Norbert Mercado

Biography

"In this age of revolution, the contemporary writer should utilize the pen for the preservation of peace," Norbert Mercado, a Filipino author, stressed. The books he has written and published, including his anthologies, unapologetically assert the indispensability of peace in a nation’s progress.

The author has written more novels than any Asian writer had in just a brief period of time. In fact, he has surpassed the number of novels written by world-renowned novelists like Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1970) and American authors Ernest Hemingway (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1954). Solzhenitsyn has four novels to his credit, while Hemingway has eight.

His style of writing is simple and succinct, but poignant and colorful like Hemingway’s THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, and Solzhenitsyn’s ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DESONOVICH. "The simpler the novel, the better," he said.

In line with Japanese Yasunari Kabawata’s writings about the Japanese way of life, most of Norbert’s novels focus mostly on the current situation in his country. Kabawata is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968.

His books present hope to the Filipino, especially to the "economic exiles" in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan whom he has spent most of his time with, in their daily struggles. But most of all, his novels lucidly show the futility of war and violence in the resolution of political-economic-class conflicts in the Philippines.

"War should not be used as an instrument in resolving political conflicts. Writers who abet wars and revolutions must think of the widows and the fatherless, the chaos, destruction, and suffering of the people whom they claim to be concerned about," he said.

What if, like Solzhenitsyn, Hemingway, and Kabawata, he eventually wins the Nobel Prize? What will he do with the US$1,000,000 award?

"I will use the prize for establishing a Peace Foundation that will assist in the formulation of policies which will resolve the current shooting conflicts in the country and help alleviate the continuing poverty of our countrymen."
He will take charge of the foundation and personally campaign for a peaceful settlement of the conflicts in the Philippines.

"The insurgency and the secessionist rebellion have foreign support. A Nobel title will give me the personality to approach the leaders involved in the conflicts," he explained.

Born on March 25, 1955, he is the youngest among the children of Mr. and Mrs. Aurelio Mercado, Sr. of San Manuel, Tarlac. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, with two degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication. Voted Outstanding Campus Journalist in 1974, he was a columnist and associate editor of the Philippine Collegian, the campus publication of the University of the Philippines. He has also written articles for various newspapers and magazines in the Philippines, as well as abroad. He also won the 1981 National Essay Writing Contest sponsored by SIDESTREETS Magazine.

Norbert is a graduate of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), the topmost armed forces school in the country, where he was conferred a Master’s degree in National Security Administration (MNSA) and the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He graduated from the NDCP at the age of 32, the youngest in Class 21 which had already produced several generals in the Armed Forces, and the youngest graduate in the history of the National Defense College of the Philippines. He was elected one of the fifteen directors of Class 21.

He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity (Applied Servanthood), Honoris Causa, for his almost 30 years work in Christian literature. His batch mates include Senator Robert Barbers, Undersecretary of Trade and Industry and Bulletin Columnist Nelly Villafuerte, Actor and Producer Fred Galang, Rev. Peter Vasaya, and the His Royal Highness Sultan of Sulu and Sabah Ishmael Kiram.

A sports lover, he was a rifle marksman in his UP ROTC days, and a winner of the 1988 and 1989 5,000 meter-run sponsored by the National Defense College Alumni Association. His sports include swimming, basketball, volleyball, boxing, karate, cycling, and marathon among others.

A traveler, he has attended various international conferences and trainings in Asia and Europe. His travels have widened his insight not only of places, but also of people he has constantly observed and empathized with.

He is the youngest graduate of the Singapore Haggai Institute for Third World Leaders in 1980 at the age of 24.

"Let us work for peace in our country, in any way we can," Norbert stressed. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers."

