VISIT US AT THE LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS - USC CAMPUS - LOS ANGELES - APRIL 13 &14 - BOOTH #163



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POETRY

GIANTS AND FRIENDS
poetry by
John R. Cole

THE BEOFRE
AND AFTER

poetry by
Sean R. Forster


VITA
poetry by
Jorge Aguayo

RECKONING

poetry by
Jorge Aguayo

PARDON MY
SILENCE

poetry by
Greg Buffington

INNERMOST
poetry by
Zoe Phiko

FEMININE

poetry by
Zoe Phiko

NOVELS

THE WAR HAS BEGUN

a novel by
Charles E. Frye

A TELLER'S TALES
PIES FOR GRANDPA

a novel by
John R. Cole

A TELLER'S TALES
JAWIN' WITH THE
PREACHERMAN

a novel by
John R. Cole


A TELLER'S TALES
MEMORIES OF JAMES AND WILLIE

a novel by
John R. Cole

THE HEARTY BROS
a novel by
Jeff McCarley

THE CENTER
a novel by
Zoe Phiko


NOBUDDIES

a novel by
A.K. Kossak

NOVELLAS   SHORT STORIES

VIOLET WINTER

a novella by
Zoe Phiko

ABIGAIL WINTER

a novella by
Zoe Phiko

AIR
a novelette by
Suzy Pearce

PEOPLE SUCK

a novella by
Jeff McCarley

 
THIS IS NOT THE END
short stories by
Suzy Pearce

OBJECTS OF AFFECTION

short stories by
M. Bernard Edmonds

SCREENPLAYS   ART / PHOTO

FREELANCE:
A POG STORY

a screenplay by
Will Torres

MY WORST ENEMY
a screenplay by
Jorge Aguayo

DESCENDANTS

a screenplay by
Bory Thach

ROSE
a screenplay by
Suzy Pearce
story by Jeff McCarley


 
NEO ORIGAMI
an art book by
Lawrence Beall

NON-FICTION

COOPERATING
IN THE WORKPLACE
-- REVISED AND EXPANDED 2nd EDITION

a textbook by
Derrick Darden, PhD

LIVING THE DREAMNIGHTMARES OF MILITARY REINTEGRATION

a self-help book for veterans by
Fred "Bo" Dunning

LIVING THE DREAM
NIGHTMARES OF NAVIGATING THE VA SYSTEM
a self-help book for veterans by
Fred "Bo" Dunning

IDENTITY, INTIMACY, AND DEMONSTATION --
THE CALLING

a self-help book for Christians by
Michael Padgett

UNREASONABLE
a self-improvement guide by
Robb Braun

WRITTEN BY VETERANS ANTHOLOGIES

ANTHOLOGY 1.0

by
Members of the
Writers Group

ANTHOLOGY 2.0

by
Members of the
Writers Group

ANTHOLOGY 3.0

by
Members of the
Writers Group








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ANTHOLOGY 1.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 1.0 a publication by Written by Veterans, a free Creative Writing Program offered by the Veterans Success Center at the California State University, San Bernardino. The program is open to all affiliated with the military and their immediate family members. We are writers of all ages and levels of experience. We support each other in our writing, publishing, and marketing. This anthology shows the range of our writing: poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays, memoirs, interviews, and non-fiction. For us, writing is a passion and an obsession; it heals the wounds of the past and opens new possibilities for the future.



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ANTHOLOGY 2.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 2.0 a publication by Written by Veterans, a free Creative Writing Program offered by the Veterans Success Center at the California State University, San Bernardino for those affiliated with the military and their immediate family members.
We offer a college-level course in screenwriting, which is an ideal way to learn the art and craft of storytelling.
In monthly meetings, our writers group mentors, supports, and encourages fellow members to pursue their individual creative writing goals, without pressure or rules.  We write in all genres, styles, and forms about a great variety of subject matters.  Imagination should never be reined in.
The Written by Veterans program views publishing as an integral part of the writing process.  Publishing one's work should not be a privilege granted by third parties; instead, each author should decide when a manuscript is ready to become public.
We are veterans and family members of veterans.  We are all volunteers.  There are no middlemen.  This structure ensures that our authors retain all profits, rights, and control of their work. 
Being able to finally hold one's printed book in hand is empowering, therapeutic, and motivational for writers of all levels.  It is the goal of each writing project.  As a group, we freely share insights, knowhow, and feedback to help each other reach that goal.

