The Scapegoat the Scapegoat

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CHAPTER II. THE BIRTH OF NAOMI. Israel paid no heed to Jew or Moor, but in due time he set about the building of a house for himself and for Ruth. He placed it in the south-east corner of the Mellah, and built it partly in the ...
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CHAPTER II. THE BIRTH OF NAOMI. Israel paid no heed to Jew or Moor, but in due time he set about the building of a house for himself and for Ruth. He placed it in the south-east corner of the Mellah, and built it partly in the Moorish and partly in the English fashion, with an open court and corridors, marble pillars, and a marble staircase, walls of small tiles, and ceilings of stalactites, but also with windows and with doors. And when his house was raised he put no haities into it, and spread no mattresses on the floors, but sent for tables and chairs and couches out of England; and everything he did in this wise cut him off the more from the people about him, both Moors and Jews. And being settled at last, and his own master in his own dwelling, out of the power of his enemies to push him back into the streets, it occurred to him for the first time that whereas the house he had built was a refuge for himself, it was doomed to be little better than a prison for his wife. In marrying Ruth he had enlarged the circle of his intimates by one faithful and loving soul, but in marrying Israel she had reduced even her friends to that number. Her father was dead; if she was the daughter of a Chief Rabbi she was also the wife of an outcast, the companion of a pariah, and, save for him, she must be for ever alone. Even their bondwomen still spoke a foreign dialect, and conversation between them was mainly by signs. Thinking of this with some remorse, one idea fixed itself on Israel's mind, one hope on his heart—that Ruth might soon bear a child. Then would her solitude be broken by the dearest company a woman might know on earth, and, if he had wronged her, his child would make amends. Israel thought of this again and again. The delicious hope pursued him. It was his secret...

She was the government's best kept secret--a living being rescued from the wreckage of a UFO and concealed in a top-secret hanger on a remote Air Force base. But the alien child will be held captive no longer . . . and wherever she goes, horror follows in her wake. From the bestselling author of Fire and Blood of the Children. Original.

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Roland Green
Rodgers' novel is poised on the borderline between horror and science fiction; that is, the treatment leans toward horror, but the theme--first contact with aliens--is straight out of sf, with a nod to Steven Spielberg. The plot includes all the classic elements of the alien-contact story: kidnapped humans, rumors of UFOs, secret government projects (not to mention plots), a general going (if not already gone) insane, and so on and so forth. Rodgers arrays these elements with great skill, however; the characterization is outstanding, and the efforts of the alien (the title character) to find her way home will keep readers turning pages. Rodgers will acquire an audience with this one. Horror and sf collections, take note.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781161476187
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/23/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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