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Monster at My Window

Monster at My Window

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by Nancy Reil Riojas

The story's informal tone broadens into a twisted, underlying theme, both immoral and political: fiends created by man achieve man’s detestable covert scheme under auspices of two mega corporations. The first credible child victims do not escape from unpredictable beasts that conduct devious interactions in storm drain tunnels under Brownsville, Texas where


The story's informal tone broadens into a twisted, underlying theme, both immoral and political: fiends created by man achieve man’s detestable covert scheme under auspices of two mega corporations. The first credible child victims do not escape from unpredictable beasts that conduct devious interactions in storm drain tunnels under Brownsville, Texas where fathers band together to war with them.
EXCERPT: In the still evening, Garcia hears vibration from inside the tunnel, a sound that rapidly crescendos to a roar.
He stands, slaps the handle on a concealed nine millimeter and pulls it from the waist of his pants, “Do y’all hear that? What’s that noise?”
In a split second, the rest of the men hear the sound and rise to their feet. Dark clouds briskly move into a dusk skyline. Drizzle begins, cooling sweaty faces that focus on the tunnel opening. Ortiz stuffs the newspaper under his arm and shuts the truck door. Walking back in the fine rain, he witnesses a horde of familiar beasts charging unbelievably fast toward the men.
“Get back to the trucks!” yells Ortiz.
But it’s too late. The friends immediately act out their defensive strategy in groups of three, standing back to back while Gabriel scurries to join one of the groups. Ortiz drops the newspaper that blows so strewn about by high wind, pages dance amongst the men and menacing beasts, all the way to the tunnel opening.
The beasts slow and maintain their distance while forming a circle around the friends. Having heard of the odd savage attacks, the men freeze and frown at hideousness. Silent, they aim .44 Magnums and stand strong, waiting… waiting for the right moment. Created from dogs and insects, the intelligent beings instinctively sense the fortitude of the men and realize this confrontation may not compare to others when defenseless, shocked animals and humans do not defend themselves. As if they are not frightening enough, the larger, antagonized Master flies his beefy body out of the pitch dark tunnel, immediately stops to an upright stance, gently dropping spike-like wings at his sides. He inflates a massive torso, holds a large insect head high, lashes out and squirms a long forked tongue, and with bulging–half–shut–bloodshot–eyes that swiftly shift from one man’s eyes to the next, he disappointedly reads their low level of fear.
When Ortiz reaches the men, his trailing wind falls upon the Master that instantly demonstrates disgust, spewing saliva in all directions then turns toward his small battalion and lifts his head like a howling dog to scream a shriek that can rattle glass, for he realizes not only that Ortiz is their leader but possesses the strongest urge for battle, a big fighting heart searching for its young.
Like a disturbed mound of army ants, the attack commences toward Ortiz. Marksmen pick them off like hogs at a hunt, without wasting a shot. Bodies explode into pieces at such close range, they scatter as far away as the trucks, alarming remaining beasts to retreat into the tunnel. The flock leave a sulfurous stench behind when launching over the groups who dodge prehistoric-looking claws that dangle beneath the archenemies. Communicating a plan with their wickedly clever Master, the hideous jet toward the loop while realizing the extent of these demoniac men’s power shatters their own yet surely only on the outside of their abodes, their abodes where they reign.

