The History Major: A Novella

The History Major: A Novella

by Michael Phillip Cash


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After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947118713
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He attended the Long Island University and used its beautiful campus as a backdrop for this novel. He's written 11 novels including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, Witches Protection Program, and Monsterland.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and two children.

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The History Major: A Novella 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite The History Major is a paranormal novella written by Michael Phillip Cash. Amanda Greene awoke awash with confusion; she remembered drinking too much, but not what had happened, nor why she hurt so much. Things seemed to have changed overnight. Trees that were thick with leaves yesterday had succumbed to autumn in the space of a single evening, almost as if a mirror to her own heartache. She and her boyfriend, Patrick, had fought, and now he was out of her life forever; already she felt lost without him. But this was not all that had changed - her timetable was no longer the one she remembered, her classes had altered and she found herself scheduled for History, something she had wished to avoid, and it seemed that no one was willing to correct the mistake. It is said people get trapped in history, and as the doors close and she is forced to go to her seat, these words take on a whole new meaning. I thought Michael Phillip Cash's way of integrating history with the story was brilliant. We meet Joan of Arc, portrayed in a fashion that is wonderful to read. Though I'll admit to not being much of a history reader, I found this portrayal fitted the style of an urban fantasy perfectly and brilliantly reflected exactly what they were attempting to achieve. Lucrezia Borgia and other characters all appear to lend a helping hand in ways you'd never imagine. I was completely enthralled by this story, wondering exactly what had happened, what the dark force stalking Amanda was, and how she came to find herself in this strange situation. I enjoyed this book so much I was actually disappointed when it finished, although it finished at the perfect point. This is certainly a gripping read, with some unique ideas and philosophical applications. For a fascinating, intriguing read, look nor further than The History Major.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
History fascinates me. I had the wonderful privilege of working on a project for our local regiment and was able to help record stories of our Veterans. What incredible stories they had to share. There are lessons that can be learned from each story. “The History Major” will make you wonder if history can teach us anything… “The History Major” by Michael Phillip Cash is the story of Amanda Greene, a college freshmen who wakes up in the morning with a horrific hangover and discovers that her world isn’t the same as it was the day before. She discovers that she is registered for History Class, a class she would never choose. There is an threatening shadow that is stalking her and a feeling that something is dreadfully wrong, but she can’t quite put her finger on it. Is this simply the aftermath of the hangover of the century or is there something more happening? “The History Major” is a novella written by Michael Phillip Cash. He is the author of many books including, “The Hanging Tree“, “Stillwell” and “The Flip“. Like Amanda in the story, I always felt like there was something more just out of my grasp. Every curious, I found myself turning page after page in an attempt to discover the missing piece of the puzzle before the book ended. Often times we read about history and only focus only on the dates and facts, never on the people and how they have reacted to the challenges that life has thrown their way. “The History Major” makes the reader pause for a moment to consider if there is anything we can learn from past events. It has made me reconsider how I study the past. The author skillfully deals with hard topics like abuse, friendship and heart-break. The author brings to light how we are all connected past and present, can we learn from past events? “The History Major” is a great read with an unexpected story-line that will have you reconsidering how you view history. *Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The History Major” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (09/16) In “The History Major” by Michael Phillip Cash, college student Amanda wakes up one morning, after a night of heavy partying; realizing things seem strangely different from yesterday. She barely recalls the night before, she just knows that she said things she shouldn’t have said to her boyfriend, and they broke up. Feeling totally off kilter, she finds herself in a history class that she was sure she never signed up for, with a teacher that looks like remarkably like Aristotle. Not a fan of history, Amanda is very upset at being in this class. When a friendly stranger named Nick seems to take her under his wing, she feels better, but she still wants to be back in what she knows to be her reality, so that she can mend things with her boyfriend. When three heavenly beings, Archangel Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret visit Amanda, she realizes that things aren’t going to go back to normal. As the history lesson continues, Amanda finds herself thrown back into other lives, reliving moments that they experienced. This includes seeing things through the eyes of Joan of Arc and Lucrezia Borgia. Amanda doesn’t understand what they have to do with her and she is incredibly upset when these events trigger memories of abuse that she suffered at the hands of her stepbrother and the traumatic aftermath that followed when she finally reported him. Slowly, Amanda begins to realize that reliving history can help heal her past. As she starts to understand the lessons set in place for her, she sees that healing from the trauma can help her move forward. She now has some decisions to make. "The History Major: A Novella" by Michael Phillip Cash tells a unique tale. The author does a great job of taking us inside the mind of the troubled protagonist. Readers clearly see everything through Amanda’s eyes and are as confused as she is before she finally starts figuring things out. I would classify this book as a psychological horror because it utilizes elements of psychological suspense and fantastical horror. It is really a perfect blend of two genres. Fans of both will enjoy reading this novella and find themselves wishing it was a full-length novel!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is a novella with a difference! Amanda wakes up after a heavy night to a reality that doesn't seem right. Things - and people - are different. She ends up in a class that she didn't register for, and doesn't want, but seems to have no choice. Through a series of 'lessons' that spark her memories, she learns about herself. The History Major is a difficult book to categorise - on the one hand, there is a hint of the supernatural/paranormal to it, there is the hint of danger that is present throughout, plus the whole dreamscape sense to the story. It is very well-written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the flow, and is sure to make you think about Amanda's lessons once you have put the book down. Definitely recommended. * Verified Purchase - July 2016 * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
Quite good philosophical novella I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This novella starts off with Amanda, a student just starting university, waking up after a drunken evening and discovering that she is not where she expected to be: a different room-mate, a strange university environment and signed up to study history – which she hates. She progresses through a few historical scenes as part of a spiritual journey. Quite interesting and philosophical. Not really my first choice of reading genre but still work a look.
