Reggie Gibbs



Beyond the Urals, a new novel written by Iraq War Veteran Reggie Gibbs, explores the many ways in which power manifests itself in a fallen world.

Through a fictional, gripping tale of loss, love, and spiritual anguish, Gibbs employs historical events, geographical allegory, and towering philosophical figures to craft a journey into the heart of man’s quest for influence and control. Set against the backdrop of Siberia in the Soviet Union at the height of World War II, Beyond the Urals’ warnings about the seduction and potential tyranny of power are timeless, especially considering current events.

Gibbs’ setting for the novel was not one of chance. “Siberia seemed to be the perfect allegory for the human soul, a place vast, mysterious, and undiscovered, but very much essential to who we are. Russia and its east are similar in this regard – the two regions are nearly opposite in every fathomable way, but both east and west feed upon each other. So, what better way to explore the depths of man’s ambitions than to journey into his soul itself?”

Gibbs has witnessed up close the violent impact racial, tribal, religious, and political discord has on a society. In the resulting atmosphere, institutions of governance are discredited and torn apart, as are spiritual, communal, and familial ties – ties that are at the bedrock of maintaining societal and cultural stability.

“The novel began as a way to sort out my own feelings about what I had experienced in war,” Gibbs discloses. “But as the exploration of these feelings played out, they naturally tended toward larger questions about history, culture, philosophy, and religion – basically what is driving everything? What is the common thread, if there is one?”


“…here, in the far reaches of Russia, where the spiritual could not be discerned from the physical, where time seemed to meld together, he had witnessed the ages fold one on top of the other, like currents lapping chaotically in the great river no one can cross. Staring each other in the face, the tragedies of man’s ambitions became stark. History, competing with itself, was about to end. How would it begin anew?”


  • “The protagonists are ‘little people’, a common soldier and his wife, swept up in events they cannot control and can hardly comprehend. Survival is their goal as they are churned in the Maelstrom that is the Soviet Union.” — Michael Barrett, retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Army and Chairman (Emeritus) of the History Department at The Citadel
  • “Gibbs paints a stunning allegory of how the use of raw power can be utilized to change the DNA of a whole people.” — David Cohen, Former Deputy Director of Operations for the CIA
  • “An adventure of the spirit in the tradition of Dostoyevsky, grounded in the horrors of World War II…Gibbs miraculously inhabits the tortured Christian soul of Stalin-era Russia and brings it alive in a battle for salvation. Epic!” — David Angsten, author of THE NIGHT-SEA TRILOGY

Reggie Gibbs lives in New York City where he works, writes, and in his spare time volunteers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously he served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing four overseas deployments, to include two tours in Iraq, where he was awarded the Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V” (denoting combat valor). His travels have taken him all over the world, to include across Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railroad in 2001. He holds an MA from Georgetown University in Russian studies, and his writings have appeared in National Review, as well as other publications.

Ann served as developmental editor for Reggie’s book, plus served as business/marketing advisor and coach. 

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