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Books by James W. Nelson: Samples, Synopses, Reviews

Dying To Live Front Cover
When someone asks about my books it will be handy to have a blog link ready to share.
In my fiction I do not try to create super-heroes, but rather bring alive common and regular people who try to find love, survive, and react to circumstances as best they can, and, usually, try to do the right thing. The books are more than one genre, from war to sex and violence to romance to humor to horror to fantasy to science fiction to adventure, I write in third-person subjective with viewpoints by men, women, and children.

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NOVELS
Winter in July
(The doomsday clock is ticking…it will reach midnight)
Callipygia
(A place, or maybe just a state of mind, for if you go there, and partake, you will become changed…forever)
Pharmacological Research Gone Berserk (Needed: volunteers)
Daughters Book 1(The heartbreak of human trafficking)
Daughters Book 2(Emma gets payback)
Daughters Book 3(The Lure of Pornography)
Daughters Book 4(The Little girl From Down the Street)
Daughters Book 5(Sorority animal House)
Boat Sailors(Vietnam War action by fleet submarines)
The Bellwether(The mother of all disasters)
The Light at the End of the tunnel(A supernatural thriller)
New World Order Rising Book 1(The Abduction)
New World Order Rising Book 2(The New Civil War)
New World Order Rising Book 3(The Next Generation Fights On)

THE SHORT STORIES
Strange & Weird Stories
(The unknown: as close as beside you)
A Collection of Short Contemporary Stories(Stories about people just like you)

NONFICTION
Dying to Live
(The life & times of Jimmy Nelson)
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Winter in July (65,500 words) (male POV)
(The doomsday clock is ticking…it will reach midnight)
In 2019, many more nations than the superpowers have nuclear weapons and dependable delivery systems. Kirby Yates, 40, helps his town prepare for the ultimate war, which nobody believes will ever happen.

Synopsis

When the mother of Kirby Yates, 40, cleaned out his late uncle’s house, then ten-year-old Kirby stumbled onto a collection of nuclear war literature. He didn’t understand what he had but began reading and had many nightmares, but couldn’t stop reading. He couldn’t repress his new found fascination, which followed him into adulthood.
In 2019 he’s one of the city fathers of Hammett’s Mill, North Dakota, population 240, and has a good job groundskeeping at the construction site of what will become known as an Energy House Museum. The excavation is monstrous. Kirby suspects the underground building is actually a future bomb shelter. He’s nearly obsessed with that suspicion.
After his suspicions are confirmed ex-army Kirby gets a second job (defense of the bomb shelter). But he’s unsure of his feelings (hawk or dove?) so attends a peace meeting, where he meets Lisa. She leads a protest at a missile silo, involves him, becomes his lover, and becomes curator of the new underground museum/bomb shelter, but isn’t told of its insidious true purpose. Conflict of interest would cost her new job.
So, yes, the U.S. government is building secret bomb shelters by small towns, the idea being to save entire populations.
Winter in July is character-driven and based entirely from the viewpoint of the civilian.
Introduction
The world is still a dangerous place. Russia and China both have Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles still aimed at the United States, and likely most other nations of the free western world. India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons, although, presently at least, we think, just aimed at each other. North Korea has nuclear weapons, but we don’t know, exactly, what they have. Iran badly wants nuclear weapons, no matter what their leaders are saying. And who knows how many other nations have nuclear weapons and/or the capability of acquiring them very quickly.
Oh, yes, and terrorists: How many suitcases can a sleeper terrorist carry? Or a dozen? Or a hundred? A nuclear winter is still somewhat in the realm of theory; that is, we don’t know what would happen during and after even a small nuclear exchange. And that’s the key: We don’t know.
This novel, Winter in July, is fiction. Not meant as a call to arms by the doves of the world, nor as a call to quarters for the hawks. It is meant simply as a good read, and a reminder to the millions of moderate individuals out there of what is possible.
Reviews

One

Are you prepare for the end of the world?, December 14, 2011  By Karen West
Do you enjoy end of the world or apocalyptic stories? James W. Nelson has created a very believable incident involving weather changes and government cover ups.
The story is very character driven and moves at a good pace and kept my attention. Kirby, Lisa and the other characters are everyday people involved in a fight for their lives as they prepare for the end of the world.
The ending was not quite what I expected and I have mixed emotions about what happened to Lisa. Overall , a very satisfactory and enjoyable book.

Two

The author has seen into my mind….., March 30, 2012 By Marie J. Post “mjp” (Florida Keys)
I bought this book because “From the Author” could have been written by me. While the author is a few years older than I am, I grew up in the same era and have suffered the same nightmares.
Kirby’s fears are my fears. This isn’t a “feel good” book with a happy ending; this could be tomorrow’s headlines (if there were any newspapers/internet sites/electricity/people left afterward). I read this type of fiction as a sort of talisman, “if I read it, it won’t happen.”
I hope.
Though bleak, I appreciate the way the author set the tone for the book. It’s gritty and realistic. It’s terrifying. It’s well worth reading.
I hope that there will be a sequel. I want to know how these four people (Kirby, an old survivalist, and two others; I won’t spoil the ending for you) manage in the coming years. Winter in July sets the stage for a hell of tale of survival.

