Oak Ridge

      Edward Mullen / Science Fiction
Oak Ridge

An unexplained phenomenon baffles the small town of Oak Ridge as several townspeople who were previously thought to be dead have suddenly returned. When others go missing, the town becomes divided as people blame the returned for the mysterious disappearances.The Cry Bear tells of a child’s first day at school. Melissa is excited. She has been looking forward to starting Reception Class for a long time. She is wearing her new uniform and her very own lunch box. She feels very grown up. Then suddenly she doesn't want her Mummy to leave. She doesn't want to have to go into the classroom all by herself. She wants to go home.A little girl called Riana makes friends and soon Melissa has forgotten all about feeling sad. Riana seems to know everything about school. Melissa asks her about a curtained area at the back of the classroom through which she can see a large bear sitting on a comfy chair. Riana tells her that is the comfy corner. Melissa is none the wiser. Just before home time a naughty little boy called Trevor rips up a painting she has done to take home to Mummy. Melissa starts to cry. She is taken to the comfy corner to meet Bumble, the Cry Bear. Soon all her tears are gone.
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    The Set-Up

      Edward Mullen / Thrillers & Crime
The Set-Up

This is a work of flash fiction specially commissioned by USA Network and was inspired by the upcoming TV series event DIG.A boy lost in grief and an old farm house where a mysterious girl plays out her sorrow on the piano in the moonlight. Grief calls to grief and sorrow to sorrow. A haunting tale of love and death and isolation.Following the death of his parents in an automated traffic accident, John Riley is sent to live with his only surviving relative; an ageing great aunt who lives in an old and isolated farm house far from the city and all his social contacts. There he finds a mystery: a girl who plays the piano in a locked room by moonlight. He follows her to a secret room, an old book of poetry and the tale of a long past tragedy"My aunt lived on an old farm, close to the sea. The farm house had been built in the nineteenth century in imitation of some minor Scottish castle. It was a rambling place of crumbling stone and cracked plaster, with ornamental towers and arched doorways. The kind of place that history buffs get all excited about – mainly because they don’t have to live there. I went from crowds of friends to – what? Sheep? Maybe. Seagulls? Perhaps, but certainly not people. All in all, I might as well have walked through the back of a wardrobe and into Narnia."This story comes from a poem which in turn comes from a dream. I can still see Sarah, plain as moonlight, playing on her piano.
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    Prodigy

      Edward Mullen / Science Fiction
Prodigy

The highly anticipated second novel from Edward Mullen - author of The Art of the Hustle, and Destiny and Free Will.The greatest tragedy the world has ever known turned out to be the ultimate catalyst for change. In the wake of World War III, which decimated most of the world’s population, the remaining survivors vowed to not continue to repeat the same mistakes of the past. Fortunately, they had something previous generations did not have – advanced technology.The year is 2117 and this once shattered civilization has become prosperous again. Innovative forms of technology have enabled them to abandon the old model and re-engineer a better way of living for all. Brain implants and genetic modifications have made an entire population educated, healthy, and kind.Despite the benefits of this technology, it has created some unforeseen side effects that threaten humankind’s existence. When technology proves to be inept at solving the world’s problem, a new hope emerges in the unlikeliest form – a young orphan girl.
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    The Art of the Hustle

      Edward Mullen / Thrillers & Crime
The Art of the Hustle

Edward Mullen's debut novel, The Art of the Hustle, available in print and ebook.A true underdog tale is told in The Art of the Hustle. Self-made billionaire, Trevor Morrison, recounts his life from being a poor kid from a small town to creating one of the largest companies in the world, all before his 30th birthday.Edward Mullen's debut novel, The Art of the Hustle, available in print and ebook.Self-made billionaire, Trevor Morrison, recounts his life from being a poor kid from a small town to creating one of the largest companies in the world, all before his 30th birthday.A true underdog tale is told in The Art of the Hustle. When Trevor Morrison graduated high school, he was desperate to find his purpose in life. With a lack of money and viable options at his disposal, he eagerly took advantage of the first opportunity to come his way.The harsh realities of the world were soon revealed as people who he thought he could trust betrayed him. The only thing that he could count on was his hustle – namely his wits and his insatiable desire to forge ahead despite a multitude of setbacks.
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    The Secret Manuscript

      Edward Mullen / Science Fiction / Thrillers & Crime
The Secret Manuscript

The Secret Manuscript is a riveting tale about a broken human spirit triumphing in the face of adversity, by any means necessary.The highly anticipated third novel from Edward Mullen...Working as a stock clerk in a small-town grocery store only served as a constant reminder that Ben Owen’s life was meaningless. After a series of devastating events stripped him of everything he had, Ben hit rock bottom. To swing luck in his favour, temptation beckoned him at every turn. He had the opportunity to regain not only what he had lost, but so much more. But Ben soon realized everything he gained came at a price.At its core, The Secret Manuscript is a riveting tale about a broken human spirit triumphing in the face of adversity, by any means necessary.
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    Windfall

      Edward Mullen / Thrillers & Crime
Windfall

A young couple who are down on their luck, come across a large sum of money. Just when they think all their problems have been solved, a new set of problems present themselves.This is the first translation into English of the verse drama Germanicus by the Afrikaans poet N.P. Van Wyk Louw. The work was based on the first three chapters of the Annales of the Roman historiographer Tacitus. After the death of Emperor Augustus, his successor Tiberius’ adopted son Germanicus recoils from the cruelty inherent in imperial rule. In the end he helplessly acquiesces, finally welcoming his own death as a means of escape from the burden of empire. The drama has been considered a highlight in Afrikaans literature since its publication in 1956. Its interest lies in its amazing sweep of words, Louw’s sense of history and his portrayal of the inevitability of the corruption inherent in power. Louw’s great monologues dominate the debates between his main protagonists. His poetic Afrikaans had a grand eloquence that swept his audience along in a torrent of densely-argued meaning. Such conciseness offered severe challenges to the translator. Claassen’s colloquial translation manages to capture both the essence of Louw’s dramatic dialogues and the rhythmic cadences of the original poetry. The translator provides a lengthy Introduction, aimed at both a classical and a theatre-going readership, explaining the historical background and discussing Louw’s interpretation of Tacitus’ narrative and the constraints under which a translator works. A brief overview of the contents of the drama’s eight scenes is followed by a select bibliography.
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    Illicit Behaviour

      Edward Mullen / Thrillers & Crime
Illicit Behaviour

An aspiring writer finds sudden inspiration for his latest project after watching a documentary on government corruption. After working tirelessly to complete the story, he becomes paranoid that his fiction tale may turn out to parallel his own life.I was asked to be a guest speaker at an elementary school and this idea came form the kids from Mr. Barnhurst's 5th grade class.John is a farmer but after a distant relative died he was asked to attend the reading of the will. He was bequeathed a house, land and treasure! But there's a catch. Gypsys want the treasure and there will be consequences if they don't get it. Read what happens in this short story.
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