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Although this is an apocalyptic story, you will find NO zombies, alien invaders, government conspiracies, universal plagues or any other such nonsense. Further, it is told from a very limited point of view as experienced by the principal character, Adam Barthold.

Adam Barthold is a deeply flawed man haunted by the mysterious Arahm Tuit. He travels from upstate New York to the hills of Ash Fork, Arizona where he hopes to start a new life but instead finds love, danger and watches the world come tumbling down in red ruin, little knowing he has an important part to play in the future of human kind.

Years later, the survivors are again threatened from the east across “the waters that never end” by a civilization that didn’t learn from the cause of the fall. Oneonta must pick up where Barthold, Tibbs and others left off in a life and death struggle. Above all, it is a story of failure, recovery, struggle, courage, sacrifice, profound love, inter-racial relationships and loss, laced with a tinge of mysticism and the unknown across the void of countless years.

Unlike some such story lines, the book focuses more on the characters, their flaws, fortitude and family-like relationships. It is both a love story and a story of deep friendships often crossing over racial, age and cultural boundaries. The action scenes are not stereotypic hollywood hyped depictions either.

348 pages/illustrated

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“2035 The Elephant in the Room,”
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Excerpt:

PROLOGUE:

He was old when I met him. Very old. I reckoned the century mark was well behind him. His teeth had long since deserted him based on the shrunken nature of his gums and deeply wrinkled lips. His hair was little more than a few straggling wisps even on his face, but what really struck me were the incredible amount of scars on his shriveled and bony frame. Some were massive, speaking of grave injuries, but most were of the ordinary kind all people accumulate by mishaps and misadventures over time. It was very hard to actually see normal skin as though he had had many an encounter with pissed off cats or a harem of equally pissed off women. His skin, where not discolored by the scars, was a mottled yellowish dark brown. If his racial origin was Caucasian, Asian or Negroid it was damn hard to figure.

Considering where we stumbled upon him and the conditions in which he lived this was not overly surprising. My team had been doing some surveys well north of the desert wastelands. High semi-arid country dotted and often forested by juniper trees and cacti of various types we had not seen before. Cut by deep washes and inhabited by coyotes, javelinas, wild cows, wilder burros and a host of other animals, reptiles and birds. Where not dry grass covered it is strewn with volcanic rock and thickets of long dead trees. It was rough country to traverse on foot and even rougher to live on.

He lived in a dwelling (I would not characterize it as a house) made of these rough volcanic boulders, rocks and clay, dug partially into a cliff, augmented sparsely with rough wood beams and crudely wrought furniture. Whatever the various skills of the old man were, carpentry was not one of them. Much of it, as mentioned was built into the side of a steep cliff such that the roof as it were, was mostly earth and sod. In many places it was covered by large shrubs and small trees, the roots of which you could see from the inside. I suspect they helped support the ceiling. Crude such that it was, it was certainly comfortable. We had arrived in high summer when the daytime temperatures hovered around ninety degrees, but the inside of his place was cool and dry.

Scattered about the one room structure was an eclectic assortment of blankets that had seen better days, well tanned animal hides and strange cooking implements and pots mostly centered around a very ample fireplace. Some were made of well used metal but many were fairly well done pottery and oddly woven baskets. Almost all of the latter were fashioned from local materials. A large box covered mostly by a sheepskin was in the corner near what passed for his bed. It had neatly carved on it: “A.B. PVT.”  More about this later. Hung on one wall was something to me of greatest curiosity. A long oddly shaped archeological artifact, for want of a better word, made mostly of partially rusted metal and cracked worm eaten wood. He referred to it when I inquired as a fire "arm", but it had not been “fired up” in a long, long time. He tried to explain its function and purpose to me but it made no sense.

