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Knights, Castles & Kings

Knights, Castles & Kings

by Mark Bland

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The characters served up in Knights, Castles and Kings by prize-winning author Mark Bland test the human spirit in a pursuit of purpose on earth and beyond.

In the first of the three stories, The Four Chessmen, retirees take a road trip to compete in a chess tournament. Bland shows us how life strategies mimic those played out on a chess board.

In the second story, Phil Becker’s Journal, Bland chronicles one man’s rebound from a lifetime of setbacks, ultimately finding joy and purpose on the streets of Chicago. Phil’s adventures cover the complexities of the human condition: from love, joy, despair and beyond.

Finally, Bland takes notions of faith through a fantasy-like stroll through Heaven in The Last Baptist. Larry Bateman escorts the reader through the stages and experiences of eternal life.

In each of these novellas, Bland entices readers with imagination, honesty and surprise.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940013664647
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 01/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 883 KB

About the Author

Mark Bland started his writing adventures when his play Love Around the Poisoned Dollar went into production in 1973. He then became a German teacher in the Virginia Beach Schools. Mark also was an Assistant Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he is now in his 30th year, instructing classes in Humanities, English, and Psychology. In 2008 he was awarded Instructor of the Year for the Hampton Roads area.
Bland has published numerous outdoor articles for several magazines, including Virginia Wildlife. After winning an NFIE (National Foundation for the Improvement of Education) grant in 1994, for Chess for Cognitive Development, Mark went on to publish several chess articles and the book The Four Chessmen (2001), included in this collection.
In 2010 Mark was a winner in the “America’s got Stories” contest for the short story Teufel’s Bridge. Knights, Castles & Kings is his first collection of novels.

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