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Nancy Reil Riojas
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Throughout each of our lives, stories continuously happen around us. Expressing them on paper thrills me, but presenting the book to you with grace and clarity is in itself another story. Authors share a great challenge of maintaining your attention, never an easy task, hence, my goal is to move your heart. Please take a minute to let us know your impression. Thank you so much. From San Antonio, Texas and after decades of a successful career in real estate, I embarked on a new career, writing, which simmered for forty years until life's duties came to a halt. Most of the short novels, novellas, and short stories are inspired by true events and take place in Texas settings. I attempt to keep my writing style clear and direct which can be enjoyed from the young to the old. In several books I provide Texas facts with violent self defense battles and natural disasters as well as moving, emotional struggles then combine them with moral fortitude. By curbing the reading time of the books to no longer than the length of a long movie, the intent is to spark interest in individuals who dislike reading. "Writing opens the window to our souls, yet reading opens the door. If I can inspire anyone to read, then I feel successful in my endeavor." My books: "Monster At My Window" (Novella) "Night Invaders" sequel to Monster at My Window - release - this year "Moonshiner The Wolf" (Short Novel) "Hannibal" (Novelette) "The Rabbi's Books" (Novelette) "Visiting Mary" (Short Story) "Flood of 1965" (Novelette) "Steven" (Short Story) "Lucky" (Children's Short Story) "La Visita A Maria" (Short story "Visiting Mary" above translated in Spanish ) ~~~~ REVIEWS ~~~~ "Moonshiner The Wolf" (28 REVIEWS AVERAGE FOUR STARS; 16 ARE FIVE STARS and the ebook is featured in ITUNES IBOOKS in several countries) 1. "Very good story. Great main character, and others too. Well written, captivating, and exciting. Harsh reality mixed with ghostly spirits and unconditional, eternal love." B&N Anonymous, March 24, 2013 2. This book helps us to understand two things: One, life is about the realization that if you know something has to be done, be self-reliant and do it, which in turn creates a strong sense of worth. And two, for some of us it can be difficult to know others as deeply as we might like to, especially those we love the most. Be good to those you love so you can live with them after this life, forever and ever." Andrew Campbell 3. "OMG! I feel like I'm gonna cry! That was so sad!" Anonymous, Barnes and Noble 4. "Good read. Definitley worth it!" Anonymous, Barnes and Noble 5. 5 Stars - no review - Anonymous, Barnes and Noble 6. "This highly illuminating book marks a significant stage in our growing understanding of how national traditions of economic thought has been affected by both." Communications in Candian society - WordPress.com 7. "That was very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing the story wth the world. I hope others also enjoy it." Anonymous, Google Play Books 8. "Kudos! A heart-wrenching story that entices you to keep reading. It's well written and certainly appropriate for all ages. Loved reading it." Thomas Holden 9. "A moving story from beginning to end; one scene is a real tear-jerker." - Alpine Avalance, Alpine, Tx. Valerie P. 10. " 'Moonshiner The Wolf' tells the tale of a courageous West Texas ranch woman. She befriends a wolf that becomes her lifetime guardian. Don't miss out, read it!"-- Bandera County Courier Editor, Bandera, Tx. Carolyn Edwards. "Monster at My Window" (RANKED HUNDREDS OF TIMES IN ITUNES IBOOKS globally and featured in twenty-five countries) 1. "A highly recommended thriller! Good battle scenes and good plot will hold your interest all the way through. Not one unneccesary or boring word, the author does not force elements that disrupt the flow. The characters come to life and the setting fits like a glove. It begins with an up close casting of a young daughter who tells the truth and from there it unfolds into a unique storyline when friends face up to creatures that infiltrate a south Texas town. The end will leave you wanting more thrills, I guarantee it." David Martinelli, Barnes and Noble 2. "Great Read! I thought this book would be all about monsters, but I got more out of it than just a monster story. This book reminds people that no matter how a child describes something, you should always listen and hear them! The way a child views something is not always the way we adults view them. Great book! To me, much more than a monster story." Wanda S., Barnes and Noble 3. "Different, but interesting." Rem, Barnes and Noble 4. 5 Stars, no review, Anonymous, Barnes and Noble "Hannibal" (RANKED 1,156+ TIMES IN ITUNES IBOOKS U.K., CANADA, U.S.A., and AUSTRALIA and is featured in twenty-four countries) 1. "The storyline in this short story produces no punches as the author describes her survival against an animal that was never taught love." Smashwords, Kristina Howells, France author 2. "Exciting thriller! Intense! Thank you for writing it. Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, September 8, 2014 "Visiting Mary" (CHOSEN BY FOUR EDITORS IN TEXAS and has reached highest rankings in seven countries) 1. "This short story is charged with emotion and the imagery is fantastic as well --- keep writing." Heather Kitt 2. "Enlightening short story, so glad you shared this one." Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, "The Rabbi's Books" (REACHED NUMBER 1 POSITION IN HUNGARY this year and is featured in eight countries) 1. "Excellent point of view. From the atrocities depicted in Elie Wiesel's "Night" to the haunting scene of Schindler's List, these events truly are worth teaching. To think that certain schools would have the nerve to excuse the matter is absolutely disappointing. Bravo to you, Nancy, for portraying that point of view and doing it so well!" Shane Ryan, writer 2. "Absolutely Outstanding!" Master Exec, ITunes "Flood of 1965" (REACHED HIGHEST RANKS IN ELEVEN COUNTRIES and featured in seven countries) 1. "I felt like I was a part of the story, good description." Laura Everly, Smashwords 2. "Loved this. It was short but perfect. The author puts you with her family so well you feel a part of their story." Anonymous, April 10, 2014, Barnes and Noble 3. "Very Good." Anonymous, Barnes and Noble Note from author: In December the Christmas short story "Visiting Mary" was chosen for publication by editors of four newspapers throughout Texas AND IS FEATURED EVERY YEAR, "The Bandera County Courier" in Bandera County, "The Leader" in Dallas, Texas," La Prensa San Antonio", and "El Hispano News," Dallas, Texas. I am sole owner of these published stories and they are copyrighted at the U. S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C. It is illegal for anyone to violate rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. Thank you.

