All the Way with JFK: An Alternate History of 1964

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John F. Kennedy lives and Oswald dies in a hail of police bullets on a far different day in Dallas than the one we know from books and movies. And in the aftermath, could the world be set on a course for World War III and America torn apart from within as one conspiracy falls apart while other ones are set in motion. Find out in the pages of All the Way with JFK: an Alternate History of 1964. More

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About F.C. Schaefer

I have always been a fan of such old school monsters as the vampire, the werewolf, the unquiet ghost and the walking dead, and always had the strong ambition to write a novel with one of these creatures in the spotlight. Caden is Coming is my vampire story, but unlike the works of Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer, most of the bloodsuckers in my novel are true spiritual descendants of the original Dracula, returning them to the roles of villain and anti-hero they were always meant to play. Caden is Coming is roughly the same length as Stephen King's Salem's Lot.

It's sequel is Big Crimson, another vampire epic, in which a truly good deed does not go unpunished.

One of my short stories, Pick Your Poison, could best be described as The Stand meets Dracula and the Wolfman. A concept that would make for a great straight to DVD movie. The other one, You Never Know What's Going to Come Through the Door, turns on the mundane encountering the extraordinary when a vampire has to go shopping for a new suit.

Beating Plowshares into Swords is an alternate history of the Vietnam War and comes from my lifelong passion for history, especially military history. I also enjoy speculative fiction and this story is actually the first thing I ever tried to seriously write. It had been sitting around for more than a decade until I pulled it out recently for revisions before putting on the final touches. Alternate History is a sub-genre all its own, but I wanted my first work to be something other than the usual tropes-no What If the South Won the Civil War or What If Hitler had been victorious. I tried to do write something unique, something fans of this sort of thing might enjoy. Hope I was successful.

At the present time I am trying to write a fantasy novel; wish me luck because it's much harder than it looks.

Update: Writing that fantasy novel really was harder than it looked, so much so that I took a break from it and went back to the alternate history sub-genre and the result is the novel, All the Way with JFK: An Alternate History of 1964. It's my take on one of the great What If's of the 20th Century when I speculate on a world where Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet missed the President's head on that fateful day in Dallas. My original intent was to write another novella, but I so fell in love with the story that when I was done, it was epic length. Look for it on Smashwords.

And I have gone back to fantasy novel, started over with a fresh take on it; so far, I'm pleased with the results.

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Review by: Scott Skipper on Nov. 14, 2018 :
What if a tip to the Secret Service made Oswald’s bullet miss by inches? How would Kennedy have dealt with Castro in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs? Would Johnson have ever been president? Could we have been spared the ‘Great Society’? These musings are adroitly explored in this intelligent and well-researched alternative history that covers the period from 1963 to 1999. What would the world look like today?

All the Way with JFK is written in first person from the viewpoints of several fictional players. A Marine colonel advises Kennedy on how to deal with Castro. A Texas oilman promotes Barry Goldwater for president. A lobbyist tries to push the Civil Rights Act through Congress. A young Republican woman works on the Goldwater campaign. Each tells a piece of the story in his or her own voice. This is an interesting approach that Mr. Schaefer has made to work very well even though this reader thought the book would have been improved with a few less voices. I found that it took a few paragraphs to remember who was telling the story when a new chapter began. However, it’s the plausibility of the ‘what if’ is what makes this a great read.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Review by: scotth1220 on April 28, 2017 :
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was sort of expecting a conspiracy theory book mashed with some massive creative liberties. Instead I was given a rather wonderful adventure of what could have been. It sort of reminded me of a Quantum leap or 11.22.63 idea, but I would say, with a better story. This is a concept that has been beat to death with books, movies, and tv shows. However this book seems like a genuine fresh take on the whole story. It was a really fun read and I applaud the author for taking on such a task and succeeding so well.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: KeyLargo411 on April 12, 2017 :
Not Kindle Unlimited, received it through the writer, via smashwords, which was via librarything, which was sort of different for me {Smashwords review, not getting them that way though, have couple in the past}, though not the receive free in hopes of a review, though do remember asking for this one, as an alternate history of one of this country's major changes and turning points was this one among a few others.

This particular story had certain key people of that time not dying, and certain other ones dying in different places or at different times, and of course a lot of historical people and events turning out different, somewhat like a book version of Quantum Leap television show in a way. It was interesting, although found it hard to follow in places, so much so that it did cause enough attention on that to take away a star of the rating; some was the lack of decent line breaks/paragraphs and some was the general confusion caused. Having said that, would also like to point out again, though, the 'what if' nature of the book was intriguing. The writer also did Beating Plowshares into Swords: An Alternate History of the Vietnam War and definitely has a bit of knack for this type story. It was worth the read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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