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Buy! — an unusual, introspective take on the apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic tale, May 5, 2012
By Kurt Stallings “Kurt Stallings — Author, Law… (Fort Worth, Texas
Kirby Yates lives in a part of the country where there are almost as many nuclear missiles as there are people. The small little town he calls home is filled with lonely people making their way through silent lives. They would be mere numbers waiting to be dumped onto a casualty list if it wasn’t for the fact that their exact location is just beyond the range of total destruction by any enemy missiles aimed at the American bases a short drive across the prairie. Even so, Yates would be nothing among them in the eyes of planners, but for the fact that he happens to have a combination of basic military experience, a quiet competence for planting and managing landscapes, and a bit more intelligence than most — common enough throughout the world, but rare in that particular spot. He’s chosen to prepare for and participate in any nuclear exchange without being informed of the fact until it’s too late to quit, although he is bright enough to realize it before. Ironically, he realizes, he is preparing the stage for the tragedy that has given him nightmares since discovering a secret stash of materials in his grandfather’s house. His artist’s vision, which he keeps hidden from others, makes his sense of what may be coming only more vivid.

The author achieves something rare, if not indeed unique, with a work of fiction that not only broadens the reach of its particular sub-genre but doubles as a commentary on that sub-genre in itself. Certainly, this is the first of the A/PA novels I’ve read that explores the reason I am compelled to read so many. The protagonist grew up with the same obsessive sense of impending nuclear doom that vested in so many of us at a certain age, thanks to countless drills at school, those ridiculous films in class, and any number of black-and-white movies on TV. While some reviewers here are put off by Kirby Yates’ initial, relative immaturity — brilliantly and incisively detailed for him halfway through by a woman explaining why they can not be together — readers more accustomed to novels that aren’t purely action-driven will enjoy following his maturation, complete at the end of the book.

I’m not knocking action books, or those who enjoy them, I’m simply making the distinction so you can choose whether you personally might enjoy the book or not. I like action books; I also like this one. This is a book about a man, not a war, albeit a man preparing for the most terrifying of wars; and it’s a book about a real man, not a caricature.

I recommend BUY as someone who enjoyed the tension as the subtle shifts in his relationships, always driven by an artist’s appreciation for the insanity of nuclear war, was also balanced by an appreciation for the need for “adults” (as Yates puts it in his musings) who deal with insanity as something that is never going away. The struggle to achieve some sort of mature balance within himself as between those two impulses are what drive his decisions throughout the book. The ending is so satisfying because he finds that balance under the most surprising of circumstances — or perhaps the only situation in which he might have stumbled onto it. In any event, it’s his decisive action that wins him his “adulthood,” and brings the security he’s always sought to himself and those for whom he cares.

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Callipygia (66,100 words) (female POV)
A place, or maybe just a state of mind, for if you go there, and partake, you will become changed…forever.
Stephanie Daniels, 29, journalist, goes on the undercover assignment of her life, and finally finds true love, with another woman.

Synopsis

Stephanie Daniels, 29, is a journalist for the Sheyenne Eagle. Too many women have gone missing in the region of the South Dakota Black Hills…plus there’s the rumor of a lesbian sex slave camp; and the sidebar of men smelling of alcohol wandering on back roads and telling of being abducted, drugged, tied up, and used as a stud.
Are the three stories related?
Stephanie will go undercover to find out. She’ll be glad to get out of town for awhile too, and get away from her boyfriend. He’s not abusive, exactly, but he’s also not the love of her life she has always hoped for. In fact, she feels, they live together expressly for the purpose of neither being alone—she really hates their relationship, but has never allowed herself to say it, or even think it!
On the bus ride to the Black Hills she comes to realize her long string of meaningless relationships have only been a prelude and learning experience to what she really wants: the love of another woman!
Weeks will pass as she interviews the families of the missing women, and the—so-called—abducted-used-as-studs-men, but very little information arises about the Dakota Amazons, as the locals have named the suspected lesbian sex slave camp.
Feeling discouraged and wondering if she should return to her job without the main story, she relaxes in a bar one night, feeling tearful and more alone than ever when a blonde woman appears in the outside door and causes her stomach to turn into a whirlwind. What’s going on? No man has ever caused her to feel so…so—she couldn’t even give her feelings a description.
The young woman notices her too, and approaches, and introduces herself as Megan, and mentions seeing her tears, and tells her she needs a break, and offers to take her to the mythical land of Callipygia, a place with a humanistic goal but questionable methods. Stephanie will soon find herself wondering if her job still awaits her, and responsible for two pregnant women.
Reviews
1
Well written, but graphic. Interesting main character, August 14, 2012
By P. Eddy (Seattle I really want half stars… I’d definitely bump this up a half star.
It’s well written. The visualization is beautiful. But as a woman, I felt some of the descriptions of the sex was… well… written by a man. Does that mean it wasn’t good? Not at all. But I was just aware that I felt it was written by a man. As it’s a book about (largely) lesbian relationships, this rang a little for me. At the same time, the way in which it was written also helped offset some of the darker parts of the book. So I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this as a negative, but more just as a note. “It is what it is.”

I also wasn’t totally impressed by the main character’s choices in life. I felt like many of her choices were only to further the story, and not choices she’d actually make. She went along with things without question, and as a journalist, I feel like she should have questioned things more. However, at the same time, she was also going through some major life issues, and so I’m chalking her choices up to that. We didn’t get enough of her backstory up front. However, that’s one of those issues that I’m willing to forgive, if the story is good enough.

That said, the story was excellent. There’s a lot of sex and violence in the book, as well as sexual violence. So potential readers should be aware of this. But there is also a lot of love and hope. It highlights some of the horrible parts of this world, and tries to present a solution to them, and even though the solution isn’t perfect, and in fact, has major problems of its own, the characters believe it is the right solution.

I would read more from this author.

