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A Fateful Evening
1 part / 10 pages
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updated May 30, 2016

A Fateful Evening   A tale of imagination set in the later 17th and 18th Centuries.  This novella is set in Bristol, England, Virginia U.S.A., and Canada.  It is purely a work of fiction and takes place during the development of North America, when different cultures both cooperated and clashed at various times. 

 
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Across the White Sands
1 part / 42 pages
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updated Nov 19, 2013

GENRE: Fiction, Historical, Western, Paranormal, Romance,12,200 words; the first chapter of a 100,000 - 120,000 word novel, well over one-third of which is written, but not yet polished.It is 1879.  Inside the AT&SF Railway station in Emporia, Kansas, Snyder Starr ended what might have been a far worse incident with a lightening quick six-gun.  Clearly, he was a capable man, short in stature but big on integrity, courage, and fair play.  A Civil War veteran, he fought for the losing side, and stood at Appomattox as the surrender was signed, then carried the news to his outfit, McNeill Rangers, awaiting word.  The war was over, but the loss did not sit easy; Snyder was a restless man.  He wandered westward plying his railroad occupation, but found he could not live long in any one place before he had to draw his gun.  To their detriment, people tended to underestimate him.  Wherever he roamed, he also won admirers by applying bow to violin.  Although accomplished, cultured, and knowledgeable, Snyder wasn’t prepared for the opportunities that killing the behemoth bully in Emporia presented.  In one act, doors to the paranormal opened to aid him in events, which he inadvertently set in motion; a struggle between two worlds, and an evilly aligned faction led by the dead giant’s even more menacing twin, who stood in the way of a bright future and a beloved woman with special talents of her own.

 
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#4 in Philosophy
Coda
1 part / 4 pages
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updated Nov 23, 2013

On  the  day the world ends, its creator contemplates what went wrong.

 
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#3 in Historical Fiction
cycles of redemption
1 part / 21 pages
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updated Nov 30, 2013

This book is various novellas dealing with redemption of men through some the hardest times as human being. Whether it is doing evil, or fighting it, they are on a journey to find themselves in many different points in history. I will give you one of my first novellas full and without cutting it off...it is called believe. You can find my work on amazon under Ralston Rhoden Jr....the visitor, believe, Claustrophobia, End of a Era, and shortly the wall and a long walk in Coventry

 
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#2 in Historical Fiction
Epiphany Raynes
1 part / 498 pages
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updated Oct 15, 2016

Epiphany (Epie), a slave that has been removed from any and everyone in her life that she felt cared about her, journals her life and experience on the Smallwood Plantation in Missouri. She secretly documents her struggle as a slave, mother and woman in forbidden love. Meanwhile, Epiphany, Epie's Great great great grand daughter, is given a birthright that has been passed down for generations . . . Epie's journal. Experience the lives of both women in this epic tale of generational connections, lies, deceit, and retribution. You will fall in love with some characters, while despising others as you take a journey through the trials and triumphs of both women, generations apart. This story addresses social issues such as racism, sexual assault and abuse, and spirituality. .

 
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#5 in Historical Fiction
Fiction
1 part / 7 pages
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updated Sep 28, 2014

A great visionary architect that lived and suffered in times of death on a scale unimaginable recounts his life while battling his fading memory.

 
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Fresno Twist
1 part / 4 pages
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updated Nov 24, 2013

1938, two cellmates are released from prison; one a con man and the other innocent of the crime of bank robbery. The con man, Carl Duryea, sees an opportunity (and an early release from prison) in helping his cellmate in clearing his name. They reach the city where the cellmate, Johnny Blackham, grew up and where the bank which was robbed is in - Fresno, California. Duryea realizes he and Blackham are being set up again and only has a couple of days to find the real robbers and to thwart their plans (and maybe pick up some of the dirty lucre in the possess - the twist).

 
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#8 in Historical Fiction
Goodbye, my son..
1 part / 2 pages
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updated Dec 28, 2013

A middle aged man is devastated as he finds about his parent's past. In the early 1940's, his father a soldier, his mother a homemaker, and now in the present day, a truth is revealed that has rocked his world, as he kneel at the steps of his childhood home.

 
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#1 in Childrens
How I discovered the Roman Wall
4 parts / 16 pages
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updated Oct 09, 2015

A vision of olden times ... is it a dream? … is it a game? Is there something missed? … something ancient, overlooked, forgotten Why can't others see what he can see?