As I have said, he was old, but his eyes told another story. They weren't the rheumy eyes of an old man. They glittered with youth and keen intelligence. Their steely gray held the determination and fire of a much younger man. If his body matched his eyes he would have been a mythical hero of gigantic health and stature. When he finally got around to telling me his age after my many inquiries I tended to disbelieve him. No cancel that. I figured he was lying or nuts. Maybe both. Possibly his strange way of placing dates and times made me think he was reckoning his age in “dog years”… but no dog ever lived that long.

The balance of my three man, three woman team lost interest in the "crazy old coot" quickly, but something in him sparked my curiosity and pity. Maybe the countryside appealed to me also. They moved on with the surveying expedition but I stayed with the old man for five fascinating months. This is his story written to the best of my meager skills taken from notes from my long stay with him right up to the moment of his death.

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Two love affairs and two betrayals. The story of a man with two consuming loves. The one pushed him further down a dark road and altered the course of his life, and the other, his one true love that almost destroyed him. 
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He sat in the car waiting. It had been a long night since the phone call, yet another in a long line of oddball calls. Several hours before he was talking with her when she suddenly said, “Gotta go wash my hair – bye…” and hung up. Thinking of a short question he forgot to ask, he dialed back immediately but there was no answer. That was no surprise. This had been a common occurrence for the past several months and even as he listened to the click-drone of the rotary dial telephone, he knew instinctively there would be no response other than the endless ring tone. He had yet to earn the cynical sobriquet “slick” among the many other nicknames he had acquired, but none of them were “hey stupid.” Love may be patient and it may be blind but there were limits even to that.
 
He knew the history and even the geography so he had driven to her apartment in Albany. The little black Ford Falcon she drove was nowhere in sight as he sure it wouldn’t be, and as if this was not enough there was no answer to his knock on the door. “I don’t know why I bothered to walk up the two flights of stairs,” he muttered to himself, “I’m pretty damn sure I know where I’ll find the car,” he continued as his boot heels clacked on the small black and white hexagonal ceramic floor tiles of the old apartment building.  A half hour early evening drive in the gathering darkness, found him parked a few spaces away from her car at a new apartment complex where he knew he would find it. He put put the seat back a little further and waited for morning.

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AND THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT

A cosmic error is rectified on an infinitesimal planet in a tiny solar system on the fringe of a small galaxy. Some call it Earth.

MALBIHN

Avarice and adventurers are dangerous companions. Hired to seek out a fortune and a myth, a rough-cut, unsavory man finds more than he bargained for in the Arizona wilderness.

4035

Rip roaring action and adventure in the best traditions of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Andre Norton two thousand years after the fall of civilization in the sequel to 2035: The Elephant in the Room.

152 pages

Excerpt:

IN THE BEGINNING

Nearly every observatory in the world witnessed the phenomenon, as the large glowing orb emerged from behind the planet Jupiter and darted straight toward earth at horrific speed, only to disappear from view scant minutes later. Regardless of language, the rough translation was, “What the hell was that and where did it go?” Had this happened in the 1950’s there would be widespread panic with shades of “War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks,” or “The Day the Earth stood Still,” but this was the 21st century so the data was reviewed, analyzed and posted on social media countless times before it was quickly archived and forgotten.

reader review 3/17:

I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, especially the way you divided it between introducing people in diverse areas of the planet before the event and then going back for their reactions and of course the end, their different ends of life. I also visualized the episodes due to your descriptions. You created a different way of making the apocalypse unlike those I've already either read or watched as a movie. The art you created to go with this story is also creepy enough to make it believable. -- Carmen Baca

Up ahead at the signpost…

TWISTED TALES

Three stories written in the dead of night

 with twisted Twilight Zone endings.
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SERGEANT BACHMAN
When traditional methods fail, a man searching for information about the father he never knew and listed as K.I.A. by the US Army turns to other means and embarks on a fascinating but frightening journey.

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ALIEN HEREDITY
An erotically utopian life in an alien world goes into chaos for reasons beyond understanding or control with a heaping spoonful of Karma thrown in.

