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HE IS RISEN (Cassell Short Stories Book 3) by [Cassell, John]
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About the Author

JOHN W. CASSELL grew up on the East Coast. In 1964 he was a disc jockey on an Atlantic City radio station. He became a floor correspondent at the Democrat National Convention working for a consortium of Pennsylvania and New Jersey radio stations.

At age 17 he left home, traveled to New Mexico and enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After graduation, he worked at a factory in New Jersey, saving like a miser and in August of 1969 left for a hitch hiking-youth hostel-bike riding tour of Europe and ultimately North Africa. He was arrested in an African garrison city and subjected to torture though ultimately released.

He kept journals during this time and in 1976 upon discharge from military service wrote SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS, initally publishing the first half as the autobiography CROSSROADS: 1969, later adding the 1970 segment as AN AQUARIAN TRAGEDY.

Cassell ultimately published 10 books, all of which combined autobiographical detail at varying degrees within an action-adventure novelesque format. Military injuries ultimately compelled his retirement after serving with the New Mexico State Police and several district attorney offices in that state. He also served for 11 years as a Territorial prosecutor on the remote Pacific island of Tutuila.

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  • File Size: 93 KB
  • Print Length: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Literary Vignettes (July 2, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UNL92W
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This short story comes across a bit dark and strange.

For starters everything is described as being brown, earthy, and kind of dreary looking.

The focus of the story is a cathedral that keeps physically growing in size like a mushroom. The author compares the cathedral to a toadstool(a poisonous mushroom).

Then the story moves on to a crucified messiah that has resurrected. This is clearly not referring to Jesus but probably the anti-christ. It is made obvious that this is not the first crucifixion and resurrection of the Messiah(Jesus), because that is referred to. This is apparently a second resurrection. On top of that, this one is described in the story as being a 'bad messiah'.

A reference to the Bible miracle of Jesus turning water into wine is also referred to, only this time it is potato wine(also conjures images of things brown and earthy).

The story is told for the most part from the perspective of a journalist on the scene.

This story is very well written. I did not know of this author before reading this, but I will be looking for more of his work.

It is the kind of story that you could interpret different things as having different meanings.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it.
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He Is Risen is a short, short, a flash fiction, if you will that roughly parallels the resurrection of Christ from the bible. However, where the latter leaves one with a sense of victory as the resurrection completes the work of Christ on earth, He Is Risen leaves one with a sense of foreboding, especially if one is familiar at all with the book of Revelation.

He Is Risen has color, but it's a drab, brownish color. From the description of the high desert to the cathedral to the potato wine (more on that later), earth tones are replete throughout the story. And they should be, for earth is a symbol of a temporal realm, the place where bodies are buried, where crops grow, then wither, a place which would be inert if it weren't for the cycles of seasons and life-giving water.

Of course, in the desert water is not so much present as it is implied, for there are growing things in the desert. But they tend to be rugged, individualistic and actually quite thorny to protect their stores of the precious liquid.

Potato wine has been likened to vodka by some conversations, but I don't see it quite that way. The potato is also symbolic of the earth, and it occurs to me that the 'wine' mentioned in the story is the result of digging through the dirt, through the temporal symbol of earth to retrieve the means of creating that wine. Therefore, this wine is representative of the earth.

Now for the religious aspects of this story. Revelation speaks of another resurrection taking place that mimics the resurrection of Christ. It is another messianic figure that is resurrected who is also known as the Antichrist. This is supposed to occur during the great tribulation, and I won't get into any postulations here about real vs.
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As I read He Is Risen, I recognized that this was not a simple satire but a summation of the times laced with uncertainty, anger, and hidden terror in the mind of a tormented dreamer. I felt a flickering hope strangled by a ugly truth hidden away scarring where it lay.
This is my take...but that is just me.

John, I could write a few words on dreams, dreams from the times that wrapped me so tight as a young man. The springs of which , over the years, have uncoiled so silently...but the horrid memories sustain their devilish eyes, burning the candle of infinity in my soul from time to time. As I dream, I confront..that soldier has never put down those arms of resistance. The fight is one I will never relinquish.

Pandora's box does open and from it spews the stinch of death through its own living eyes of the dead.
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seldom have I seen such thought provoking reviews concentrated in one place. at first blush I see a non-believing media in charge of what the public is to learn about this event. the event itself is crowded with bizarre occurrence, such as a cathedral growing....GROWING...like a mushroom. very underplayed is this part of the dream and yet I couldn't turn loose of it. what occurs to me is that the unbelief and sarcasm surrounding all aspects OF THE REPORTING of this event becomes completely irrelevant in the teeth of this mushroom-like cathedral. one starts to feel clammy, then a little sick.

the cathedral is growing says this iconoclastic reporter. so what else matters? on a spiritual plane that is. and yet the dreamer MUST learn of the unfolding events of the dream through the irrelevant surly reporter. cruel irony? the orchestrator of this dream has a virtually Bokononist view of the Deity, does he not? [cf. Kurt Vonnegut's CAT'S CRADLE].

at the end of it all one must shake their head, utterly stunned by the depth of this narration, the infinite number of levels upon which one can stand and peer at the Event unfolding in this dream, and the infinite number of levels from which this Event can be "appreciated".

this is beyond creativity.

five stars, though for whom I cannot say.

Asa Hensley
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