James Rada, Jr

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James Rada, Jr. is the author of seven novels, a non-fiction book and a non-fiction collection. These include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His other novels are Logan’s Fire, Beast and My Little Angel. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland.

He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.

If you would like to be kept up to date on new books being published by James or ask him questions, he can be reached by e-mail at jimrada@yahoo.com.

To see James’ other books, go to jamesrada.com.

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Price: Free! Words: 107,530. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » General
David Purcell was on his way to meet his girlfriend when he fell into a cave. Now he can’t remember the five weeks he spent in the cave. With the help of Adam Maho, a Hopi, David discovers that he must remember that lost time if he if he going to stop the ancient Hopi evil, the dark kachinas, from being released into the world again. To do so, David will have to find his way back to Kuskurza.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,420. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
"The Path to Kuskurza" tells the story of when the Anasazi Indians left the safety of their cliff dwellings and returned to their world of creation only to face an ancient danger. In "White Indian," one of the Sun Clan has returned to the surface searching for warriors to aid his enslaved people in the Third World. This book also includes a sneak peek of "Kachina."


Looking Back II: More True Stories of Mountain Maryland
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,350. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » American
Enjoy more true stories of Mountain Maryland in this follow-up to James Rada, Jr.'s popular Looking Back collection. Looking Back II collects 47 history articles gathered from Rada's award-winning Looking Back columns, Allegany Magazine and other publications. Some of them have been updated with new information that Rada uncovered since their initial publication.
Echoes of War Drums: The Civil War in Mountain Maryland
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 36,500. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » American
Though the mountains of Western Maryland were not the site of any major battles during the Civil War, the area did have its share of activity and minor skirmishes. Contains more than three dozen attention-getting stories and 50 pictures from spies to generals and battles to healing.
Clay Soldiers: One Marine's Story of War, Art, & Atomic Energy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 67,720. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
Chuck Caldwell is a WWII vet and Purple Heart winner who has met Civil War soldiers, fought at Guadalcanal and Tarawa, and studied atomic bomb explosions in Nevada. Through it all, he painted and sculpted miniature figures that have become sought after by collectors around the country. Clay Soldiers is the story of a man who became part of the history of America and chronicled it through his art.
Lock Ready: A Canawlers Novel
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 87,760. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Even as the Civil War winds down, there is still danger on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal for those who work upon the waterway. The Fitzgerald family faces their greatest threat as a group of Confederate saboteurs plots to destroy the canal. In the past, the Fitzgerald family could have faced the dangers, but they are separated and dealing with their personal problems.
Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 65,700. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Catholicism, Nonfiction » History » American
This is the story of the largely unknown work that the Daughters of Charity performed as nurses during the Civil War. They were the only trained nurses in the country at the start of the war and as such, their services were sought after by both the Union and Confederate governments.
Beyond the Battlefield: Stories from Gettysburg's Rich History
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 53,140. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » American
Beyond the Battlefield is a collection of 47 true stories and 56 photos that tell the history of Gettysburg and vicinity beyond the famous Civil War battle.
Kidnapping the Generals: The South's Most-Daring Raid Against the Union Army
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
In 1865, McNeill's Rangers rode into Union-occupied Cumberland, Md., and kidnapped General Benjamin Kelly and General George Crook from their hotel room. This is the story of the planning and daring execution of this raid that became one of the last victories of the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Between Rail and River
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,880. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The story of the Fitzgerald Family continues in this second book of "The Canawlers" series. Having experienced the horrors of the Civil War as it reached the C&O Canal, the Fitzgeralds must now try of survive as the canal draws more attention from the North and the South. They are also faced with problem unrelated to the war but impacting each member of the family.
My Little Angel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Christian » General
Janet Sinclair is not looking forward to her first Christmas without her daughter. Janet still doesn't know how she will go on without Danielle. Then Janet receives a beautiful porcelain angel that looks so much like Danielle that she can't bear to look at it. As Janet tries to deal with Christmas, she finds out that the angel is more than just an ornament.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,490. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
During the Civil War, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was the de facto border between the Union and Confederate states. Canawlers is the story of the Fitzgerald family as they try and make their living on the C&O Canal amid the fighting between the North and South.
When the Babe Came to Town: Stories of George Herman Ruth's Small-Town Baseball Games
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball / History, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
"Babe" Ruth was a baseball legend. You can find out why in "When the Babe Came to Town." This book shows how the Babe connected with the fans through his many exhibition and barnstorming games."When the Babe Came to Town" is a collection of some of these stories highlighting games that Babe Ruth played in Emmitsburg, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania; Oakland, California and Cumberland, Maryland.
The Race
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,980. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » General
Follow the lives of the Fitzgerald family on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal as Tony and Thomas Fitzgerald race their canal barge against a train. If you enjoyed "Canawlers" and "Between Rail and River" by James Rada, you'll want to follow this adventure set a few years after the Civil War during the canal's heyday. Originally published as a limited-edition chapbook for CanalFest 2003.

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  • Showdown in Blue Cane on July 23, 2012

    Unless historical figures leave behind detailed journals and letters, it's often hard to know what was going through their minds when they became memorable. "Showdown in Blue Cane" by David Galster works around that hurdle with a historical novel built around an actual 1903 gunfight in Rector, Arkansas between Mart Vowell and Bill Lovejoy. Bill Lovejoy was the foreman of the Leonard Plantation, the largest in that region of Arkansas, but he wanted more. He was ruthless in his pursuit of money and power. He was used to getting what he wanted, but Vowell was just as determined to keep what little he had. The gunfight left Lovejoy dead and though there was a trial in which Vowell was convicted and later hung, understanding what brought the two men to the point of gunplay can still be murky. Galster has recreated the stories of the Lovejoy and Vowell families to try and understand them better. He goes back decades to and tells the stories of the families building on their troubles to the point of the showdown. He creates a multitude of characters and family members that can be sometimes confusing. However, as the story continues, the characters become more familiar and easier to follow. When you finish "Showdown in Blue Cane," you will not only know about the this Arkansas gunfight, but you will have a great picture in your head of life in turn-of-the-century Arkansas. My major complaint with the story is that I had trouble orienting myself to the year when various chapters took place. It would have been nice to have the year in the chapter title or mentioned somehow in the first few paragraphs of the chapter. Otherwise, I came away from the book having learned one more story that makes American history so fascinating to me.