Ria M. Mercado

Where to find Norbert Mercado online


Books

Peace Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,060. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Aurelio Mercado was one of the individuals who attended the Conference of Industrial Arts Teachers in Baguio City in the last week of April, 1930. It was summer. He and Francisca just got married on the second Sunday of that month, after the end of classes of the 1929-1930 schoolyear. They were married by the Aglipayan parish priest of San Clemente in the Philippine Independent Church ...
I Grieve For You My Brother Jonathan
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
“Why have Jews suffered so much? The Romans destroyed our homeland and dragged our forefathers to the territories of the Roman Empire as their slaves. We have suffered inquisitions, holocausts, famine, discrimination, and wars like no other people in history. Are the Jews under the curse of Yahweh?” Asher Levinson asked his commanding officer, Captain Yosef Aksen...
All Nations Against Jerusalem
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,910. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
After the symposium, the two friends talked to Doctor Ben Gurion and requested for an interview. They wanted to ask her more questions about the Middle East issue. She granted their request. They interviewed her over a cup of coffee at the University of the Philippines’ Bahay ng Alumni (House of the Alumni). They asked her questions such as whether Israel possesses nuclear weapons...
A Romance In Pre-War Manila
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Doctor Sergio Morales hurriedly walked to the classroom in PGH where he would teach the subject of Dermatology that morning. It was the first day of class in a rainy June month, and he did not want to be late...
The Land And The Bamboo House
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
A woman wishes to have a house she can call her own,” Francisca told her husband Aurelio as they walked hand-in-hand in the school yard of the San Manuel Elementary School. It was early Saturday evening, just after dinner. Aurelio asked his young wife if she wanted to have a stroll in front of the school where he had been teaching for the past five months since they arrived in the town ...
The Teacher Of A President
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
“Class, I’m Josephine Bracken Rizal-Abad, your teacher in English starting today. Together, we will be learning the language used by all the nations under the British Empire, and by the United States of America,” Josephine told her pupils in Cebu City on the first day of class. She had seven students in her class. All of the students were scions of businessmen, government officials, and ...
A House Divided
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
“Menachem Begin, the leader of the Irgun militia and who is currently the chairman of the Herut party, an opposition political party in Israel, has called on all Jews worldwide to help the government of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in the construction of houses in resettlement areas for the new Jewish immigrants coming mostly from the European nations. Mr. Begin said that ...
From This Day Forward
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Historical » General
The parents of Gregoria came all the way from San Joaquin, Iloilo to attend her graduation from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) School of Nursing. They rode a kalesa from San Joaquin to Iloilo City, and sailed to Manila via the ship M.V. Maynilad. It was an overnight trip. They stayed in the house of their relatives in Manila and waited for the day when their daughter Gregoria would ...
The Day The Sun Stopped Shining
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,820. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Dismas, one of the thieves who was crucified on the right side of Jesus, recognized Annas. He met him three years ago. Annas asked for a huge sum of money from Dismas’ mother Deborah so that he could ask the Roman prison authority in Jerusalem to release Dismas’ father.
The Disgrace Of The Roman Empire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » General
As the military governor of Rome in Judea and Samaria, Pontius Pilate was under the Roman prefect of Syria. If there were rebellions in Judea and Samaria, the procurator could seek the assistance of the Syrian prefect to quell the rebellions. Rome saw to it that any colony which rebelled against its authority was quickly and severely dealt with.
Tutored By The Thomasites
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Americans introduced free public education to all Filipino children. It was a radical contrast to the more than three hundred years of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines, when education was generally only for the children of the privileged class, of the wealthy, and of those who had the means among the Indios...
Death Or Victory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
“You might be wondering why I volunteered to come to Israel as a medical doctor. I’ll tell you a brief story. My father is a pastor. My mother is a teacher in a Christian school. I have a younger sister at home. Her name is Eloise. I remember a message given by my father in one of the Sunday services in our church, the Atlanta Baptist Church. This was back when I was in high school...
Pearl Harbor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Aurelio Mercado, Sr., a public school teacher in San Manuel Elementary School in the town of San Manuel, in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, and his brother-in-law, Quirino Lacierna, were at the front yard of Aurelio’s house after dinner discussing the aggressive behavior of the Japanese Imperial Army in the East Asia-Southeast Asia Region.
An American Teacher In The Philippines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
George was one of the first Americans who responded to the call by the US Federal government for American volunteer teachers to the Philippine Islands in the year 1901. He arrived in Manila, together with other American volunteer teachers via the ship USS Thomas. They were called by the moniker Thomasites. Single and adventurous, George wanted to help the youth of the Philippines...
My Good Friend Elvie
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
