A Chain Of Flames: A Contemporary Christian Novel of Faith, Hope, Redemption and Love
Whose life will you change? Who will change yours? Will you even recognize that moment as it happens? In this remarkable Novel the characters are “vibrant and alive … dynamic voices demanding to be heard.” ~Where free will and destiny collide, there is… ‘Reckoning.’
Eli Rathebohn is an old soldier who never quite recovered from the the battle. He makes his living by smuggling drugs for the Mexican cartels. He manages his trauma by otherwise isolating himself from the rest of the world. Still- His inner demons will leave him no peace, and one of them in particular… will not stop whispering in his ear.
Johnny James is a Police Chaplain in the southern town of Las Cruces. In a twist of fate he foregoes his long anticipated fishing trip and decides instead to sojourn on his cowboy uncle’s ranch. But there is unexpected tragedy in the heartland. Johnny’s resolve will be tested… along with his faith and his courage.
Jared Suina, in returning home from college, finds himself caught between two worlds. On the rural American Southwest pueblo were he grew up, he is being pressured to adhere to the old ways — but Jared wants more. To please his Shaman uncle Jared embarks on a peyote vision quest where he sees more than he dared to… and his path is changed forever.
Denise Grayhorn is young, beautiful, and spirited Native American woman. The daughter of an influential tribal leader and businessman, she has been raised in privilege — but Denise has also been sheltered. Due to a careless indiscretion she may have just ended her television career before it has even begun. To redeem herself, Denise accepts a meager assignment, not knowing that this ‘penance’ will lead to the most sensational national news event of the year… and Denise has the exclusive.
Together these people – and a host of others – will come to realize that life is not a single footpath, but a broad interchange where our hearts, our souls, our actions, are all linked together… like a chain of flames.
A Chain of Flames is a Contemporary Christian Novel with adventure, suspense, pathos, and a touch of sweet, clean, romance.
In the dark land of Novus, a Light is beginning to move. As the true High King attempts to rally his forces, crystalline beings move among mortals, seen and heard only by those specially attuned to their existence. One of the Erela stands supreme above all the rest. Known as the Dark One, Zohar has all but succeeded in erasing the name of the High King from the hearts and minds of everyone in Novus. It is now up to the rest of the Erela to stop his wrath.
In an unknown community tucked away in a hidden valley, an Erela recruits a young apprentice to help carry out their important mission. As Levi embarks on a dangerous quest to fetch a princess and bring her to Zion to fulfill her destiny, she is struggling to understand why she has been chosen to be the new Queen of Novus. After twelve-year-old Aliatta learns the truth about her identity, her life intertwines with Levi’s. As the pair begins the long trek to Zion, they have no idea that the Dark One’s fury has just begun.
The Quest for Hope begins an exciting saga of good versus evil as a young apprentice and a princess journey through a perilous land so she can fulfill her purpose to become their new queen.
1. Consider a world international scene dominated by two superpowers.
2. Consider a world in which both superpowers form alliances, plan assassinations, and undertake massive projects to gain advantage over their adversaries.
3. Consider a world in which third rate countries choosing the wrong superpower as an ally are destroyed, their ruling cast carried off into exile by the invading enemy.
4. Finally, consider a world international scene in which a small group of religious zealots boldly proclaim that the coming world conflagration is the will of God.
Such was the case in 600 B.C. when Babylon vied with Egypt for world domination.
The Brotherhood of the Scroll is the story of a small group of Jewish patriots intent on helping their nation navigate the dangers of a turbulent international scene in the light of God’s revealed will.
The story begins in 605 BC, when Jeremiah delivered a prophesy that Jerusalem would be carried into Babylonian captivity for 70 years.
In that same year, Babylon defeated Egypt at the Battle of Carchemish, Nebuchadnezzar became King of Babylon, and within a year, carried the first of three groups of Jews into exile.
Jeremiah, seeing his beloved Israel caught between these two superpowers, forms an inner circle of faithful zealots he names The Brotherhood of the Scroll, whose mission is to preserve the faith of their people amidst international intrigue and war.
The Brotherhood of the Scroll is a fast-paced story that will captivate the attention of those who enjoy an international spy thriller, as well as anyone interested in how spiritual and political issues intertwine.
But being sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Gen X and the Millenials offers him no such comfort.
As a Baby Boomer, he does not get to be a respected hero by fighting German and Japanese warriors during WW II or North Koreans invading South Korea, but instead leaves behind a stepson who is sucked into the nebulous world of present day international terrorism, where everyone is suspect and no one can be trusted.’
Life is not easy as it requires his stepson Jack Smaltz to be just one more nameless, faceless hero whose story gets lost in the shuffle even as it makes his generation shine.
“The Extra” — A movie extra who never fulfilled his expectations begins to feel like an extra to everyone around him. Then, an unexpected phone call revives his dream.
“The Case of the Alphabet Killer” — Private investigator Bobbie Heck’s latest client is convinced someone is murdering his former classmates. She attends his 10 Year High School Reunion searching for suspects and finds a L.O.S.T. boy, touchy/feely faculty member, and another teacher who is a perfect gentleman. Her client needs Bobbi to solve this case in a hurry because his fiancée won’t marry him until he finds the killer who she and Bobbi are not convinced even exists.
“Special Delivery” — A kind old lady handles the weekly grocery shopping for her neighbors in their trailer court. Unsavory characters make her once enjoyable task dangerous.
“Intervention Detention” — Gus Rains just wants to be left alone. But his wife and six of his friends convene a meeting to confront Gus’ nastiest habit.
“Sing Unto the Lord a New Song” — A late-life crisis drags a wife into her husband’s latest scheme.
“Short Stories Book 4” is part of The Short Stories Series.
Anna Allen grew up in the Charleston Orphan House, but at eighteen, she must now leave. Her best option is to wed, and when a man from the Appalachian Mountains comes looking for a wife, she hesitantly agrees to marry him. However life with Elbert Ramsey and his father turns out to be miles from her dreams.
In 1851, Levi West decides to go stay with his brother in the Appalachian Mountains. His parents had died, leaving the farm in debt, and a brazen woman had caused a rift between him and his best friend. Although his sister-in-law’s younger sister acts almost as bad, Levi finds he loves the rugged mountains. When a hunting accident endangers his life, help comes from an unexpected source. Dare he hope for a family of his own or will another woman just disappoint him again?