One hundred and eighty-three years after biological warfare eradicated all but a trace of mankind, Beth Gooding graduates from basic training as a Cultural Anthropologist with a Linguist subcategory. For intermediate training, she is sent to Hope, a remote outpost near Old Boston. She is assigned to Professor David James and required to learn Old Persian, a language she considers useless in a society recovering from near extinction. Despite their age difference, romance develops as Beth and Dr. James endure austere lives typical of the early 1800’s frontier. Dr. James eventually introduces Beth to a three-million-year-old shard found by his father—an object that could not be duplicated with modern technology. In attempt to uncover the shard’s origin, David and Beth set out to explore the radioactive Kill Zone in Old World Syria. Through constant struggle to survive and many brushes with death, they come to realize life without the other wouldn’t be living at all. On returning to civilization, they reveal the shard led them further back in time than they could have imagined—and provides potential to move human kind further into the future than anyone dared dream.5.0 out of 5 starsLove and deep meaning in the storyAugust 26, 2017Format: Paperback|Verified PurchaseThis is an incredible novel with a profound message. About 200 years after biological warfare devastates mankind, population rebuilding and exploration lead to a discovery almost beyond imagination. There are no zombies; however, you'll find excitement, love, and deep meaning in the story.5.0 out of 5 starsA sci-fi adventure mixed with coming of age romanceJuly 13, 2016Format: PaperbackAftermath Horizon is a book that transcends to all ages. I would call this book a close match something like Twilight. If you never gave Twilight a chance either you should have. Books like this aren't chained to any specific genre. It's not just sci-fi, it's not just romance, it's all of the above. The way the author makes such a strong connection with his characters allows the reader to make that connection as well. You don't have to be a young teenaged girl to be able to connect with the main character Beth as she carves her path in life after a massive biological war that makes the Earth uninhabitable. You don't have to like sci-fi thrillers to become enveloped in this story that crosses through several generations. You will be hooked from the first chapter guaranteed.5.0 out of 5 starsIt waJuly 13, 2016Format: PaperbackWhat a privilege to read this book!! It was one of the best, adventurous books I have read in a long time. I didn't want to put it down, I wanted to see what was going to happen at each turn. I can't wait to read it again!! Wonderfully written!!
Oh, Heavens, Miss Havana! – Paranormal Comedy by Solstice Publishing. Advice columnist by day, assassin by night, Miss Havana’s spirit wrongly considers itself the Angel of Death, but is brought to task by God.Oh, Heavens, Miss Havana! Blurb: Having performed a single selfless act, Miss Havana finds herself on probation in heaven. After many missteps, she discovers she still retains the powers she had as The Queen of Darkness, and realizes she’s on probation as much to keep her from joining forces with her daughter, The Princess of Darkness, as anything else. The Brazilian, a large black man with a dreadlocks beard who waxes regularly, is her “guide”, but she ignores his advice until he’s taken off her case. Guideless and in a foreign environment, she consorts with evil spirits from her former realm, especially Waldo, a shadow creature so named because he’s so hard to find. She acquires a copy of “The Angels Guide to Earth”, comes to believe she is the Angel of Death, and returns to the surface as an advice columnist and assassin. She wreaks havoc before God intervenes for a final showdown...which, as it turns out, isn’t as final as most would hope.
"Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives" chronicles the struggles of Harold Whittington and his brother, Otto, from birth through the Great Depression and on to WW II. Otto joined the Army and subsequently endured the surrender of Bataan and the Bataan Death March. During Otto’s 3.5 years as a Japanese POW, he was a slave conscript for building roads in the Philippines. Few POWs survived that duty. Later, after a harrowing trip from the Philippines to Japan on a “Death Ship,” Otto was a slave in the Japanese steel mills. Somehow Otto survived two near beheadings, beriberi, malnutrition, malaria, and torture—and twice the steel mills where he labored were targeted for nuclear destruction. Otto could hear the B-29 circling overhead; only the weather spared him. While Otto struggled through severe torture and sickness, Harold joined the Navy and searched for Otto throughout the Pacific theater whenever his supply ship put into port. After the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Otto escaped the POW camp and made his way to a small POW collection point outside Manila. His exit from Japan was also remarkable because the aircraft just ahead of his exploded about 100 feet off the end of the runway. Harold subsequently located his brother in Manila, although, after years of torture, Otto did not recognize him. Harold and Otto returned to the USA after the war. Otto became an attorney and Harold became a professor of sociology at Temple Junior College. The incredible lives of these men, fraught with daunting labor, terror, and pain, serves as a poignant example of why they, and others like them, are called “The Greatest Generation.”
Miss Havana’s public persona was far from the truth because, in her capacity as substitute teacher, the small community where she lived knew her as the breathtakingly beautiful young woman who demanded every student learn, but in her private life, ostensibly caring for aging parents in Chicago, she raced through the lives of powerful men, leaving a wake of destruction…and a deep desire for revenge. Little did she realize her conflicted life would end in a chaotic death at an early age, and to an eternal conflict with the devil. Clever and witty, the reader will not guess the conclusion of this novel until the final paragraph.
THE TRAINING BRAJames L. HatchSequel to The Substitute and Oh, Heavens, Miss HavanaIn an unexpected twist of fate, God gives Miss Havana’s dark spirit a second chance after she fails probation in purgatory. She is returned to the surface in the body of an eleven-year-old girl named Shelly. Over the next six years, Shelly develops into a voluptuous young woman and becomes the central figure in a tug-o-war between the forces of heaven and the ruler of hell, Miss Havana’s daughter, Lilith.Lilith sends her father, Lucifer, to tempt Miss Havana and report on her progress. However, when Miss Havana’s true spirit emerges, Lucifer murders her out of revenge for stealing his throne. Miss Havana’s spirit returns below, where Lilith orders her to learn from three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse: Stupid, Macho and Scourge. Lilith intends to use Miss Havana to bring the four horsemen together to precipitate the Apocalypse. The fourth horseman is Sin, Lucifer himself, but he isn’t told what’s being planned because he screws everything up.Battle lines are drawn between Lilith, Miss Havana and Lucifer—just a normal dysfunctional family with serious anger issues … with the fate of the earth at stake.
Lucifer’s afterlife is a nightmare of deception until he kills Miss Havana. God intervenes and sends her spirit to inhabit a six-year-old Cuban child, who matures into a flawed but beautiful high school teacher. With Miss Havana leaning to the “good side,” Lucifer sends the Princess of Darkness, Lilith, to haunt Lily, one of Miss Havana’s students. Lilith rains comical torment on Miss Havana. Natural enemies, Lilith and Miss Havana ratchet up the level of destructiveness as they discover more of their underworld power…until murder becomes an option. Despite dips into horror and tragedy, the novel is a hilarious romp through heaven and hell. God helps Miss Havana, frustrating Lucifer and Lilith enough to char the pages. Miss Havana’s journey toward happiness is fraught with peril, but she finds inner faith, love, and strength along the way.