Des événements étranges ont lieu à l'Opéra : le grand lustre s'effondre pendant une représentation, un machiniste est retrouvé pendu. La direction doit se rendre à l'évidence : un fantôme ou un homme machiavélique hante le théâtre. Certains affirment avoir vu le visage déformé de cet être qui ne semblerait pas être humain. Peu après, les directeurs de l'Opéra se voient réclamer 20 000 francs par mois et une loge de la part d'un certain "Fantôme de l'Opéra".
During the bitter winter of 1786-87, Daniel Shays, a modest farmer and Revolutionary War veteran, and his compatriot Luke Day led an unsuccessful armed rebellion against the state of Massachusetts. Their desperate struggle was fueled by the injustice of a regressive tax system and a conservative state government that seemed no better than British colonial rule.
Rondo is a troubled gunfighter with quite a past. Recognized by his six-gun, he is known for robbing banks, stagecoaches, payrolls, and for rustling cows. Now, locked in a jail, it looks like Rondo will be facing a long prison term, or worse. But, before that happens, he has a few stories to set straight.
In November 1861, the American Civil War was still a relatively young conflict, and both sides were still jockeying for the upper hand.
At the dawn of the First World War, Manfred von Richthofen sought glory. What he found was misery. Sentenced to a meaningless staff position after losing his first battle, Richthofen joins the fledgling German air force and discovers his deadly talent for air to air combat.
Captured by German forces shortly after Dunkirk, and not relinquished until May of 1945, nearly a year after the Normandy invasion, the British Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm) were characterized during their occupation by severe deprivation and powerlessness. The Islanders, with few resources to stage an armed resistance, constructed a rhetorical resistance based upon the manipulation of discourse.
With an unfaithful wife and a career in shambles, troubled Bill Ferguson decides to take drastic action. The youngest vice president in the history of Greystone Mutual Insurance, the workaholic executive becomes burned out, slacks off, and is demoted as a result. Learning of his wife Laura's infidelity only adds insult to injury. Lost, he is intrigued by a news story about a man who attempted to fake his own death and failed miserably. Bill decides he can do better. A lot better.
"Great First Novel"
These are 11 of the strangest tales ever told. Eight of them happened to the author and are 100-percent true. The rest could be. Dare to venture further and find out for yourself?
When a boat explodes in the Scorpion Cay Marina with one of Sam Decker's oldest friends on board, Police Chief Monica Sinclair knows that there is no way she will be able to keep the former DEA agent turned Private Investigator out of the case. When evidence turns up incriminating the man in a drug case, Sam Decker smells a rat. Then when the widow arrives on the island and more dead bodies start turning up, Decker knows that someone is turning up the heat!
Coma Sins is a fictional story about a seriously ill man. Ben Bluman is middle-aged and suffers from untreated schizophrenia. The tale starts with two policemen who, while driving drunk on a particularly nasty night, run into a pedestrian trying to cross a street. Afraid that the man is dead, they try to conceal his body. But the man is not hurt seriously. Suddenly awake yet unable to control his actions, he murders both policemen. Later that same early morning, partly dazed by the accident, he falls against a fire hydrant and passes out.
"Coma or Madness - You Decide"
Two buddies go on vacation for some much-needed R&R. Even those from the tip-of-the-spear Special Operations community of America's elite Tier One units have to go on vacation to destress and decompress like the rest of working stiffs. Not all vacations go according to plan, unfortunately, and this one went from sun, fun, and pretty girls to FUBAR quickly. One man is missing; the other is on the run from unknown assassins. What went wrong?
The Quest is a story of the Delaware war chief Killbuck who led raids against the settlers during the French and Indian War. He was a remarkable man who spoke several languages and fought long and hard for his people and his ancestral lands. He eventually aligned himself with the Americans and lost his life while under their protection at Fort Henry. Descendants of this determined chief live today.
Brian Cavanaugh (alias the Kid Cavanaugh) has just reached the half century mark in his life. People have always said if a professional gunfighter lives past 50, he is either very good or very lucky. At this age, he has decided to hang up his gun and retire, so he travels across the country to return to his childhood home of Rickety Springs, Texas.
A deadly secret in a suitcase full of stolen gold leads to a series of unexplainable murders while the FBI hunts for a top foreign killer spy. The story starts in Latvia, near Riga, during the final days of the Second World War. A young boy, Ben Kalninsh, searches an abandoned coal mine tunnel for stolen guns the soldiers hid inside. Unfortunately for him, he meets an AWOL Soviet Army officer on the run instead.