Chicago 1871: A science fiction thriller
When John wakes up the next morning, he’s in a hospital surrounded by a group of men claiming to have rescued him off the porch of a burning house. But their story goes much deeper than that, they also claim that he’s in Chicago and the year is 1871.
John is reluctant to give any personal information until he figures things out. When asked, he figures it would be safer just to say he doesn't remember which leads the doctor to quickly diagnose him with a condition called amnesia. Not wanting John to wander the streets with nowhere to go, the crew of Engine Company 8 take him in. As he bonds with the crew and learns an outdated way of fighting fires without modern equipment, he meets Lindsay, the girl of his dreams.
One morning while lying in bed, John realizes that if its September of 1871, then in a matter of days Chicago will be facing a slew of fires that will lead to one of the greatest disasters in American history.
John knows if he tries warning the men about the fires and that he’s actually from the future, they’d laugh him right out the door. So, John begins making predictions. In one instance, after rescuing a man from a burning warehouse, John performs CPR. The firefighters are stunned as they watched John breathe life back into a dead man, and claim to the others to have witnessed John perform a miracle.
About the Author
I was born in San Bernardino, California and grew up in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles. most of my teen years I spent on the beach surfing and playing baseball. At an early age, I was influenced by the hit TV show “Emergency,” and my goals were set at becoming a firefighter. With lots of hard work, my dreams became a reality in the early 1980s. Although the medical side was never my intention, the more I worked around it, the more appealing it became. In the mid-80s I took the leap and went to medic school.
By this time, I had fought major fires throughout California and surrounding states, and in the late 1980s, I was part of a strike-team sent to Yellowstone National Park to help fight the largest fire in the park's history. As a firefighter, I moved through the ranks of Engineer, Captain, and Training Officer.
In the mid-1990s, I was involved in an accident that ended my career. I have always enjoyed telling stories and writing, but never had the time. Now, the opportunity was there. My interest has always been in mystery, thrillers, and suspense. Growing up my favorite shows were “Twilight Zone,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Night Gallery” and the “Outer Limits.” I got motivated, and for the past five years I researched and wrote while my wife Patricia helped with editing.
Excerpt from Chicago 1871
As I struggled to catch my breath, Nicholas walked up. “You okay?”
“This can’t be real,” I said, my breath stuttering as if I’d been crying. The mountains and cars I expected to see weren’t there. Instead, I saw horses pulling wagons, wooden sidewalks, and buildings constructed of wood and brick that lined the streets in both directions. Behind the buildings across the street were more buildings that went on for miles until they formed a skyline against what looked like the ocean.
I put my palms on the window and took a deep breath. I felt like Alan Grant when he first saw the dinosaurs in the movie Jurassic Park. Glued to the window, I couldn’t look away.
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