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Render Unto Caesar [Kindle Edition]

Paul A. Barron
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Book Description

A poignant observation of all those involved in carrying out the ultimate penalty.
A short story 1500 words, 2nd Prize Winner in the Writers Village Award 2011.

Also available in the short story collection Divert To The Periphery - See Author's page.

Gerry a journalist sent on assignment to the deep south is world weary, he's seen it all before but  is forced to question his own beliefs and values.

Pastor Josef Hoff puts on his tie, the same tie he has worn on fifty six other occasions.

Twenty to thirty five seconds to strap a man down, they'd got it down to a fine art.

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From the Author

Books and films about death row are  usually centred around the character who faces execution. I wanted to look at the peripheral characters, the chaplain, the people who physically carry out the task and the people that report it.

On another level I wanted to reflect society's polarised opinion, to illustrate the grotesque carnival  atmosphere somewhat akin to the public executions of the middle ages and contrast this with the beliefs of those opposed to capital punishment. 

And finally the character who faces the ultimate punishment, I wanted to juxtapose his mortality with the indifference and banality of society, the culture of bubblegum pop.

About the Author

Paul A. Barron lives on the sunny south east coast of Ireland.

One of his short stories Render Unto Caesar won second prize in The Writers Village competition and was short listed for the Fine Line Short Story Competition.

Nothing Left To Chance was short listed for the Multi Story Award 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 83 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Paul A. Barron; 1 edition (January 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TZ0H30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,095 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IS SHORT May 9, 2012
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RENDER UNTO CEASAR by Author PAUL A. BARRON is an excellent read with Capitol Punishment as its' focus.

No matter where one stands on Capitol Punishment, this very short novel will stir your mind. The only problem for me is the shortness of a story that is so present, especially in the United States of America. Personally, I felt respect for Curtis, the condemmed man, yet I know not what crime merited his final punishment. Pastor Josef Hoff seemd to be a man of compassion, yet resigned to his job to bring some solace for the condemmed Curtis, as he has done fifty-six times before.

Texas is known as a State firmly convinced that Capitol Punishment serves as a deterent to violent crimes. The State is quick to carry out the sentence.

RENDER UNTO CEASAR is a very well written novel, I only wish Mr. Barron would have expounded on the subject further, taking his readers deeper into the story leading up to the climax.

In 1980, a close friend and mentor of mine, Detective Sergeant Jack R. Ohrberg, Robbery & Homicide Unit of the Indianapolis Police Department was brutally murdered attempting to serve arrest warrants on a vicious gang of armed robbers and killers. It was Thursday, 11 December 1980. Both his killers were tried, conviceted and sentenced to Death. In December of 1994, 14 years after Jack's murder, the first triggerman, all Appeals exhausted, became the last person to be executed in Indiana's Electric Chair. In July, 1996, the second killer became the first person to be executed by Lethal Injection in the State of Indiana. In many conversations Jack and I had, he was adamantly against the Death penalty.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully understated and powerful story March 10, 2012
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A remarkable story, well worth reading, both powerful and poignant. It is cleverly patterned with some very deft craft work and a surprise denouement. Barron can write!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written Story May 7, 2012
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A beautifully written short story which captures the atmosphere of capital punishment superbly. Paul Barron is a major new writing talent on the scene. Well worth reading, no matter which side of the capital punishment debate you take. My only complaint is it was too short!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Render Under Caesar by Paul A. Barron September 18, 2012
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When Gerry Cumiskey a journalist for the Correspondent, Texas Bureau Associated press is sent to the town of Mountain Springs Texas, he finds the town of little interest. But that is not why or what he is to report on. Just exactly why are a large crowd gathered in the town bearing banners such as Render Under Caesar?

This is a story that keeps the reader in suspense and mystery to what the story is actually about. Although I do admit I did guess the ending it did not disappoint me and I still enjoyed the story. This may only be a very short story, I read it in around fifteen minutes but it is a very well told story that does leave you wanting to find out more about the characters.
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Paul A. Barron lives in the sunny, south east corner of Ireland.

His critically acclaimed short story Render Unto Caesar won second prize in The Writers Village competition and was short listed for the Fine Line Short Story Competition.

Another of his short stories Nothing Left To Chance was short listed for The Multi Story Award 2012.


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