The Witch's Mirror And Other Stories

The Witch's Mirror And Other Stories

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

The stories included in this collection have in their backdrop the turbulent political milieu in West Bengal, India during 1969-2011. The period was characterized by terrorism, political crimes, instability and uncertainly. The stories in this volume depict the struggles of human beings to wade through this abysmal darkness.Things are bad enough when the Holy Order's high priest has a vision compelling him to revive long-dormant public fears of witchcraft and devils. When the ancient sect shakes off its millennium of decline to start burning and beheading people, with full support from the government's new self-proclaimed autocrat, a veritable reign of terror unfolds. The inevitable resistance isn't far behind.Oppressed genetic aberrations historically known as wizards and sorceresses find themselves in the odd position of having a choice: worship the Maker and kill anyone who doesn't, or reject the Maker and die in a cleansing fire.With their continent buckling under the weight of political and religious upheaval, the small core of a fledgling rebellion must guard against annihilation before many of the reluctant participants even fully understand why they fight."Ascendancy" is book one of the Maker's Eye trilogy.
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The Curse Of The Goddess

The Curse Of The Goddess

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

This novel portrays the thrilling adventure of an intrepid Hindu boy and a Buddhist hill girl who undertook to resolve the curse that befell the Buddhist hill people who had inadvertently dishonored a powerful Hindu goddess. This is a story of love, adventure and mystery of tantric cult.Shannon and Ally love the fall when they can go to the cabin and have fun with their cousins at Thanksgiving. Their new dog Becca has fun too, swimming in the pond.
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Blue Bird of the Pacific Island

Blue Bird of the Pacific Island

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

A boy lost his way in the Sulu Sea, lands in an uninhabited Filipino island where he falls in love with a Pinay herb collector who proposes marriage. The blue birds of the island enchant the boy. The Filipino police send him back to his mother country. When grown up he again visits the Philippines as a journalist and discovers the girl turned into a heartless money-hungry business woman.Imagine being on the brink of losing everything near and dear to you…Would you be able to handle the possibility of having nothing left? What would you do?There are times when it is incredibly hard to keep your faith in tact when everything you love is slipping away. This is exactly what Loretta Jenkins is going through in this powerful and inspiring Christian fiction tale in of the Inspirational Stories of Faith short story trilogy.Loretta is at her breaking point, dealing with mounting debt and the tragic death of her husband Jack. With her Christian faith tested by the events that have unfolded in her life and the internal struggle to keep her hope alive, the big question is: will she find the secret to hold on to the one thing that she has left?This magical inspirational religious fiction story explores the proven and simple solution to conquering the negative forces that challenge to destroy faith at its very core. Sandwich Shop Miracle is a must read for readers of inspirational books and faith-based books alike.
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Tragedy of the Pugilist

Tragedy of the Pugilist

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

A poor and naïve boxer loved a girl very deeply. The girl and his father took advantage of this and exploited him ruthlessly to ruin him and his poor mother.The Decipherment is centered on Isabelle Aimery – a young and successful Parisian cryptologist. Isabelle lost her parents at the age of 10. They were both archeologists. From an early age, she was very fond of numbers and codes. She had created a whole world of her own filled with numbers, formulae and codes – and she gets a chance to actually see that world.One day, after dozing in a deep sleep, Isabelle wakes up finding herself in something that resembles her mind. She discovers things that look like her memories, dreams and thought . . . and she later finds out this it is her mind she is trapped in. In fact, it is her consciousness that merges with the subconscious state of her mind. She discovers and the beautiful yet deep realms of her mind as she goes through each of her memories, thoughts and dreams – the components of the subconscious mind. But the it all comes spiraling down. Before her subconscious is destroyed taking along her consciousness into the ruins with it, Isabelle must find a way to escape and get back to her life – to reality.But how will she do that when she is stuck in her own mind? The Decipherment explores many of the powers of the human mind, along with the aspects that rule our memories, dreams, ideas and cognition.
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Blue Are the Far Off Mountains

