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Father Serafim Gascoigne Author of "The Landing Place"  will be a guest on CarraRileyLive  9-9-10 at 2 p.m. PDT in Williams, Arizona. 

Reverend Serafim Gascoigne was born in London in 1944 and has lived in the USA for fourteen years and currently in California.

He Father Serafin Gascoigneserved as a Russian linguist in the British Army in Berlin during the 'Cold War' and also worked as a German interpreter.

In Berlin he came across first hand experiences of Russians who had lived in Siberia, committing their stories to memory to be used later for his own writing.

After leaving the army he taught in London and rural parts of England, and was a pioneer in computer education in the 1980s.

During this time he published educational computer books with Macmillan and later with Sybex (John Wiley) and IDG.

He traveled to eastern Turkey and central Siberia where he met the archetypes for his fictional characters.

He also traveled to Lebanon and Syria, visiting Christian communities and pursuing his interest in ancient languages and cultures.

In 2008, he saw a need for teen novels that are family-friendly with traditional heroes and heroines and decided to draw on his vast experience and write his own. Rev Serafim is currently a presbyter of an Eastern Orthodox parish in Seattle.

Great reviews on this Book of intrigue!

  • Fr. Serafim Gascoigne has a delightful grasp of the English language and paints magnificent pictures with hisThe Landing Place cover graphic descriptions in this suspenseful read. Every page arouses your curiosity leading you to turn pages faster and faster. He blends history, drama, romance and deep life lessons within the content of the book. The series of complications involved with "The Landing Place" and the interesting characters creates a book you will not want to put down. The fascinating storyline with a Russian Imperial Air force pilot discovering the secrets of "the mountain" keeps your attention throughout the book and leaves you wanting more from the author.

  • In the early 20th century, a young pilot in the Russian Imperial Air Force crash lands on Mount Ararat on a reconnaissance mission. Thus starts an adventure that touches on the mysterious and the miraculous. The author has a clear sense of place; everything, including the rocks, the plants, and the weather, is described in vivid and lively terms. The story itself is engaging and holds the reader's interest throughout. A good read for young adult readers and their families.  
  • I found myself mesmerized by a time and place in history of which--I realized--I know very little. The author has a masterful way with language and creates both the suspense and the humanity that takes the reader into a different emotional space. Like others, I could not put it down. I'd like to see a sequel so I know what happens to the main characters. Just a delightful read. I hope there are more!  
  • Move over CS Lewis, another teller of tales that makes us seek our God has just arrived. I started reading "The Landing Place" in the afternoon. It was going to be a summer reading project. I could not put it down. In the wee hours of the morning I was racing through the finish and wanting to start it again. I only put it down once, to let the dog in, and was exasperated to have to leave the action for even a brief moment. Father Serafim Gascoigne has captured characters so passionate, so real that anyone would care what happens to them. I spent the next day feeling I know these people. His descriptions of the people, myths and culture are also accurate. I have traveled to many of the cultures involved here and can tell you he captured smells, flavors and myths and mystical powers to perfection. Children will love this book. Not only is it a moral tale, it is based on no other place than the mountain site of Noah's Ark. Parents will love to read this tale to their youngsters. But be prepared for begging to read "one more" chapter every night.  

I am very excited to meet Father Serafim Gascoigne in person on September 9, 2008 in Williams, Arizona and do an interview on CarraRileyLive at 2 p.m. PDT.  Join us LIVE to hear all about his background and history which makes the book even more exciting.

Check out the website to purchase the book.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • September 03 2010 11:58PM


Wow what a story share some more once you meet him

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) about 10 years ago

Stan ~  It should be a great interview!  I just scheduled my blogtalkradio show at the same time.. so you will able to see the interview live and I will also have it on the archive for the blog talk radio.. having fun with this! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, you get to interview and meet some interesting people. This man has been around

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 10 years ago

Carra...sounds exciting & i'll put that on my books to read list...i'll be able to catch up in the archive...he sounds mesmerizing.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 10 years ago

This should be very fascinating . . . I've seen Fr via some of your FB posts and he appears to have a cool sense of humor too! :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) about 10 years ago

Ed~  Yes I do get to meet some very interesting people.. and what is even more fun is they are stopping in Williams for the Live interview on their book tours!  This sill be lots of fun!

Ginny ~  It is an exciting book, I read it and it took me on a journey I had not gone on before!

Candice ~  Fr. has a great sense of humor so this will be a fun interview!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra why don't you put a video or at least a taping of the show so we who miss it can listen in the future.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( about 10 years ago

Robert ~  That is exactly what is going to happen on  you can come back and watch the live interview... I will also have it on the blogtalkradio show at the same time... so this will be fun as I have 2 simulcasts! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, this book sounds like it's right up my alley; I'm going to have to read "The Landing Place."

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 10 years ago

Maria ~  Great hear that.. I will let Fr. Serafim know.. that will make him happy!   Thanks for the nice note today too!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, this will be a very interesting show/interview with Father Serafim. "The Landing Place" from the reviews sounds like a great book to read.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 10 years ago

Based solely on this post, I think I'm going to have to read "The Landing Place" after I finish Stephen King's "Under the Dome."

Posted by Not a real person about 10 years ago

Carra ~ okay, your post got me hooked.  I'm going to have to read the book.  You did a great job reeling us all in!  I hope the interview goes well!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 10 years ago

Rebecca, Russel and Dawn~  I am so excited.. it is going to be fun show.. and you will be able to go to to see the interview!  I might talk about all of you wanting to buy the book!  That is what it is all about.. I am going to do the live blogtalkradio at the same time.. so really getting the technology going on this interview!  Thank you so much everyone fot he comments!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra:  This is so exciting!  I can't wait to get my hands on "The Landing Place".  Afraid I didn't pay attention to the title of your blog and when I began reading, the word 'intrigue' came to mind immediately!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Tish ~  You can meet the author at

You will see where he is coming from!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

I'll have to check to see if we're carrying it at Borders. I suspect we are.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago

Jim ~  I think the book is on the Ingram order list.. might not be in stock. Can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble too.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago