The Crossed Guns

      Russ Durbin
The Crossed Guns

"...the crossed guns in Mr. Howard's parlor drew me like a magnet." That how my grandfather began his favorite story. His pa, my great-grandfather, had been the marshal of a quiet Ozark town that one day erupted in gunfire and an old-fashioned shootout. As a 10-year-old, my grandfather witnessed the gun battle. (This fictionalized account is loosely based on the assassination of Jesse James.)"I reckon nearly all young boys ...have had a fascination for guns, and I was no exception...the crossed guns on the west wall of Mr. Howard's parlor drew me like a magnet." That's how my grandfather started his favorite story. His pa, my great-grandfather, had been the marshal of a quiet little Ozark town that one day erupted in gunfire. As a 10-year-old, my grandfather witnessed the gun battle.(This fictionalized account is loosely based on the assassination of Jesse James.)

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    Freedom

      Russ Durbin
Freedom

He had taken a chance to be first in line to submit his request. If granted, he would finally obtain his freedom. He wondered when They had taken over. In had been so gradual that no one realized until They were in control. After a while, one simply stopped caring. They were here. They ruled. Bill swiped his IdentiCard, made his request and waited. His answer proved shocking!Bill had taken a chance to be first in line to submit his request. He had slipped out of the Senior Resting Center early. If his request was granted, he would finally obtain his freedom. He wondered when They had taken over. It had been so gradual that no one realized until They were in control. After a while, one simply stopped caring. They were here. They ruled. They would never relinquish their authority. Swiping his IdentiCard, Bill entered his request and waited. The final answer proved shocking!

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    Pitcher

      Russ Durbin
Pitcher

William Hickok Farrell stood on the top step of the dugout and surveyed the meticulously curried infield. In moments, Will would pitch the most important game of his Major League career--game one of the World Series. From the moment he could hold a ball, Big Bill, his dad and coach, had pushed him to the be the best. Now, he was about to achieve his lifelong dream. Dad would be watching.William Hickok Farrell stood on the top set of the dugout and surveyed the meticulously curried infield with its snowy bases in place. In a few moments, Will would take the mount to pitch the most important game of his Major League career--the first game of the World Series. Will could not remember a time when he had not played baseball. From the minute he could hold a ball, Big Bill, his dad and coach, had pushed him to be the best. Coming back from what could have been a career-ending injury, Will was now about to achieve his lifelong dream. He knew his dad would be watching.

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    Moment of Glory

      Russ Durbin
Moment of Glory

Demas could hear the rats scurrying about in a corner of the cell, and he thought, wryly, that Antonia was not particularly noted for its accommodations or pleasant company. His cellmate was sleeping. Amazing how a man could sleep so soundly only a few hours before his execution! Demas had seen these Roman executions before and knew how slow and painful they could be.Demas could hear the rats scurrying about in a corner of the cell, and he thought, wryly, that Antonia was not particularly noted for its accommodations or pleasant company. He sat on a straw mat, his head against the cool stone wall, and listened to the regular breathing of Gestas. Amazing how a man could sleep so soundly only a few hours before he was to be executed! Was he completely fearless, or simply a fool? Demas didn't know which; he only knew that he, Demas the Greek, was very much afraid of what the morning light would bring. He had seen these Roman executions before and knew how slow and painful they could be.

