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The Will of God By William Shambaugh
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Everyone wants to be healthy, successful, and happy. But many people suffer disappointment, sadness, rejection, and heartache. “I was a stricken deer that left the herd.” William... More > Cowper. We are told we live in a religious world. God will take care of us. But millions and millions with prayers on their lips have died in wars or disappeared in ethnic cleansings. Children die before they are ten and their parents go to church. We have an enormous church structure, it is extremely wealthy, it is led by powerful men, and yet our world is overwhelmed by suffering, evil, and greed. What we all want to know is “Will God be a very present help in the time of trouble.” This book says, it doesn’t seem like it. In a blunt, funny, plain-spoken way, this book leads us in a different direction. We are given a provocative, unorthodox look at what we are all up against and a way out. In Zimbawe people are greeted “How did you sleep?” The answer is, “I slept well if you slept well.”< Less
The Rear Guard By William Shambaugh
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The City Superintendent of Schools, Louise Hambrick-Hall, was found dead nude in her bed. The only person in the room was the minister of the city’s largest church. He didn’t kill her but... More > everyone else in town thought he did. Alan Givens believed his only hope was Sam Hart who had just driven into town to begin work in a decaying church jammed in beside a hardware store. But Hart couldn’t help anyone. His wife and daughter had been killed five years earlier and he had let himself go. He had stopped working. He was coming back but he wasn’t ready to help anyone. Alan Givens wanted Sam to save him from going to prison. Stella Hunter wanted Sam to stop Skip Lowtower from beating his ten year old son. Rod Stock, the city prosecutor, who didn’t like Givens, didn’t think Sam would be any problem. Clyde Brown, a black, and Laura Palmas, a P.R., were working the homicide, and they didn’t think Sam would make any difference at all. Everyone was in for a surprise.< Less
The Rear Guard By William Shambaugh
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A beautiful woman is found dead in her bed. The only person in the room was the minister of the city's largest church. He didn't shoot her, but everyone in town thinks he did. Sam Hart can't help... More > anyone, but this story uncovers his unique detective style. And a surprise ending for this novel< Less
Preach To The Cats By William Shambaugh
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A murder mystery with powerful characters in the mid 90s. John Bible was shot on Charles Street in downtown Baltimore. He had just dropped off a clasp envelope with some pictures and names in it with... More > an attorney whose office he had walked into by mistake. He wanted the envelope taken to his sister, if something happened to him. Frank Browne was an attorney in practice for himself, who didn't make enough to use the long form for his taxes. He didn't want to deliver the envelope to anyone after seeing John Bible on the sidewalk outside his building. But he felt he had no choice. Nora Bible was a proficient surgeon. When she found out that it was Colonel Javier Rivera who had her brother shot, that he was with the Special Forces in Guatemala, that it was his habit when someone hurt his feelings, he would shoot them, everyone told Nora to bury her brother and let all this go. They were certain she would. She did not.< Less
Try Me Again By William Shambaugh
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A contemporary novel of solving a crime while finding lost love. Jon Sears, a cocaine cowboy from Miami, shot Nappy Johnson on Nappy’s front step in Harrisburg as a favor to his uncle. Cleo... More > March was only twenty feet away, a perfect witness. When Sears was quickly released through money contacts, he started sending hard men to remove the only witness that could get him convicted. Cleo March believed that the only one that could save her was Ray Fargo. But she hadn’t seen him in eighteen years since he left her abruptly two days before they got married. He was back in town but staying away from her. Cleo had saved Myrtle when she was ten from being abused in the system as an orphan. That was seven years ago and when the first two men Sears sent to Harrisburg ended up dead, one flat on his back in the parking lot with an arrow tipped with curare in his chest, it was clear that Myrtle was now returning the favor to Cleo. The second thing Myrtle did was go tell Ray Fargo, “Get on board.”< Less
Preach to the Cats By William Shambaugh
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John Bible was shot on Charles Street in downtown Baltimore. He had just given a sealed envelope to Frank Browne who was in practice for himself. Bible wanted the envelope taken to his sister, Nora,... More > a vascular surgeon at Johns Hopkins, if something happened to him. Something happened to him. Nora Bible was a good surgeon. She was a decent, easy going person. When she and Frank opened the envelope and found out that her brother had been killed by Colonel Javier Rivera from Guatemala. Frank told Nora, “This is something to stay out of.” Everyone told her to bury her brother and let this go. They were certain she would. She had never rocked any boats before. She did this time. She went to the State Department, and used Rivera’s name openly. It got back to Rivera. Oscar Birdsong, who knew how things worked, told Frank Browne, “No one can keep her alive now. They were standing in the empty parking lot beside the Raven’s Stadium. Oscar told Frank, ”But you and I are going to try.”< Less
The Will of God By William Shambaugh
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Everyone wants to be happy, healthy, and successful. This book tells us why the Church will never help us to do that. In a provocative, candid way, we are given the direction the world should have... More > gone long before this.< Less
Talcott Taylor By William Shambaugh
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Carole Browne brought her three children by canoe to a cabin home off the Susquehanna River in the late 1600s. A raiding party of Iroquois warriors swept across the clearing, brained her youngest... More > daughter and took her and her oldest daughter back through the woods to head upriver to a Seneca town. Talcott Taylor, a solitary hunter, ambushed the raiding party at the river, got Carole free, but her daughter, Rachel, was gone. Talcott promised Carole he would go bring Rachel home. He joined a Dutch party headed from to Fort Orange. The party was headed by Jacob Steen, In the large canoe was Paul Joffre, a Jesuit priest and Brenda Monday, a woman determined to join a French general in Montreal. Jacob Steen counted on Talcott to get him back down the Hudson. Carole Browne counted on him to get her daughter back home. Brenda Monday counted on him to get her off the platform the Iroquois had bound her to with fires burning. He picked up his long rifle and believed he could get it all done.< Less
Reuben Cameron By William Shambaugh
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A western thriller. Reuben Cameron came down out of the mountains and rode into Independence, Missouri just to look around. There were twenty-five wagons of emigrants waiting to head out on the... More > Oregon Trail. And out near the South Pass Karl Crabtree, a mean, miserable man had eighty-five riders he was using to rob wagon trains as they came through. The emigrants needed a trail guide. Reuben Cameron was that man. They faced cholera. They had to get past Fort Kearney and Fort Laramie. And Karl Crabtree before they could reach the Willamette Valley.< Less
Talcott Taylor By William Shambaugh
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A powerful adventure novel set in late 1600s on the American frontier. Carole Browne brought her three children by canoe to a cabin home in the wilderness off the Susquehanna River.A raiding party of... More > Iroquois swept through the cabin and brained her youngest daughter and took her and her oldest daughter as prisoners into the woods headed back upriver to a Seneca town. Talcott Taylor, a solitary hunter, ambushed the raiding party and freed Carole, but one of the Iroquois got a canoe, seized her daughter, Rachel, and was gone. Talcott promised Carole he would go deep into Iroquois country and bring Rachel home.< Less