Twice Upon A Prequel And Three Shorts

Twice Upon A Prequel And Three Shorts

by Derald Hamilton

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From the pages of The Call, Elmo Piggins and Reginald Dexter are given their own stories as part of this anthology.

The Astonishing Elmo Piggins introduces young Elmo Piggins as the prototypical Southern preacher's kid. His older sister seems to eclipse him, until she leaves home and he joins the Navy following high school graduation. While at sea, Elmo experiences a Road-to-Damascus transformation, turning his life and relationships on their ear.

The Rebirth of Reginald Dexter tells of a tenured professor of psychology who is forced to retire at sixty-five. It is both a funny and inspirational story that supports the life-affirming notion that it's never too late for new beginnings.

Taken Up Before The General follows the misadventures of a hapless military brat who is pummeled into submission at every turn. This story provides a blistering portrait of a socila order that grants no quarter to those who just don't fit in ... anywhere.

The War Comes Home explores the same social dynamic -- that of self-sacrifice for the sake of conformity -- only this time, the story is told through the eyes of a military wife saddled with the task of avoiding any upsets upon her husband's return from war.

And finally, there is A Liter Bit Of Wisdom -- a darkly humorous tale that explores the possible repercussions that might result from our actions or inactions. Or could it be simply the workings of fate?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013766815
Publisher: D Hamilton Books
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
File size: 154 KB

About the Author

Born in Santa Cruz, California on July 22, 1950, Derald Hamilton was the adopted son of Derald and Naomi Hamilton, a career Army Officer and a Secretary/Accountant. Derald lived in numerous places while growing up because of the transient nature of his father's career. Because of health issues on the part of his mother, Derald and his mother settled in a Sacramento suburb duirng his junior year of high school. Upon graduation, Derald enrolled in Sacramento City College majoring in the Humanities. As in high school, Derald had a penchant toward the literary and a yen to be a writer. But a teacher of crative writing and his peers in the creative writing class informed him they felt he was too young and callow to successfully embark on such an endeavor. Derald graduated from community college with an AA and transfered on to the University of California at Davis, majoring in American Studies. During his time at UC Davis, Derald received what he interpreted as a call to ministry. But he lacked sufficient funds to pursue ministerial studies. So, after a few years of working numelrous jobs, the prime one being a State Civil Service job, he managed to save up enough money to continue the pursuit of his education. He enrolled at Phillips Theological Seminary, then in Enid, Oklahoma. After four years, he attained a Masters of Divinity Degree but was not granted ordination.

Returning to California, he returned to State Civil Service, he again worked a few more years, then enrolled in San Jose University with the intent of acquiring an Masters In Library Science. After acquiring said degree he search in various places about the United States in hopes of finding a position as a Librarian.
Finally, after depleting all his funds, he took on a clerical job with the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority where he remained for thrity-two years. During that time, Derald embarked on writing again. He managed to get four of his short stories published, numerous non-fiction articles published in various places, and finally his first novel entitled "The Call." "Twice Upon A Prequel And Three Shorts" is his second literary entry.

Derald presently resides in Campbell, California enjoying his hobby of bluegrass banjo picking.

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