Jerry Dubs

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Jerry Dubs has been traveling forward through time for six decades. His books are detours to the past, signposts to the future and billboards for today.
An award winning journalist, he turned to fiction to explore the ideas of consciousness, ego and time travel.
Parents of three children, Jerry and his wife spent five years as vagabonds, wandering the southeast, Pacific Northwest and the Caribbean. Pausing in Raleigh, N.C., he can be found on tennis courts, in coffee shops or lost in thought behind the worn keys of a laptop computer.



BY Jerry Dubs • POSTED ON Dec. 20, 2016

In this historical thriller, three Americans find themselves transported to ancient Egypt and thrust into the political intrigue of the day. 

Tim Hope is an American tourist trekking through Egypt forlornly, anguished over the death of his fiancee. Two Americans he’s befriended wander off to explore the Tomb of Kanakht and mysteriously disappear. Concerned for their safety, Tim searches for the couple, Brian Aldwin and Diane Maclaine, but instead unwittingly steps through some sort of portal and travels back in time 5,000 years to an Egypt before the pyramids and the age of Moses. Tim discovers that Brian and Diane stumbled into the portal as well, and all three are suspected by some to be gods, a perception reinforced by heroic deeds performed by Brian and Tim. Problematically, the world they now inhabit, Kemet or The Two Lands, is rife with intramural conflict. After suffering seven years of a devastating famine, King Djoser’s reign is threatened by secret rivals, including those close to him who claim loyalty. Further, Tim’s and Brian’s lives are menaced by political forces that fear their popularity with the people, the consequence of feats of bravery and compassion. Tim, adopting the name and role of a famous architect and adviser to the king, Imhotep, risks his life to properly direct the course of history. Meanwhile, all three Americans are drawn to this unfamiliar way of life and have to decide if they wish to remain indefinitely or—if they can figure out how—return to the future. This is the first installment of a four-part series by Dubs (Vagabond Retirement, 2017, etc.). While the undergirding premise of the plot is wildly fantastical, the author has a peculiar talent for rendering the implausible in credible terms. In addition, the depiction of ancient Egypt is masterfully executed, both authentic and accessible, with the narrative including Tim’s descriptions of the landscape (“He saw in the distance the green of the Nile’s valley, richer and darker and fuller than he remembered it. And along the river, rising from its banks he saw a city of mud brick homes surrounded by a thick white wall: The long-dead city that Tim knew as Memphis”). But the real draw of the book is its characters, especially Tim, drawn in lushly substantive terms. 

An intelligently constructed and exciting peek into the distant past.

Pub Date: Dec. 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5190-7028-9

Page count: 444pp

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2017

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Harper Russell rolls and tumbles down the asphalt, sweet Kassie Dell collapses into a broken heap at the bottom of her stairs and Tim Waldman screams through a wild last ride to the bottom of a hill and a jagged broken limb of a massive oak tree. And Detective Edith Raines, she's wrestling with the dawning knowledge that she might be bouncing between sanity and insanity or between two parallel, skewed universes. She's not sure she cares. Meanwhile, Addy and Abby Dalton are trying to find a mysterious jogger. Street Eddie, fresh out of lock up, is looking for his lost lover. Cara Blase is tracking down her brother, and a rogue vigilante known as The Honker is looking for his own brand of justice. Welcome to Kaleidoscope, a tale of fractured lives and split universes tied together by a small white talisman.
Published: April 30, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-557-35299-9

Suti and the Broken Staff

In this sequel to the popular Imhotep series, a 14-year-old scribe named Suti is sent from the battlefield of Megiddo to bring Queen Menwi to Pharaoh Thutmose III. Discovering that the queen is missing, the scribe ties the queen’s disappearance to a mysterious Medjay warrior, Suti travels the length of the Two Lands in search of the missing queen and her escort, Lord Imhotep. After braving the treacherous cataract at the far reaches of the river Iteru, Suti falls prey to the corrupt governor of Ta-Seti and a murderous giant. Beaten and tortured, the young scribe escapes to continue his search for the queen. When at last he discovers the truth, Suti realizes that he possesses a secret that could end the reign of the world’s most powerful leader.
Published: Nov. 30, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9846717-6-2

The Buried Pyramid

Both a prequel and sequel to “Imhotep,” “The Buried Pyramid” begins as the Second Dynasty of ancient Egypt comes crashing to an end with the assassination of King Kha-Sekhemwy, the forced marriage of his daughter to the king's assassin, and the disappearance of Prince Djoser, rightful heir to the throne. The second half of the novel picks up the story thirty years later as Imhotep forces his way through a time portal in a desperate attempt to save his daughter's life. Encountering a mysterious doctor in modern Egypt, Imhotep flees back to the ancient world only to find that he has triggered a series of tragedies that will change the face of The Two Lands and lead to his living entombment.
Published: April 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9846717-3-1

The Earth Is My Witness

You wake up in a motel room, bruised and bloody. You don't know how you got here or even where 'here' is. Then you find a body and it's just you and him. A red-haired woman pops in to steal the dead guy's laptop and you take out after her because she's got to know more than you do because you know nothing. Pretty soon you're hiding the fact that you were in the motel. You and Maggie are trying to figure out who killed Warren. The red haired woman keeps popping by to shoot at you and the detective on the case is a brutish pervert who wants you to hack into a computer to retrieve God-knows-what, but it can't be good. And every time you turn around you're being drawn into the dark basement where a cop was found buried beneath the coal-darkened dirt. And you know there are more secrets hiding there. You're David Lamb, reluctant Existential Buddhist detective.
Published: May 13, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9846717-0-0

The Field of Reeds

Sailing home from Ta Netjer, Pharaoh Hatshepsut falls ill from a wound suffered in the Forest of Myrrh. In the barren plains of Sinai, Pharaoh Thutmose’s reverence and bravery inspire the vaunted charioteers who form the maryannu to decide that Thutmose should rule the Two Lands alone. Caught between irresistible forces, Imhotep finds himself fighting to save his daughter and the future of the Two Lands. Years later, as Pharaoh Thutmose mounts an attack against the King of Kadesh, Imhotep is forced to fight to save himself and everything that he treasures.
Published: Aug. 2, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9846717-5-5

The Forest of Myrrh

In the third novel about the ancient Egyptian Imhotep, the time-traveler’s beloved wife Meryt is dying, his most powerful patron has been murdered and the Third Dynasty is sinking into chaos. Desperate, Imhotep recruits an unlikely ally to help him save Meryt and to help him discover the killer of the Voice of Re. When his search is interrupted by a revolt that tears the Two Lands in half, Imhotep flees to the Temple of Khnum at the southern fringe of the dying empire. Surrounded by a rebel army, Imhotep frantically looks for a way for his family to survive. Passing through a make-shift time portal he finds himself in the 18th dynasty where Pharaoh Hatshepsut rules. Accompanying the ruler on an expedition to the fabled Land of Punt, Imhotep is enveloped by violence as a band of assassins attacks Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the Forest of Myrrh.
Published: May 11, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9846717-4-8