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...
Yakusa, Chapter I

Yakuza, a Short Story

YAKUZA 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 his company...
Thoughts About Life after Radio Shack

Thoughts About Life after Radio Shack

The Demise of Radio Shack and… Dateline: Lake Geneva June 26, 2019 What did it, and does it, mean that Radio Shack went away? What do you suppose happened there that caused the ‘Mister Wizard’ store where you could get anything electronic or even...
THE CAT, Chapter XVIII

THE CAT, Chapter XVIII

The boy laid down to rest near the very back of the lean-to, gathering some leaves the two adult women had somehow strung together to act as a covering for sleep. There was no warmth in laying under the leaves, however, certainly nothing like luxuriating under a...
THE CAT, Chapter XVII.

THE CAT, Chapter XVII.

The return to their encampment took much longer than the trip out. The body of the animal suspended between them was heavy and ungainly. They could not travel too fast across the forest floor because the hanging body would begin to swing to the point where they could...
THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

A cacophony of open combat fire sent me as deep into the jungle floor as I could get. The sound was pure small arms fire, which at close range, with the Marines around me firing outward, didn’t sound so small. I crawled forward, eventually running into the feet, legs,...
THE CAT, Chapter XVI

THE CAT, Chapter XVI

Hasti sat next to the boy, his head at almost exactly the same height as the that of the standing human. He sat close, but not too close, knowing each and every nuance of the boy’s movement, breathing, and even facial expression. The cat could not see behind himself...
Chickenman, Episodes 17 through 20

Chickenman, Episodes 17 through 20

Well, I found a few more fabulous Chickenman Episodes to share with you. Enjoy the fun and please comment below and share your reactions to Chickenman Episode 17 finds our fearless fantastic fowl questioning Miss Helfinger about the validity of the...
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, Short Story.

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, Short Story.

The water beating on the shore was incessant. Tom lay between the two dumpsters in the alley half a block from the lake, the water lapping along the shore probably intended by God to be comforting, but it was not. The water seemed to pound instead of move gently...
Island In The Sand, Book 2, Part XIII

Island In The Sand, Book 2, Part XIII

ISLAND IN THE SAND Book II Part XIII The sand played out before her, and the mild wind ate away any moisture she’d carried through whatever device she’d traveled in, to the point where Star Black felt she might evaporate herself. The place she was in was inhospitable...
THE CAT, Chapter XV

THE CAT, Chapter XV

The cat found a place near the bottom of the mildly inclined slope face. He settled in under the outward thrusting branches of a huge pine. The aroma, the deep bed of needles no insects could inhabit, and the gentle wind that wafted its way among the easy waving...
THE CAT, Chapter XIV

THE CAT, Chapter XIV

The hike down to the falls proved more difficult than either the boy or the warrior imagined. Attempting to stay inside the outside edge of the forest, in order to remain invisible from any observers that might be located up on the canyon rim, was difficult. The...
THE CAT, Chapter XIII

THE CAT, Chapter XIII

The cat rested through the day, occasionally looking out of half of one eye, toward where the new members of the pride passed back and forth, all of them making believe the cat wasn’t there. The cat passed semi-conscious moments reflecting on how easy it would be to...
TWENTY-FIFTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

TWENTY-FIFTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

The only 25 series radio military occupational specialty in the company, not already serving one of the platoon commanders, was Hultzer. The only thing I knew about him was that he had been assigned to one of the Project Hundred Thousand privates sent in by special...