Release Day Blitz – A Life Naive by Oliver Phipps

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CoverTitle: A Life Naive

Author: Oliver Phipps

Release Date: 14 October 2017

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Life for twenty-seven-year-old Hershel Lawson has been relatively uneventful and that’s the way he likes it. When his grandmother passes away, leaving him her car and a last wish of him taking her ashes to L.A., his life takes a turn and it will never be the same again.

With his new task and grandmother’s ashes, Hershel sets out from St. Louis Missouri in the spring of 1962. He travels unimpeded along scenic Route 66 for two days, but is suddenly and unexpectedly relieved of two important things, his car and wallet.

Sally is a sassy and street smart young woman on her way to Hollywood. She’s determined to prove everyone wrong in the “one horse town” she left and make it as an actress in California. Through mishaps of her own, Sally comes across Hershel. Though neither one realizes it, the real journey is about to begin.

Take a seat and journey with Hershel and Sally along historic Route 66 during its heyday. Laugh and maybe shed a tear or two as they struggle against the odds, and often each other, to make it a few more miles down the highway.

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Around one o’clock Hershel pulled into a small town. He found a gas station that had a cafe next door. As the attendant filled the car with gas and Hershel went to the restroom, a man in a checkered suit watched him with interest from across the street.
Hershel paid for the fuel and then pulled the Lincoln next door to the cafe. He walked inside and had a seat.
“I’ll be right with you, Darlin.” A waitress called out to him as he sat. Hershel waved to her and then looked around the small establishment. It had a cozy felling and the wonderful fragrance of food drifted about.
Several minutes later the waitress had taken Hershel’s order and he was sipping his soda through a straw.
The man dressed in a checked suit came into the cafe. He appeared to be around forty years old and had his hair slicked back. He was carrying a suitcase and walked towards Hershel, but seemed to be looking for a place to sit. He glanced down to Hershel and stopped.
“Harold… Harold Madlock, what are you doing here, you old badger?” The man in the checkered suit patted Hershel on the back and quickly sat down across from him as if ready for a long discussion.
“Excuse me?” Hershel said with a bit of shock.
“Harold, don’t you remember me? The convention in Chicago, two years ago? Come on Harold, how could you forget a night like that. I mean, I had a hangover for a week, but we painted the town red. You telling me you forgot me already, Buddy?”
Hershel looked back to see if there was someone behind him. When he realized the man was really talking to him he almost stuttered a response.
“I.. uhm, I’m not Harold. My name is Hershel, Hershel Lawson.”
The man examined Hershel very closely. “You got to be kidding me… No, you’re not Harold are you? I can’t believe it. You’re the spitting image of my buddy Harold. That’s uncanny.”
At this point the waitress brought Hershel his hamburger and some French fries. The man glanced at her and said, “could you bring me a coffee sweetheart?”
“Sure thing dear.” The waitress replied and was off again.
“Do you mind if I sit with you and drink my coffee, Hershel? I’m just amazed at how much you look like my friend Harold.”
Hershel nodded, “I don’t mind, Mr…?”
“Oh, I’m sorry, where are my manners?” The man held his hand out across the table.
“John, ahh, John, Smith. I’m please to meet you Hershel.”
The two shook hands and the waitress returned with John’s coffee. He then proceeded to talk for ten minutes about his job with a shoe company and how he was on his way to close a big deal in Oklahoma City.
“Yeah, this would have been a huge contract for me. It would have meant a great Christmas for my wife and three kids. But… I guess it’s going to fall through.”
Hershel was chewing his food and listening with interest. He swallowed and asked, “why do you say that, John?”
John looked at him with sadness, “well, my car conked out on me. I just don’t think I’ll make it in time to close the deal. I’m trying my best to get there in time but I’m losing hope now. It’s going to be a tight Christmas if I lose this deal. I may even lose my job.”
John took another sip of his coffee and glanced at Hershel over the rim of the cup.
Hershel thought for a few seconds. Then, still holding a French fry in his hand he asked, “is Oklahoma City on highway 66?”
John perked up a little. “Yes, it’s west of here, and 66 runs right through it.”
“I’m going west. I could give you a ride if you want.” Hershel then put the French fry in his mouth.
“Oh, my…. oh, could you do that, would you, Hershel? I would really owe you, Buddy. My goodness someone upstairs must be looking out for me. That would be so great. I could help you with gas.”
The waitress brought the two tickets as John was saying this. John immediately took both.
“Your meal is on me, Hershel. You just don’t know what this means to me.”
“Well, it’s alright John. I would hate for you to miss the meeting and have a terrible Christmas. I’m going that way anyhow.” Hershel then finished off his soda as John went to pay for the meal and coffee.