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    A Private Little Affair

      Russ Durbin
A Private Little Affair

Betsy was in love. From the tips of her toes to the top of her pixie-like brown hair, every fiber of ber being seemed to vibrate with a special kind of joy. But the focus of her admiration was seemingly unaware of her...as a woman, that is. Unknown to Betsy was the fact that her young professor was quite aware of her.Although raised by single metahuman parents, Stephanie, Rael, and Lance weren’t prepared for the sudden and shocking event that thrust them into a night of upheaval as they cope with their metamorphosis into superhumans. The meteor shower that altered the heroes also mutated many others in Metrocity, causing a scene of chaos at Iron Cross General Hospital as Lance and Stephanie are captured by law enforcement, and Rael must free them.The friends join the Homeland Extraordinary Response Organization (H.E.R.O.) and seek to stop a mutant named Shrinker as she gathers new supers to build an army of bloodthirsty mutants in her plan to cause anarchy. Her evil squad kidnaps normal humans to feed those mutants, and it becomes a race against time to find the anarchists before they murder the people.While searching for the villain's base of operations, the group must learn their powers and overcome the problems associated with telepathy, a strong blood thirst, and strength capable of crushing steel under one’s fingers. They also begin to take part as heroes in the city, and discover that having powers is not as easy as it appears - in heroic actions or in normal life.H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis is the first novel in a growing series of action-based superhero novels based on the Metrocity division of H.E.R.O. It acts as the introductory novel to the supers and how three of the main characters fight crime and deal with disasters in the city. The novel leads the way into the H.E.R.O. series as a growing roster of H.E.R.O. agents take part in various events and disasters.H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis is a full-length novel of approximately 122,000 words.The ongoing series currently consists of these novels (as of early 2012):H.E.R.O. - MetamorphosisH.E.R.O. - New MarketsH.E.R.O. - Rise and FallH.E.R.O. - Dark ResearchH.E.R.O. - HordeH.E.R.O. - ParagonH.E.R.O. - Dossier I (Illustrated Guidebook - due Apr/May 2012)“I'm half way through the last book, Horde ... the characters have become like friends and I don't want to leave them. Thank you, Kevin, for writing this series. I felt like a kid again reading it. The series can be summed up in one word, ‘FUN.’” - Dale R. Bille“… I just couldn't stop flipping the pages of HERO.This book is smoothly written. It flows well, and although the story isn't groundbreaking, it has its own brand of charm. It has all the cool super hero stuff you want, and the 3 main super heroes are very well fleshed out. Their internal dialogues and character development are really what gives this book a (super) leg up on other similar novels.” – Gregory Ciallella“This was fun to read, and if you're a twenty-something then you'll enjoy the characters and their relationships. Action like X-men, romance like Twilight, bloodier than both but nothing too serious.” – Geeky guy

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    An Irish Love Story

      Russ Durbin
An Irish Love Story

One Irish Spring (circa mid-1970s)An American businessman on his first trip to Ireland meets Maggie, a brash red-head who has a low opinion of Yanks. Despite her attitude, he invites her to be his tour guide after hearing her passionately describe Ireland's beautiful beaches and mountains. They start out for the beach and wind up lost in the mountains.Part 1. One Irish Spring. American Patrick O'Connor, meets Maggie, a brash red-head who has a low opinion of Yanks. Yet, O'Connor invites her to be his tour guide of County Cork. They start for the beach and wind up lost in the mountains. What happens next you may guess. But there is a problem--he has a wife and family.Part 2. One Irish Christmas. A surprising development brings Pat O'Connor, now a successful author, back to Ireland 20 years after his first visit. His trip triggers a search for Maggie that seems destined to fail. Then he gets two surprises, one bitterly unwelcome.

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    The Suburbanites

      Russ Durbin
The Suburbanites

It was colder inside the car than outside when Jim slid out. He made no attempt to kiss her...Janet slid behind the wheel and backed Jim's classic BMW viciously out of the parking space, her mind still busy on events of the previous evening. It had been "one of those days" for Jim and Janet, but each had a different perspective on the events.INSIDE — Exclusive 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Changes! Anonymous Reels! Guest Star Category! No More Bloc Voting! How All My Children Changed Next Year’s Race! Web Acting To Be Honoured! Lauralee Bell Exclusive: Would Bill Bell Bring Back Y&R’s Victoria Rowell? Plus: Her Father’s Upcoming Bio! The Current Creative State of Y&R! Beer Guzzling! Web Soaps! Story Shocker: DAYS’s Will Spies EJ and Sami’s Grief Sex! Kimberly McCullough out at GH? Which male GH superstar is out, too? B&B On Location Again! Which Major GH Fan Fave Becomes a Serial Killer? Jonathan Jackson Quits! Is Jake Alive on GH? All My Children Cancelled… Again? Was Gary Tomlin headed to Prospect Park? One Life Cancels Fraternity Row! The Great Eric Braeden Hits Toronto! Is Trevor St. John returning to One Life? Dirty Soap’s Farah Fath on Calling Deidre Hall “A Bitch!” Too Far, Too Fary: Mama Bjorlin Introduces Nadia to a New Man! Fearless November Sweeps Preview! GH’s Ingo Rademacher back? Garin Wolf out; David Kreizman in? Writer Kay Alden temporarily out at B&B! More Brandon Beemer: “Nadia’s Beemer Guzzling is always good for me!” Douglas Marland, who? Learn How To Wreck a Show in 12 Steps or Less! Andrew Trischitta: One Life’s Secret Weapon? Y&R’s New Supercouple: Avery and Sharon?! Last week’s Soap Reviews; Next Week’s Preview Cheat Sheet! And every week: Unbelievable Blind Items!