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THE TAVERN
They say you can never go back and maybe you shouldn’t. Thirty-two years after he left his hometown, Jonathan Moran returns to visit his dying father and spends a long afternoon driving down “memory lane” only to find a portal to the past and maybe a date with destiny.

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ALIEN HEREDITY


Water was lapping gently at his ankles when consciousness started to return. Slowly and distantly. As his eyes opened, he saw the milky white sky and oval warm white sun with a slight greenish tinge to its edges. Absently he thought that it seemed unusual but could not recollect or reason why it was that way. In fact, all of his thoughts seemed distant and hazy but far from being alarmed, he took this in stride.

The water stretched out as far as he could see in the direction his head was turned, but as he turned it 180 degrees he saw land that rose gently to a low ridge. Beyond that, he could see nothing. Lifting his head and looking down toward his feet he noticed that while his lower legs and feet were clean, their pinkish pale skin glistening in the water, the rest of him had a slight bluish tinge of very thin slime to it and he was entirely naked. This also, neither surprised nor dismayed him.

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Unlike some such story lines, the book focuses more on the characters, their flaws, fortitude and family-like relationships. It is both a love story and a story of deep friendships often crossing over racial, age and cultural boundaries. The action scenes are not stereotypic hollywood hyped depictions either.

Like many authors, I have drawn from personal experiences and relationships but have deployed them in a fictionalized way. I have also asked several authors if they have ever liked or fallen in love with their fictional characters as I have with some in this story. They are sometimes as real to me as some of the characters who are based on real people. I must confess to having fallen in love with one of the totally fictional persons. Who knows, you may too.

I did not write this with any illusions of profit or fame, but only as a story I felt had to be told as it came to me on a lonely night and a long drive in northern Arizona.

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9/3/16

Very interesting from a new writer. It took me a bit to get into the storyline but then I had to see what was happening with the main character. Looking forward to more stories from the author.

8/20/16

Great read. Highly recommend you purchase it and tell your friends. I hope he writes more stories.

7/13/16

I loved the first part of this book and the writing style. The last part got away from me.

240 pages

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Confessions of a Graphic Prostitute

Surviving and thriving in the graphic design, illustration and advertising world 1975-2016

©2016 – John Franklin Green

Memoirs and a guide for those who are in the business, about to enter the business and those even thinking about entering the business.

This book also contains practical tips and advice from a professional creative director, art director, designer, illustrator and business owner for over forty years
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THE BEARAZONA BEARS
A family of bears learns what giving is really all about.

THE LAST GUNFIGHT IN ASH FORK
Young Jordie Conboy learns from his grandfather that legends and heroes are seldom what they seem.

FEETIE PAJAMAS IN OLD ARIZONA
A little boy’s love for his sister reaps an unusual reward with consequences that are unforeseen.

THE LITTLEST SNOWMAN ON ROUTE 66
When her family moves from Ash Fork to Flagstaff,
little Wendee Goldman has a hard time adjusting until she accidently applies a little magic and finds a true friend.

STOWAWAY SUZI FROM SELIGMAN
Jonnie Halloran, a widower raising his 12 year old son Luke gets a big surprise when he returns to their ranch in Ash Fork.
 
LOLA, SAM AND THE JACKALOPE
Two dogs who are best friends help a mother jackrabbit and have an unexpected meeting with the mythical Jackalope.

APPENEDIX
A brief history of Ash Fork
Notes on story telling
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THE LITTLEST SNOWMAN
ON ROUTE 66

My name is Dr. Wendee Goldman Sanders a fairy well known scientist and a Professor of Physics and Chemistry at MIT. As a person of science I can say that the story I am about to tell you should be impossible and my learned colleagues would tell you that it absolutely is impossible. Surely they will laugh at me, but I am going to tell it to you because it is true, and because it really happened. It happened to me when I was just a little girl.