When the two walked out to the Lincoln, John whistled out loud. “Wow, this is a beauty. You must be doing well. I love these Lincolns, they’re beautiful cars.” John then put his suitcase in the back seat.
After Hershel got in, he immediately reached over and moved his grandmother’s ashes to the middle of the seat. Then John got into the front passenger seat.
“So, what do you do, Hershel? I don’t think you’re in the shoe business if you’re driving a car like this.”
As Hershel moved the Lincoln back onto the road, John put his arm on the open window and Hershel replied.
“This was my grandmother’s car. She gave it to me after she passed away. I don’t really do anything. I was taking care of her. But now I’m just taking her to California.”
John’s face twisted a bit when Hershel said this. he glanced in the back seat and then back to Hershel.
“What do you mean, you’re taking her to California? I thought you said she passed away?”
“Yes, well I’m taking her ashes to California.” Hershel nodded to the case sitting between them.
John looked at the case and his face again twisted a little. He recovered quickly and chuckled a bit. “Oh, I see. Well, that’s real nice of you, Hershel. So, she just gave you the car?”
“Uhm, well she gave me some money too. But she gave most of her stuff to my brother. I guess she figured he had a family and needed it more than I did.”
“Ahh, I see, yeah having a family costs more.” John then turned and watched the scenery go by for a while.
After about an hour, Hershel pulled the wallet from his back pocket. He reached over and put it in the glove box. “Pardon me, John. This hurts my… hip after a while.”
“No, it’s alright. I understand, I’m the same way. That’s where I generally keep mine as well.” After John said this the two again watched the scenery.
Soon they passed a sign indicating they were coming into the state of Kansas.
“You ever been to Kansas, Hershel?”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been out of Missouri.” He replied.
John nodded and smiled. “Well we won’t be in Kansas for long. This is just the corner of the state. We’ll be coming to Oklahoma soon.”
Sure enough, a ways down the road they passed the Oklahoma state sign. Later, they stopped for a quick meal to go. After this, the houses became fewer and father between as they continued west.
Hershel eventually began searching around nervously. “I sure need to find a restroom,” he finally said aloud.
“Just stop at one of these big tree’s.”
Hershel glanced at John. “No, I need a real restroom.”
“Ohhh,” John said. “Well, we may have some trouble finding one around here.” He then appeared to think of something. “I may know where one is. It’s a little crude, but it may work in a pinch.”
Hershel glanced at John with a look of pain in his eyes. “How far is it?”
“Oh, just a few more miles.” John replied with a smile.
As the sun began to set, John pointed at an abandon gas station on the road side. Hershel pulled up beside two antique pumps.
“This place is closed.” Hershel said as he looked over the boarded up and derelict store building from the window.
“Yes, but there’s an outhouse in the back. I’ve had to use it myself several times. Like I said Hershel, it’s a bit crude, but in an emergency it’ll do.”
The word emergency seemed to bring the urgency for a bathroom back to Hershel and he grimaced a bit in pain.
“Does it have… you know, paper?” Hershel asked, still seeming a little reluctant.
“Oh….” John looked around. He then reached into a paper bag and pulled out some napkins.
“Here you go. I didn’t use my napkins from dinner. You’re welcome to them.”
Hershel took them. He turned the car off and pulled the keys out of the ignition. He then got out and shut the door.
John got out of the car and as Hershel was about the go around the building John called out. “Hey, Hershel.”
Hershel stopped and  turned around.
“Do mind if I put my bag in the trunk? I might take a little nap in the back seat later, if it’s alright with you.” As John said this he opened the back door on the car and pulled his suitcase out.
“Yeah, okay…” Hershel said, and reaching into his pocket pulled the keys out. He hurriedly walked back over to John and handed them to him. Then he moved quickly towards the outhouse again.
John took the keys and opened up the trunk. He moved one of Hershel’s suitcases to the side. He then pulled the footstool and box of family pictures out. He sat them on the ground behind the car and put his suitcase in the empty spot. He chuckled as he shut the trunk lid.
“Way too easy,” he said to himself as he got into the drivers seat of the Lincoln. He started the car and pulled away from the old pumps. He then stopped. Opening the door, he sat Ethel’s ashes outside on the ground. Then John drove away in the Lincoln.
A few minutes later, Hershel walked around the abandon store to find the car gone. He jogged over to the footstool and pictures on the ground.
“Hey…. what….hey?” Expressing fright, Hershel jogged down the road a little ways. He then turned and jogged the other way. He stood in the middle of the highway as dusk was overtaking the day.
With his head hanging he started walking back towards the store, then spotted the case with his grandmother’s ashes. He ran to it and picked it up. He laughed a little and almost hugged the case.
Hershel then picked up the footstool and pictures and moved over to the small overhang of the old store. He sat underneath it and looked out at the road, wondering what to do.
As dusk turned to night, he sat holding the case and watching the occasional car or truck go by.

