Gerard Louis Breissan The Day They Came

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The Day They Came

 
9789881993465: The Day They Came

In THE DAY THEY CAME Gerard Louis Breissan finally speaks out about the many extraordinary events which occurred in his early years, and which he has always felt a compulsion to divulge. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. You, the reader, must decide which is which.

The Day They Came is the gripping story of teenager and young adult Gerard's adventures in the South of France and the African Congo. While at scout-camp aged twelve, Gerard meets and forms an unbreakable bond with the alien Eudoxus, who becomes his mentor and guardian angel. Conscripted for military service at the age of nineteen, Gerard later experiences life-threatening danger when participating in a rescue mission in the African Congo. Apart from his own adventures, Gerard also recounts the fisherman Etienne's story about a terrifying and extraordinary storm he experienced in a trawler off Le Grau du Roi in the French Camargue, when six men lost their lives. The story ends when Gerard is twenty-one. Like the writer, whose name he shares, he joins the hospitality industry to see the world. Throughout the narrative and as he grows up and matures, Gerard struggles to remain true to himself, and to find the correct path in life.

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About the Author:

GERARD LOUIS BREISSAN is a native of Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France; and a Canadian citizen. As a boy, he studied classical literature and showed an early gift for writing, winning many school and regional prizes, as sponsored by the publishers, Hachette and the Lycee Mignet.

He wanted to see the world and chose a career in the Hospitality Industry as a means of achieving this ambition. He has worked in Bermuda, Canada, the UK, and the USA and has spoken at conferences and given consultancy services in India, the Lebanon, and the Philippines. For four years he was a summer lecturer at the prestigious Cornell University Hotel School, teaching Food and Beverage management for the professional development programme. While in Canada, he was frequently invited by large food organizations to be a Keynote speaker at events such as trade shows and exhibitions, including at well-known venues such as The National Art Centre, Ottawa.

Since 2005, he has been working and living in China, where he is the Head of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Jilin University-Lambton College in Changchun. When possible, he travels around the country to learn about Chinese culture and traditions.

Breissan never forgot his passion for writing. While working in London, England at famous hotels such as the Savoy, Connaught and Hilton Hyde Park Corner, he studied at West London College, subsequently specializing in English writing and poetry. After moving to Canada and rising to executive positions he continued to write and was in due course appointed the National Editor of Essence magazine, the official publication of the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks. Food service operators have often used his materials for educational purposes and motivational tools. In 1995, Gerard Breissan received the Sandy Sanderson Journalism award in tribute to his numerous published articles in Trade magazine.

Review:

I liked this tale of a teenager's close encounters with an alien who becomes his guardian angel, rescuing him from various scrapes, once in the guise of an ageless Jesuit missionary in the Congo. An imaginative and delightful read, even if you're not a ufologist. --John Russell, SJ, formerly long-time Warden of Ricci Hall, University of Hong Kong.

Breissan's tale poses many questions for readers puzzled by UFO phenomena. Alien from another world? Angel from Heaven? Who, or what is the mysterious but benign Eudoxus? --Margaret Clarke, acclaimed translator of the future fiction classics, The Last Man and The World As It Shall Be and formerly lecturer in English at Notre Dame College of Education, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Breissan's tale poses many questions for readers puzzled by UFO phenomena. Alien from another world? Angel from Heaven? Who, or what is the mysterious but benign Eudoxus? --Margaret Clarke, acclaimed translator of the future fiction classics, The Last Man and The World As It Shall Be and formerly lecturer in English at Notre Dame College of Education, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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