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Sadeq's Chess Sacrifice (or The King is Dead) [Kindle Edition]

David H Fears

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Book Description

SHORT STORY 4530 words: Sadeq's father migrated to the US when Sadeq was a child. He grew up in Oregon and lost his wife in a storm at sea on his fishing boat. Since then he lived in Astoria, and made a scant living by washing windows in the town. Most of the time he hung out at a pub where chess tournaments drew the best players from up and down the coast. It was during the first invasion of Iraq that Sadeq's challenge by the bully champion came, when the townspeople grew more intolerant of foreigners. Sadeq was schooled in chess by a Bedouin in his dreams and the ultimate test came in a match for the coast title. (Also available in a slighly different version in the collection, Thornton's Apprentice and Other Stores).

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  • File Size: 81 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JKMTP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I am a writer and historian who came to the former rather late in life. Back in 1971 I discovered that Mark Twain had traveled through my hometown in 1895 on the way to his world tour to get out of debt. That seed began to grow until in 2004 I began what has become a monumental, 4-volume work, Mark Twain Day By Day, an annotated chronology in the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Each volume (ALL FOUR are now published) is 1150-1450 pages, and sell for $125 to Universities, Libraries, Societies, and Mark Twain scholars. Most Ivy League schools and major libraries have acquired these volumes.

Just before I got into the Twain writing, I began writing short stories, a few of which morphed into a hardboiled private eye detective novel (Mike Angel Series). After studying hundreds of such books, and admiring Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane's work, I wrote four of them--and oh! how much fun they were to write. No one had to be politically correct, and the protagonist was driven to live up to his father's legacy--he was too young to be a PI at the start (30), but he had the help of his late father's detective partner on the NYPD, and the love of a good woman who was willing to wait until wild oats were sown. So I got totally wrapped up in these characters. I believe good mysteries must be complex page turners; hardboiled should have the protagonist fighting corruption. There's sex, violence, and psychological reflection in my novels. There are now EIGHT in the series and I'm taking a break while thinking about the NINTH.

I also studied composition theory, and read thousands of short stories. I taught writing at two for-profit colleges.

I have recently finished Vol. 4 of MTDBD, and am again teaching--Literature and Composition at Devry University. I have also just finished #8 in the Mike Angel Mystery series, Dark Conspiracy. I've discovered the market for ebooks and have published all of my novels in such forums, along with several short stories and two collections. The novels are available in ebook, paperback, and Dark Blonde is also an audiobook.

Like Mark Twain, I love cats, am father to 3 girls, and am a westerner who has lived in various parts of the country.

UPDATE June, 2014. My teaching gig is over for now. I just completed a 2nd edition of MTDBD Vol. I, increasing it from 1,100 pages to nearly 1,500. Also, I've begun #9 in the Mike Angel series and have begun a Day By Day for Ernest Hemingway. I hope to at least publish the first volume in the next few years.


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