The Staff of Rahgorra
by Mark Oetjens
Copyright © 2009 by Mark Oetjens
All Rights Reserved
Published by Conquer Publishing at Smashwords
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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To my parents, Bob and Linda,
Thank you… for everything.
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I want to thank my friends and family for their support and encouragement, especially my parents for everything they have sacrificed for me. (I know, Dad, the bill is coming.) I also want to thank Mitch Hayes for the constructive criticism and the moral support. Mitch was the first to read the first draft and I believe the end product is immensely better thanks to his suggestions. Thanks to my friend Nance Walz. Nance designed the logo for Conquer Publishing as well as the cover for this book. But more than that, she was always there when I needed her. I want to acknowledge all my teachers over the years, especially Mrs. Madeline Madell for inspiring my love of English and Dr. Fred Smith for the anthropology and the evolutionary theory. I want to thank Dr. Robert Richardson for performing my first three brain surgeries to treat my Dystonia when I was twelve, Dr. Robert Timmerman for the radiation to treat the brain tumor twenty years later, and Dr. Ronald Young for dealing with all the shunt problems. Thank you to Marilee, the physical therapist who unknowingly saved me from self-destruction. Thanks to PBS, TLC and the Discovery Channel for the many programs on String Theory and the martial arts. The String Theory and the concept of Jai Kin that I present in this book for fictional purposes are a convenient amalgamation of what I learned from those programs. In other words, I cherry-picked what I needed to fit the story. Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and every other science fiction film-maker and special effects guru out there. Your films truly inspired and expanded the imagination of a young kid. (This book was originally going to be a screenplay.) If I have forgotten anyone, it is purely accidental.