I didn’t see Elvie again since the night of our graduation from the Plebeian Academy until I met her in Hong Kong in 1990. It took nineteen long years. She was surprised when I saw her one Sunday morning at the second floor of the Hong Kong Post Office building, near the Star Ferry in Hong Kong.
Altalena
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,830. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
At the seaport of Marseille, the boarding ramp of the ship Altalena was crowded by Jewish immigrants bound for the newly-established state of Israel. Altalena was the former LST-138, one of the landing crafts used by the Allied countries in the invasion of Germany-controlled France in June, 1944. It was purchased for the purpose of bringing arms, combatants, and civilians in the land of Israel.
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
“I miss you. Wherever you are, my love, I hope you are safe. You can call me by landline or cellphone, or just text me. I’m aware of the situation you are in, and I’m praying for you,” Andrea Gonzales said in her radio program in DWRD titled From Davao With Love.
The Third Thief
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
Adoram and Zadok were still asleep when Ephraim left the house. He had covered his head with a cloth. He also kept a black eye-patch in his bag for covering his left eye. This would serve as a form of disguise. He also carried a staff that served as his weapon. He journeyed to the city of Jerusalem which was only about half-a-mile from Bethany.
The Flowers Of Beersheba
Series: The Rhinocolura Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Christian » Historical
The city got its name from the word "beer" which means well and the word "sheba" which means covenant. Based on the Biblical account in the book of Genesis, Abram, the patriarch of the Jewish people who would later on be called Abraham, gave the King of Gerai named Abimelech seven lambs for the right to dig a well for his cattle and flock in the territory of Abimelech.
The Sands Of Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
“The woman is a beauty queen. She was a former winner of Miss Philippines. I met her during the inauguration of Lettergys in Quezon City. She was one of the guests during the launch,” Editha said. “How do you know that your husband is involved with this girl?” Angela asked her friend. Editha answered that she saw her husband and the girl buying baby clothes in a mall at Araneta Center...
Francisca's Love Story
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » General
Aurelio was a handsome twenty-two-year old man. He was very friendly, had a medium build, clean-cut hair, and a positive disposition in life. Francisca sported long hair. Her eyes were very attractive and she had a well-proportioned nose. Her skin was smooth, and her complexion was fair. The new teacher finds himself captivated by this young lady and as their paths cross by chance.
There Is Eternal Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » General
“Why has it suddenly become dark?” Flavius asked his fifteen-year old servant, a Jewish teen from Caesarea Philippi. “I don’t know, Master,” the fifteen-year old Jewish boy answered Flavius. Flavius was still wearing his uniform as a Roman military officer. Flavius thought that the strange phenomenon – the sudden turning of light to darkness, from day to night, was just a momentary eclipse.
My Sister Aida Is A Diamond
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Biographical
I was either four or five years old when my sister Aida brought us kids to the kulos at the back of the San Manuel Elementary School in barrio Lanat. Kulos is the Ilocano word for a brook or an elongated body of flowing water during the rainy season. In the summer, the kulos dried up. It was during the rainy season, from May to November, when the kulos came alive.
If We Ever Meet Again
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
“Fiestas should never be banned in the Philippines,” Catherine Steinberg told her high school batchmate from the Moncada Catholic School. She was on vacation in her hometown in the Philippines. “Do you have fiesta celebrations in Denmark, too?” Alma de la Cruz, her batchmate, asked her. “Well, sort of. But not the fiesta we have in almost every town in the Philippines.
Olympians
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Norbert Mercado talks with long-time sports journalist Ron de los Reyes about Filipino Olympic athletes who could have won the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines.
The Sheridans
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The group of American teachers came to the Philippines aboard the US transport ship USS Sheridan. They sailed from San Francisco, California to Manila several weeks before the arrival of the USS Thomas. The ship brought the first batch of Thomasites – 365 male and 165 female teachers.
Benham Rise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Benham Rise has vast deposits of methane ice, which is being considered as the fuel of the future. Having a vast repository of this resource could make the Philippines one of the richest nations in the world.
Autumn Of An Emperor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
“Fourteen years ago, I saw a very bright star from this balcony. Now, not a single star can be seen in the sky,” Emperor Augustus Caesar whispered to himself as he watched the eastern sky from the balcony of his room in his palace.
Three-Cornered Sun
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
“Three-cornered sun…” Josephine mused as she looked at Aguinaldo’s sketch. “Yes. The national flag has a three-cornered sun! There is a star on each corner of the triangle,” Marcela said. “What do the three stars represent?” Delfina asked. “The three stars represent Luzon, Panay Island for the Visayas, and then Mindanao, the three principal islands of the Philippines,” Marcela replied.
The 3rd Of The Magi
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,760. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
“I dreamed that an angel appeared to me. He gave me a gift. When I opened the wrapped gift, it was myrrh. Then the angel disappeared. I was so scared. Then, I woke up,” Balthazzar said. Melchor and Gaspar were scared at what Balthazzar revealed to them. They both knew that myrrh was used for embalming the dead.