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Fast-Paced, Different, and Good, September 24, 2013 By Tina Dunn (Asheboro, North Carolina)
I wish there were half-stars, because this really deserved 4 1/2 stars. The concepts, style, and descriptive writing really bring you into the story. There are a few flaws – but very few. I put off reading it because I thought it may be erotic and did not want to read erotica, but after reading Nelson’s “The Bellwether,” I enjoyed his style enough to give it a shot. I was not disappointed.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a ride and not one for the faint hearted, October 26, 2013 By DMJOHNSTON “DMJ” (New Zealand)
The story is intricately woven, with an interesting plot twist. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat from start to finish! The heroines actions had me scratching my head at the beginning of the story, until I realized we don’t always make wise choices, but thankfully most of us come away unscathed. The story is raw, and at times brutal, but is also one of hope, love and survival.
Contain: FF, non-con, kidnapping, abuse, violence, murder.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazed, October 21, 2013 By Mariah
I started this book because i needed something to read until i got my other books in the mail. I thought it was boring at first but then kept reading and I’m glad I did. It was very interesting and started capturing my attention more and more. It was a great book and i enjoyed it very much. Took me by surprise.

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Pharmacological Research Gone Berserk (82,500 words) (male POV)(Needed: volunteers) (medical mystery drama) Shea McTory, 31, homeless, volunteers to be locked up six months for a human nutrition research study, learns to deal with nine other volunteers—one a psychopath—and meets the love of his life.

Synopsis

Shea McTory, 31, is way down on his luck. His photography career fell to the party scene. For a few years he’s been on the street, scratching a living. He gets more than bargained for when he answers the ad: VOLUNTEERS WANTED, FREE FOOD, PAY…. All he wanted was a roof over his head, to earn some money, maybe get some good food. But the food is not tasty; he’s locked up with an adolescent-minded ex-sailor and a psychopath; he stumbles across secret, illegal & dangerous research; and meets Natalie, the love of us life.
Frustrations build, tempers flare, love affairs, friendships, hatreds, develop.

Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars December 28, 2011 By caron99 – See all my reviews
this was a great book to read I sooo enjoyed it, my husband kept stealing my computer to read it too.

5.0 out of 5 stars MY KIND OF BOOK
love medical thrillers, and found this to be one. great writer & great book. if you like medical thrillers you will enjoy this one. Published 8 days ago by DAVID SINAI

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Daughters Book 1 (40,200 words) (The heartbreak of human trafficking)
(female & male POV) (abduction, crime, prostitution, love of a father) Emotion and love in the house where Emma, 18, grew up, was rare. When abducted into prostitution she is hardly missed, until the one person who truly cares about her finds out.

Introduction

Thousands of young American girls have been abducted or lured from their normal lives and made into sex slaves. While many Americans have heard of human trafficking in other parts of the world — Thailand, Cambodia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, for example — few people know it happens in the United States.
The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11.
As many as 300,000 American youth may be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation at any time. Especially vulnerable are the homeless and runaways…one third of runaway youths—girls and boys both—will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours on the streets.
UNICEF estimates that 2 million children per year are exploited in prostitution or pornography.

Synopsis

Emotion of any kind in the house where Emma grew up was a rare thing, so when she disappeared it took some time before her aunt actually realized she was missing. Then a month went by, quickly. Aunt Evelyn knew of only one person who would care, who would do something about getting her back, who would do anything for Emma:
Bailey Forbes. If Emma’s mother—Aunt Evelyn’s sister—hadn’t died, Bailey would have married her and adopted the 7-year-old child. Yes, that was the plan. Little sister was so in love with that man…but little sister did die, and that changed everything. Auntie Evelyn allowed Bailey and Emma to have continued contact for awhile, but it couldn’t go on. There was no blood involved, and Evelyn had never bought into the idea that blood wasn’t necessary to cause true bonding. But eleven years had passed. Would Bailey even remember? Or care?

Reviews
One
5.0 out of 5 stars True To Life, December 11, 2011 By Carolee Samuda (Kingston, Jamaica)
A book that pulls you into a world that is not quite understood by many. The twist and turns of the trafficking world is brought to light by the author. You feel like you are there experiencing it, living it. A must read, as this affects so many lives in many countries around the world. So many women have been used and abused by this cruel system.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviting and Heartbreaking.., December 8, 2011 By Kim
This book was truly an eye opener as to the plight of young girls and human trafficking in the US. It was well written and had you sitting on the edge of your seat. It contained some valuable information and advice that every young girl, parents, grandparents should think about in today’s society. Thank you James for writing a truly wonderful book. The descriptions and wording made you feel as if you were going through many of the horrific events that unfolded. Sunnie Day

Three
BY jacqui2011 From Leicester, United Kingdom
A short time ago, I read an article here on HubPages by Cardisa entitled James W. Nelson: Author Extraordinaire and Hubpages Member, An Interview. Immediately the article had me gripped and I decided to read some of his hubs. His writing technique is so effortless, and intriguing that I knew I had to read his book.
I downloaded “Daughters” and received the book in seconds. I started reading it immediately, but unfortunately work got in the way of it. I did my shift, got home and couldn’t wait to get back to the book.
Without giving too much away, the book is based on a true story of the sex slave industry. It was written by James Nelson to highlight the problems that still remain in the world today and what can happen to children who become runaways, who are abducted or who become homeless street children.
The book is very powerful and tells the story of Emma, a young girl who is abducted and sold into the seedy world of human trafficking. She is only 18 years old when she is bundled into a pick up truck by her captors and this is where her nightmare begins. Her abduction takes place in broad daylight while she is finishing her work for the day as a cleaner.
Daughters is a book which contains crime, thrills, suspense, violence, rape and murder. Upon reading the first few pages, I was totally hooked. James deals sensitively with the subject of human trafficking from the young girls perspective; yet he manages to capture very well, the mentality of the captors. They see young girls as a means to making them rich by selling them as pieces of meat to the highest bidder to have their way with them.
There are lots of twists and turns in the story and several points when you will be on the edge of your seat. I felt that I knew Emma personally and wanted to help her, which is what makes James Nelson such a talented and gifted author. Some of these young girls are conditioned from such an early age that they just get on and accept it as part of life, never knowing what it is to be loved by another.

