Time Captured

Time Captured (Zeitgefangen)***** is an Amazon “bestselling” Historical Fiction Novel that now “turns into” Movie

TIME CAPTURED (Zeitgefangen) is an historical fiction novel written by Adriaen Valéry Burgis reflecting the story of David against Golliath, the giant, in modernity – thought-provoking and timely, considering the current political attitudes in the world today.

TIME CAPTURED (Zeitgefangen) has a fascinating alternative reality element to it, as the main character time-travels between his old and horrific past as an architect of the WWI Holocaust and his present-day existence.


We all know the feeling, you open the book, read a page, read one more and before you know it you couldn’t put the book down if your life depended on it. Each word rolls off of the page and paints a story that has your mind wondering where it can go next. We all know the feeling we get when we read THIS kind of book and that is exactly what we have on our hands here… An historical fiction novel that will lend itself to be an incredible film.-Reader’s Digest

In our blink and you miss it society, most of us rely on technology for everything. But this book teaches us about experiences, imagination and the human race. While it is fun and twisty plotline, it also has a serious message that everyone can learn from. This book will make you believe in the art of storytelling again. Hearing this story is a remarkable way to reinforce your belief in the power of words.-Fiction Advocate


Where has he gone? Big Brother? Doesn’t he see it? Doesn’t he care? Now that we have dead children on our shores, crying mothers by our fences, broken families, desperate times, desperate measures. Isn’t that all there is to surveil? The sorrow of human nature? But what do I know? I’m just a man. I’m just one man. One man against a brave new world! I am Smith! Winston Smith, pleased to meet you.

I know… I make no sense. But how to make sense of oneself in these times we’re living? I know… I ask a lot of questions. What answers have I got? What answers could I possibly have to give? The world has come to an outrageous state of things. I do not know what Orwell or Huxley would say. I cannot tell if they saw into the future, if they predicted it, if they inspired it. All I know is that things, as they are… Well, they cannot be!

There is this quote. People say it is Buddha’s (could one really know?). It says that three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Well, I say, sure as hell they can. Big Brother does it. He follows us everywhere. He watches us, he guides us, he tells us what to think, how to feel, where to live, whom to love. He conceals, he manipulates, he lies – he hides the sun, the moon, and hell yeah… the truth! He “takes care” of us. I say we can take care of ourselves! We are not always sure of what we want, but we know exactly what we don’t, and that’s a start.

We live in a world where Donald Trump is running for his second presidency. And can we blame the man? I mean… everyone has the right to be a jerk. But having a shot at winning this? Becoming Mr. President again? Come on! Whose fault is it? That is not on him. People have been brainwashed. I refuse to believe they can be so stupid… but brainwashed… who knows…

And what about Europe? What about memory, huh? Guns, germs and steel, all right… but what about history? What about consciousness? Isn’t hindsight an asset? What about mercy? What about compassion, and kindness, and empathy? Have we all gone heartless? Are we soulless creatures just wandering around the world, with no purpose whatsoever?

I have trouble sleeping at night, thinking of how much pain, how much grief a tiny 5-year-old child carries across the Mediterranean. And then the door is closed. And then daddy is lost. And then food is short. And then we don’t belong, we don’t speak the language, we’re not educated enough, we’re not good enough, we’re not white enough. Xenophobia… a long word, isn’t it? But it’s not that… it’s the economy!! Oh my, the economy! This fictional critter! This fable! Our scapegoat! They cannot come in… they will steal our jobs! They will colonize us! They will take over!

Enough! I say we fight! We must and we can! Today! Right now!

Again, Donald Trump is running for his second presidency, for Christ’s sake! Trump!!! They play that on us, and then what? They expect us to do nothing? To sit back and watch? Well, I say we take it to the streets! That’s my answer! No more fences! No more walls! No more manipulation! Freedom! We want freedom all the way!

I hear something. I have to go. I don’t have much time. They’re coming for me.

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Book Review

Time Captured (Zeitgefangen) –

got a 5 star rating from Readers’ Favorite and is nominated for the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Best Book Award.

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Time Captured is an historical fiction novel written by Adriaen Valéry Burgis. Post-WWI Germany was a hard place to survive in, and young Dietrich Schiederer and his mother were all too aware of the stresses and strains working men were subjected to in this harsh new world of privation. Dietrich’s father took to drinking out of frustration and anger over seeing his family subjected to poverty, but, with the drinking came an awful side to the man. His wife dreaded his return home from a night of hard drinking, and his son knew that the beatings his mother received were something he had no control over, and that he was an unwilling participant in the tragic family dynamic. When his father finally died in 1929, Dietrich was actually relieved, even though the death meant he would now be responsible for the well-being of his mother and sisters. As inflation continued to surge, and his own efforts to keep his family alive seemed futile, Dietrich found himself subject to rage and feelings of resentment that sought a target, someone to blame for all these hardships. Historians could point at the harsh treaty that had been ratified at Versailles and the impossible reparations Germany had to shoulder, but the common man wasn’t privy to that world view. Dietrich found himself agreeing with those who blamed the Jews for everything. There seemed to be no other reason for all of Germany’s ills. He began to feel something like faith, a belief that things would get better, if only…