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Oliver served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC. In the late 1980s through mid 90s Oliver perused his love of music. He enjoyed traveling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.

After playing for thousands in the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver’s band abruptly disbanded. Oliver along with a good friend, that was a guitarist got together to form a new band in early spring of 1997. However rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan to travel to Northern Canada and Alaska to prospect for gold.

Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company traveled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team traveled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.

1999-2000 Oliver traveled through Asia, visiting Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries.

In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues writing articles and stories under various pseudonyms. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.

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Book Blitz: Redemption by Joaquin Lopez

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Title: Redemption

Series: The God Stone Trilogy #2

Author: Joaquin Lopez

Release Date: 28 February 2012

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After 17 years of praying to the Gods Jack begins his long journey home. However, Jack is not aware of the test the Gods have for him before he can truly go home. First he must realize he is the long ago profecied Chosen One, then he must survive the test before he can try to go home and attempt to fulfill his promise to Linnie.

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Joaquin was born in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He grew up a migrant farm worker. Not wanting to do this the rest of his life he applied himself in school. After high school he started working full time at a bank and attending college at night. After several years he completed his degree in accounting. While attending college at night he began to read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and became hooked on the genre. He still works full time at a bank in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He has enjoyed reading the science fiction fantasy genre so much that he decided to try writing himself.

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Book Blitz: Transducer by Clayton Berry

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CoverTitle: The Transducer

Author: Clayton Berry

Series: The transducer Vol.1 

Release Date: 19 September 2017

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Sometime in the future, major cities fell due to an event named “The Sundering”. This event allowed corporations such as the Transcendi Corporation to run the daily aspects of our lives.

The Chinese invaded California. A decorated commissioner went missing. A dangerous prototype unveiled. A detective hid a secret. This is the first chapter of “The Transducer”.

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Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon

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Author: Joss Sheldon

Release Date: 7 October 2017

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– ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS

– Born on three adjacent beds, a mere three seconds apart, our three heroes are united by nature but divided by nurture. As a result of their different upbringings, they spend their lives chasing three very different things: Money, power and love.

– This is a human story: A tale about people like ourselves, cajoled by the whimsy of circumstance, who find themselves performing the most beautiful acts as well as the most vulgar.

– This is a historical story: A tale set in the early 1800s, which shines a light on how bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today.

– And this is a love story: A tale about three men, who fall in love with the same woman, at the very same time…

– This is a story which will make you laugh, cry, smile, cringe, scream and shout. It truly is a unique work of literary fiction…

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Joss– Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London’s beating heart. Then he escaped!

– With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.

– Then, in 2013, he ran off to McLeod Ganj; an Indian village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his debut novel, ‘Involution & Evolution’.

– With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. He travelled to Palestine and Kurdistan, where he researched his second novel, ‘Occupied’; a dystopian masterpiece unlike any other story you’ve ever read.

– It was with his third novel, ‘The Little Voice’, that Sheldon really hit the big time; topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and gaining widespread critical acclaim.