 
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#10 in Historical Fiction
Pulling The Pin: A WWII Fictional Story
1 part / 9 pages
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updated Oct 18, 2016

Ajax, your average young American boy in the '40s, was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps at 18. He had made friends with his squad while be stationed in Baltimore. He recieves news that his squad will be sent to France for the fight of their lives. In the rest of the story, Ajax is sent on to the battlefield in the historic battle of D-Day and you'll read about his experiences with close calls and tragic fatalities during war.  Please leave feedback because this is my first short story that was not for school and I have written this in my freetime. I tried to tell the story through Ajax's narrative while in the moment.

 
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#6 in Thriller
Restoring the Dream
1 part / 12 pages
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updated Dec 06, 2013

Set in the near future, a new administration occupies the White House with large plans for the future. A favorite among the American people, the President is quick to make political enemies. He will not let anything deter him from is goals of rebuilding the dream that is America, and laying the ground work for the future

 
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REVOLUTION
1 part / 10 pages
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updated Nov 19, 2017

Revolution tells the story of Military Coups leading to and after the Biafra War through the perspective of the characters Etete, Kola and Mekudi.

 
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#8 in History
The Garden
1 part / 2 pages
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updated Nov 30, 2013

My short story spans over a year, and is set from the perspective of a tree residing in a garden in Switzerland during WWII. The two brothers who own the garden, and cottage are named Peter and Adrien Senhauser, and one is accommodating, and one is really not. The story centres around their reactions to a family of  refugees fleeing Germany because they are Jewish.

 
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#9 in Historical Fiction
The Great Tiff
1 part / 4 pages
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updated Nov 18, 2013

An piece exploring pre-war relationships of unrecognized couples/ individuals. This could evolve into a novella. It primarily experiments with a third person narration, of the same but mutually exclusive events.

 
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The Guild of the Crossed Keys
1 part / 2 pages
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updated Feb 09, 2017

The olde worlde of Europe is crumbling. But the secret spy network of concierges, bell boys and restauranteurs have banded together to protect all that is good and gentlemanly. Eavesdropping on conversations, hiding in plain sight and helping others in need - they form a guild. But war is fast approaching and this could blow their world to smithereens. Will they be able to stop the greedy expansionist generals from fighting each other? Or will the world of yesteryear be destroyed?

 
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The Man Who Would Be King
1 part / 4 pages
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updated Oct 05, 2017

Kipling short story

 
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The Miner's Row
1 part / 24 pages
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updated Jun 05, 2016

The Miner's Row. Set in a Scottish village in the early nineteen fifties where life was still much as it had been before the war. Where the miner's woman folk still used the back green wash houses and everyone knew their neighbours. Where life was often hard but friends plentiful. there came a day when things changed and the village was never quite the same again.  

 
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The New Crusaders
1 part / 25 pages
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updated Dec 28, 2013

In a nation rattled by hippie-filled anti-war protesters, prevalent pornography, and secular public schools, Rev. Vernon Foster in 1972 is determined to return Americans to their core Christian values. After attending a Christian broadcasters' meeting in San Francisco he struggles to transform his small-town congregation in Ohio into a mega-church and TV ministry, while being recruited into right wing politics against his better judgment, as his teenage daughter, Veronica, is becoming a liberal feminist before his very eyes. His mission flounders until he meets two young gospel singers--ex-juvenile delinquent Phil Harper and his fragile girlfriend Kaylie--who propel the ministry to national fame. As Vernon pursues his crusade against evil, political strategist Richard Vargas and his associates embark on a crusade of their own: ridding the nation of liberals and establishing a true (that is, right wing) conservative government. After the 1976 election they realize the army they need is available if they can enlist evangelical churches across the nation. So they set out to recruit ministers such as Vernon Foster. Thanks to the New Right strategists, Vernon becomes a political powerhouse as well as an evangelical leader, although he pays a terrible price. To gain the power and influence he needs to combat sin and evil, he compromises his own integrity. Thus he becomes the man he once condemned who sells his soul to gain an objective. Ironically, like many of us, he cannot see that the objective he achieves is not the one he intended to pursue.  

 
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#5 in Sports
The Noble Art
1 part / 11 pages
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updated Dec 06, 2013

A short story set in late-1790's Regency England, detailing a boxing match from a time when boxing was brutal and bareknuckled an, some would say, barbaric...

 
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#10 in Historical Fiction
The Week After
1 part / 5 pages
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updated Nov 18, 2013

Li Chung, sixteen years old, the eldest son and heir, makes the most selfish decision of his life. Abandoning his younger siblings to fend for themselves, he disappears on his quest to prove his father wrong. And then comes the mysterious uncle Chung has called in to take care of his younger siblings while he is away. Chung's arrogance and impulsiveness will greatly cost he and his father.

 
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