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ANTHOLOGY 3.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 3.0 a publication by Written by Veterans, a free Creative Writing Program offered by the Veterans Success Center at the California State University, San Bernardino for those affiliated with the military and their immediate family members.
We offer a college-level course in screenwriting, which is an ideal way to learn the art and craft of storytelling.
In monthly meetings, our writers group mentors, supports, and encourages fellow members to pursue their individual creative writing goals, without pressure or rules.  We write in all genres, styles, and forms about a great variety of subject matters.  Imagination should never be reined in.
The Written by Veterans program views publishing as an integral part of the writing process.  Publishing one's work should not be a privilege granted by third parties; instead, each author should decide when a manuscript is ready to become public.
We are veterans and family members of veterans.  We are all volunteers.  There are no middlemen.  This structure ensures that our authors retain all profits, rights, and control of their work. 
Being able to finally hold one's printed book in hand is empowering, therapeutic, and motivational for writers of all levels.  It is the goal of each writing project.  As a group, we freely share insights, knowhow, and feedback to help each other reach that goal.

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GIANTS AND FIENDS
Poetry by John R. Cole

Dream of far away lands and possessions of great value. Detest the many kinds of slavery and hatred. When you go to war you must think of People and speak of Freedom. But, when you fight, you must fight for the Brother standing beside you. Always.


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FREELANCE: A POG STORY
Screenplay by Will Torres
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Will Torro has been out of the Marine Corps ten years, when he learns that his former platoon Sergeant committed suicide as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Will was recently diagnosed with PTSD himself and begins to wonder about his own mortality as well as the fate of his young sons. When doctors cannot provide answers, Will turns to his father, a Vietnam veteran, who encourages him to reach out to his former comrades. Will not only reconnects with his fellow Marine veterans, Ward and Lyons, but together they set out on a mission to find solace through shared grief, humor, and camaraderie.

 



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THE HEARTY BROS
A Novel by Jeff McCarley

Although inspired by the popular children's book series, The Hearty Bros is not for kids. Join Frank Hearty and company as he searches for his brother, Joe, in this humorous misadventure story filled with over-the-top absurdity and crude characters. From one page to the next, there is no predicting what will happen.

 


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PEOPLE SUCK
A Novel by Jeff McCarley

Cynical and obtuse, People Suck is at times irreverent and at times innocent,but the stories within are always the sarcastic account of McCarley's real-life experiences. From Marine aircraft mechanic to customer service, and from childhood to now, People Suck delivers the laughs without harming any People in the process.


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A TELLER'S TALES
PIES FOR GRANDPA
A novel by John R. Cole

It was a town where its sons had gone away to fight in their country's newest wars. Their fathers before them had temporarily stepped away from farm and family to fight Freedom's fight. Grandfathers, and even great grandfathers, had answered the patriot's call to arms. Each time, after the fighting was done, those who lived through it returned "home" to once again pick up a plow for sowing the seeds of peace. And the community had sewn their names into the fabric that was becoming America the Beautiful.

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A TELLER'S TALES
JAWIN' WITH THE PREACHERMAN
A novel by John R. Cole

The Town People live and grow everywhere. Farmtown U S A is only one such place. Children do all kinds of things, and they do them for all kinds of reasons. And most of the time they are influenced by a special person. Sometimes it is Mom or Dad. Sometimes it is a schoolteacher. And then, sometimes, it just might be a Preacher, drunk or not. "Big city" stuff did not matter to the people in Farmtown U S A. Very little of it concerned us. When politics came into town riding its big white horse rural America still had to sweat for the groceries to feed it. Life was thorough. Some good and some bad. All of it required its own personal sweat. And through it all one attitude prevailed. "A good day is found wherever you "make" it. Seldom, if ever, will you find one pre-made that someone else doesn't already own. Make up your own mind. You will have a good day, or you will not. But it will happen because you ordered it that way! Make the best you can out of what you have, and be honest about it. And never be afraid to be thankful for it."   That was us. Farmtown U S A.

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A TELLER'S TALES
MEMORIES OF JAMES AND WILLIE
A novel by John R. Cole

The beauty of the Appalachian region of Kentucky is a beauty like no other any place on planet Earth. The mountains. The valleys. The Bluegrass!  Ah, just call it home and the beauty becomes instantly breathtaking. Usual rules of living followed by folks in other places seem to have whole new meanings to the folks in the rural places of Kentucky. Growing up on farms was a tough chore and the lessons taught were lessons learned for a lifetime. In such areas money was scarce and never spent frivolously. Nickels and dimes became quarters, and pennies were saved until they became dollars. The young worked hard right along the side of grownups, and little time was allotted to play. Because of that, rural kids fast figured out how to turn just about anything into fun. Their antics many times did not meet with grownup approval even though care was taken to prevent destruction of property. They seemed to understand very early in life that fun is not something you have but rather something you make. Simple things that are so many times overlooked by older folks become memories worth their weight in gold to rural children.


