Striking Back from Down Under: 26 short stories where the underdog prevails

Striking Back from Down Under: 26 short stories where the underdog prevails

by Bob Rich

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Striking Back from Down Under: 26 short stories where the underdog prevails by Bob Rich

A common theme runs though this otherwise very varied bouquet of short stories: a sympathy for the victim. Contemporary crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical adventure, all of them can be found here. A kaleidoscope of villains and heroes follow each other, waiting to entertain you.

Mrs Jones leads her Takamaka Freedom Fighters to rescue thousands of prisoners from the ‘Happy Hen Poultry Farm’; an artist trapped in a twisted body finds a unique revenge when the beautiful blonde treats him with scorn; and Cynthia saves the Earth from invasion by an organism that wants to give pleasure to every human being.

Bob Rich is an Australian, and many of his stories are colored by this unique and fascinating land. In another place, Cecil Tripp might manufacture bombs. Down Under, he lights a bushfire. Only in Australia could Tim O’Liam be punished in just the way described in ‘Let the Punishment Fit the Crime’. And Sarah and Andrew find out about their different world-views in the beautiful Australian bush.

Other stories could be set anyplace where one person preys upon another. The difference from the norm is that, in these stories, the victims show how to strike back, how the powerful and arrogant can be made to lose. Having been on the receiving end himself, Bob’s sympathies are always with the victim.

Stories are meant to entertain, and these stories do just that.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148637158
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 08/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Two other books by Bob have won international awards. He writes in several genres: historical fiction, contemporary, science fiction, psychology, and practical self-help. He is also a professional editor, a counselling psychologist, and several other things that are none of your business. His writing showcase is, while his counselling site is

Currently one of the joys of his life is to be a profess-sional grandfather to young people of various ages. Some of them are actually related to him. He has taken root on a magic mountain to such an extent that sometimes he feels inside as if he was a mountain ash tree. Only, this one is impervious to chainsaws.
Bob has made sense of the nasty things in his infancy, childhood and youth by working with people who struggle with their own monsters: depression, anxiety and other ways we make ourselves and each other miserable. He is very good at this, but is a terrible businessman. Unlike his mother, he has a disinclination to turn his skills into money beyond an essential minimum. If you want to know why he is so crazy, read

Bob believes that there are only two kinds of people: conservationists and suicides. Since 1972, he has devoted his life to working for a sustainable future. Find out about his conservation interests at

Also there is his newsletter ‘bobbing around’. This is an e-zine that is controversial, instructive, entertaining, but never boring. Have a look at several years of archives at

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