“Gather ‘round people and you shall hear
about a bunch of bullshit that is clear.
Of riders and horses and monsters too;
your parents lied - they can still get you.
Hardly anyone who was there is alive
to dispel the rumor, uncover the lies,
but there was more than one man who rode that day
and more than just Redcoats who got in their way.”
Along the way, Longfellow lost something in his translation it seems.
Everyone has heard of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. However, they have not heard about them this way! The American founding fathers had a lot more to deal with at the end of the 18th century than tariffs and tea; avoiding hurled trees from Wendigos and gargoyles falling from the sky took a lot of patience. How is Samuel Prescott supposed to hunt the leader of the Rippers when the British keep infringing upon the colonists’ rights?
Connor Woods is tired of being pushed around, dragging his space cadet of a younger brother around with him because his mother treats him more like a babysitter than a son. When he and his brother, Sean, meet their Grandpa Lingus for the first time, the introduction is awkward to say the least but, for reasons unclear to Connor, his mother believes that it is important for him and his brother to get to know this cantankerous old man.
During the compulsory visits, Grandpa Lingus launches into a series of terrifying tall tales. After some initial resistance, Connor becomes immersed in the horrifying cautionary tales set in the bogs of Ireland, the Black Forest of World War II Germany, the pre-Katrina New Orleans voodoo scene, and the suburbs of New York.
He begins to realize that he can relate to the protagonists in the tall tales and his grandfather actually understands him more than anyone he knows, causing him to question the direction of his life. But is it too late?
The One: Children of Destiny is an epic tale of generations of bloodshed betwixt four separate races/nations. The battles are put on hold when all are thrown into an uneasy alliance caused by an outside, invading evil. Although they all share the same religion, all four races have different interpretations, hence their past conflicts. Now they have been told, by the source of their religion, to have the sons and daughters of their leaders go on a quest. They are told to not only discover the source of said evil, but to find allies as well. Told in the vein of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, this story is about an intrepid group of near-adults who must overcome a series of near-impossible obstacles. They must also learn to work together and overcome their own personal prejudices, fears, and personality flaws and to perhaps even learn to love one another.