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Butterfly Winter [Kindle Edition]

Weston Ochse
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Book Description

A Bomber crew crash lands in a remote area of China after dropping their bombs on Chinese cities in a terrible future war. The survivors are embraced by a hamlet filled with children, only to learn that doom might have come to claim them all.

Excerpt:

Pearson stared down at his hands as they shook above the small keyboard. This was his moment. He had a choice. He had the power to make a difference. A statistic flashed through his mind: Shanghai has 861 regular secondary schools with 795,400 students and 76,600 teaching staff. Shanghai has 1,021 primary schools with 788,600 students and a teaching staff of 61,300. The attendance rate of school-age children is 99.99%. What got him every time was the attendance rate. 99.99 percent. Every time he remembered this fact he couldn't help but imagine that the one tenth of one percent who didn't go to school must surely have felt left out. And in the Xu Hui district, in the southern part of Shanghai west of the Huangpu River, primary target of the Morning Star and sister city to Irvine, California, 451,000 students were just waking for school.


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About the Author

Weston Ochse (pronounced 'Oaks) (1965 - Present) lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, and fellow author, Yvonne Navarro, and Great Danes, Pester Ghost Palm Eater, Mad Dog Ghoulie Sonar Brain and Goblin Monster Dog. For entertainment he races tarantula wasps, wrestles rattlesnakes, and bakes in the noonday sun. His work has won the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. His work has also appeared in anthologies, magazines and professional writing guides. He thinks it's damn cool that he's had stories in comic books.

Weston holds Bachelor's Degrees in American Literature and Chinese Studies from Excelsior College. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University. Weston is a retired U.S. Army intelligence officer and current intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has been to more than fifty countries and speaks Chinese with questionable authority. Weston is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a purple belt in Ryu Kempo Jujitsu and a green belt in the Hawaiian martial art of Kuai Lua.

Product Details

  • File Size: 120 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGCU7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are no words April 21, 2011
By Jen
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This is a difficult review to write, but not because this story wasn't great- it was. It's just that there really are no words to describe the raw emotion that Weston Ochse was able to portray with his description of such horrific actions and consequences.
This is the kind of book that the government potrayed in Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' tried to get rid of with TV. This book makes you think and cry and wish for a better world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter of Our... Butterflies April 11, 2011
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"Butterfly Winter" is a short, fast read, by Weston Ochse.
Weston has been writing horror for years, but he branches out sometimes. This is one of those times, in a way, but then again, it is still horror: the horror of one man's realization that in trying to do the right thing, he has committed a wrong.
Contrary to his character, Wes makes no mistakes; he has a lot of skill and tells a fine, sad, tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and haunting as hell October 3, 2011
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This was the first bit of writing I had the pleasure of reading from Mr. Ochse, and I'm damn glad I did. This story gives us a glimpse of a possible future, and what scared me was I could see it happening. A man struggles between following orders and doing what he thinks is right, but when it's all said and done, which was the lesser of two evils? A great piece of writing that stuck with me long after I finished it, saddened and scared me. I can't wait to read more from Weston Ochse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read review, just buy this now! November 24, 2013
By Stomper
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A short story on the follies of war that can also be applied to every day life. It has an almost ethereal feel to it. Once the grand ideal is revealed, you'll shake your head with sad realizations. Weston Ochse is a superb author who does epic sh*t.

Recommended? Hell yeah!
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More About the Author

Weston Ochse is the author of twenty books, most recently two SEAL Team 666 books, which the New York Post called 'required reading' and USA Today placed on their 'New and Notable Lists.' His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work as appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune.

His work has been lauded by Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, John Skipp, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, including the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Denver Post, The Financial Times of London, and The Examiner (UK).

His last name is pronounced "oaks." Together with his first name, it sounds like a stately trailer park. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. For fun he races tarantula wasps and watches the black helicopters dance along the horizon. He is a military veteran with 29 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

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