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Monster At My Window 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
WandaS51 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be all about monsters, and it was! But I got more out of it than just a monster story! I think this book reminds people(especially those with children in their lives) that, no matter how a child describes something, you should always listen to them and hear them! The way a child views something is not always the way we, as adults view things, but it doesn't make it less important! And most of the time, a child's view, or their feelings are more accurate than adults, because thier views and feelings have not been skewed by life and adulthood. Great Book! To Me, much more than just a monster story!
James_Symore- More than 1 year ago
Evil is powerful until thrawted. Tired of reading the same old, same old? This one's really different and good, not mundane. Reads smooth like riding a stick of butter in a hot pan. Being a ghost writer myself, I search for stories like this that don't try too hard to be hip and do offer me ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prepare for the rough and tumble of these revolting creatures and the honorable men who fight them. A well executed story that will entertain you while moving from one danger to the next and feeling the characters' fears, ecstacies, and sufferings.
TanyaT1 More than 1 year ago
Compelling from first paragraph, keep reading, it gets better and better and even better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed. Descriptive writting. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this short story! It was about 170 pages but was well written and told a very good story. Scary and gets you thinking maybe just maybe there could be Chupacabras hiding out there somewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Only two or three typos, which is amazing in an ebook. Wonderful characters and truly original, SCARY monsters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charged wtih emotion
Tonya Edwards More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for the author's style. I would have liked more exposition and character development. I actual 'monster' was a surprise though, so the book did hold my attention. A quick read worth the download.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was alright but got confused from the author switching characters so much. I didnt stay interested. E
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this story creepy or eerie or even entertaining. The format made it feel like watching a movie that skips and, though I seem to be in the minority, I thought the author used lots of unnecessary words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pretty much liked the story. It seemed to move too quickly. I would have enjoyed it more if there was more "filling" or detail to the book. If that had been the case, I would have rated it between 4 & 5. It definitely had a good creep factor, though.
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A speedy progression-  Starts out down to earth, kids, family, etc. but it breaks out with an evil that arrives on the scene fairly quickly.  Loved the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scary monsters...like a child wrote this. I wonder how it ever got published?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending watoo rushed and the caractors needed more background. But over ll an ok book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not as entertaining as I'd hoped. I will admit the idea is good but it just didn't have all of the pizaz I wanted. It was written poorly and the ending was rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tight writing, well told
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention. Good little story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No doubt this was fun to write and at the same time teaches us a few things about life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it wasn't for those courageous men the whole town would have been lost.