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AIR
A novel by Suzy Pearce

Stalingrad, 1943. Hope is a soldier's worst enemy.

 


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THE WAR HAS BEGUN
DUTY IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY Vol.1
A novel by Charles E. Frye

If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to stand beside the men and women who fought for American independence, here's your chance. The War has Begun is the first book in the Duty in the Cause of Liberty series. The books follow Isaac Frye, a farmer from Wilton, New Hampshire, who responds to the early morning alarm of April 19, 1775, carried by Paul Revere and William Dawes. This story is true, and only the actual people who participated in the events with Isaac Frye are included as characters—no fictional characters were created to enhance or embellish the narrative. The books portray the American Revolutionary War from the perspective of the middle class, as they follow Isaac Frye, who served from the first day of the Continental Army's existence through being in the last unit disbanded. No other man, including George Washington, served longer as an officer. The War Has Begun introduces Isaac and tells the story of how his commitment to liberty and eventually American independence shape unimagined sacrifices for himself, his family, and his town.

Please read the following article about THE WAR HAS BEGUN:
"This Redlands man's relative fought in the Revolutionary War. Now he's telling his story." -- Redlands Daily Facts (May 27, 2017)

 


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COOPERATING IN THE WORKPLACE
REVISED AND EXPANDED 2ND EDITION

A Textbook by Derrick Darden, PhD

Normally, when a person thinks about cooperation in the workplace, they think it simply means avoiding chaos on the job. However, in reality, it means much more than that it means working productively with others to achieve a common corporate goal. For those trying to maintain a fulfilling workplace experience and encourage others to the same end, certain steps can be taken to make cooperation an objective understood and shared by all.

But let's face it: not everyone is taught how to succeed in the workplace while working with others. Ask yourself: 

• Are you productive each day on your job, and living up to your fullest potential?
• At work, do you feel you're lost in a confusing maze and don't know how to escape?
• Do you feel that you want to know how to work better with millennials, deal with sexual harassment, or work with veterans?
• Do you want to learn about teamwork because you just landed a position that requires you to lead a bunch of high-speed coworkers?

As a Gulf War Veteran and Senior Army Warrant Officer who worked in the fields of logistics and Federal Acquisition in the federal government and later as an entrepreneur, I've seen how organizational form and structure within the federal government and in my own business experience provided foundational keys and principles that guided me to success in both the public and private sectors. 
As our working environment becomes more diverse and global, our knowledge and organizational skills and behaviour must develop along with those changes. Improving workplace cooperation is forefront in the minds of many who understand the importance of communication and teamwork as skills needed to reach a common goal. 
The author not only let you know what is happening in the business world, but gives you what you need to be a winner in your workplace.

This 2nd edition is for new employees, supervisors in mid-level management would benefit. 


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PARDON MY SILENCE
Poems by Greg Buffington

"May these poems give hope to those who have been silenced by tragedies in their lives."



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VITA
Poetry by Jorge Aguayo

"These poems were written out of necessity.
I have questioned my courage, integrity, self-worth, and especially the direction my life seemed to be heading. The hardest thing to do is to express the truth, especially if it is not pleasant."

 



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MY WORST ENEMY
A screenplay by Jorge Aguayo

This is a true story about a young man who finds peace within himself. He navigates through fear, anger, hardship, and failure by trying to fight against the world. In the end, he learns how to deal with the symptoms that affect his life. He is able to overcome his worst enemy: himself.

"I have learned that everyone struggles and we all have something we fear, but most important is that we don't have to overcome it all alone."



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RECKONING
Poems by Jorge Aguayo
Illustrated by Corie McCarley

"This could be the last day of your life It might be everything you think it is We can never tell what side you'll take It's all coming down to this What you did and everything you took Taken for granted without a second look There will be a Reckoning Where everything will be paid There will come a time …. Where there will be nowhere to hide!"


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THIS IS NOT THE END
Short Stories by Suzy Pearce

"The Edge….. The Verge….. The Brink… We cling to the side, desperate not to fall. We are on the verge of a breakdown…. Or a breakthrough…. We are on the brink of madness, walking the tightrope that is our only sanity. There, in the mist before us, is the girl with white eyes, the snake with frog's breath, the magical curse we can only taste but cannot see. And we take in that breath of air that perhaps may be the last our bones ever feel. These are those stories; The ones that ache but make our hearts pound; The ones that remind us that even though it hurts to move, at least we can still move; the ones that remind us that This Is Not the End."