Blue Are the Far Off Mountains

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

Like the blue mountain romantic love endures only if the lovers are at distance from each other. Proximity destroys love as the lovers soon discover the shortcomings of each other and the harsh reality unravels the absurdity of the colorful image each paints about the other. The stories in this collection portrays this truth pertaining to sex-love between men and women.Everything was good. I was senior and I was dating the guy I'd been crazy about for, well, forever basically. Things were right on track and going just the way I wanted them too. We'd go off to college and get degrees and killer careers and get married and have 2.5 children and live out a suburban fairy tale.One night changed all that...along with everything I ever thought I knew.I know they say you can't go home again. I'm not really sure who 'they' are, but they're wrong. Like, wrong to the power of infinity. The thing of it is though, I thought I was home. As it turns out, I was also wrong to the power of infinity. I mean, imagine my surprise when an overly dramatic moment results in me falling through the worm hole, or a black hole, or a bunny hole...well, suffice it to say I fell into some kind of hole and ended up somewhere I never expected. I mean a wholly different place, and not metaphorically. Literally, another place. This would all be really awesome except that some...things...are after me. And there is this guy. Okay, there are two guys and I'm not sure which way is up anymore. One is perfect for me, everything you'd want in a guy.So why is it that I feel like someone is pulling me by a rope toward the other one?Only one thing is for sure. Everything I was ever certain of just went up in smoke.
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Mod Lady and the Prabhus

Mod Lady and the Prabhus

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

It is a funny story about two vagabond boys and a famous lady. The vagabonds while in forest in futile quest of treasure trove rescued the panic stricken lady from the monkeys chasing her to snatch her food packet and was amazed to discover that the lady had been awarded a coveted reward in a television contest for adventure and courage.."Scanning the maddening scene around her, Trisha sighed under her breath, 'So it has come to pass... Hell is delivered to Heaven’s heights. Look and see! I am Death, Destruction my lover! Today I set the universe ablaze. Phoenix will burn, and the gods will bow low to the Children of Damnation!'"Phoenix... Across the globe, legends of old tell of a majestic, beautiful bird known from antiquity, its age measured in centuries and beyond...a symbol of peace and justice, dying in flames only to be reborn anew from its charred remains. And so it is with this most ancient of civilizations that existed in what seemed eternal peace, breached by rebellion, its innocence smoldering midst the ashes of destruction of all held dear. Children from two realms band together, knowing that the past must perish like the Phoenix, and they the ones to make it burn as they struggle together against the most evil of foes - the oldest one among all of Lowenah’s children - and his hordes of followers. If they find success, the Phoenix will rise again, stronger and more resolute...determined to destroy all that is evil and build anew an existence where love, freedom and peace reign, not only for them, but for those who rest in the Field of the Minds and those yet to be born."The Chronicles of Heaven’s War” saga continues to unfold with this, Book II, “Burning Phoenix”... Come with Trisha as she leads courageous men and women of the Children's Empire into a 'cauldron of Hell', not knowing the outcome, but all determined to stand to the last person for love, freedom, and all things good...and honor Lowenah, the One whose heart is tied in to their success or failure...along with all that exists. Ride with them as they charge the line, fierce and unyielding, unwavering in their quest to destroy all who are evil and return peace, their hope that Phoenix will rise once more...
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The Gladiator And Other Stories

The Gladiator And Other Stories

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

This is a collection of eight short stories that depict the nuances of human psychology, the predicament of individuals via-a-vis the complexities of social life and the pains and pleasres of human living.When the Oonocks sank their golden city of Atlantis beneath the ocean, only the words of Plato gave testimony of its existence. Now learn a new theory of who the Atlantians were and why they had to sink their city that eventful night. Find out why 6000 years ago, a race known as the Oonocks left their beautiful, lilac waters of Jupiter’s ice moon Europa to begin a new life on Earth. Discover the real Atlantians. Europa is a nineteen year old human female who has never heard of the Oonocks. And, although she’s heard of the legend of Atlantis, she’s never giving the story much thought. That is until her mother is assassinated and her world is turned upside down. Venture with Europa as she discovers a secret attic above her mother’s bedroom where pictures of her parents hundreds of years old are kept. Gasp in amazement and confusion as she reads in her mother’s diary that she would be born as a human and never know who she really was. Go along on Europa’s journey of discovery, a journey of many dangers as her mother’s assassin chases her, determined to personally end her life. Cry with her as she loses almost everyone and everything she loves. Can she survive? To do so she must somehow discover the truth of her past and awaken the queen inside her. She must learn and accept the true story of Atlantis, the Oonock race and what lives beneath Europa’s ice. If she can’t, then she will never see her twenty-first birthday.
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The Oraon And The Divine Tree

The Oraon And The Divine Tree

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

A tribal old man, after the demise of his beloved wife considered an age old giant mango tree as his lone friend in the world. Unfortunately, to get a job for his unemployed son on whose income his family depended, he had to fell this vast tree. The story describes the pain and agony of the old tribal in course of murdering his only friend in the world.They were coming, and no one could stop them.The Yellowstone Caldera has exploded, and survivors who fled the devastation made their way east. Cities such as Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. prepared for their arrival. It meant rationing – and rational thought. People on both sides would face tests of their nerve and resilience.Only those with strong nerves would survive.Refugees, a part of David Dalglish’s 2010 anthology A Land of Ash under the author’s former pseudonym, is now complete with its original opening as well as foreword from Dalglish.
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Fantastic Hill Trek

