...a series of 7 books about migration, fine food, luxury accommodations, un-fussy sex, money and addictions, murder, greedy businessmen and immoral politicians...

...and the latest Novel


“Welcome, and enjoy!”

To Sepp’s Epic Perils & Pitfalls by helmut s.


This story is epic in size. The tales of Sepp’s growing up and searching for the place to call home spans continents. Each of the seven books is a complete story by itself. A smorgasbord of gourmet anecdotes, sexual adventures and their emotional and mystical angles are unique for each stage.


The Sepp novels by helmut s. feature deep insights into the world of International hospitality, for both the front and the back of the house. The reader will be captivated by the prose all well seasoned with matter-of-fact commonplace vocabulary and restaurant menu specific language as found plentiful throughout the episodes.


It is the story of resettled Germans after WWII. They are raising a boy named Sepp in Franconia. He becomes a man in the attic of a 1000-year-old restaurant in Hamburg, then experiences apartheid in South Africa, before discovering the United States. This is not just another addict doing geographical moves, it’s Sepp getting to know the world en route to his destiny. There is more to the saga than the secrecy around the father Sepp never knew, about his “Guardian Angel” and the rationale behind Sepp’s spiritual and financial bankruptcies and suicidal attempts.

Character Development:

This character-driven story masterfully defines individuals on many levels: physical descriptions, personality traits, and flaws. All the characters are well developed.


This epic saga is cleverly composed with depth, wit, and breadth.

Sepp Book 1

Sepp Sudetenland to Kleinerort

In Book#1 the reader is introduced to Sepp’s family, a shoemaker who had left his shop in Troppau in 1945, and a farmer’s wife deported from the Sudetenland in January of 1949. A rape at the train station belongs to the family story. Sepp, happens to happen 9 months later. He grows up where people don’t embrace and nurture him, so he wishes with all his heart to get away, far-far away.

On her day of deportation, Erika, one of too many victims of after WWII atrocities, is raped one more time. 

Arriving in the American Zone, without shoes, she slips and falls of the train, into the arms of Waldemar, a shoemaker.

9 months later a boy is born, whom she names Sepp, short for Joseph.

Sepp Book 2

Sepp Hansestadt the Apprentice

In Book#2 Sepp lives in the attic of an old restaurant as an apprentice for the duration of 3 apprenticeships. Sepp’s co-workers have no time to cuddle him, but teach Sepp what hard work is, he works 12-14 hour days. His peers introduce him to alcoholic beverages as entertainment, to relax and recover after a long day of work.  For occasional pleasures and as an outlet for his energies he learns the values of recreational sex. Here at the restaurant Sepp gets to work dinner-parties of as many as 2000 people, and ship christenings and maiden voyages for shipping tycoons, as well as many private functions at wealthy peoples’ homes.

Sepp at age 13, started and failed at becoming a waiter in Rothenburg.

He tried again, this time in Hamburg, and was successful in learning the hospitality trade, the way gastronomy was taught back in the 1960, in first class restaurants and hotels.

Sepp Book 3

Sepp Goldminecity and Apartheid

In Book#3 Sepp gets fired and is on the road to look for work, which he finds because he is used to work hard. Aside from being willing to work, Sepp has papers. There are the certificates for the completed apprenticeship as waiter, the apprenticeship as a cook, and an apprenticeship as Hotel manager. He also has a Hotel school letter which shows 7 years of Hotel school with his apprenticeships and above average high marks. After working in Andalusia, Sepp works at a 5-star All-Suites hotel in South Africa, and experiences the world of the famous, the affluent, the rich and the want-to-be-somebody. Sepp learns more about apartheid then he ever wanted to know, in an Apartheid Era South Africa.

In the 70s a desperate professional waiter-cook-manager fired from his job in Hamburg, West Germany, relocates to the Costa del Sol, Spain.

Shortly after, our Sepp migrates further south, to South Africa.

