Last Train to Coaltown

by Robert N. Henry



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/8/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781553952473

About the Book

In the shadowy recesses of time, in the constellation of Orion, a civilization of extraordinary richness emerged to take its place among the stars. And as this civilization became ever newer and more amazing, the biological creatures from its beginnings began to fade from memory. Resolved to record and document the process of biological evolution that had formed their own world, these creatures from beyond our imagination found a place similar to their own distant past. The place they found was earth ... our earth ... and for over 300 million years, they documented and recorded the horrific splendor of the "survival of the fittest" that went before us until...

Twenty five hundred years ago, at the nexus of the Greek and Roman worlds, these "visitors", perhaps out of boredom, perhaps for reasons no one may ever fully understand, created a virtual reality world of extraordinary beauty. They called this world Elysium and they populated it with Amazons, Romans and tools to make amazing lands. To its creators it was just another clever amusement, now long forgotten, but to the inhabitants of Elysium their world was very real and they plotted and schemed in the time-honored tradition of our kind. Collectors on earth sent them people to populate their lands and to keep them informed of earths changing technology. Great recursion zones were erected to separate the lands of Vallis Luna ruled by a regal Amazon Queen from those of New Rome controlled by an all-powerful Emperor. Wars raged, amazing lands were built (including some from earth's fictional tales) until...

In a hospital in Tarzana at the dawn of the 21st century, a new story begins to unfold. There a precocious 10-year old lies dying. And there, for the first time in his life, Gregory Tulliver, a playboy doctor, truly connects with a patient. That patient is the extraordinary Erica O'Shea. Little does he know that he is connected to the Boticelli Erica in ways he could never imagine. And little does he know that in a few days the cosmic tumblers are about to line him up and take him on a journey that will change his life forever.

Awaiting him in a strange new land are the beautiful Diana Lucifera - High Priestess of the Temple of Artemis, Livia - Queen of the Valley of the Moon (where all men are slaves) and the builder-made Knot Monday, Consul to Braccus, King of the Thousand Lands of New Rome. And waiting to play a part in the life of young Erica O'Shea and Dr. Gregory Tulliver are collected immortals from earths past.... Emily Dickinson, Jackie Robinson, Lewis Carol, Stonewall Jackson, Frank Baum, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a cast of thousands. And waiting to take someone to the land of eternal damnation (that all on Elysium fear) is ... the Last Train to Coaltown.

Book I of the New and Amazing series awaits you.

About the Author

"It was a dark and stormy night at a very ordinary latitude somewhere in the middle of the 20th century when my mother went to my father and said, 'something strange is going on here - the head on this baby is far too large.' Having learned of this story, I spent my life traveling through many lands, talking to gurus of every stripe and flavor, and even rearranging my food to form ever more complex patterns. Finally after many years, I learned that it was not that my head was too large that had prompted my mothers observations on strangeness (as I now feel she would have complained about a head of any size), rather it was the fact that I was born on a dark and stormy night that had caused the bearer of my x chromosome to issue her cryptic warning. And so, after many years, I am finally doing what I was meant to do ... avoiding numbers and writing books. I hope you will enjoy my new and amazing tales."

Bob is a graduate of Duke University where he was a member of the football, track and debate teams. He has degrees in economics and accounting and two masters degrees in finance and taxation, plus he received a CPA certificate for left-brain skills from which he now wishes to disassociate himself. He lives in Southern California with his family and is the founder of