THE CAT, Chapter XXIV

THE CAT, Chapter XXIV

When Althesis and his men were gone, Tinda departed. The cat came to its feet as he left. Both Cetan and the boy nervously watched, as the cat followed the departing sub-chief for a few man lengths before turning to look back at them. Hasti’s head swung slowly...
THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

I lay in the muck of oozing mud seeping slowly up through the packed, cracked and broken debris of jungle and aging decay. The smell was of the damaged sort I’d come to know as my home away from home down inside the A Shau Valley expanse. I wondered if the smell would...
The Rabbit, A Harvey Short Story

The Rabbit, A Harvey Short Story

THE RABBIT Back over one shoulder, a crouching human could be seen creeping through the wet soggy grass that led up to the edge of the forest. Harvey waited, standing upright, shifting his gaze from the ungainly man to the forest and back. He turned his head each...
THE CAT, Chapter XXIII

THE CAT, Chapter XXIII

The cat moved again, this time backing slowly into the heavier brush until fully concealed. The boy watched Hasti move, so fluidly and deliberately that, with the warriors attempting to come down the path, as ordered by their leaders, it gave every appearance that...
THE CAT, Chapter XXII

THE CAT, Chapter XXII

The cat returned, not moving back along the trails and paths he used to make his journey to the very edge of his territory. He didn’t think about that part of his decision to return to where the humans were putting together what he knew would be his large single meal...
THE CAT,  Chapter XXI

THE CAT, Chapter XXI

The cat moved through the forest underbrush, slipping from side to side, making sure his front paws gentled down instead of solidly confronted the padded forest mat of long-accumulated and partially rotted vegetation. The beaten course of travel the intruding group of...
TWENTY-EIGHTH NIGHT, 30 Days Has September

TWENTY-EIGHTH NIGHT, 30 Days Has September

The six of us moved on our bellies, out toward the jumbled remains in the killing field of the mudflat, as one, without any signal. The ability of Marines in combat to need a whole lot fewer signals and orders than the guys doing all the training back home thought...
THE CAT, Chapter XX

THE CAT, Chapter XX

THE CAT Chapter XX The boy lay awake in the night, listening to the slight changes of small jungle sounds, as they worked their way through the heavy material to arrive at the side of the river where they were encamped. The warrior was asleep. The boy knew that...
GUANTANAMERA, an Arch Patton Episode

GUANTANAMERA, an Arch Patton Episode

Guantanamera Short Story by James Strauss  The winds off of Lake Eerie blew cold and hard through the streets of downtown Buffalo.  New York was cold and damp in winter, although Arch Patton had never been apprised of that kind of weather occurring in the great...
TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

The engagement with the enemy began while it was still full dark. The Ontos fired into the general area near the western wall at its base and flung flechettes across the open exposed area in front of it. With the artillery still coming in, responding to successive...
I Did The Thing… Vietnam

I Did The Thing… Vietnam

I did the thing in a country called Vietnam. I went on from there to have a fairly wild and messy but distinguished career in the CIA. How come, after all that, and publishing my story in books and more, I am expected on such social communication sites like this, to...
Yakuza, Chapter XXII

Yakuza, Chapter XXII

                                      YAKUZA                                          Chapter XXII A big gruff looking man in full Navy uniform stepped between members of Delta Force gathered together at the top of the gantry. “I guess your job, whatever the hell it...
The Pride Of The Small Lion

The Pride Of The Small Lion

THE SMALL LION Even though the humans gave him the name Bentley, the small lion didn’t know he was a pet and would have resorted to almost any act in order to prove that being a pet was not something he found to be acceptable. In point of fact, he had his own pet,...
Yakuza, Chapter XXI

Yakuza, Chapter XXI

Yakuza Chapter XXI Lauren, in front of his ‘amigos,’ hit the upper Lido deck cabin door running, changed course slightly with the way the bridge attached to the top of the stairs, and then went through the deck hatch at a dead sprint, his small but powerful compact...
Yakuza, Chapter XX

Yakuza, Chapter XX

YAKUZA CHAPTER XX The ship glided across the small chop inside the reef. Lauren watched swimmers along the shallow waters of the pristine sandy beach take note. Shapiro pushed a button and a shrill howling began to wail forth from outside speakers. The ship continued...
Hard Rain,  Reflection of Life

Hard Rain, Reflection of Life

Hard Rain. Does it cleanse? Does it cause more damage than it takes care of by providing plants and animals with plenty of pure freshwater? Does it flood and cause disease, famine and even death? Water coming down from the sky is almost an allegory for life itself....
The Forest of Lost Reality, an Editorial

The Forest of Lost Reality, an Editorial

Forest of Lost Reality An Editorial from the Geneva Shore Report What has happened to explain this latest emotional iteration of social unrest that has been created by opinions about current circumstances rather than likely reality? I write about ‘likely reality’...
Yakuza, Chapter XIX

Yakuza, Chapter XIX

YAKUZA CHAPTER XIX The ship accelerated at a furious rate with the U.S. destroyer Chaffee falling in behind it, no doubt running at flank speed. Lauren eased his way and then inserted himself into the bolstered chair next to where Shapiro stood on his own. The...
Yakuza, Chapter XVIII

Yakuza, Chapter XVIII

Yakuza Chapter XVIII   The .410 bird shot load blasted out of the revolver barrel at a thousand feet per second, sending most of its tiny shotgun load into Ashton’s right foot. The man screamed before going down in a heap to the deck, both hands moving defensively to...
Yakuza, Chapter XVII

Yakuza, Chapter XVII

Yakuza Chapter XVII Lauren felt himself being trundled along through the bowels of the ship, carried by three men holding his ankles, his waist and one cradling his neck.  The pain from the effects of the electric stun gun was excruciating, but his inability to get a...
The Dorchester Hotel and a Shave…

The Dorchester Hotel and a Shave…

The Dorchester Hotel, London An Arch Patton Short Story This is the hotel I used in Europe as a sort of a hideaway, heal up joint, and spa to recover from missions. It is very expensive now and was even more so back when I was an active intelligence agent in the...
In The Name Of The Father..