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Daughters Book 2 (45,000 words) (female POV) (Emma Gets Payback)
After six months of renewing themselves, Emma and Alexis leave the safety of Abundance, Montana, and venture 200 miles farther west to the campus of University of Montana, Wyman, where her past will come back to haunt her.

Six months have gone by. Emma and her new best friend, Alexis, leave the safety of Abundance, Montana, and the home of her foster father, Bailey Forbes, to head 200 miles back out into the cold world. But the University of Montana, Wyman, should be safe. After all, it’s a university, with security guards and campus police, and professors, and many other adults to look after the new students.
Unfortunately, Emma’s past comes back to haunt her right there on the campus. Alexis tells her she should call Bailey, but Emma determines to take care of things herself. And she maybe will be able to, as she and Alexis are taking an evening self-defense class that includes some Taekwondo.

Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, July 23, 2014 This review is from: Daughters: Emma Gets Payback

Good
From the author: Not a very long review, but definitely a positive one.

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Daughters Book 3 (59,000 words) The Lure of Pornography (multiple POV)
Emma, in her second year of college (studying psychology & criminal justice) goes undercover into the dark world of pornography.

Yes, pornography is legal, but an online writer has stumbled onto a website showing brutal training methods and has posted a description for the whole world to see. It’s pretty clear he thinks the girls in the short clips are underage, which would make this particular site illegal.
One of Emma’s college mentors has seen the blog post, knows her plans, and contacts her. She reads the post, decides to find the location of the porn studio, and—one way or another— help take it down. She had planned to attend classes year-round and graduate early, but this is more important. She knows it could be dangerous, but helping young girls in trouble has become her life goal.
Two others will share the viewpoint with Emma.
Fifteen-year-old Raelynn is out to test the limits today and decides to skip school. She soon meets Maggie who is considering running away. Together they meet Jayden, a young man on the move, who will take the two girls to a very dark place…and sell them.

Review

By Donald Hunt “K-9 1″on January 15, 2015
Although it is a fictional story, the subject matter is very real.
The story takes us into, the Dark Side of the Social World, down the road of child pornography, human trafficking, sex slaves, prostitution. BDSM……..
The victims are in their teens, and some as young as 9 years old.
The life span, unless you escape, in this World is 7 years, for 2 reasons, 1. Homicide 2. AIDS
Most Americans have a hard time believing this to be true.
It happens in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, not here in America, they say.
At this moment, there are 100,000 trapped in this underground world, and 300,000 children at risk.
You will meet a young man, that gets paid, for the number of girls he “catches”, and you will see how difficult it is to find the girls, after he passes them along, for all he has is a cell number to contact the next link in the chain.
And some of the younger girls, are on their way out of the country, within hours of the “catch”.
You will also meet Emma, a second year college student, and one of the lucky ones, that escaped this dark side of humanity.
She and an Internet blogger, go into this scary and very dangerous World, undercover to try and find the web site, that is showing, young girls, in various sex scenes.
I will not give away, any more of the story, except to say, WARNING, there are very graphic and detailed sex scenes in the story.
And second…..where are your children??

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Daughters Book 4 (50,000 words) (The Little Girl From Down the Street)
Emma, home from college for a visit, discovers her adopted father, Bailey, suspects a nine-year-old girl is possibly being molested.

Fayanne has pretty auburn hair and green eyes, but doesn’t smile much. At nine she’s losing her mom to Alzheimer’s. She’s too young to understand what it means when her mom gets that funny look in her eyes and then sometimes acts like she doesn’t even know her…but the worst is what her mom’s boyfriend does to her at night. She wonders if what he does is right, and good, and should she like it? She has questions but nobody to ask, until one day while walking to school she meets another man, a nice man. They talk, a lot, but she’s afraid to ask him those questions that she really wants to know.

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Daughters Book 5 (42,000 words) (Sorority Animal House) (multiple female viewpoint)
A young woman “Little” says “No!” to the sorority’s brutal initiation rites, starts to leave, would have been stopped and forced, but her big sister “Big” has a change of heart and comes to her rescue.

Emma, at 22, graduates from college with degrees in social work and criminal justice, will work toward earning her black belt in Taekwondo, and she and Jacey Wendell, attorney, will become partners with a specialty of helping human trafficking victims.
In Book 5 we meet Arianna, the angry. One year ago she experienced the sorority initiation rituals and has been ‘angry’ ever since, and practically salivates thinking of what she will do to her new little sister pledge. It was done to her so it’s only fair she get to do it to someone else—right?
We also meet Brandi, the innocent, just out of high school where she was president of her class, editor at her school newspaper, and graduated with a 3.9 grade average. Even though small in size, she had played soccer, excelled as shortstop in softball and led the varsity volleyball team to a district championship. She is ready to move forward in her life.
And so the cycle continues….