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    The Test

      Russ Durbin
The Test

His knees trembled and he felt weak. The trek through the burning sands had been long, and longer still the climb up the mountain. The breeze that inhabits the high places found him at last as he looked toward the river, now hardly more than a bright ribbon from his lofty perch. Jesus felt very faint; his fast had been long since his baptism by his cousin, John.His knees trembled and he felt weak. The trek through the burning sands had been long, and longer still the climb up the mountain. His damp robe clung tightly to his hot body. The breeze that inhabits the high places found him at last as he looked toward the river, now a bright ribbon from his loft perch. He felt very faint; his fast had been long since his baptism by his cousin, John.The human man called Jesus was driven by a force greater than his own. "Climb. Reach the highest peak. There you will find...." The voice in his mind gave no answer.On and on he went. With his humanness threatening to betray him repeatedly, he at last reached the place he sought and found....

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    The Decision

      Russ Durbin
The Decision

Judge Henry Davis is faced with deciding whether a young man, convicted of murder, should live or die. The case has generated national media attention and opposing forces are lined up outside the court. Adding to the mounting pressure on Judge Davis, himself a candidate for political office, is pressure from a king-making publisher who wants him to duck the decision. What will the judge do?Judge Henry Davis is faced with deciding whether a young man, convicted of murder, should live or die. The case has generated national media attention, and opposing forces are lined up outside the court as he arrives to announce his decison. Adding to the mounting pressure on Judge Davis, himself a candidate for political office, is pressure from publisher who regards himself as a king-maker in their political party. He wants the judge to duck the decision. What will Judge Davis do?

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    Cool As A Cucumber

      Russ Durbin
Cool As A Cucumber

"He's as cool as a cucumber." It fit. Kenneth Cary Coulson was as calm and self-possessed as any rookie pitcher that I had ever seen. With the playoffs on the line, Cucumber was called to pitch. With his dad and his girl friend watching, Coulson calmly reared back and threw two blazing fast balls. What happened next shocked everyone, including me in the press box."He's as cool as a cucumber." Joe Raditz of The Times said it first. It fit. Kenneth Cary Coulson was as calm and self-possessed as any rookie pitcher that I had ever seen. With two men on base and the other team's cleanup hitter coming to the plate, Cucumber got the call to pitch. With his dad and girl friend watching, Coulson calmly reared back and threw two blazing fast balls. What happened next shocked everyone, including me in the press box.

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    Marshal

      Russ Durbin
Marshal

Summer was still in the air when Murdock walked down the main street of the town. He was no longer Marshal Murdock. Now, he was John Murdock, rancher and private citizen. But trouble was brewing between a cattleman and a farmer that could end in a gun showdown. And the new marshal wasn't dealing with it. What should Murdock do?Summer was still in the air when Murdock walked down the main street of the town and thought about his own problems--a good feeling after years of thinking about the problems of others. He was no longer Marshal Murdock. Now, he was John Murdock, rancher and private citizen. The marshal's job was another man's responsibility now, not Murdock's. But trouble was brewing between a cattleman and a farmer that could end in a gun showdown. And the new marshal wasn't dealing with it. What should Murdock do?

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