– Now Sheldon has returned with his fourth, and most ambitious novel yet. “Money Power Love” is a literary mélange of historical, political and economic fiction; a love story that charts the rise of the British Empire, and the way in which bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today…

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[Book Blitz] Unacceptable Expectations by James Gauthier

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Title: Unacceptable Expectations: A Young Teachers Struggle with Conformity

Author: James A. Gauthier J.D. 

Release Date: 29 January 2015

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Exceptional students become exceptional teachers. Rachel achieved her master’s degree in education and became a certified teacher at age 17. Rachel’s first interview with the teacher’s union placed her on notice that she was a link in a curriculum driven education program. She was to teach her grade level curriculum only and never bring attention upon herself or her peers. Conformity was the rule and mediocrity was the goal.
Rachel refused the union’s demand to conform and motivates her students to become exceptional and exceed grade level expectations. The more successful Rachel is in her classroom, the more the push back by the teacher’s union to return her to mediocrity. Conflict between Rachel and the union results in the union poisoning Rachel, falsely accusing her of abusing a student; false drug violations on school property and ultimately the loss of her left leg as the union seeks to stop Rachel’s desire to help her students become exceptional.
Learn how Rachel fights back and creates the Sinclair Academy, a private educational system that the union has no control over. No longer does the union want to stop Rachel from promoting accelerated learning; now the union wants her 2,500 teachers to join the teacher’s union. See how far the teacher’s union will go in an attempt to force union membership and what a young, tenacious teacher will do in saying, “No”.

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Why The Letter Y Joined the Vowel Club by Marian Burmeff

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Title: Why the Letter Y Joined the Vowel Club

Author: Marian Burmeff

Release Date: 26 Setember 2014

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The VOWEL CLUB started when the letters, A, E, I, O, and U wanted to use a special sound when they were alone in a word.

They decided on the name of their club at their first meeting. Some of the choices, were TLC (The Letter Club), TCOS (The Club of Five) and others but they all agreed on the word VOWEL (Very Ordinary Words Everyone Loves). They agreed that everyone should love and be loved.

It’s a long story about how the “Y” joined the vowel club. It happened shortly after the letters A, E, I, O, and U officially decided on their name and their motto.

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Take the Bullying by the Horns by Hunter Dan

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Title: Take the Bullying by the Horns

Author: Hunter Dan

Release Date: 14 October 2016

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I created this story for children who are just reaching school age. I believe in teaching children before they enter first grade what bullying is and teaching them that it is unacceptable behavior and how to end it regardless of what the bully says to them. That is when I think it’s the best time in a child’s life to introduce to them what it is before they experience it for real.

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Addictarium by Nicole D’Settemi

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Author: Nicole D’Settemi

Release Date: 1 September 2016

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Drugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you…

When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it’s time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch of black tar heroin, and already partially blind from the infection that the muddy poison has caused, she is forced to hitch a greyhound bus to New York City, and to abandon her care-free, American-bohemian, drug infested life-style.
Hailed everywhere as a beautiful, unique, honest, raw and poetic account of recovery, Addictarium takes readers on a compelling journey through the life and eyes of the narrator; a creative, nomadic, deep–but, incidentally broken–young woman, and underlines the contributing factors to what it’s really like to suffer from addiction. With magnificent candor–and sometimes emotionally crippling descriptions–we witness Danielle’s fight towards recovery from more than just heroin, as Addictarium brings the readers on a fascinating and harrowing, brutal tale of a young women’s recovery from total and mass self-destruction.
–Addictarium highlights in the starkest of lights, why it is so difficult for addicts to receive the recovery they seek, when they finally do decide to put the drug down.

