Dave King, retired high school English teacher, married for nearly 30 years (to the same woman!), and father of three children was born and spent most of the first half of his life in Topeka KS.
In 1990 he and his wife, along with their two very-young children, left KS and spent the next five years in Taichung, Taiwan. Before moving back to the States in 1995, they had gained another child.
Since 1995, the author and his family have lived in the Jefferson City MO area.
The Land of Betrovia trilogy:
Betrovia: Summer 2011
Lycentia: Harrak's Scrolls: Summer 2012
Ahnak: Edelin's Revelation: Spring 2013
Dave can be contacted via email@example.com
or via The Land of Betrovia's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/betrovia
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Smashwords book reviews by Dave King
on June 22, 2013
Jack Saunders, recently-divorced and "in search of a new beginning," takes a wrong turn on an obscure road in Arizona while enjoying the sights when his car suddenly overheats. Before long, an attractive young lady pulls up on a motorcycle to offer her assistance. It is from here Jack begins an adventure of a lifetime.
Gladstone is a strange but pleasant place where not only do the local folk treat Jack like he's a member of the family but so do much of the local wildlife. As I continued to read, I thought for sure that Gladstone was going to turn into some kind of fantasy-make-believe-land. I was not looking forward to frustratingly discover half-way through the book that what I thought was a contemporary tale of The Old West was going to turn into something akin to a young-adult escapist fantasy ride. Thankfully, what Gladstone ultimately turned out to be was a fairly-entertaining sci-fi/adventure story.
I liked following Jack and Susan, the young lady who came to his rescue, as their relationship grew from a casual friendship to something more romantic. I learned much more than I expected to learn about small firearms, mostly the Old West type. But the thing that I appreciate the most from reading Gladstone is being pleasantly-surprised at why the people -- and the wildlife -- of the valley were so darn peculiar.
Gladstone is an interesting read.
- Gladstone 2,Missing in Denver
on Sep. 20, 2013
Gladstone 2 picks up not long after the rip-roaring conclusion of Gladstone. Jack still wants to go back to Denver to pick up his precious printing press. Suans wants to tag along even though many of her Gladstone compadres express their disagreement with her leaving town. So what could go wrong with a little drive to Denver to pick up a printing press?
Once there, Jack introduces Susan to his childhood friend, Frank, a US Marshall. Now, with that in mind, might there be an adventure in store for the two lovebirds?
Much like Gladstone, book two of the series is jam-packed with realistic dialogue and more of Mr. Miller's dry humor. Oh, and like book one, his love for animals, especially the wild ones, shines through.
If you're looking for more of what you liked in Gladstone, then Gladstone 2 is right up your alley!
- Champions in the Wilderness: Fifty-Two Devotions to Guide and Strengthen Emerging Overcomers
on Dec. 26, 2013
For many years, I've been intrigued -- and frustrated -- by the book of Daniel. Here's this great man of faith, a man that God used to do amazing things! But who was this amazing man? Why none other than an employee of the most-powerful tyrant of the age! And what happened to Daniel? Did God use him to overthrow this tyrant? Not hardly.
Near the conclusion of Champions in the Wilderness, the author hints at how Daniel's story, the story of a "wilderness-walker," gave him the idea of the main theme for this devotional: "Through the years, I have come to realize that the book of Daniel also serves as a handbook of sorts for those of us who must navigate the often desolate wilderness of the end times."
Mr. Santos breaks down living a Christ-like life while living in the wilderness into four distinct phases: "Understanding the Nature of Your Journey"
"The Wilderness Faith Walk"
"Finding Rest, Purpose and Security in Desolate Places"
"Journeying with a Purpose"
Throughout the book, he includes events, tragic mishaps and even a few personal foibles to accentuate how his wilderness experience continues to shape him into the person God wants him to be.
The autobiographical sequences includes how Mr. Santos went from working as a chemist for a coal-mining/refining operation (becoming a well-rewarded manager of that company) to taking on a much-lowering paying mission in order to minister full-time to college students.
This well-written, well-edited book concludes with three appendixes: Inspirational Bible Passages and Promises, How to Join the Family of God, Tips to Help Find a Local Church as well as an About the Author section.
Now here are a few tidbits that especially stuck out for me:
"Having been created in the image of God, each of us is wired for glory. But kingdom glory is of a very different sort than human glory, which is driven by a constant desire for self-elevation. Kingdom glory shines only as our fleshly tendencies are defeated, not exalted. When we forgive those who have callously injured us, God’s glory shines. When we pray for heaven to bless what we view as a competing ministry, God’s glory shines. When, in the midst of painful circumstances, we thank our Lord for His goodness, God’s glory shines."
"Wired for glory"! Now that's a faith-building phrase if anything is!
"Through his imaginative fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien brilliantly developed a host of biblical themes in creative form. Real life, the sage Tolkien understood, is but an Epic Battle for Control that plays itself out in unfamiliar wilderness territory. And our options, it seems, are only two. We either wisely surrender our human desires to the will of God, or we seek control for ourselves, foolishly playing into Satan’s schemes. To put it into biblical language, we fully embrace God’s kingdom rule, or we become hapless and disposable subjects in the kingdom of darkness."
Real life is "but an Epic Battle for Control"! So true!
"As a kid, I watched my share of cowboy movies on television. The hero was usually a strong,
masculine, self-sufficient character who rode off alone into the sunset at the end of the story. The
common folk merely stood by and watched in awe as this larger than life figure faded into the
distant horizon. The solitary cowboy’s glory fed every little boy’s dreams.
Rugged individualism may have its benefits, but there are not many."
Wham! This sure hits the idealistic notion of the "American Hero" squarely in the face!
"In J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of fantasy, hobbits were often called 'halflings' because of their small
stature and fear of adversity. While men were bold and brave and fit for war, hobbits appeared to
be insignificant in the grand scheme of life. However, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy,
a hobbit by the name of Frodo Baggins was assigned the task of destroying a golden ring that had
been forged by the evil Sauron to rule over all of Middle Earth. Because of — rather than in spite
of — his small stature, Frodo succeeded where many gifted and well-trained warriors had failed.
The book series is, of course, a work of fiction, but Tolkien, as a devout Christian, creatively
used fantasy to effectively illustrate complicated spiritual truths. His books are pregnant with
Awesome! Any devotional that effectively borrows from LOTR has to a great one!
"David, however, was a halfling of a different caliber because he understood the nature of his covenant relationship with the Lord of hosts. In spite of his small stature and insignificant status, David could not be content with the status quo; he desperately longed to see God’s glory revealed through His people. Thus, a mere shepherd boy overcame impossible odds, displaying the courage of an emerging overcomer to
become the most beloved king in Israel’s history. Perhaps this is where Tolkien’s imagery is most powerful."
And yet another great connection of LOTR!