THE MOVE

I was just eight years old when my parents moved from Ash Fork to Flagstaff. My father was a police officer in the Yavapai County Sheriffs' Department and my mother worked as a waitress at The Ranch Cafe in town while finishing her masters and doctorate degrees at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She had started this work well before I was born and it took her a long time. Mom eventually got a job in the Chemistry Department at the University and my Dad left the police force to take a job as head of campus security. He didn't mind because it was safer than police work, my mom had finally achieved her goals and of course, he had me to think about too.

LOLA, SAM AND THE JACKALOPE

As all three turned to run however, several more coyotes came up out of the wash behind them and a couple more circled to their left and right. They were surrounded now, and Sam and Lola could tell by their scent that they were famished and were not going to be frightened away by a couple of barking dogs. They both reckoned that they could fight their way past the coyotes on the run but neither were willing to leave Jenna. It was looking bad - really bad as the pack leader approached.

“Vat is matter doggies,” he said. “you gots no-vere to run now huh?” A sneer lit his fierce face as he said, “go avay, leave little jackrabbit to us, ve not eat dogs - maybe. Vone little rabbit not meal for whole pack.”

Jenna was crouching low, frozen to the ground with fear as Sam and Lola slowly circled her growling.

“Go away,” snarled Lola, “my man will have heard our barks and will come soon with his gun and shoot you all!”

“Nah, you wrong - man way up hill - is almost dark - take long to get here and ve finich vid you long before he come.” As the pack leader said this, his pack circled closer and Sam and Lola could see their gleaming eyes and dripping mouths.

“Been good knowing you Lola,” said Sam, “we'll see each other again soon though - beyond the Rainbow Bridge.”

Lola said nothing but just looked at her best friend and tried to keep her courage up as she flexed her legs, bared her teeth and got ready to fight. Sam did the same.

Just as the coyotes were about to charge, a high pitched eerie wail cried out from behind them. Silhouetted against the sky in the dusk, sitting up on a tree stump was Jankar!

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An erotically Utopian life in an alien world goes into chaos for reasons beyond understanding or control with a heaping helping of Karma thrown in for good measure. It is also a compelling love story beyond two planes of existence. Filled with action, battles and conflicts with scientific morality. A short dive into a deeper dilemma.

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THE IMMORTAL
SERGEANT BACHMAN

From Germany to Okinawa 1946-1953

When traditional methods fail, a man searching for information about the father he never knew and listed as K.I.A. by the US Army in Korea turns to other means and embarks on a fascinating but frightening journey.

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A slightly fictionalized story based on true stories from the journal of an American service man 1945-1953.

The Appendix also offers the history
of the Constabulary in Germany and the revolt
at Geoji (Koji) Island during the Korean war.

Although this is partially a work of fiction, the historical references are accurate and many of the events and details are based on true stories and memoirs, found in a detailed journal that I inherited from my late father John L. Green Jr. upon his death in 2011. Of course, the opening and ending framing device is also fictitious as are the names of the main characters. In this journal, my father never disclosed the true nature of the mission to Manchuria, if he even knew it nor did he ever speak of it to either my brother or me, a testament to his ability to uphold his reputation as “a man who can keep his mouth shut.” Likewise, the shooting on the Czech border was something he spoke about only in general terms and only to my brother when he was very old. The one love scene regarding him and my mother is also entirely fictitious - I think.  His views on the military, sometimes very cynical, and especially regarding the officers and men I heard many times as a boy.

112 pages
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Sergeant Bachman excerpt:

PROLOGUE

As a licensed clinical psychologist and family counselor I have heard countless stories, most of them countless times about infidelity, abuse, neglect, abandonment, substance abuse, poor communication, raising children, in-law problems and the like. On rarer occasions, claims of visions, ghosts or voices in the night or in the head. Once even a woman and her sister who claimed that their long dead mother visited their homes and rearranged objects or hid things from them.

Indeed, I had heard these things for so many years in my career they all seemed to blur together with their repetition until retirement, a change of profession or a really long vacation seemed to be an attractive idea. That is, until one day when Erich C. Bachman walked into my office.