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Boat Sailors (65,000 words) (male POV) Second “expanded” edition, 2014
Fresh from the farm, Brice Wesley Moser, 17, will leave his loved ones behind, pay his dues in bootcamp, then Class A Weapons School where he’ll experience more life in 9 weeks then the whole 17 years before. He becomes a Torpedoman’s Mate, Seaman Apprentice, and soon will discover his rating covers much more than torpedoes.

Introduction

In the mid-nineteen-sixties some conventional fleet submarines were refitted to carry small teams of combat swimmers (Underwater Demolition Teams [UDT] and Sea, Land and Air teams [SEALs]) for a variety of combat operations. Their primary mission was beach reconnaissance. Subic Bay provided the main base for operations and was known as Detachment Alpha. Det Charlie operated from the USS Perch APSS 313, and later the USS Grayback LPSS 574, and USS Tunny LPSS 282.
All three submarines were left over from World War II, but all were still plenty spirited.
Many of the Perch’s operations consisted of Search and Rescue, and training—besides UDT and SEALs—U.S. Marine’s Amphibious Recon Battalion, Army Special Forces, also British commando forces and ROK Republic of Korea, Philippine, and Nationalist Chinese Special Forces. She participated in the operations Jungle Drum III, Dagger Thrust, Double Eagle, Deck House II, and Deck House IV.
(The Perch and her crew form the basis of this fictional novel)

Synopsis

Brice Wesley Moser needed to get away from the farm for awhile, sow some wild oats as his dad and uncles called it. So he joined the navy. Just a few days from saying ‘I do’ he was on his way to San Diego, California, boot camp, weapons school, then shore duty. Well, shore duty wasn’t a lot more exciting then throwing bales and milking cows back in Iowa, so he volunteered for submarines. With the Vietnam War heating up, things would soon get a bit more interesting.
This absolute neophyte to the ways of the navy—and especially to the submarine navy—would need a mentor:
Second Class Electronics Technician Richards, hailing from Texas, had already been in the navy for five years, and his boat, as boat-sailors fondly referred to their home submarines, had just gotten orders to steam from Pearl Harbor, into the western Pacific and their new home port of Subic Bay, the Philippine Islands. There they would take on Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) and Sea, Land and Air teams (SEALs) for beach reconnaissance and other special operations.

Reviews

Four Stars. I read the book because a friend of mine recommended it to me, By Solvravnenon March 21, 2015
We are both Vietnam Vets, I am an Army Combat Infantryman and he was trained as a torpedoman on a diesel boat. He told me this book was very accurate and paralleled his life in the Silent Service so closely it was as though the author was writing about his own personal experiences. I gained a good understanding of how the diesel subs operated and found it an easy and interesting read. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in these boats and the sailors who served proudly in them under demanding conditions and dangerous situations.

****

The Bellwether (229,000 words) (multiple viewpoint) (A long book, but a lot happens, with a huge cast of characters) (The mother of all disasters) (economic & environmental meltdown) (love, sex, violence, drama, adventure) Aaron Hodges, 32, has one month to take his future colonists 300 miles to northern Minnesota wilderness…not by truck down the highway, but—to avoid Martial Law—overland across farmland and forest by horse and wagon, but first he has to convince them to want to go.

Introduction/synopsis

Think of the 1800s, the wagontrains, and the people who crossed the prairie looking for a better life. Now fast-forward to the new millennium and the worldwide economy totally crashing, causing unbelievable chaos and violence. Through Native American prophecy, Aaron Hodges has been warned and envisions building a hidden colony to ride out the likely decades-long crisis. But that’s just prophecy; nothing is happening right now. He’s been traveling and working and needs to grow up a bit, and goes home to touch base with old friends, and to look for his long-lost girlfriend, finds her but fails with her, leaves again and wins a lot of money at Las Vegas, then buys a farm and tries to save the environment but fails at that too. The colony idea resurfaces but his long list of friends doesn’t see the need, especially Caroline, his girlfriend, so he has to convince them to want to go.
When the crash comes nobody can point a finger and blame a specific thing. The United States and the world are locked in drought, stagnant economy, and rampant pollution. Too many people are wasting too much, demanding too much standard of living, and too much money is creating too much free time and entertainment, for as one height is reached boredom prevails, and more and greater thrills are demanded.
More wood, more metal, more food and drink, and more oil.
The oil flow stops.
Then the flow of supplies stops. The civilized world finds itself trapped inside a steel, concrete, and plastic wasteland with no utilities, no food, no water.
And no gasoline.
Set in the near future, novel runs for two years, leading to a modern-day wagontrain with over sixty people driving sixteen covered wagons pulled by four-horse teams for 30 days across 300 miles from southern Minnesota farming country to northern Minnesota wilderness. Background themes include the economy, environment, and a shadowy ‘master race’ organization. Novel is character-driven, just normal people loving and finding love, surviving, and reacting to circumstances as best they can. You will like the characters, you will care what happens to them, and at the end you will cheer.

Reviews
One
Kingstonbears LIKES this book  Wow, what a read. By far the best I’ve downloaded on this site. Excellent plot and superb development of characters. A “can’t put it down” book.

Two

5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable story!, September 11, 2011 By Karen West

This was a long book but not a slow read. Mr. Nelson has written a very enjoy story that he described in great detail in his synopsis. So many interesting people and events taking place that the story moves so quickly.
If you are a fan of romance, adventure and apocalypse you will not be disappointed in this book. After I finished the last page, I was left wanting more so I hope the author will continue the story with a sequel.
This was a true bargain and I think will remain as one of my favorite books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work Of Fiction Worth Reading!, November 14, 2011 By BookLoverRome

The Bellwether: The Mother of all Disasters is an exciting tale written by author James W. Nelson. Nelson’s storyline and characterization are superb. The story is intriguing, yet full of reality. The Bellwether is a highly recommended read for fiction lovers.