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Author Nicole D’Settēmi is a 33 year old writer, currently living in upstate New York. She has lived in five regions nationally, including South Florida and New York City. She has always been a self-described “poetic, nomadic, creative soul,” and is an enthusiast of a variety of artistic mediums, but considers writing her number one form of art, and feels everything else is just an extension of that passion and creative outlet.
Nicole was raised in Niagara Falls, a tiny town bordering Canada, and can remember being as young as six, when writing her first lyrical, and philosophical poems. She also points out being selected at 6, for the “Young Authors Club,” which was a city-wide project.
Nicole won two city-wide essay contests between the ages 9-11, which was when she received her first typewriter and then she started a fan-club and newsletter for her childhood hero, as well as penning letters to over 30 pen-pals internationally.
Though Nicole (who was an honor student) rebelled by 15, and was incidentally expelled from school, she still wrote habitually. She once showed her “alternative-school” teacher a poem titled: “That’s Life,” which she penned at 14. He was so impressed with the piece; he had it faxed to every school in the city.
At 16 Nicole was uprooted from her small town and moved to Boca Raton, where she felt displaced and started to deal with depression. Hereditarily, mental illness and substance abuse ran rapid in her family tree, and by 20 she experimented with a plethora of chemical substances. By 23, she became addicted to shooting heroin, and was engaged to her co-conspirator and partner-in-crime. She attended an art school for photo journalism, but withdrew half-way through the year, due to a devastating addiction to injecting various drugs.
Addictarium was written while she spent two years in a therapeutic community for seriously addicted, and mentally ill, patrons. The author outlines her experiences, including the tale of losing her eyesight due to shooting a poisoned bag of heroin, which is when she was forced to hitch a greyhound bus from South Florida to Manhattan, and after several weeks of surgeries, was admitted to Daytop Village for long-term treatment, and drug addiction recovery. The book outlines many of the experiences

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The Weekend Warriors by James Burke

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Title: The Weekend Warriors

Author: James W Burke Jr.

Release Date: 23 November 2013

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A thriller that dramatizes what might have happened if old hostility between NATO and Warsaw Pact nations had spiraled into violence.

What if the Cold War suddenly ran red hot? That’s the tantalizing premise of Burke’s debut novel, which unfurls the grim historical possibilities. Michael Patrick Fitzmaurice is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former full-time soldier following in the footsteps of his father, who saw combat in Vietnam. As Russia and its Warsaw Pact allies question the resolve and strength of NATO and see an opportunity in its perceived weakness, Fitzmaurice presciently sees the handwriting on the wall early on. Soviet military forces continue to gather near the German border as scattered engagements between troops crescendo into something grander. Fitzmaurice, much to the consternation of his anxious wife, Elizabeth, is called to active duty and sent to Europe for what seems like an inevitable war. The issue of the obligations of reservists, or “weekend warriors,” is a recurrent theme in this book; for example, Elizabeth ruefully wonders why so much responsibility is being placed on her husband, who is now in harm’s way: “Why does a reservist have to be the one to show other soldiers how to blow up tanks with firebombs?” The author, a former reservist, does an admirable job of depicting the honor and courage of such part-time soldiers, whose commitment is often as steadfast as their full-time counterparts’. Also, his portrayals of combat violence are stunning and chilling by turns. That said, the deluge of insider military initialisms will likely confuse, frustrate, and eventually overwhelm nonmilitary readers, though they do serve as a testament to the depth of Burke’s knowledge of martial life. He includes a glossary of terms at the end of the book—an implicit admission of their problematic frequency. The action is still electric, though, and the book’s vision of how quickly geopolitical instability might have devolved into global conflict is uneasily stirring. Overall, this is a work of both literary and historical appeal and an endearing paean to the soldier’s virtue.

A well-researched, affecting account of a world lost in war.

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Jim Burke served over 25 years in the Army, National Guard, and Army reserve. He is a graduate of the United States Military academy and the Army Command and general Staff College. An amateur military historian, he is a Civil War Re-enactor with Company K, Third United States Regular Infantry, and First Massachusetts Cavalry Field Hospital. Burke currently resides in Kennebunkport, ME with his family.

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Book Blitz: Ordainment Betrayal by Dennis Quiles

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Title: Ordainment Betrayal

Author: Dennis Quiles

Release Date: 23 February 2017

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Jack Steele is an ex-naval intelligence officer turned private investigator who has just proposed to his girlfriend, Martha, over dinner when he sees a bloodied and frightened boy running toward him outside the restaurant. After Martha steps in to protect the boy from the two men in hot pursuit, a gun battle ensues, leaving Jack’s beloved fiancé, dead on the sidewalk. While jack grapples with the ramifications of her tragic death, he is unwittingly pulled into the dark world of human trafficking at the hands of an Albanian mob doing business near Lake Michigan.

