RIDE THIS DAY DOWN INTO NIGHT is a story about love, murder, deception, innocence, father/son relationships, abuse, marriage, new beginnings, but mostly it is about love. Told from the point of view of Tim Rich, a twenty-seven-year old English teacher who is married and expecting a child, he tells about a life outwardly seamless in its perfection and happiness which spirals out of control when he is obligated to home-school Olivia Buford. Olivia's father has been accused of the violent and gruesome murder of Connie Stafio a prominent, church-going denizen of the community. A coarse yet completely enchanting young woman, Olivia captivates Tim. Despite his conscious attempts to evade Olivia Buford, Tim drifts deeper and deeper into Olivia's hardened world. As Tim observes, "If Billy-the-Kid or Al Capone had lived in Califon, they would've been careful if they'd walked by a Buford." But for all Olivia's dangerous background and inescapable reputation as a 'Buford' she is a seductive, beautiful, smart and tender young woman. Her insightful views on the literature Tim Rich is obliged to teach her at her modest house and her enthralling sexual allure makes him gradually attracted to her while his wife, the closer she comes to term in her pregnancy, is more distant and silent. Tim is torn between the expectations his father has always demanded through love and devotion of him and the way he conducts his life and his attraction to Olivia. The results are shocking and will become something you'll think about long after you put the book down.Ride This Day Down Into Night
Lieutenant Commander Robert McHugh replaced the handset on the telephone, gathered up the documents on his desk, and put them into his metal security cabinet; making sure to roll the tumblers several times on the locks to be certain that they were secured. He then went up two flights of stairs to his boss' office. Captain Edward Mitchum was in charge of the Special Projects Office of NAVFAC, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, headquartered in Port Hueneme, California, just north of Los Angeles. The Special Projects Office was responsible for undertaking investigations of an engineering nature referred to them by other units of the U.S. Navy.
"Good morning, Sir."
"Close the door, Bob," said Mitchum as he took out a manila folder from his desk drawer. "Have a seat."
Wonder what's up, thought McHugh, as he pulled up a metal side chair.
"Two months ago, a geomagnetic surveying team encountered a strange signal during what was supposed to be a normal mapping run over the Hatteras Abyssal Plain in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Bermuda. Apparently, none of the eggheads have ever seen anything like it. It's got quite a few folks in Washington in an uproar. I don't need to tell you how sensitive that area is to our national security."
"What do they think it might be?"
"You know the usual, Bob. Some think the Russkies might have something there."
"Isn't that pretty deep?"
"Yes, but who knows what the Russians have."
"How does it involve us?"
"Apparently, someone at the Oceanographer of the Navy's office thought that NAVFAC might have some systems that could get a better handle on what is making these signals - with all our assets, that is."
"Why did it take so long to get to us," asked McHugh.
"How long have you been in the Navy?" chuckled Mitchum.
"Why the excitement? It's just an anomalous signal … isn't it?"
"The report, which I am now handing to you, tells all about it. Apparently, it was a sharp report in an area that shouldn't have had anything like that, especially since the Hatteras Abyssal Plain in that area is pretty deep."
"Just shouldn't be there," agreed McHugh.
"What's more, less than a week following the detection of that signal, a boomer, SSBN-620, running silent in the same region was knocked around by some unknown force like it was a toy boat in a bath tub. The captain was a top-notch submariner. He had never seen anything like it."
"Those guys sure don't like to spill their coffee."
"Well, this one did. Let's run an investigation on the signal. It could be something natural, or maybe a wreck we didn't know about. I don't know what to make of the boomer incident."
"By the way, Bob, we're getting another hand in about a month or so; a young fellow from Stanford University. I'm going to assign him to you."
"I'm glad you said that, I am a bit short - handed."
Captain Mitchum nodded. The Vietnam War had depleted just about every non combatant force in the armed forces. Many of his best men had been re-assigned to Construction Battalions and shipped off to Southeast Asia. He was lucky to have held on to Bob McHugh, who was not only a superb ocean research engineer, but also had combat experience as an Underwater Demolition Team member.
McHugh had completed a tour in the South China Sea just prior to being assigned to the Special Projects Office. While there, he had received a bronze star for a particularly difficult extraction under enemy fire. The mission had been to run a river boat up the Mekong River and pickup a provincial official who had served the American forces well, but had come under the suspicion of local Communist cadres.
As McHugh's crew finished boarding the official and his family, Viet Cong opened fire from the dense brush along the shore. Two Navy corps men were still in the water. McHugh grabbed an M-1 carbine and returned fire from the stern of the vessel; drawing the enemy's attention to himself. His actions permitted the two corps men to jump aboard and the River Boat to escape, thereby allowing the safe return of all. In his usual self effacing manner, McHugh wondered aloud what an ocean research scientist was doing in a situation like that. His heroics under fire gave McHugh standing in NAVFAC, where many officers had never seen combat.
"So, do you know anything about this new guy?" asked McHugh.
"Just that he is an NROTC graduate from the University of Virginia and is completing his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. I think his name is Liu; Chinese I believe."
That was an interesting remark, since oriental officers were still a rarity in the Navy, thought McHugh. He took the manila folder from Captain Mitchum and went back to his office.
Falling Star | Print A very realistic science fiction thriller. 44 four and five star reviews on Amazon US and UK. 98,250+ words, 354 pages.
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family’s early history—their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.
1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith’s story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.
1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.
"...a fascinating account of what happened to the residents of the once-isolated island at the beginning of the Bronze Age. " Historical Novel Society review, November 2011.
Excellent reviews, AND Winner, Next Generation Award 2011, historical fiction.
...Thought-provoking and entertaining. --The Irish News, June 2011
...Bending the Boyne is a masterful weaving of myth, prehistory, and modern reality that reads faultlessly. --Nancy Lorraine, Senior Reviewer, MBR Bookwatch
Bending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient Ireland explores the clash of cultures when bronze-using warrriors arrive in ancient Eire. A totally fresh look at ancient Ireland. Based on new theories of the origins of Celts, this fiction shows the paradigm shift. As Yeats said, set your head on fire.
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