Ripples from Heaven

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Trafford Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Ripples from Heaven is a playful but potentially deadly tale of a race against the clock to rendezvous a stranded human alien with his mother ship. Disillusioned with life, teenage Hanna Kimbrow stumbles upon John Tobias, who brings a message of prophecy fulfillment-the Great Tribulation is soon coming to the world. With the Army closing in, Hanna's instincts kick into high gear. The only way to freedom is for them to run. She risks her life, imprisonment, or being kidnapped by religious fanatics, foreign governments, and the FBI. For the sake of love, adventure, and a quest for her place in this world, it's her chance to find happiness and God. From Corsicana to Dallas, they shake world's foundation of faith.

Fresh out of high school, Hanna Kimbrow stumbles upon John Tobias-a visitor from another world. His mission is to prove that his people are Biblical cousins of the human race, but he becomes stranded. NASA has discovered and seized his pod (laboratory), effectively ending his chances of returning to the mother ship. With few options available to him, John faces the daunting task of convincing Hanna that he really does come from another planet.

Living under the foster care of the Gabler family in Corsicana, Texas, Hanna has spent the past year trying to find her place in this world. She can see no light at the end of the tunnel, and feels utterly abandoned by her mother and God. With her good looks, musical talent, and genius IQ, her future should be bright; but she doesn't see it that way. Being loved is all she has ever truly desired, and yet she has shut down, letting no one in. In her estimation, men are the lowest members of the food chain. Even so, this stranger from outer space has pricked her subconscious. She is immediately infatuated with John.

Trapped in the woods behind the Gabler farm, John has little chance of eluding a U.S. Army and NASA recovery team. Unbeknownst to Hanna, he carries with him the means to stop any aggressors; but his orders and Christian beliefs prohibit him from harming anyone for the sake of the mission. Even if he could escape, where would he go? Hanna knows all too well what it is to be alone. Her survival instincts kick in, and with her rebellious spirit, she throws caution to the wind and takes it upon herself to rescue John. Commandeering her foster father's SUV, she and John flee to her old stomping grounds in Dallas.

Whether John figures out a way to return home, or becomes a resident of this planet, his best chance for fair treatment is to tell his story to the media. Under Hanna's leadership and street savvy, John utilizes his technology to release a remarkable video. The strategy pays off in preventing the FBI or Secret Service from hiding him away (if they could catch him); but the world-wide firestorm that results is more than he or Hanna bargained for. They become instant celebrities, and every political group and religious entity on the planet wants a piece of the action.

Hanna and John spend every waking-and sleeping-moment together. Their opposite personalities are a match made in heaven. He begins to wonder what his life will be without her; and she doesn't want life without him. Still, the mission must take priority over personal feelings. They spend a week in a tender, fun-filled, and hazardous romp that will seal their destinies to an unimagined conclusion.


 

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO
14
CHAPTER THREE
30
CHAPTER FOUR
48
CHAPTER FIVE
67
CHAPTER SIX
81
CHAPTER SEVEN
90
CHAPTER EIGHT
106
CHAPTER NINE
116
CHAPTER TWELVE
152
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
162
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
174
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
187
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
199
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
211
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
224
CHAPTER NINETEEN
234

CHAPTER TEN
129
CHAPTER ELEVEN
144
CHAPTER TWENTY
244
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About the author (2005)

Earl Doughty is a native Texan living in the Dallas area. He developed an interest in writing a fiction novel from a weariness of Hollywood's obsession for excessive violence, sex, and misrepresenting Biblical teachings. After twenty years as a Commercial Artist, Photographer, and Electronics Manufacturing business owner, he embarked on a second career with the Department of Defence, administering defense contracts. With the arts being his first love, he remained an avid hobbyist of painting, photography, and writing. Holding to the belief that there is still an audience for faith-based stories, he had the inspiration for a what-if scenario combining sci-fi, young love, and Bible prophecy - just for fun.

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