Genetic engineering, sex changes, arcane pleasures, computer technology, and communication beyond the five senses are among the topics treated in nine stories by an acclaimed new science-fiction writer
Joe and Ira ride into Dead Apache Springs, Texas-- and into a tangled conspiracy of cold-blooded murder, barn burnings, cattle rustling, kidnapping, and buried gold. A hardnosed cowpoke battles a cattle baron who will stop at nothing to drive out smallerranchers
Dr. David Keats is a clinical psychologist and educator who is in grave danger. After he realizes a psychopath student is wreaking havoc on campus, he shows up for his standing Friday afternoon lunch date with plastic surgeon, Elizabeth Davenport. But what he does not know is that a storm has been brewing for months and he is going to stop it. Dr. Keats thinks he can trust Elizabeth. When her co-worker informs him he shouldn't, he realizes he is somehow entangled in a complicated web of deceit and murder. After he realizes he cannot hide, Dr. Keats unknowingly seeks refuge with a CIA special ops group. The group has been provided cyber intel by a band of young hackers known as the Bricoleurs and are waging a secret war on human trafficking. Desperate and out of options, Dr. Keats joins the group and finds himself headed for the Big Easy to carry out a deadly assignment. Now he must determine who he can trust, before it is too late. In this thrilling tale, a college professor on a dangerous journey to stop human trafficking must unravel a complex mystery to save himself and others from an untimely end.
Waylon McPhee, middle-aged and divorced, moves back in with his widowed father in hopes of coasting through another year. But his father is dating again, and his sisters are trying to manipulate Waylon into asking their father for their inheritance before he gives it to a second wife. The sarcastic Waylon, juggling his relationships and responsibilities caustically but light-heartedly, hangs on hoping to recover something he lost in his youth: enough momentum to reach escape velocity. By turns humorous and melancholy, this novel cruises to a conclusion where all its characters satisfyingly reap what they have sown. Gerald Duff is a splendid writer of sparkling dialogue, and has perfect pitch for the ennui of contemporary life in the suburbs of the petroleum-chemical corridor that stretches along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Mississippi.
Written by veteran football coach, Neal Morgan, the novel is set in the dead center of Texas' Golden Triangle, a section roughly encompassed by the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. Narrates one full year in the lives of Jake Hart and Davy Joe Milam, two hilariously cynical, veteran high school coaches. The pair wage a coaching comeback in an area inhabited by rabid football fans, the KKK, a mystic Afro-Comanche guru, and some colorful Cajuns. Cleverly woven into the plot is a love story, a bitter rivalry between two coaches, the impact of a scholarly, superstar black athlete, and the animosity that often exists between coaches and administrators. Created from those adversarial conditions is a haunting suicide, and eye-opening look at prayer in schools, the antics of the KKK, and sweet revenge.
"Author Charles Irwin weaves a fascinating story set in the days of the Texas Republic. His characters include the noted and notorious, from Sam Houston to Jack Hays to Stephen Austin to Jim Bowie, and their dealings with a host of lesser known, but real, Texas Heroes."
Book one of the Golden Den. Living in Sarvyr hasn't been easy for Adastros since his father's death. Lysmatchus left behind an incredible legacy that few believe Adastros can live up to. Just when Adastros thinks he has proven himself and his future is set, lies, schemes, and murder destroy any hope of a life in Sarvyr and force him to flee his home. With nothing left to lose, Adastros sets out to follow his dream, prove his worth, and honor his father's memory. The legendary Golden Den may seem like nothing more than a myth, but Adastros knows proving its existence will etch his name in history forever. Unfortunately, his escape from Sarvyr has left him stranded with few supplies and no idea where to begin his search and in more danger than he realizes. When he stumbles across an ancient elven city, he is thrust into the middle of an unprecedented war threatening the elves' survival. Will Adastros have what it takes to turn the tide of battle? Could this be his own legacy?
A father aged fifty-four at the birth of his daughter celebrates the special love they share through days filled with comedy, bad scares and delicious silliness, and moments of particular closeness with God
Staff Sgt. Kowalik was a Army pilot for the 88th Division's artillery ---the only pilot not an officer. He flew an L-4 Piper Cub to spot for the artillery and to drop messages to forward troops. He was both pilot and observer. This is a great account of the experiences of an Army pilot in Italy. Staff Sgt. Kowalik tells it like it was without any distracting dialogue. Good details of his experiences.
How did they do it? How did a profligate who killed a deputy sheriff before reforming, a mining engineer who went AWOL from the Austrian navy, and three East Texas drillers join forces with other equally colorful characters to drill on Spindletop hill? Giant Under the Hill is a scholarly work firmly rooted in the narrative tradition, a great story intriguingly told by three Beaumont historians: Jo Ann Stiles, Ellen Rienstra, and Judith Linsley. Using material collected over decades, much of it never before published, they bring to life the efforts of Pattillo Higgins, Anthony Lucas, Al and Curt Hamill, and Peck Byrd to master the Spindletop salt dome that culminated in the discovery of the great Lucas gusher. Their find subsequently transformed not only the state of Texas but the entire oil industry. Giant Under the Hill is the definitive story of one of the most significant and colorful moments in Texas history.
"The ships carried cotton to Havana and manufactured goods to the Confederacy. The problem was the Union heavily blockaded the area, and even the fast steamship Denhigh, now part of an underwater archeological site, was in peril of losses in trade the south could ill afford. Independent scholar Block turns from the Atlantic seaboard, where most accounts of the Union Navy's blockade are set, to the area west of the Mississippi River on the Gulf of Mexico. The result is a close description the blockade and blockade-running from Galveston to western Louisiana, the coast of Texas, and ports in Alabama and Florida. He pays close attention to the accounts of officers and sailors on both sides and provides excellent maps, illustrations and photographs. This was originally published in 1997 under another title and has been updated with new appendices, figures and introduction."
Book of poetry by twins, Jo Ellen B. Fant and Dorothy B. Roberts. Per the authors: "To read our words is to know us and feel the joys, sorrows, and pride from our treasured memories of our past, hopes for our future, thankfulness for the present ... and perhaps another decade of tomorrows together as we walk on autumn leaves."
From the Foreword: "When at the age ninety one, after forty years of teaching the Men's Bible Class, Dad's voice began to grow weak and he had to discontinue his vocal ministry. Because of Dad's ardent desire to continue ministry, he took up his pen and began to put his thoughts into writing. The messages in this book were written in a weekly series of messages over a period of four years."
Life as told by a sailor-radio operator from the 20s to the 21st century regaling all its glory, hardships and wonder. Take a trip to many parts around the world to learn how this one man experienced life and the world we're in from then to now.