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Everything I needed to know about life
I learned on a baseball field…

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Life lessons generously mixed with humor,
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HUMOR IN UNIFORM

Never assume common knowledge is common knowledge.

I learned this in the advertising business, but could have just as easily learned it on a ball field. I had one 13 year-old boy, Brian Gray, who was constantly being called out on strikes for pitches right across the letters. When I asked why he was not swinging, he responded by telling me that the strike zone was from the belt to the knees and he was just getting bad calls! I had assumed that by the age of 13 he at least knew the basic rules of the game!

Even cultural common knowledge is fleeting.

One day Troy did something nice for another kid on the team. I responded by saying to him: “You’re a good man Charlie Brown!”

He looked at me with a puzzled expression and said, “My name is Troy Nelson coach, you know that, why are you calling me Charlie Brown?” He had no idea I was paying him a compliment. Further conversation revealed that he had never heard of the famous “Peanuts” comic strip by the late great Charles Shultz despite TV specials or endless licensed commercial products. Charlie, Linus, Lucy and Schroeder were unknown to him. He had however, heard of Snoopy.

(2016: Troy now pitches for Trinity U in Texas)

Oscar Alvarez was baffled when I referred to him one day as Bugs Bunny the Oscar winning rabbit. He apparently did not watch too many Cartoon channel or Nickelodeon shows, because he never heard of Bugs Bunny or any of the other “Looney Tunes” characters.

Haste makes waste but also humor

In a hurry to leave for a ball game one Saturday, I snatched up my “cell phone” and put it in my jacket pocket. All was well until Austin Thompson asked to borrow my phone to call his Mom. While looking at the lineup, I absentmindedly reached into the pocket and handed him the device. Imagine my surprise when he said, “This is great for changing channels on a TV coach, but how do I make a phone call on it?”

 

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“Up ahead at the sign post...”

They say you can never go back and maybe you shouldn’t. Thirty two years after he left his hometown, Jonathan Moran returns to visit his dying father and spends a long afternoon driving down “memory lane” only to find a portal to the past and maybe a date with destiny.

This is a story of a town the way it was and never will be again. And a tavern like thousands of others across America that shaped many a memory and many a life.

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He pulled his 2011 Chevy Cruz rental car into the large and very empty dirt lot on the corner of US route 20 and state route 146 and killed the ignition. Opening the door, he slid out and lit a cigarette. As he slowly walked toward the center of the lot, his snakeskin boots kicked up dust and his Stetson hat shielded his eyes from the late afternoon sun.  Passing cars and the few pedestrians hurrying along their way paid no attention to him despite his attire that was way out of place.

Jonathan stopped and waited. He was wondering if he would presently smell stale beer, pizza, smoke and urine. Would he hear the rippling humming noise of the crowd or “My Sweet Lord,”  “Get Back” and “Honky Tonk Woman” beating out of the jukebox? Would a familiar voice say, “Hey Jon… what you doing tonight?” Nothing mystic or Stephen King like happened but he stood waiting nonetheless.

This was his next to last stop. He had time.

96 pages

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Reader review By Rick Donnellan

Dec 9, 2016

My sister, Kathy Collen, bought me this book as an early birthday present and I read it cover to cover the day I received it! Neither one of us could believe a book was written about Tommy Polito's Tavern!! Like the author, I was a graduate of Guilderland High School (class of '72) and spent many a night at Tommy's during my junior and senior years. Looking back, that time seemed to represent a "right of passage" into adulthood when most of us ventured into Politio's (well under 18 yrs) ...or as my Dad called it the "bar and grille". Jon's book brought back vivid memories of red checkered tablecloths, the aroma of freshly cooked pizza, the smell of stale beer, and Tommy (in apron) behind the bar (barely fit) sporting that Italian smile that was all his! Having grown up in Westmere, so many of the "old haunts" in your book are now vivid again. Jon, thank-you for a really fun read and for a great trip down "memory lane"! Rick Donnellan