Stephan's Journey
by Joe McCord

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    "A young man faces a 
     life-changing decision--
     shall he continue living a 
     lie, or be truthful and risk
     losing everything?"


Stephan's Journey

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Esmeralda the cook stepped in front of him, blocking his way. Stephan stopped and looked at a woman who had a cold look in her eyes and a rather large cleaver in one hand, the square-bladed kind with a big handle, used for chopping large pieces of meat.

"I want to say something to you, Senor Gomes," she said firmly. There was steel in the voice as well as in her hand. "You are a guest in this house, and I respect that. But, if you do one thing to harm my girl, that I will not accept!"

Stephan was shocked. "Whatever are you talking about?" he asked.

"You know perfectly well what I'm talking about," Esmeralda retorted firmly. "I saw your picture in the newspapers and on television. And I saw that monster thing of yours. I expect it to stay firmly zipped up inside your trousers. If it doesn't, there will be serious consequences!" With that pronouncement, she slammed the butcher knife on its sharp, bladed edge, slicing about an eighth of an inch into the wooden cutting board in the island. Stephan stared at the knife for a few seconds.

"My husband feels the same way, young man. So don't cross us and don't do anything to harm Maria Elena!" With this last comment, she pulled the cleaver out of the wood and brandished it in front of her face.

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About This Great Book

A tale of love, adventure, deception, and high danger, set in the immediate post-WWII years when a young couple slowly find each other and develop a relationship. Then they set out on a voyage which threatens to end both the relationship and their lives.

How they face those challenges results in a rollicking story with both humor and passion and, at the same time, tests the mettle of both of them.


From A Review

Joe McCord's book Stephan's Journey is a very impressive debut. It poses a question about personal identity and what makes us who we are. The book clearly shows the reader that life is unpredictable, and one small event can change everything. The novel is a well-researched adventure tale that feels very real to the reader. Just imagine yourself falling asleep in one world and awakening in another without remembering who you are. But once you do remember, you no longer want to be the person you have been. . . .


From The Author

A few writers have said: "Oh, I didn't write a book. It wrote itself." I never believed that until this story came along.

I created "Stephan" as a minor character in another story and put him in a horrific situation—and left him there. Later I decided I had to get him out of that spot so I started a story to do just that. But, once I did, I had to send him somewhere to do something and that led to another situation and another, and so on. Each step along the way led to the next and the words just poured out of my fingers and appeared on the computer screen above. All I was doing was depressing the keys while the words arranged themselves.

I'm not sure if it was an angel or a devil sitting on my shoulders as I wrote. Maybe both.

Joe McCord


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