Sepp Book 4

Sepp The Cape in the Seventies

In Book#4 Sepp moves on, to the Western Cape, and his wife falls in love with the endless ‘Whites Only’ beaches, and the warm water of the Indian Ocean. She gets disappointed because Sepp accepts an offer to work for an American Investor and his daughter. Without knowing who Walter van Russbourg really is, and because of circumstances beyond Sepp’s control, he is making a ‘lot’ of money. 

From Joh'burg Sepp travels to the Western Cape. Here he works for an American company.

When a fortune teller tells him that he is going places, moving across the ocean, to America, he doesn't believe her, at least at first...

He should have, just because...

Sepp Book 5

Sepp America and the West

In Book#5 it is all about a Sepp, hardworking, risk taking and living what he considers the good life in California. He believes in the power of money, because without really doing much, except risking jail or prison, by bending some rules, and being at the right time at the right place, he has money coming his way wherever he goes. Sepp forms a California Corporation, and is investing in properties.  Does his luck run out?

Dreams come true upon his arrival in Big Sur, California. 

Sepp loves the American lifestyle.

The awakening a nightmare.

Sepp Book 6

Sepp Rehab and Restoration

In Book#6 Sepp is surviving yet another meeting with ‘the end of life as he understands it’ with the help of his ‘Guardian Angel.’ He works hard but struggles as he deals with the ruin of relationships, bank accounts, and possessions. After several attempts to get a grip on life, he realizes that he has no control and therefore gives up to win. When everything is going Sepp’s way, and a good friend needs a favor, Sepp agrees to skipper the 72foot MY-Seefahrt down south to Puerto Vallarta. Coming back Sepp has to start over, and he does. 

Sepp survived another meeting with "the end of life as he understands it"  thanks to his "Guardian Angel." 

After a boat delivery down south to Puerto Vallarta, Sepp starts a new chapter in life...

Sepp Book 7

Sepp Home

Sepp, Home Book #7 builds on books#1 through #6. Will Sepp ever find out the truth about Walter van Russbourg, his real father, or maybe not?
Here in book#7 we get another good look at Sepp, who was born in Northern Bavaria, He grew up in the American Zone of West Germany.  Sepp’s dream was to live in America, ever since the days he learned to read. His favorite books were Wild West stories, about America, Cowboys and Indians. Sepp, since youth, had attempted to fit in. Yet upon arrival in California he feels at home.
Sepp’s Odyssey started in Bavaria. He moved to the Hansestadt to learn a trade, and then to Andalusia to have a well-paying job. When circumstances made him leave Spain, Sepp took a gamble and sure ability his willingness and abilities he looked for work in South Africa. When a fortune teller, Madam Rosalie, told him about his travels to the West Coast of America, Sepp was somewhat excited, but in disbelief until it happened.
Sepp traveled on foot, on a bicycle, in cars, on planes and boats. He stumbled, fumbled, crawled, skated and ran, yet always went forward, in search for the place where he could feel at home.
Based on an inflated sense of his actual worth, Sepp took it for granted that he left lasting impressions with every step taken. Indeed, with every footstep forward, in sand, snow and dirt, on meadows and freshly plowed fields, he abandoned the imprints previously made. They turned into ‘vestiges of the past’ as he moved ahead briskly without looking back.
Somehow, his ‘Guardian Angel’ is always there whenever he fails a test of life.
Now in Sepp, Home Book#7 Sepp learns from his lessons, realizing the insanity of his actions and as he stops fighting and gives up, he wins, and finds his place in life.

Is being at home and in peace really nothing but an inside job? 

Sepp thinks so, as he realizes that there is a Higher Power, and it's not him.

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The Sepp’s Epic Perils & Pitfalls collection includes all 7 Sepp-Books the whole saga in epic proportion from Germany to America for one low price of $12.

Author:    helmut (Karl-Joseph) schonwalder

email to  helmut_s@SEPPBOOKS.COM

and published  in 2017


Helmut Schonwalder  — P.O.Box 1390 — Monterey, CA 93942  — 831-375-7737  —

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