A baby is born and placed in his dead mother's arms. When the funeral shroud is cast over her, his father decides to name his son Pall. It will soon become a name that strikes a shiver into the hearts of those who hear it in combat. A lone survivor on a battlefield many years later, Pall dazedly recovers from the wounds of war. Despite the dead cast about him, everything he looks upon is unfamiliar to him. Wandering away from this scene of carnage, he encounters John Savage, a giant of a man who puts Pall within the sight of Savage's seven–foot, nocked longbow. What ensues from this deadly encounter is an elusive journey for truth. Yet, it is haunted not just by a ravening demon that is out to destroy Pall and John, but by the vision of a startling beautiful young woman protecting Pall from afar.
This is an Armageddon-like story of a young man named Pall. He's a doomsday knight of sorts, who's striving to do good in a world full of evil. No matter how difficult it gets, he continues to fight the forces of perdition, not to mention the bloodthirsty men he meets along the way.
To protect the good from the wicked, he's seen and done things he never thought he would. Being a young warrior, sometimes he's able to put his conscience on the back burner, and sometimes he can't. He's dealing with a form of PTSD he just can't shake. There's more to his story than is revealed. What exactly did he do? And why is he so conflicted about it?
Our boy Pall's on an interior journey, just as much as he's on an exterior one. But where exactly is he going? It's a different dimension that you just have to experience for yourself. Consider it good vs. evil - part one.
Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy Pages: 254 Release: November 1, 2016 Publisher: self-published ISBN: 9781365287077 Click to add to your Goodreads list.
About the Author
A. Keith Carreiro earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with the sequential help and guidance of three advisors, Dr. Vernon A. Howard, Dr. Donald Oliver and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Israel Scheffler. Keith’s academic focus, including his ongoing research agenda, centers upon philosophically examining how creativity and critical thinking are acquired, learned, utilized and practiced in the performing arts. He has taken his findings and applied them to the professional development of educational practitioners.
Earlier in his teaching career he was a professor of educational foundations, teaching graduate students of education at universities in Vermont, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor of English at Bridgewater State University, as well as teaching English, philosophy, humanities and public speaking courses at Bristol Community College.
He lives in Swansea, Massachusetts with his wife Carolyn. They have six children and 13 grandchildren. They belong to an eighty–five–pound golden retriever, an eight–pound Maltese, and an impish Calico cat.
Due to his love of family, he has seen his fervor for history, as well as his passion for wondering about the future, deepen dramatically.
Starting on May 23rd until October 9th of 2014, he sat down at his computer on a daily basis and began writing the first book of a science fiction/fantasy thriller in a beginning series about the quest for human immortality.
An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened. The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back. With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day. Well almost… Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber. This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out. Not until Aoife came along.
This is a story of a crooked little man named Rumpelstiltskin, who transforms a young girl's life into a series of twists and turns, throwing obstacle after obstacle in her path, on her way to finding true love.
Holding steadfast to her beliefs, she strives to fight for what is the main focus of her life—her family. But I don't think they really appreciated all she did for them, and the many, many sacrifices she makes in order to keep them safe.
The plot is intricate and deep, bringing a brand new dimension to this oft-told tale. I know it left me wanting more. I certainly wouldn't mind reading the sequel. I know the author has a fertile enough imagination to keep it going. Spin some more straw into gold for us, Ms. Hennessy.
Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback Genre: Fantasy, Mythological, Fairy Tale Pages: 306 Release: November 11, 2016 Publisher: self-published ISBN: 9781539753421 Click to add to your Goodreads list.
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Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.
Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.
Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.