Al Past became an author after a life as a husband and father, musician, Naval officer, and professor of English and linguistics.
After concluding his teaching career, he wrote the first volume of the popular Distant Cousin series, the unforgettable and original tale of Ana Darcy, the young woman who returned to Earth. Readers who fell in love with Ana and her Earthly family have enjoyed following her adventures through the years in the five companion volumes to date: Distant Cousin: Repatriation, Distant Cousin: Reincarnation, Distant Cousin: Regeneration, and Distant Cousin: Recirculation, and Distant Cousin: Two Worlds Daughter. (The film and TV rights have been purchased by an agent in Hollywood. Further development is possible.)
His first book is still in print after 30 years, and will continue to be as long as musicians love playing duets: challenging arrangements of 45 baroque masterpieces for two treble clef instruments (Charles Colin Publications). He has also collaborated with author Barry Yelton, providing the photographs to accompany Mr. Yelton's lovely poetry in On Wings of Gentle Power (Strider Nolan Media).
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Distant Cousin: Recirculation
(Volume 5) Ana Darcy Méndez certainly has her own problems and secrets--but then, so do her teenage twins. When the twins' first independent steps toward adulthood entangle each one in danger, their mother disappears on the other side of the world. Will luck, family ties, and love be enough to allow Ana's increasingly complicated family to survive intact?
Distant Cousin: Regeneration
In volume 4, only six people know the first alien to land on Earth is also a housewife and mother living in New Mexico. Everyone else knows her to be a reclusive but devoted philanthropist. So why is a shadowy billionaire trying to find her and kill her? And when death finally visits Ana Darcy Mendez, will it destroy her and her family? Be another to learn the secret of this engaging young woman.
Distant Cousin: Reincarnation
In volume 3 of the Distant Cousin series, Ana Darcy, an ordinary New Mexican housewife, has secrets even her family doesn't know. One is that her countrymen have accidentally given terrorists a deadly weapon they are about to use. As she risks her life to prevent a massacre, the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia, & even the Russian Mafia learn one more of her secrets: she is no ordinary housewife!
Distant Cousin: Repatriation
In volume 2 of the Distant Cousin series, Ana Darcy learns more about Earth, her new home: money is king, and no good deed goes unpunished. Forced to choose between death and returning to her native planet, what will become of her husband and her adorable twins?
Try the free sample to taste the engaging flavor of this light-hearted thriller.
(Volume 1) Who would believe a girl warning of disaster who said she was human but from another planet? OK, she speaks an unknown Indo-European language, but even so....
It's been called an adventure, a romance, a "West Texas Chicano action story," and even science fiction. Try the sample to see why so many have become avid fans of our Distant Cousin.
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- Knoxville 1863
on Aug. 02, 2010
Knoxville 1863 deals with the Battle of Fort Sanders, November 29, 1963. One of a number of battles in the Knoxville Campaign, a small number of Union troops occupying the high ground of Fort Sanders successfully repelled Confederate troops in a bloody, one day encounter, incurring few losses themselves, but inflicting may upon their assailants. It was hardly a turning point in the Civil War, but it is a good example of the type of warfare practiced at the time, and in Mr. Stanley's hands, an excellent example of what the times felt like to those involved.
The chapters are narrated by a number of participants, civilians and soldiers on both sides. Meticulously researched as explained in an afterword, most of the characters and details of the battle are accurately portrayed. Only a couple infantrymen, artillerymen, and townspeople are his creations.
The result is a highly readable account of one of many brutal battles in a brutal war, the effects of which remain with us today. Scholars of the Civil War should enjoy this novel. For the reader with general interests but not necessarily a historian, Knoxville 1863 is an excellent, accessible way to deepen one's understanding of a crucial time in our nation's history.
Dr. Al Past is the author of six works: music, photography, and the popular Distant Cousin series.