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Amanda Greene awakens in a stupor after a drunken night in a bar. She realizes she had broken up with her beloved boyfriend the night before, but that was not her only problem. Everything is wrong. Her roommates are not her roommates. When she goes to her classes, she ends up being forced into a history class. She hates history and would never register for one! There, she is greeted by a professor dressed as Aristotle, and she meets Jeanne d' Arc. All the time, she is being haunted by a mysterious and deadly character. This is an intriguing novella. It starts out being confusing for both the main character, Amanda, and for the reader. Both Amanda and the reader are enlightened at the end. This is a surprising little story that confronts some serious matters. One cannot judge a novella in the same manner one would a full-length novel. Here there is not the time for the same kind of character or plot development. Nonetheless, Mr. Cash develops both characters and plot extremely well in this story. He has a lot to say!
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
As a History major, I just had to find out what Michael Phillip Cash had to say about it. Of course, his protagonist spewed the overheard, "I HATE history!" You wouldn't at the college level, believe me! But, that isn't half of what Amanda Greene has to worry about. After her partying and her tumultuous hangover, the question is: is she dreaming her life or is she dead? Why is she dancing (spinning out of control) with Hitler, no...Nick, Hitler, no...Nick! And why is Aristotle her history professor? What is the dark shadow following her around? If you like history or you HATE it, that really doesn't matter in this book. It is about Amanda, her choices, and how your past can affect how you perceive things going forward. There is one teacher, who isn't a bonafied teacher, that is so dear to Amanda's heart. This teacher tries to help Amanda deal with her dilemma by concentrating on what history is trying to tell Amanda about herself. This is one Mystery & Thriller, Sci Fi & Faantasy book that I very much got into. It is a short novella that you can finish within one day. However, the impact from this book may stay with you for a much longer time. I had a blast reading it, and even more mulling it over and over again. Incredible! Thank you to Independent Book Publishers Association, Members Titles and Netgalley for giving me an e-ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'The History Major' is a quick and fascinating novel that manages to explore several deep concepts and themes within a rather small book. Even though topics such as grief, acceptance, and reality itself are discussed, I found the book easy to slip into without getting confused. I enjoyed the original blend of genres the author used to create this mind bending story. The book's main character - Amanda - is well written and has distinct personality flaws and strengths. I liked trying to figure out what exactly was going on before the characters did, which was rather hard due to the short length of the book. Some elements felt a bit cliche and stereotypical at times, but I'm attributing this again to the short length of the novel. If it had been longer, I'm sure that every aspect of the story would have been detailed and distinct. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable, short read that was solidly written and overall well done. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Amanda has woken up with the king of all hangovers. But things are different. Her roommate is a stranger and she finds herself enrolled in a history class even though she hates history. But as a rude guy in a toga starts the class, she finds herself actually participating in the history lessons. Intermixed with that is parts of her own, dark past. This story was not what I was expected when I started reading it. I thought there was going to be the normal horror aspect since it is by Michael Phillip Cash. But this story is so much more. Amanda goes to a history class that she signs up for and finds herself watching the events take place. But mixed with these stories are those from Amanda’s past. Amanda has a dark past, hopefully she can learn from it and never have to repeat it. I loved this story. It is short but packs a big punch. It will leave you thinking. This is one book that I think everyone should read, even if it’s just so we don’t fall into the trap of our past. I received The History Major for free from Michael Phillip Cash in exchange for an honest review.
Holly More than 1 year ago
The History Major is the story of what happens when a young girl is caught between reality and dream world. After a vicious fight with her boyfriend, Amanda wakes up the next morning, hungover and nothing is what it seems. Amanda has a feeling that something evil is following her and finds her college classes are not what she signed up for. As the day goes on and she starts to realize what is happening, it all leads to an ending that will make her wonder what is real and what is fantasy. As with all Michael's books, this one will draw you in and not let go until the entire book is read. It might be a short book but it does make you wonder from the first page at what is really going on and to have it end the way it did, was just perfect. I also thought it was kinda cool that Michael brought in people from the past to help explain her story and what she was going through and even though it didn't make sense at first, the ending will explain everything!! Thank You to Michael Phillip Cash for writing yet another book that will have everyone on the edge of their seats!! I received this book from the Author in exchange for a honest review.
