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True story of the author's abduction and sale at the age of 5 months by Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Society. The adoptive parents tried to keep the adoption a secret, never revealing the names of my true parents. A chance discovery of the Order of Adoption revealed the truth and why.
A fictional tale which takes place in Memphis, Tennessee circa 1947. Sheriff Jonathan Griffith begins to see an alarming increase in stolen and missing children in Shelby County. As disappearances continue to mount, Griffith sees a pattern developing around an orphanage and its Superintendent. When a man named Henry Von Braun associated to the orphanage is discovered with a dead child at his river shack, the case breaks wide open. It holds a surprise ending you don't want to miss.
World War II is in its 2nd year. The Nazis are infiltrating America with plans to eliminate the U.S. from the inside. It is the job of American Counterintelligence to stop the flow of Saboteurs and Assassins, if they can. The Country holds many secrets. Some must be told to keep the government honest and forthcoming.
It is the 3rd year of the world war that wouldn't last a year. Germany is in its last ditch effort to save the Third Reich and Japan controls the Philippines and threatening the west coast. The C.I.C. is at the spearhead to save the free world from annihilation. Special Agent Jonathan Griffith embarks on a series of assignments from England to Los Angeles to the Black Hills of South Dakota, to recover highly classified and valuable items. It is up to Jonathan and his Agents to solve.
The war is over and relative peace has spread over the world. But threats still exist as the Russians begin to flex their muscle as a new player on the international stage and the Nazis continue their dream of a master race in the hopes of a Fourth Reich. Special Agent In Charge Henry Von Braun, code name Jonathan Griffith, embarks on his continuing adventures from Memphis to New Mexico, uncovering Russian assassins, spies, and a surprise ending.
It is now 1954 and Henry Von Braun has recovered from a six-year coma caused by the Russian spy Code Name: Blackbrier, in an assassination attempt in 1947. It is time for Henry to bring the Agents together to continue the fight for American freedom. A true story adapted from the author's personal files. You don't want to miss 'The Mystery of the Karrob Starr'. A bonus story is also included.
The Real Story of Saint Nicolaus, Benefactor to the Children of the World, is a story the author wrote for his Grandchildren in 2001. A tale for the young and young-at-heart. The story of survival, companionship, adventure, and a touch of magic to brighten your holiday. The story was written to read one chapter each night, the five nights before Christmas. Your young ones will love it.
In the spirit and history of the Old West beginning in 1850, comes a half-breed boy named Runs To Far, stumbling out of the Texas desert in to El Paso pueblo. His tribe wiped out and village burned to ashes, he narrowly escapes the Cavalry's murderous raid to an open, barren landscape unfamiliar to him. Barely alive, Runs To Far is befriended by Silas Gibbons, a retired Ranger now turned livery owner, and adopts him as his own. This is the first of three books in the Prairie Series.
It is now 1858. Griffith has been a Ranger for 4 years, proving himself to be a valuable member. There is talk of war. Not the normal continuing war against the tribes and the Mexican rustlers, but a civil war between the slave owners and abolitionists against slavery. The tribes, Mexican bandits, and outlaws could see the soldiers being drawn to the east, dwindling the protection for the settlers and defenders of Texas. It was a year and a half before John Brown's raid.
It is 1859. The advent of a possible Civil War between the States scaled up the depletion of U.S. Army troops being transferred to eastern assignments. A young Illinois lawyer named Lincoln was only months away from winning the Presidency and Abe would probably not get many votes in Texas which sided with the Confederacy. Bandits, Highwaymen, rustlers, Comancheros, and the ever dangerous Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Cherokee, and others were also watching the events unfold.
Color edition. The El Paso newspaper in 1859 believed the telegraph wires could actually melt with all the telegrams coming in from every large city east of Saint Louis, Missouri. Men were being rallied up for volunteers, regiments and militias beginning to form, and politicians pounded the stumps for their favorite cause and candidate in the coming election of 1860. Texas lawmen disappeared and the constitutionally protected Texas Rangers would be disbanded.
Color edition. It is now 1860, the first year of the American Civil War.
Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto, who lost his governorship of Texas, then regained it again to enter office on December 21, 1859, pledged his assistance for the protection of its citizens. It had been the responsibility of the U.S. Cavalry to protect the Texas borders from hostiles, rustlers, Mexican bandits, and Comancheros. Now it became the duty of the Texas Rangers to continue without funding.
It is now 1862. With war raging in the east, young men flooded to join the ranks on both sides of the fight bragging the war would be over by Christmas. Farmers, ranchers, shopkeepers, and lawmen abandoned their occupations to join, leaving their women and men unfit for service behind to try and fill the void. The Rangers, sanctioned by state constitution, were disbanded leaving only a handful of men attached to regiments and militias throughout the state.
It is now 1864. The Union presence in west Texas was growing as more and more Confederate forces were moved east. There had not been a significant battle on Texas soil, yet. With the increasing Union presence came men and new forts seeking supplies of horses and beef for food. Griffith Bowman now bestowed with the rank of General with the Union Army, was ready to fill their needs against the anger of Confederate sympathizers.
It is 1870. The American Civil War is over and the era of the Wild West is beginning. Men surviving the war returned home carrying the heavy burden of transition from war to peace. Many made the hard change from killing, but others found it neither desirable nor profitable. It was the era of the outlaw and the Texas Rangers were up to the challenge. So get your horse fed and curried and saddle up with Griffith Bowman and his men to ride for peace and justice.
Color Edition. In this edition beginning in mid-1870, full of adventure and plots to follow Griffith and the men of Standing Elk Ranch. Stage robbers, cattle rustlers, gunfighters, and hostile Indians abound in the coming pages, so saddle up and get ready to ride with Griffith Bowman, Texas Ranger, The Outlaw Years Series, Edition II.
Publishing pending in 2021. The year is 1874. In the Old West it was no picnic being on the run from the law and without the glamour portrayed in the movies and television today. Cold, hot, wet, dirty, lonely, and nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof basically describes the life of an outlaw on the run. His wife would leave him, his children would not know him, and any day his outlaw pals could give him up for a reward or put a bullet in his head for any reason.
Non-fiction. The story and genealogy study of the authors' Griffith family from 45 B.C. to present. Included are points of history which affected the Grandfathers and Grandmothers along the way.
I grew up in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. After college, I enlisted in the U.S Army serving in Vietnam as a decorated veteran, followed by three years as a Counterintelligence Special Agent for Military Intelligence. I spent the remainder of my working career in law enforcement, Asset Protection, state licensed Private Investigation, and Independent Paralegal Services. I retired in 2005, publishing my first book in 2014 entitled "What Ever Happened to Baby James?" Since then I have published 16 other books drawing on my experiences as a cowboy, police officer, investigator, and paralegal in California.