Mountains of the Sea, a historical novel released from publisher Winterwolf Press and written by psychologist Gunter Swoboda is about masculinity, surfing and a privileged aristocrat learning to adapt, walking a mile in others shoes and what it takes to really be a great man.
This is first novel from Australian psychologist, speaker, mentor and podcast host, Gunter Swoboda. In the age of “Me Too” and “Times-Up, Swoboda weaves a story about a young man, Walter Beaumont, raised in privilege, but breaking out of the comfort zone and becoming something greater than yourself.
The New York Times calls it, “Visually enticing, with a very masculine, but fractured lead character trying to find his way that many young men can relate too…the story arc’s strong thematic and through-line keeps you engaged all the way to the last page.”
After accidentally shooting an army recruiter, Walter Beaumont is forced to flee England and finds himself on the HMS Resolution, Captain James Cook’s ship of exploration to the South Seas. On board he befriends Omai, a Tahitian navigator who takes Walter under his wing. A fish out of water, Walter Beaumont struggles with the Spartan conditions of seafaring, eventually falling ill with consumption. James Cook, knowing that Walter would never survive the rigors of the Northern Pacific and the Bearing Straights, is forced to leave the young man and Omai behind in the newly discovered Hawaiian Islands. Recovering his health, his hopes of returning to England are shattered by the news that Captain Cook has been killed and the Resolution has returned to England without him. Determined to make the most of his fate and intrigued by the Hawaiian culture and their close relationship with the ocean, Walter tries to adapt as best as he can. In a rite of passage that sees him transverse the globe and face the uncertainties of being a stranger in a strange land, Walter Beaumont well and truly rises to the challenge. It is quite literally a watershed of epic proportions, where faces the many moods of an ocean culture that is the center of the Hawaiian world. Together with his Tahitian friend, Omai, his teacher Kanoa, and his newly found love, Lani, he comes face to face with political intrigue, war, and the most enigmatic experience for an English aristocrat, that of riding the giant swells of Hawai’i.
“As I am a great believer in the power of storytelling. I wrote a book based on a young man finding himself in a strange culture and having to learn to adapt. Mountains of the Sea is a fish out water story that is all about personal growth and the importance of Emotional Intelligence.” States Gunter Swoboda.
While Mountains of the Sea is a historical novel, it is timely in that it touches on topics such as virulent masculinity and destructive behaviors among men. It will stimulate your mind, touch your heart, and inspire your soul.
“Mountains of the Sea is a heart-pounding journey…I got so involved in the struggles of Walter Beaumont’s attempts to become accepted into the culture that I found myself feeling I was also in the story with him.” – Angelo Thomas Crapanzano, author of A Different Time, A Different Earth.
Laura Cantu, President of Winterwolf Press says, “Mountains of the Sea by Gunter Swoboda is more than thrilling historical fiction, it’s also an inspiring adventure that reminds us of our potential to overcome any obstacle and rise to new heights. We couldn’t be more delighted to release Mountains of the Sea.”
Gunter’s passionate perspectives, which can heard every week in his official iHeartMedia and syndicated on all major podcast platforms, Inspire Change with Gunter. Inspire Change is produced by Los Angeles based Noirtainment Productions. Swoboda discusses what makes human beings thrive and what his aim is to stimulate your mind, touch your heart, and inspire your soul and to develop relationships with people in order to ignite their aspirations.
Gunter Swoboda holds over 40 years’ experience as a psychologist. His passionate perspectives and scrutinies on what makes human beings thrive allows him to develop relationships with people to ignite their aspirations. Gunter is exceptional in facilitating outcomes in learning, productivity, and communication by providing a safe environment with unobtrusive assistance and guidance wherein participants experience the flow between content and context. Swoboda is the creator of the Making Good Men Great movement which gained the attention of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, BuzzFeed and Oprah. Swoboda is the author of the non-fiction Making Good Men Great: Surfing the New Wave of Masculinity, available in stores and online everywhere. He is the writer/producer on the social documentary Masculinity That Inspires Change directed by Miranda Spigener-Sapon for Amazon Prime and Host of the iHeartMedia Official podcast: Inspire Change with Gunter that is currently airing in its fifth season and syndicated on all major podcast platforms. Swoboda is a global speaker at various events in the USA such as Book Expo America in New York and private events in Los Angeles, as well as a speaker for TEDx in Australia. Winterwolf Press. He lives in Sydney Australia with his wife Lorin Josephson.
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