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Good but Long, December 20, 2012 By LC
The Bellwether is an exciting novel that takes us on a wild ride through the end of the worldwide economy and one man’s actions to get through it. If you like adventure with some romance thrown in, this book will capture your imagination.
The book started out a bit slow for me, but it picked up towards the middle and grew very exciting. There are many characters to become acquainted with but the author includes a character reference at the end that is very helpful. Although it is fairly long, the author does a good job of keeping the story moving and preventing the reader from getting bored. Overall, this book was a good read. If you want something that will keep you entertained, check out The Bellwether. I gave this book four stars.
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From the author: Due to the length of this book, and the large number of characters and chapters, at the end I list all the characters and the main ones are described; also listed are the chapters and short synopses of each. Reason being the reader might like to look back to check something. Some readers might even opt to read the back first.

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel (68,600 words) (multiple viewpoint) (A Supernatural Thriller)
(one theory of reincarnation) (capital punishment, horror, crime, drama, foster care)if the state kills a worst-of-the-worst criminal, does he really die? The prison chaplain, 35, recruits nurse Nicole Waters, 30, to help him find and stop the reincarnated worst-of-the-worst criminal, Les Paul, now rampaging through foster home after foster home.

Synopsis

Worst-of-the-worst criminal, Les Paul, is on death row awaiting execution.
The chaplain is trying to stop the execution, and not because of a love for mankind.
Mrs. Leslie Markum in nine months will give birth to the reincarnation of evil.
Ms. Nicole Waters is nursing at the hospital where the infant, Les Paul, will be abandoned.
Cassandra is yet divided between her mother and father.

When Cassandra is born her mother will live long enough to name her. On the same day her father will die in Afghanistan. Cassandra starts her life alone. In foster care she will fall through crack after crack, and nobody wants to adopt this darling girl child. Lacking love, she soon discovers her crying brings her nothing. She stops crying. As she grows she does not come to love, anything, and does not come to trust…anyone.
So, on October 18, this little girl will be born. Halfway across the country another baby will be born on the same day, just another child who will find no love. Les Paul will find no love because he is the reincarnation of a long string of evil killers, born with the memories of each prior life, not really intact memories but memories nonetheless, and they will serve him well in his next new life.

Six months after execution Les Paul is swimming in a warm pool of amniotic fluid. Through instinct he realizes he wants more room, so uses his twin brother’s umbilical cord to strangle him, then pushes and kicks that useless presence toward that light at the end of the tunnel.

The chaplain and Nicole join forces and train at a desert survival school. Their goal has been—and remains to be—to track down the newly-born Les Paul—rampaging through foster home after foster home—and prove that this child, now nine-years-old, is truly the reincarnation of Les Paul, worst-of-the-worst criminal.

Reviews

One
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening and enthralling., February 22, 2012
By Rhonda Lytle (Liverpool, TX United States
This book is engrossing. It’s not what I would call a warm, fuzzy type of read, but rather a real glimpse into some of the major issues facing society such as the atrocities committed upon children, consequences of the death penalty, and the ever declining social conditions regarding families and relationships in general all wrapped up in some addicting fiction.
The author, James W. Nelson, has an easy to read style that makes putting the book down difficult. His characters are rich, the storyline multi-layered, and the action moves at a good pace. One of the things I really enjoyed was that it was not predictable at all and there were surprises all the way up to the very end. I feel he has earned an all around five stars!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-downable, absolutely gripping!, February 10, 2012
By Carolee Samuda (Kingston, Jamaica
The most unique tale of the criminal mind. The story is scary but you don’t want to stop reading it because you have to know what happens. This book is thrilling and is wonderfully crafted. The author is definitely a mastermind at creating such stories and this is very believable. It has you wondering who the next Les Paul is or if he is right beside you!

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“New World Order Rising” (a 3-book trilogy) (multiple viewpoint)

The original Manchurian Candidate movie appeared in 1962, with Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Harvey. A Korean War POW, was brainwashed by the Communists to become a political assassin. Then a movie of the same name appeared in 2004, with Denzel Washington. Without expanding on either movie their premise was the same: Brainwashing. Politics. Assassinations.

Do I believe brainwashing can work? Yes, and with today’s technologies, drugs, and techniques, I really believe it.

Who is this evil and very powerful force? One name they go by is the Illuminati (the “shadow” government) a group of people—top bankers, CEOs, politicians, generals, ETC.—who want to control the world, and through bloodlines and birthrights consider themselves elite above all others.

One conspiracy theory that stands out is the suggestion that the Illuminati abduct young males with certain qualities—shyness, quiet, loner, already on prescription drugs, Etc.—and brainwash them to become mass shooters. Think about it: Most of the shooters are either completely wacko, or, at the end of their killing spree they commit suicide. Brainwashing could work in either case: the sound of approaching sirens becomes the click to become either totally wacko, or to self-destruct, giving law enforcement, basically, nothing for clues. Mass shootings appear to be necessary to effect gun registration/confiscation.

According to theorists, America is #1 on the Illuminati’s list to disarm the civilian.

After the American civilian is disarmed, America herself will not stand long against the powerful Illuminati. When America is defeated, the rest of the world will follow, obediently, into slavery. Without nationwide American Minutemen, so to speak, to ‘defend…,’ well, think of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s words, “You cannot invade America. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”
But, no more…?

As a last word, the Illuminati—or whoever they are—have been striving toward world domination for generations, even hundreds of years. It probably isn’t something that could happen overnight, but these increasing mass shootings suggest they are getting impatient. With technology the process can speed up.

