ISBN: 1645332187

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