MICHAEL J. COOPER at Books Inc. Berkeley

Author image of Michael J. Cooper and cover photo of his book Wage of Empire

Books Inc. Berkeley proudly welcomes local author Michael J. Cooper to the shop for a celebration of his new thrilling work of historical fiction Wages of Empire! 

In the summer of 1914, sixteen-year-old Evan Sinclair leaves home to join the Great War for Civilization. Little does he know that, despite the war raging in Europe, the true source of conflict will emerge in Ottoman Palestine, since it's from Jerusalem where the German Kaiser dreams to rule as Holy Roman Emperor...

Filled with such historical figures as Gertrude Bell, T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Faisal bin Hussein and Chaim Weizmann, Wages of Empire follows Evan through the killing fields of the Western Front where he will help turn the tide of a war that is just beginning, and become part of a story that never ends.


"Masterful storytelling will keep you furiously turning the pages of this compelling historical WWI novel. A winner!"
—Andrew Kaplan, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Blue Madagascar and the Homeland Novels

"With gripping tension, Cooper keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the stakes are raised with each turn of events. Wages of Empire is a must-read blockbuster for history buffs of all ages. The novel's masterful storytelling will leave readers wanting more."
—Chanticleer Book Reviews

"In Wages of Empire, Michael Cooper masterfully captures the time and geopolitical intrigue around the onset of WWI. The characters, historical and fictional, come to life on the page as the storyline drives relentlessly forward. Bravo!"
—Matt Coyle, Best-Selling Author of the Rick Cahill Novels; Anthony, Lefty, and Shamus Awards Winner

"A beautifully written tale covering three continents during a dramatic era in world history... from the plains of Utah to the battlefields of Europe to the Holy places and deserts of the Levant, Cooper exhibits extensive but seamless research in illuminating unforgettable historical and fictional characters... a tour de force!"
—Professor Ronit Meroz, Dept of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud, Tel-Aviv University; Winner of 2022 award Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities for outstanding scholarship of Kabbalah, and 2020 Ben Zvi Prize for research of Eastern Jewish Communities

"Story is gripping and the characters that he describes come alive through his skillful writing. I couldn't put it down!"
—Rabbi Gordon Freeman, Ph.D., Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek, CA


Michael J. Cooper emigrated to Israel in 1966 and lived in Jerusalem during the last year the city was divided between Israel and Jordan. He graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School, and after a forty-year career as a pediatric cardiologist in Northern California, he continues to do volunteer missions serving Palestinian children who lack access to care. His historical fiction novels include Foxes in the Vineyard, set in 1948 Jerusalem, which won the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest grand prize and The Rabbi's Knight, set in the Holy Land in 1290. Wages of Empire won the 2022 CIBA Rossetti Award for YA fiction along with first-place honors for the 2022 CIBA Hemingway award for wartime historical fiction.He lives in Northern California with his wife and a spoiled-rotten cat. Three adult children occasionally drop by.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
Wages of Empire By Michael J. Cooper Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888241868
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Published: Koehler Books - November 30th, 2023