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My new book is out: A comic book in Asterix style

My 26th book is out! It is a comic adventure, as you know it from Asterix, for example. As a PDF, this work is even available for free!

Deutsche Version

Why don’t you write a historical novel in which encryption plays a role? I’ve been asked this question many times. However, I’ve never really been able to get excited about such a project, especially since I rarely read novels myself.

However, I have been enthusiastic about Asterix comics since my youth. If you will, these are drawn historical novels.

However, I only really like the Asterix volumes that were written by René Goscinny, the creator of Asterix, who died in 1977. Since Goscinny’s death, the series has unfortunately bumbled along somewhere between quite nice and lousy. The low point was certainly reached with volume 33 (“Gaul in Danger”). The only thing worth reading about this work are the scathing reader reviews on Amazon.


Now published: Versutus

The thing with the historical novel I never wanted to write, and with my favorite comic book in crisis, gave me an idea years ago. Why shouldn’t I write a historical comic adventure of my own?

And here it is! Today the first volume of “Versutus – The Greatest Genius of His Time” is out. You can buy it here at Amazon. Of course, this gem of comic literature also makes an excellent Christmas gift. To my regret, there is no English edition yet.

And it gets even better! If you don’t need this comic adventure in print or don’t want to buy a pig in a poke, you can download the whole volume as a PDF for free here.

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A historical comic adventure

It is no secret that Asterix was a model when I wrote the first adventure of Versutus. Instead of 50 BC, however, I chose the 16th century as the time of the action. At the center of the action is a brilliant polymath named Johannes Versutus, who is not quite understood by his fellow men. Like many polymaths of the time, Versutus is also concerned with encryption technology – and with many other things.

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The title of Volume 1 is “Truth is Overrated.” Here is the blurb:

It’s not easy to be a genius in the 16th century. Especially not when you have to deal with uncomprehending fellow human beings and a mercilessly untalented assistant. But against all odds, Johannes Versutus manages to invent incredible devices and make groundbreaking discoveries. In this adventure, Versutus even has to solve a tricky criminal case – commissioned by an attractive but obscure lady. And along the way, he meets his greatest adversary in a scholarly competition.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? I would be happy about constructive criticism and other comments. Of course, it would be even better if one or the other reader would buy the work. In any case, I hope you enjoy reading it!

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