Huff's Rapture

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SUMMARY OF THE NOVEL, HUFF'S RAPTURE

A mid-21st century American vice president, Ed Huff, finds himself wandering dazed through the Appalachian mountains, being pursued by federal agents and bloodhounds. His doctor is dead and a revolver has been planted in his jacket with one round fired. He has only the dimmest memories of the shooting or of the cataclysmic events that have brought him to this place, including those of the great, global war ...

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Overview

SUMMARY OF THE NOVEL, HUFF'S RAPTURE

A mid-21st century American vice president, Ed Huff, finds himself wandering dazed through the Appalachian mountains, being pursued by federal agents and bloodhounds. His doctor is dead and a revolver has been planted in his jacket with one round fired. He has only the dimmest memories of the shooting or of the cataclysmic events that have brought him to this place, including those of the great, global war he prosecuted as the acting President of the United States from aboard a hypersonic command plane.
Huff evades his pursuers with the help of a group of miners. They hide him in a tipple and listen skeptically to his warnings that fallout will soon poison the air and water. He meets up with a group of evangelical worshippers by a stream, who feed him and listen attentively to his tale of an international nuclear catastrophe, believing he is a prophet pronouncing the End Days and The Rapture. Finally, in a nearby town, a friend shelters him for the night and helps convince him he is suffering from delusions.
Eventually, a brilliant legal investigation, relentless work by a military professor in a sports car, a daring leak from a White House adviser and the tactics of an innovative trial judge in West Virginia solve the mystery. Few will guess the outcome. The intrigue and suspense that pulses through "Huff's Rapture" do not let up until the very last page.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460954690
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Neil Hall is a writer on politics, national security, foreign policy, major world events and people. While "Huff's Rapture" is his first novel, he is a vastly experienced journalist. For the final four decades of the 20th century and until 2006, he was an active newsman and for most of that time wrote a widely read column.
Media General News Service, along with Scripps-Howard, syndicated Hall's column from coast to coast. He was Media General's bureau chief in Washington, opening and expanding a major news staff for the Richmond-based organization in 1979. He also brought it national acclaim with an award winning investigative report that forced the Navy to reverse its conclusion that an enlisted man had caused the fatal USS Iowa explosion in a suicide bombing. Hall's trip to Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, as crowds of more than a million were chanting Death to America, and later to Eastern Europe, as frontiers crumbled before the Berlin Wall came down, put his newspapers ahead of the international brigade of journalists. He was still globe-hopping in search of stories in the last months on the job. And he covered every national political convention and presidential campaign between 1964 and 2004.
John Neil Hall was born in Philippi, W.Va., the son of public school teachers. Much of Huff's Rapture is set in the valleys, creeks and nearby towns where Hall grew up. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and is still married to the Parkersburg, W.Va. co-ed, Susie Deem Hall.
After graduation, he went to work for the then flourishing wire service UPI in Columbus, Ohio and Trenton, N.J. before moving to Washington in 1965 with UPI, and later the Hearst Newspapers and Media General.
Hall became a member of the prestigious Gridiron Club and one of its most prolific lyricists for its annual musical production defaming the famous. As the club's president in 2006, he invited a freshman senator from Illinois to speak at its Spring dinner - an engagement that has been a rung on the ladder to the presidency (to slip or vault.) Those who have vaulted on that Gridiron ladder to the White House have included Sen. John F. Kennedy and, as we would see, President Hall's guest of honor and 2006 speaker, Sen. Barrack Obama.
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