Adriaen Valéry Burgis’ historical fiction novel, Time Captured, has a fascinating alternative reality element to it, as Dietrich Schiederer time-travels between his old and horrific past as an architect of the Holocaust and his present-day existence where Hitler is once again at the helm of the Nazi party and Germany. Throughout the story is a Faustian thread as Satan makes a deal with the unwitting Dietrich that he is unable to resist. Burgis’ character allows the reader to view the events leading up to WWII and the horrors of the concentration camps from a totally different, and decidedly uncomfortable, perspective. Schiederer is a complex, tormented, and unlikable character, especially when his conscience is pricked only for those he loves but not for anyone else. This intense self-regard and preoccupation makes his story unique, and his chance for redemption seems almost impossible. Time Captured is thought-provoking and timely, considering the current political attitudes in the world today.

It’s highly recommended.


All through the reign of Saul, there was constant war with the Philistines, who lived upon the lowlands west of Israel. At one time, when David was still with his sheep, a few years after he had been anointed by Samuel, the camps of the Philistines and the Israelites were set against each other on opposite sides of the valley of Elah. In the army of Israel were the three oldest brothers of David.

Every day a giant came out of the camp of the Philistines, and dared some one to come from the Israelites’ camp and fight with him. The giant’s name was Goliath. He was nine feet high; and he wore armor from head to foot, and carried a spear twice as long and as heavy as any other man could hold; and his shield bearer walked before him. He came every day and called out across the little valley:

“I am a Philistine, and you are servants of Saul. Now choose one of your men, and let him come out and fight with me. If I kill him; then you shall submit to us; and if he kills me, then we will give up to you. Come, now, send out your man!”

But no man in the army, not even King Saul, dared to go out and fight with the giant. Forty days the camps stood against each other, and the Philistine giant continued his call.

One day, old Jesse, the father of David, sent David from Bethlehem to visit his three brothers in the army. David came, and spoke to his brothers; and while he was talking with them, Goliath the giant came out as before in front of the camp calling for some one to fight with him.

They said one to another:

“If any man will go out and kill this Philistine, the king will give him a great reward and a high rank; and the king’s daughter shall be his wife.”

And David said:

“Who is this man that speaks in this proud manner against the armies of the living God? Why does not some one go out and kill him?”

David’s brother Eliab said to him:

“What are you doing here, leaving your sheep in the field? I know that you have come down just to see the battle.”

But David did not care for his brother’s words. He thought he saw a way tokill this boasting giant; and he said:

“If no one else will go, I will go out and fight with this enemy of the Lord’s people.”

They brought David before King Saul. Some years had passed since Saul had met David, and he had grown from a boy to a man, so that Saul did not know him as the shepherd who had played on the harp before him in other days.

Saul said to David:

“You cannot fight with this great giant. You are very young; and he is a man of war, trained from his youth.2

And David answered King Saul:

“I am only a shepherd, but I have fought with lions and bears, when they have tried to steal my sheep. And I am not afraid to fight with this Philistine.”

Then Saul put his own armor on David—a helmet on his head, and a coat of mail on his body, and a sword at his waist. But Saul was almost a giant, and his armor was far too large for David. David said:

“I am not used to fighting with such weapons as these. Let me fight in my own way.”

So David took off Saul’s armor. While everybody in the army had been looking on the giant with fear, David had been thinking out the best way for fighting him; and God had given to David a plan. It was to throw the giant off his guard, by appearing weak and helpless; and while so far away that the giant could not reach him with sword or spear, to strike him down with a weapon which the giant would not expect and would not be prepared for.

David took his shepherd’s staff in his hand, as though that were to be his weapon. But out of sight, in a bag under his mantle, he had five smooth stones carefully chosen, and a sling,–the weapon that he knew how to use.

Then he came out to meet the Philistine.

The giant looked down on the youth and despised him, and laughed.

“Am I a dog?” he said, “that this boy comes to me with a staff? I will give his body to the birds of the air, and the beasts of the field.”

And the Philistine cursed David by the gods of his people. And David answered him:

“You come against me with a sword, and a spear, and a dart; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. This day will the Lord give you into my hand. I will strike you down, and take off your head, and the host of the Philistines shall be dead bodies, to be eaten by the birds and the beasts; so that all may know that there is a God in Israel, and that He can save in other ways besides with sword and spear.”

And David ran toward the Philistine, as if to fight him with his shepherd’s staff. But when he was just near enough for a good aim, he took out his sling, and hurled a stone aimed at the giant’s forehead. David’s aim was good; the stone struck the Philistine in his forehead.

It stunned him, and he fell to the ground.

While the two armies stood wondering, and scarcely knowing what had caused the giant to fall so suddenly, David ran forward, drew out the giant’s own sword, and cut off his head. Then the Philistines knew that their great warrior in whom they trusted was dead. They turned to flee to their own land; and the Israelites followed after them, and killed them by the hundred and the thousand, even to the gates of their own city of Gath.

So in that day David won a great victory and stood before all the land as the one who had saved his people from their enemies.

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