 



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ROSE
Screenplay by Suzy Pearce
Story by Jeff McCarley

Kate has escaped an abusive marriage and has returned to Redondo Beach where her long time best friends, Lindsay and Frank, welcome her back with open arms. Almost immediately, though, Kate regresses to her old habit by falling fast and hard for Mat, an arcade repairman who works at the pier nearby. But Mat's intense good-looks and timidity are a mask for the dark secret he is hiding at home.

 



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DESCENDANTS
Screenplay by Bory Thach

The story of Descendants revolves around a group of childhood friends.  Eddie is experiencing strange dreams that are more like nightmares about the war in Southeast Asia where he lived as a refugee.  However, it is unclear whether these dreams are imaginary or memories coming back to haunt him.  When the fighting erupts between Eddie and Simon, alliances are form and Eddie with the help of his roommate, Jason escape back to Cambodia in order to avoid capture by the FBI for a murder.  The clock is ticking and soon Eddie realizes that he has to accept his past in order to defeat Simon and avenge the death of those he loved.  However, will he be ready to face off with his old friend who he respected as a brother?  Love, betrayal, death and a reawakening of one's true self occur over the course of this dark story with familiar and foreign landscapes, an adventure about survival.

 


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OBJECTS OF AFFECTION
Short Stories by M. Bernard Edmonds

Four short stories that will touch your emotions, intrigue your imagination and inspire you to embrace your loved ones.


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VIOLET WINTER
The Winter Series Vol. 1
Novella by Zoe Phiko

New Orleans private investigator Armand Malbeau uncovers the secret life of straight-A high school student Violet Winter, who drowned herself in the Mississippi River. Her grieving parents want answers, but Malbeau's only clues come from anonymous letters containing excerpts of Violet's diary. Violet's voice makes her come alive – and the more Malbeau gets to know her and her teenage friends, the more he unearths the abyss of fragile friendships, abuse, and betrayal. He becomes a life-affirming crusader who tries to teach the values of trust, forgiveness, and family to the friends Violet left behind. VIOLET WINTER is teenage author Zoe Phiko's first installment to her "WINTER SERIES."


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ABIGAIL WINTER
The Winter Series Vol. 2
Novella by Zoe Phiko

Nineteen-year-old Abigail Winter, has been labeled "disturbed" since childhood. Finally, she decides that she has the right to lead a normal life, and will stop at nothing to achieve this dream. But when Abigail kidnaps the young nephew of New Orleans Private investigator Armand Malbeau, she has gone too far. In this continuation of the "Violet Winter" series, we not only discover who among Violet's friends betrayed her, but dip deep into the dark mind of the person who Violet trusted most during her last days: Abigail Winter. With Armand closing in, will Abigail abandon her dream, or make a last stand?  ABIGAIL WINTER is teenage author Zoe Phiko's second installment to her "WINTER SERIES."

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feminine
Poetry by Zoe Phiko

"feminine" is a collection of poetry that tells the story of a young woman who leaves her childhood home for college. She enjoys the newfound freedom of living on her own. However, after a romantic relationship turned abusive, she must find a way to regain her strength and learn to love herself for who she is.


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INNERMOST
Poetry by Zoe Phiko

INNERMOST is a young woman's poetic journey of self-discovery. She navigates the challenges of love, heartbreak, and loss, to find her identity and become a stronger person every step of the way.


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THE CENTER
A Novel by Zoe Phiko

A young woman fights to escape the violent vortex of a futuristic war. As the Center cannot hold, and hope sets on the horizon, she must chart her own path out of darkness. She must find her Center.


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THE BEFORE AND AFTER
Poetry by Sean R. Forster

Fellow Marine, Sean R. Forster, put his thoughts down on paper and adjusted them to create poetry. I can identify a great deal with Sean's poems. I can imagine any veteran could, from the times spent reminiscing about life in the Marine Corps, to the cold truth of how strenuous life after the Marines can be. Sean paints portraits with his words, and to some they might seem frightening; however, even though times can get tough, Sean is going to come out on top no matter what is thrown his way. I am proud my fellow Marine produced this book of poetry because God knows it isn't easy to look back at the horror and beauty of life in the Marines, especially during times of war.