Desperate for answers, Jack partners with a Chicago police detective to learn about the organized crime culture and develop a plan to stop the trafficking operation and free their victims before they are sold on the black market. As Jack puts his own life on the line, he must battle the powerful Catholic Church and stop the cunning exploits of a deranged pedophile priest who believes he is doing God’s work by turning children into little angels. But will Jack manage to accomplish his heroic mission before it is too late for more innocent victims?

Ordainment Betrayal shares the thrilling tale of a former intelligence agent’s dangerous quest to stop an Albanian human trafficking operation in collusion with the Roman Catholic Church.

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Engjëll entered the old church in downtown Chicago with his partner, Bekim. Outside, their driver waited in a black van parked a discreet distance away. Engjëll knew that when they received their orders from the Priest and went back outside, the inside of the van would be filled with smoke from the fat driver’s harsh cigars. Engjëll hated those cigars, but he had bigger fish to fry for now. He couldn’t give much thought to the distasteful vices of the ape behind the wheel of the van, at least not at the moment—and not in the house of God.

Engjëll and his partner walked along the long corridor knowing that the coming hours promised to hold much in the way of violence. The cruelty of humanity was just fine with him; he dealt out his fair share of it on a regular basis. He was oblivious to the beauty of the church, and he knew Bekim was too.

He continued past the altar next to the confession booth and through a set of doors that welcomed him inside an interior hallway. The gloomy hallway was decorated by the painting of previous church priests who’d died in the service of the Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

After passing a thick, solid door, Engjëll and his cohort entered a chamber where the decorations hadn’t changed in at least a hundred years. The room’s ceiling was decorated with paintings that would have made Michelangelo’s frescoes look like child’s play. The paintings trims were covered with 18-karat gold. The royal blue, orange, black, and gold color combinations accentuated the images and gave an eerie, old-world style look often seen in the medieval European Catholic basilicas.

Engjëll stopped in front of a very old wood desk, with trimmings covered in faded gold. Behind the desk sat the distinctive figure of Father Bartholomew de Amantini, a man whose clothing distinguished him as a man of God. The Priest waved his right hand, beckoning Engjëll to sit. He obliged, as did Bekim.

After a minute or so, the man behind the desk handed them a manila envelope. “The Lord has spoken to me one more time, and it is time. You are the servants of the Lord. You know what to do. Fulfill your mission, my sons.”

Engjëll said, “Your eminence, we are glad to be at your service— as always. In due time, all will be done as you wish.”

“I am glad,” Father Bartholomew said.

Engjëll saw a smile cross the Priest’s face and something evil flash through the holy man’s eyes. “We must go,” he said.

Engjëll and his partner left the church. A few minutes later, they got into the van parked a block away. Upon entering and sitting up front, Engjëll told the driver to take off. As the van pulled out of the parking spot, Engjëll pulled the manila envelope out of his jacket pocket and placed it on his lap. He eyed the red wax seal.

“You see this, Bekim?” Engjëll asked, holding the envelope up for him to see over his shoulder. “Father Bartholomew really loves his rituals.” Engjëll laughed. “A wax seal? Really?”

After breaking the seal, Engjëll opened the manila envelope and pulled out a five-by-seven, high-quality photograph of a boy. He was laughing and proudly displaying a soccer trophy. Engjëll passed the photo to his partner and pulled out a second page containing the boy’s name and address. “Looks like a sweet take,” he said. “The kid’s toast and don’t even know it.”

The driver laughed, keeping his eyes on the road.

Engjëll settled back for the long ride to Levittown, Pennsylvania. “We got to make the miles if we want to keep on schedule. Don’t bust the speed limit, but don’t go too slow either,” he said to the driver.

“Yeah, we got to keep to our schedule,” the driver said. “We don’t want to piss off Father Bartholomew.”

Engjëll involuntarily shivered. He feared the Priest. Something about him gave Engjëll the creeps. “No, we don’t ever want to piss off Father Bartholomew. Not ever!”

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Dennis Quiles earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. A US military veteran and a veteran of the protection business, he is the director of a global security services for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Quiles and his wife have three children and currently live in Illinois.

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