18715140 More than 1 year ago
Amanda Greene is having a bad day in Michael Phillip Cash’s novella The History Major. Being a college freshman can be stressful, but Amanda added a night on the town. Amanda wakes to a roaring headache and mass confusion. Things just don’t seem right, things are out of place, and her roommate isn’t who she remembered. She finally gathers herself to head to class, but upon looking at her schedule, her first class of the day is History. Amanda isn’t a fan of History, in fact, she hates History. Michael once again leads a reader down a path, the reader may feel they see where the words are taking them, and then Michael in his mastery takes to an ending you never expected. Michael always has a message in his writing and The History Major is no different. Learn from history, no matter how bad it is, so you don't repeat it. It goes from our personal history to world history. Too bad we humans haven’t figured this one out; the world might be a happier place. If you have enjoyed Michael's writing in the past, you will not be disappointed. I felt the novella was going in a different direction, but couldn’t figure out how it was going to end. Michael took me to a place that I never expected. Well done Mr. Cash!!!
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
With his newest fiction work, The History Major: A Novella Michael Phillip Cash demonstrates his versatility as an author. With this psychological piece, it is clear that this talented author is able to entertain his readers across genres beyond horror fiction. This work is short yet poignant in delivering a message about dreams in which the reader is presented with an eerie reality in which dreams and the subconscious are combined with the supernatural. Based on a philosophical concept of dreams and their association with the subconscious and its correlation with particular historical events and personalities, Cash develops and expands upon a plausible theory to explain the phenomena experienced by a young college student who finds herself in a distorted alternate reality. This story weaves elements of authentic historical details to transport the reader across time and space. Cash actually goes into the mind of historical personalities such as Joan of Arc and Aristotle. With vivid lifelike description, the reader perceives the thoughts, emotions and sensations of Joan of Arc- a rare experience. The author succeeds in the literary feat of recreating a historical experience from an intimate point of view of a historical personality long gone. He has a talent for delving deeply into the mindset of historical figures. Worlds collide as the past and present join. At one point, Amanda, is unsure if she is dead or dreaming as she questions reality and even her very existence. Historical figures represent her own personal conflicts and struggles. At one point she is face to face with Hitler himself. At another point in time, she finds herself reunited with her beloved grandmother who had passed away years earlier. As a reader, I anxiously awaited the resolution- wanting to find out exactly what was going on. Ironically, Cash leaves the perception of reality up to the reader as he challenges the reader to discover for himself or herself the ultimate truth. This is a story that will leave me with a lasting impression. Although I have a Bachelors in History, Cash has portrayed history in a new light, in making historical experiences personal, as a reflection and extension of the subconscious. For anyone who wants a fast paced story that challenges one to revisit concepts of memory, dreams and their correlation with history, this book is enlightening as well as entertaining. One thing for sure, next time I pick up a history book- I will be reading history in an entirely new light.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash was one of those books that really makes you think about life, your decisions, everything. I really wish it had been a full length novel, because there is so much untold story here. When I started to feel like I was getting past the introduction, the story was over. There is a twist at the end. I have to say, I had it figured out before she ever left her dorm room, but that didn't sway my enjoyment of the book in any way. The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
This short story has you waking up with Amanda in her dorm room in an alcohol induced haze, remembering a night of heavy drinking after a break up with her boyfriend. Amanda's state of confusion ranges from people that seem familiar but she doesn't know, like her roommate and peers, to being registered in a history class that she can't remember registering for. Moving between present and past, with a bit of history thrown in, you learn more about Amanda and who who truly is. Michael has great writing skills that allow you to not only identify with Amanda, but feel like you are Amanda. If you love mind twisting stories, than this novella is for you.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I tell ya, the author sure did a good job of putting me in his character’s shoes. I felt just as lost and confused as Amanda, right up until just before the very end. Got a feeling Michael planned it that way. Ever had one of those mornings where you wake up after drinking too much the night before and a lot of those hours are missing or fuzzy? Or had one of those dreams where you are running and running, and the point you are running to keeps getting farther away, and you know you’re dreaming but can’t wake up? That’s how Amanda felt after waking up to a roommate who wasn’t her roommate and college classes she didn’t sign up for. And that’s how I felt too as I followed her experiences. I mentioned feeling that way right up until before the end. I finally grasped some pieces of the story, and the author directed me to the rest. I’ve read many of this author’s books, yet this felt so different from those others. More philosophical perhaps. Certainly a dark tale.
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few books written by this author, but this one was not my favorite. It jumped around too much and never grabbed me like his other books have. I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review.