In The Name Of The Father..

In the name of the Father… a prayer. A prayer that is as endemic to the Catholic Church as the existence and continuance of the pope. “Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;” What...
Yakuza, Chapter XVI

Yakuza, Chapter XVI

YAKUZA CHAPTER XVI “Fuentes,” Lauren said the captain’s name, looking at the envelope of documents with the Letter of Marque on top, but making no move to take possession of it. He had the vague feeling he wasn’t supposed to actually possess it yet, or if ever,...
Yakuza, Chapter XV

Yakuza, Chapter XV

YAKUZA Chapter XV Lauren surfaced in the rolling roiling and broken waters of the Molokai Express, the powerful vessel above him allowing only the bright glow of reflected light to appear along under it’s rising and falling twin hulls. Both ends of the vessel, rising...
YAKUZA,  Chapter XIV

YAKUZA, Chapter XIV

The Navatek ripped through the torn sea at high speed; its passengers isolated twenty feet above the wild close combat of ten-foot cross-swells fighting it out for dominance. The Molokai Express was actively at its most dangerous, as offshore winds were reaching...
Yakuza, Chapter XIII

Yakuza, Chapter XIII

YAKUZA Chapter XIII   None of the men, sitting sprawled around the corner of the great cabin, said anything for almost a full minute following Ashton’s stunning comment and Yee’s accurate analysis of it. Lauren was the first to speak. He did so by whispering a...
Yakuza, Chapter XII

Yakuza, Chapter XII

YAKUZA CHAPTER XII The Navatek hatch to the main deck was just off the top of the gangway. Lauren guided Shapiro through it and into a huge flat cabin that extended fifty feet wide by sixty feet in length.  The single unsupported room took up more than half the deck...
Yakuza, Chapter XI

Yakuza, Chapter XI

YAKUZA CHAPTER XI Lauren brought the twin-hulled Fool’s Gold down off plane, as he eased into the lee waters of the southernmost unnamed island just off the Lanakai coast of Oahu. He’d been to the three small islands years before but, since they lacked any source of...
Yakuza, Chapter X

Yakuza, Chapter X

YAKUZA Chapter X   Lauren tied the gently bobbing boat off using bow and stern cleats, throwing a couple of rubber bumpers over the side, making sure he didn’t damage the swim step extending two feet from the stern of the big yacht. The magnum revolver hung down a...
Yakuza, Chapter IX

Yakuza, Chapter IX

YAKUZA Chapter IX The Zodiac headed toward the cliff face. The rough lava wall plunged twenty-five feet into the heaving sea. Further toward the shore, in the direction back toward Zippys, surfers rode breaking waves which expanded in size as the rollers were pushed...
Yakuza, Chapter VIII

Yakuza, Chapter VIII

YAKUZA CHAPTER VIII   When he arrived to open at the usual appointed time the bar was somehow different. The place was full. Lauren hadn’t been there to either unlock anything or to serve any drinks, but the Honolulu Police contingent and their Yakuza...
Yakuza, Chapter VII

Yakuza, Chapter VII

YAKUZA Chapter VII   Lauren marveled over the awfulness of Hiyashi’s Karaoke singing, and the obvious fact that his drunken behavior had no effect in diminishing his stature with the men he was obviously in charge of. The Asian mentality was, in many ways, inscrutable...
Yakuza, Chapter VI

Yakuza, Chapter VI

YAKUZA Chapter VI   Lauren was nervous, as he worked to finish the home-built suppressor for the Mannlicher. He had no doubts about testing the weapon and getting his ‘dope’ right for the shot. Sniping was ninety-percent preparation, equipment, and intellect. Taking...
Yakuza, Chapter V

Yakuza, Chapter V

YAKUZA Chapter Five  True to his word, the sergeant’s truck showed up in the night to pack all the belongings they had. It didn’t take long and didn’t come anywhere near to filling up the storage area in the back of the truck. When they got to Shapiro’s place the kids...
THE CAT, Chapter XIX

THE CAT, Chapter XIX

Cetan and Tama gathered leaves into the sunset, only stopping from making their runs back and forth to the fire in order to eat what fish the women had cooked. There were no meal times. They ate when they had food until they were full and then saved what they could to...
Yakuza, Chapter IV

Yakuza, Chapter IV

YAKUZA Chapter IV Lauren opened the Apple computer and took half an hour of bar work time to figure out how he was going to access what he needed to access. He finally logged into the free Wi-Fi Zippys provided, and punched in “Yamashita.” The results surprised him....
Yakuza, Chapter III

Yakuza, Chapter III

YAKUZA Chapter III   Lauren spent his single day-off doing damage control at home. His wife was a shattered wreck, having been told nothing by her employer except that her services were no longer needed. Lauren would not, could not, tell her what the DEA task force...
Yakuza, Chapter II, by James Strauss

Yakuza, Chapter II, by James Strauss

YAKUZA Chapter II  The altercation came after the end of his first week in his new job as bartender at Zippy’s.  That he had lasted the week without complaint had earned him dinner every night, before his shift began.  Ochuru called him in and gave him the...
Yakusa, Chapter I

Yakusa, Chapter I

YAKUZA, Chapter One By James Strauss The basin that has become known as Hawaii Kai was there thousands of years before Homo sapiens came along to reshape and remodel it. A man name Kaiser happened on the scene after World War II and using huge amounts of explosives...