Doesn’t this sound a bit suspicious? Doesn’t it sound like a huge, powerful, possibly/probably, evil, force is out there…and pushing for total control? Please remember Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. Do we think such an evil force cannot happen again? It has happened again and again from time immemorial. We, today, no matter how smart we think we are with our electronic gadgets, are not immune from totalitarianism.
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Subtitle Book 1: “The Abduction” The main character is Carter Banks, 47. His daughter, Chantal, 24, and granddaughter, Dodie, 6 (both with black hair, blue eyes) are abducted by professionals hired by the Illuminati. The daughter will serve as sex slave and sacrifice. The granddaughter will be shipped to an isolated island in the Mediterranean to serve the sexual needs of an old man at the top of the Illuminati pyramid. Carter recruits his childhood friend (ex-army special ops) to help track the abductors, and gets a hair-raising short course on the true goals of the Illuminati. Among those rescued at the Illuminati Satanist sacrifice camp is Jocelyn, 7. She will become a major character and fill in for the missing Dodie.
A subplot suggests the Illuminati abduct and brainwash young men already on the emotional edge and hooked on prescription drugs, to carry out the mass shootings, eventually leading to the attempt at gun confiscation.

Reviews for Book 1
One
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read!, July 20, 2013 By david sloma
I found this a compelling and interesting story. That the subject matter is very plausible, and has been the subject of non-fiction books made it even more spooky! James weaves a thrilling “chase” with the characters, giving them a vibrancy as the puzzle unfolds, taking the reader into some very unsettling territory that needs to be examined. If you like stories about good people battling dark forces, check this one out!

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Kelly Baker rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is an unbelievably awesome book. I absolutely loved it. From the very first page, it kept my attention 100% until the very last word. This book is beautifully written.
James W. Nelson is definitely one of my most favorite authors. I gave “NEW WORLD ORDER RISING” 5+++++++ stars but if I could give more stars, I would give this book the most possible stars that I could give.
I recommend this book to every one that likes to read about things that are going to happen, you will not be disappointed. I think he is right on cue with the world happenings.

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Sep 09, 2013 Jason Conrad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Loved it! I can’t wait for the next 2 to come out. Kept me interested from beginning to end!!

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A bit too realistic but a very good read, December 21, 2013 By FloB (TN)
The book starts off at the family farm with a grandfather spending time with his daughter and granddaughter – well developed characters.
This soon moves into the mystery phase which will hold your interest. As the book moves through trying to solve the mystery it becomes believable – you will find yourself thinking about events that have been televised and start looking at them in a new way.
I liked it so much I bought the next book in the series – the third book comes out in 2014. I am looking forward to reading that one also.

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Subtitle Book 2 The New Civil War (65,000 words) (Return to Fargo)
Carter and his load of young girls rescued from the Satanist Illuminati takes two weeks getting home from Kansas, to his sister’s farm, discovers she is militia leader of southeastern North Dakota, and learns North Dakota is the front line of resistance, among a group of states west of Interstate 29. Seven RED states, rather than bowing to the shadow government, have formed militias to fight the black uniformed super soldiers who the Illuminati have created, trained and placed in hibernation until now.
Seven-year-old Jocelyn by proxy takes the place of the missing six-year-old Dodie, and brings new life to the heartbroken Carter and Chantal.

Reviews for Book 2 NWOR The New Civil War

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Kelly Baker rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is a very good book. It is written very well and it had kept my attention from the very first page to the very last page. This book is just as good as the first. There is always a lot of action going on, very very exciting, never a dull moment.
James W. Nelson is a very astonishing author. I think James is one of the best authors there is, right up there with Steven King. I can not wait until the next book is released, I am so excited.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read. I promise you, you will not be disappointed in James W. Nelson’s work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and Exciting, November 9, 2013 By Kim
Great book with many twists and turns. I had to wonder if there is much more behind the scenes working within our society. This book will keep you at the edge of your seat, making you hope for a good outcome.

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Subtitle Book 3 The Next Generation Fights On (75,500 words)
Ten years have passed. 57-year-old Carter is now second-in-command under his daughter, 34-year-old Chantal. 17-year-old Jocelyn, staunch at his side, serves as his lieutenant and is always battle-ready. Sixteen-year-old Dodie escapes her abductors, fights her way across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, occupied America, returns to North Dakota to reclaim her birthright and join in the fight, and is not too pleased about Jocelyn’s position with her mom and her grandpa.

Review

Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
WOW! FANTASTIC!! THIS IS A MUST READ!!!
James W. Nelson is a very talented author that can write an exceptionally good story. It will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. This book got me interested from the very first page and I just could not put it down.
I give this book 5+++++++ stars but if I could give more stars, I would give this book the most possible stars, it definitely deserve it.
With all 3 of his books in this series, they are all absolutely awesome, and I think these are all great and I believe with all my heart that these books would make one heck of a great movie.
THIS WILL BE A BIG HIT IN THE MOVIES AND IT WILL GO VERY VERY FAR.
I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR EVERYONE TO READ ALL 3 OF THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. THEY ARE A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!!!! I will keep reading more of James W. Nelson’s books, he is one of my most favorite authors.