Will Torres, author of the Amazon Screenplay Bestseller "Freelance - A POG Story"


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LIVING THE DREAM
NIGHTMARES OF MILITARY REINTEGRATION
A Self-Help Book for Veterans
by Fred "Bo" Dunning

When military veterans separate from the military, they face struggles that are hard to understand. Finding their place and a purpose is not as easy as it sounds. The military tells us when we separate there will be people waiting in line to hire us because of our dedication, punctuality, loyalty, work ethic, and the desire to get the job done. That is true for some, but others struggle to find a job or just fit in. Living the Dream is a collection of real stories I have heard in the therapy room, from friends, and acquaintances, trying to become a civilian again. Living the Dream is intended to let military veterans know they are not alone and help civilians understand the culture shock our veterans face once they leave Active Duty. It is my hope this book will encourage society to help veterans find their place and a purpose. 

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LIVING THE DREAM II
NIGHTMARES OF NAVIGATING THE VA SYSTEM
A Self-Help Book for Veterans by Fred "Bo" Dunning

One of the biggest frustrations veterans face is working through the Veterans Administration (VA) bureaucracy. Some veterans love the VA while others hate it. A veteran's love or hate of the VA depends on their past experiences and the experiences expressed by others. Veterans struggle with health issues caused by the beatings their bodies and minds take while in the military. Struggling with the VA bureaucracy can be daunting because of the system Congress has set up. Some veterans give up on the VA because it is hard to navigate and frustrating. This book was written to help veterans and their families understand the VA system. Managing expectations is key to surviving the VA bureaucracy. The stories in the book are some of the problems I have heard and seen from my experiences, clients, and friends. The VA is constantly changing the rules, staying updated with the rules is a challenge and necessary for getting what you need and have earned. It is my hope these stories will shed light on the VA bureaucracy to assist veterans in receiving the services they have earned.


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IDENTITY, INTIMACY, AND DEMONSTATION
THE CALLING

A Self-Help Book for Christians by Michael Padgett

For the Christian, trying to find one's way can be a daunting task at times. Trying to figure out what the Lord would have you to do. Figuring out how one figures into God's plan personally and corporately. And finally, trying to learn to hear the voice of God. I too have struggled with the same questions as a new believer, and still do on occasion. Contained within these pages are what I think are some helpful tips, insights, and anecdotes to help you move into that calling on your life, and to honor God and His people in the process while progressing toward your destiny.


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NEO ORIGAMI
An Art Book by Lawrence Beall

For over 1000 years people have practiced origami—the Japanese art of paper folding—and relatively little has changed. In Lawrence Beall's thought provoking visual and verbal sketchbook, he shares an unfiltered perspective on his journey as an origami artist. Shortly after becoming a master of origami, he worked to understand why museums refused to include origami in their collections. Ultimately, he deemed origami's countless rules and strict standards of homogeneity as barriers to innovative artistic expression. "The systematic taboos present in the art form's heritage have prevented the origami from reaching 'museum-quality' work." In December 2016, Beall broke away from the international origami community to create his own new style of folded art: Neo Origami. His new style has only one common theme: "There are no rules." Beall pushes the boundaries of what is imaginable from the ancient art form. "Origami ought to be stripped to only its purest essence—the fundamental beauty inherent to the folded form."


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UNREASONABLE
A Self-Help Book by Robb Braun

We're dying. And it's not the risky stuff that's killing us. Fear, complacency, comfort, mediocrity, compulsions, predictability, numbing ourselves, worrying about what others will think and playing it safe is killing our human spirit. UNREASONABLE was written to shake you up and bring you alive to the possibility of your life. In order for you to be fully alive, you're going to need to risk and launch yourself into the unknown – not to your death, but rather to your life. The beauty is you won't have to travel this one alone. Author, Robb Braun, is committed to bringing you to the edge of your life, to be there by your side as long as it takes, to hold your hand until you know it's time to let go and lean into the unknown. And then he'll be there to celebrate you when you take flight. Robb knows too well the emptiness of a life unlived. He experienced his own spiritual death when the death of those around him helped bring him back to life. He's lived an extraordinary life and traveled his own daring path that he'll reveal to you in UNREASONABLE.

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NOBUDDIES
A novel by A.K. Kossak

Promises, seductions, and shifting loyalties color the lives of an intertwined band of twenty-something killers. Numerous conflicts plus sexy, deceitful, and clever characters, make this multi-directional noir tale in the Pulp Fiction mode swirl at such a fast pace that it keeps our heads whipping, as if we're watching a tennis game played with five balls.

 








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