Rod and Staff: A Short Story

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After the death of his estranged, teenage son, a man returns to the mountain stream of his beloved Wyoming to reconcile with a God he has long since forsaken. This is a story of staggering loss---of the guilt, anguish, and disbelief a parent feels when a wedge is driven between them and their son or daughter. It is a story of the irrevocable profoundness of loss when a child dies. More

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About R.S. Guthrie

R.S. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and Wyoming. He has been writing fiction, essays, short stories, and lyrics since college.

"Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel" marked Guthrie's first major release and it heralded the first in a series of Detective Bobby Macaulay (Bobby Mac) books. The second in the series (Lost) hit the Kindle shelves December of 2011.

Guthrie's "Blood Land" is the first in the Sheriff James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series and represents a project that is close to his heart: it is set in a fictional town in the same county where he spent much of his childhood and still visits.

Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, Amy, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie!

Readers can catch up with what's new with R.S. Guthrie at his official site, , or discussions related to writing at his blog, Rob on Writing (

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Review by: Kimberly A Bettes on Oct. 13, 2011 :
Very moving story about a man struggling to accept things beyond his control. It touched on my inner fears as a parent and couldn't have possibly been written any better. Guthrie is a brilliant writer who knows exactly what to say to evoke the emotions we all try to hide.

Kimberly A. Bettes, author of The Good Neighbor and Annie's Revenge
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Review by: Rebecca Scarberry on Sep. 14, 2011 :
I was very touched by this true story. Even though the story is sad, Rob Guthrie has written this in an almost poetic fashion. My sister lost her two sons to illness when they were in their 40's. Her grief turned to fear also. I have never lost a child, but I know my sister will never be the same.
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