Fantastic Hill Trek

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

The travelogue gives a vivid account of his adventure to Sandhak-Fu, the peak which gives the magnificent views of mount Everest and Kanchenjunga and his journey through vales and forests around this peak.Chase Larsen is a man of many sides, one of a vanishing breed, an adventurer who spent much of his life overseas. At forty-five he has two longtime companions, a dog and a Harley. He has been through many countries, many scrapes, but yet is a man of old-fashioned values and strong beliefs.Called home to South Florida to bury his sister, Sophie, Chase was told that she died accidentally, struck by lightning. A visit from an old friend, Annie, an erstwhile biker chick and now respected private eye, proves otherwise. She shows Chase a photograph of the scene where Sophie died and at once Chase realizes that something is wrong. A violent storm may have killed his sister but the ground where she died is dry and undisturbed. Sophie’s body had been dumped there.Arriving home, Chase finds a message from a coworker of Sophie’s and arranges a meet in the Everglades for the following day. When Chase arrives he is met by Joe Keel, a Seminole, who takes Chase by airboat to a small island hidden in the mangroves. Joe tells Chase how, on a camping trip to the Keys, Sophie had stumbled on something unbelievable. These two men have one obsession, to find the truth. They will do so at any cost. The chase is on.
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Stories for Children

Stories for Children

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

This collection contains four stories of animals, trees, hunters and folkloreJason and Valerie wanted a nice, leisurely vacation, visiting Jason’s brother in Virginia, but Mother Nature intervened, delivering a hellacious snowstorm to the region. With their transportation plans thwarted, the travelers find themselves on a deserted road in the middle of the night, a blizzard raging all around them, and a suspicious stranger has joined their midst. To Jason, the newcomer seems a little off. He might just be a run-of-the-mill drunk, but Jason senses something else—a streak of sadism seems to emanate from him. Little does Jason know, the stranger is the least of their worries. There’s something else out here in the woods, a creature that purrs as it feasts on human flesh, an abomination lurking in the snow, hidden in the darkness. But even if Jason and Valerie manage to survive, there’s one more surprise waiting for them, with a revelation that will test their very humanity.
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Horror Of Yakshini

Horror Of Yakshini

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

The protagonist, a collector of antique goods, buys a nude idol of a yakshini from an old man and uncovers it ignoring warnings of its seller. Thereafter he gets infatuated to the voluptuous idol and encounters horrible consequences.There are many cities in the world of Ryallon that know the touch of despair and evil, but none like Dralin. Towers of wizards rise high into the air, shrouded in the mists of magical smog. Poor sleep in the alleyways, becoming deformed by pollution. Life is short for many. Throughout all of it, the cunning and dangerous members of the City Guard do their best to keep evil and crime from destroying the citizens of Dralin. Trained to fight in streets that make no sense, they keep wickedness from taking over completely. A young woman fleeing her past makes Dralin her destination. A young Guardsman with his own dark history hopes to make a difference in a city that is without hope. Are sorrow and despair their only destiny, or can love redeem them? Two young girls raised in this city learn life's hard lessons early. Will they be defeated by its evil? Underneath the city lie hidden dangers even more terrible than those that lurk in its dark streets. Ancient ruins of civilizations past still hold onto the memories of how grand they once were, while menacing creatures hope for a tasty meal to venture into their domain. The Dralin Trilogy is a dark, swords-and-sorcery fantasy series following the lives of a few unusual individuals as they desperately try to survive in the sinister city of Dralin.Dralin is a full length novel.
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Dream In A Rainy Day

Dream In A Rainy Day

Ratan Lal Basu

Ratan Lal Basu

Sandip, a communist revolutionary was released from jail after the movement had completely died down and he found the entire world changed and the dream to create a new world ended in utter frustrationThe word Rache, written in blood on the wall at the scene of a murder, marked Sherlock Holmes’ introduction to the world. Published in 1887, A Study in Scarlet presented Holmes as a new type of hero, one who uses razor sharp powers of deduction and minute attention to detail to solve cases too hard for Scotland Yard. Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant insights and quick wit soon made him a legend. Due to his immense popularity, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle went back to his most famous character again and again, writing an additional 3 Sherlock Holmes novels and 56 short stories over the next four decades.This edition is not the original text. Rather, it is a remastered version that strives to make the classic story more accessible. While the vast majority of the text is original, hundreds of modifications have been made to make the story an easier, smoother reading experience for modern readers. We hope these changes will allow a new generation to enjoy the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes.
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