Eight Seconds Less

Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
War: It brings out the worst in men even as it brings out the best. Read as an unnamed protagonist serves as judge, jury and executioner.
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Published by Second Wind
Words: 1,120
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476258645
About J. Conrad Guest

I write novels about everyday people dealing with the universal ideals of love, loss, regret, and death—and the emotions associated with those ideals. A reader once told me that my work was, “Gritty, entertaining… real. Romance for the non-romantic.”

My first novel, January’s Paradigm, was published by Minerva Press, London, England. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January’s Paradigm, “(readers) will not be able to put it down.” I have two other novels based on the Joe January character, One Hot January and January’s Thaw. Both are available from Second Wind Publishing.

In 2008 I completed Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, which is available from Second Wind Publishing as well as from Amazon in both book and Kindle formats, and from Barnes and Noble (Nook). Backstop was nominated as a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for their spring 2011 course, Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime.

Chaotic Theory, a novella that explores the conjecture of how the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil might result in a tornado in Texas, is now available from Amazon in book and Kindle formats.

In April 2010, I completed my fifth novel, The Cobb Legacy, a murder mystery that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb, and the shooting death of his father by his mother. The Cobb Legacy is now available for download for your Kindle, Nook, EPUB, MOBI or in PDF.

Death is considered a universal ideal in fiction writing, so you’ll want to check out A Retrospect in Death, which is now available from Second Wind.

500 Miles to Go is set during the golden era of motor racing (the 1960s). The story follows young Alex Król as he seeks love while making his dream to win the Indianapolis 500 come true. 500 Miles to Go is now available from Second Wind.

I’ve completed, A World Without Music, speculative fiction set against a backdrop of romance, is now available.

My fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications, including Cezanne’s Carrot, Saucy Vox, River WalkJournal, 63 Channels, The Writers Post Journal, Redbridge Review, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. My sports writing can be found at Bleacher Report.

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Review by: Daniel Clarke Smith on April 20, 2011 :
Eight Seconds Less could properly be called flash fiction, even though it is a few words over a thousand. Not a word is wasted, however, as Mr. Guest goes about his business methodically, taking the reader to a blood stained battlefield in World War II and lays bare the grim reality of combat. This is not a story for the faint of heart or for those who believe that wars are fought by the rules of the Marquis of Queensbury.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on April 20, 2011 :
Quite a well written story. Worth the read.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on April 19, 2011 :
War is hell. That goes back at least one hundred fifty years. Probably a lot more than that. Yet we never learn. Each generation has to learn it all over again.
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