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THE SHORT STORIES
Strange & Weird Stories
(43,500 words) List of 13 stories (short synopses)
The Last Unemployed Man (2100 words) Futuristic: Bentley Durant is in charge of computer listings of births, deaths, employment. Joe English is unemployed; no designation for unemployed.
The Quiet Little Town (2000 words) A city couple buy a house in a very quiet town (seemingly no people at all). A strange breeze blows toward an old barn with a gaping black doorway.
What Would be Heaven (2000 words) Eden Kimball dies and finds Heaven is what he thought, but discovers he can’t have everything he wants.
Dead Animal Farm (3300 words) Felix is homeless. There are rumors of homeless people disappearing. Security Officer Roberts is night gate guard at a slaughter house. There have been visits by Negore Heidenreich, management, except Negore is not even an employee
The Dreaming Glass (2400 words) Franklin daydreams of love, finds a city street reflection where only certain people appear. A beautiful girl appears and he falls in love, and enters the reflection but finds he cannot stay unless he believes in himself.
Viands (2000 words) Futuristic: People massed, wear and look the same, stand in line for deposits of wastes, withdrawals of food. He believes there is more to life, and meets She; together they escape through a wall of flame, the only thing different in their world.
Requiem for Homogen (2900 words) Jonas sees a face (not his) in a bar booth mirror, then he feels whatever emotion the face reveals until actual death threatens.
The Levigation of McLeod & McLeod (3100 words) Waverly Kingston has a grudge against his work place. He has practiced concentration to where he can look at an image on a photograph and with his hands destroy it, but he decides to save Millie.
Intermission Block (3000 words) After years of experiencing déjà vu Ronnie Burnett has been drawn back to Intermission Block, where that strange, déjà vu feeling originated, only he didn’t know before that’s where it had originated.
The Chair (2850 words) Tad doesn’t hire people, but his job, that of having each male potential employee sit in a specially wired chair while they fill our forms, determines not only who will be hired but whether or not they will work directly with women.
Food Project (1400 words) Alex, slaughterhouse employee, watches the slaughter of Torbo, a prize-winning Holstein steer, which wasn’t even supposed to be there.
To the Nineteenth Century (6300 words) Demolition workers Selby and Rivet see the 19th and 20th centuries at the same time (and a dangerous time warp) from the steps of their next project. Demolition must stop.
The Commons (8000 words) Wilderness in a man’s backyard. Through complaints of animal sounds, smells, and loud music journalist Kari is led to the story. She finds the land as it was before white man appeared…and it’s coming back.
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A Collection of Short Contemporary Stories (48,200 words) List of 13 stories (short synopses)
Thirty Seconds to the Ground (4000 words) (A skydive gone really bad
My Husband, my Hero (1400 words) (A nursing home love affair)
Geek of the Road (3000 words) (Believe it or not, the geek sometimes gets the girl.)
For a Cup of Coffee (3400 words) (Really, how much is a cup of coffee worth? For your sanity, sometimes quite a bit.)
The Real Meaning of a Quarter (1700 words) (One shiny little quarter can mean the difference between a good day, and a really bad one.)
Don’t get too Close (1700 words) (A nursing home resident goes from down, to way up, to really down, in the space of a couple hours.)
The One Who Loves Me (4200 words) (A little girl is the only one who knows who she should go live with.)
Girlfriend for Mother (2300 words) (Sometimes a friend asked to help can become much more than a friend.)
Waiting to Die (3300 words) (Since the 1918-1919 influenza outbreak, mankind has feared return of the pandemic, an extraordinarily-mutated virus, that vicious creature that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Young people are dying, so many that hospitals can no longer provide for them. Staunch Derek Whitfield, 25-year Army veteran, has volunteered for end-of-life hospice care. He sees nothing but darkness waiting on The Other Side, until he meets Susannah Brite, his forty-second client.)
Voice from the Congregation (2400 words) (A crippled girl’s voice creates new life in a young couple’s marriage.)
One Morning at Boxelder Cove (2400 words) (A young red squirrel learns a whole lot about life and survival.)
He had it Coming (5900 words) (A boss gets murdered, and nobody, not his family, and not even one employee, is sorry.)
Into Tilovia (12,500 words) (novella) (Nobody was helping the Tilovians; seven friends decide it’s time somebody did.

Review Jkunschke LIKES this book
A fantastic bunch of short stories. This review comes from FreeEbooks.net

NONFICTION
Dying to Live
(the life & times of Jimmy Nelson) (my memoirs) (58,400 words)

My true account of growing up on a storybook farm, experiencing a killer tornado, surviving teenage confusion, an adventurous four-year ride on a submarine, a skydive, not maturing into your regular adult, discovering the world is not a bowl of cherries, a crash to the bottom, and, finally, accepting that the only person responsible for me, is me. But first I had to descend into the deep depths of the emotional chasm.

Review

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and look into a life!, June 6, 2013 By david sloma – See all my reviews
This is the author’s account of his own life, the highs and the lows. He is very brave in sharing so much of his past, and he’s got a fascinating past to share (how many have been a submariner in the US Navy and sailed the world, for one)! If you like true tales of drama, daring, love, loss, growing up, being “on the road” and following dreams, then this book will deliver.

Chapters
Prologue
Many Beginnings
ICU Diary
Many Beginnings Continued
Hell’s Island
Company 311
Tornado
Class A School
First Duty
Skydive!
USS Carbonero
Julia’s Story
Yokosuka
Travels & Philosophies
USS Archerfish
Test of Will Power
Sydney
The Bottom
Home Again
The fiction: Waiting to Die

Thanks for reading

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In my fiction I do not try to create super-heroes, but rather bring alive common and regular people who try to find love, survive, and react to circumstances as best they can, and, usually, try to do the right thing. The books are more than one genre, from war to sex and violence to romance to humor to horror to fantasy to science fiction to adventure, I write in third-person subjective with viewpoints by men, women, and children.

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