A Blind Man In Rhinocolura
Series: The Rhinocolura Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
“Please be merciful to me! Please help me!” a blind man who was standing in front of the Al Arish exclaimed in the Egyptian tongue to passengers who had just arrived at the seaport of Rhinocolura. The passengers just came from Raphia, and had just crossed the River of Egypt.
By The Sword Of Rome
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Christian » Historical
“Do you see this sword? This was given to me by Caesar when I was appointed by the Roman Senate as the King of Judah,” Herod told the soldier. There was a terrifying silence in the Royal Court. Everyone was listening to every word spoken by Herod.
Where The Buffaloes Roam
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,720. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
"Everything on Earth is temporal… Everything has an end." Author Norbert Mercado reminisces about his childhood in his hometown, Lanat, in the province of San Manuel, Tarlac. He recalls moments and friends that he will never forget and the lessons that he has learned growing up.
World Record
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,770. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
"Not so many nations capture the honor and privilege of establishing a world record in prolific novel-writing. The United Kingdom of Great Britain was one when its top novelist, Ms. Barbara Cartland, wrote 23 novels in 1983. Thirty-one years later, the Philippines surpassed Great Britain’s three-decade world record with the writing of 27 novels for a new world record."
A Summer Day In Paris
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,380. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Inspirational
“Smile, Norbert! This is your souvenir in Paris from me. Whenever you see this photo, you’ll remember this summer day in Paris.” Maude Adams From “A Summer Day In Paris”
Shepherds of Bethlehem
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Historical
As the young couple talked in the early evening, they heard a cry from a sheep. Abner immediately took his rod and staff, for he knew that their flocks were most likely being attacked by either wolves or lions. Abigail took her rod and staff, too, to help her husband. “No. Just call father. Tell him to follow and help me. Stay with mother. We can take care of this,” Abner told his wife.
The Demise Of A King
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
“Where is the Child who has been born King of the Jews? For we observed His star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage,” one of the wise men from the East who came to Jerusalem asked one of the guards at Herod’s palace.
Architects Of Earth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,000. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
“When I find the right guy, then that’s the time I’ll walk down the aisle,” Jennifer said. Jimmy felt bad at Jennifer’s statement because he had been courting her since their third year in college. But Jennifer only saw him as a friend. There was never a hint of romantic emotion for him. Still, Jimmy kept on hoping and praying that someday, she would feel something for him, too.
One In One Hundred
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,650. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Two men in white t-shirts refrained from following the crowd. They were there on a mission to observe the future President of the Japanese Government in the Philippines. Despite having to listen to the tumultuous shouts of their countrymen, they had to imprint everything about Laurel – what he looked like, his mannerisms, the way he dressed up, and the way he talked - in their mind.
A Father's Love
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,020. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Family
“The tests in life are not necessarily God’s punishment for His children. Remember the story of Job. It was not God who inflicted troubles on Job. It was Satan. God allowed Satan to bring trouble and inflict pain on Job for a purpose. God wanted to test Job’s faithfulness in Him. In the end, God blessed Job.”
Nineveh!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
“Nineveh, you will be overturned in forty days! God has seen your lawlessness, violence and immorality, and has caused judgement upon you! God will send your enemies to punish you. They will burn your city! The same thing you did to your enemies will be done to you!” Jonah cried to the people of Nineveh.
Escape To Tarshish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,770. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
“Is Tarshish a big city?” Jonah asked Shaphat as they lay on wooden beds for paid passengers after dinner. “It is. It’s the center of commerce in the region. That’s why ships bring goods from other nations to be sold there. There are so many rich people in Tarshish. Commerce is good,” Shaphat replied. “What about gold?” “Yes. The ships also bring gold to Tarshish, and also silver.”
Goodbye Babylon!
Series: THE ENSOMO SERIES. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
The M.V. Apollon, a Greek pleasure ship which was chartered by the Kuwait Petroleum Company to temporarily house the firefighters for the Al Awda Project of the royal government of Kuwait, lazily docked at the Shuaiba seaport of Kuwait in the Persian Gulf. The Al Awda Project, or The Return Project in English, was aimed to put out all the burning oil wells, oil refineries, and oil lakes in Kuwait
Oh, Jerusalem!
Series: THE ENSOMO SERIES. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,100. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
“Jerusalem was settled in 3500 B.C. It is a plateau on the Judean Mountains. Jerusalem was first situated on the Ophel above the Gihon Spring. In the 19th Century B.C., Jerusalem was mentioned as Rusalimum in the Egyptian Execration Texts. In the 14th century B.C., Jerusalem appeared in the diplomatic correspondence in what they call Amarna letters. It was then called Urusalim."
The Union
Series: The Sangkhlaburi Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,630. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
“Love is an emotion, too. But it is more than an emotion, a fleeting feeling which a man experiences when he meets a woman of beauty. That’s how I felt for you the first time I met you. It’s a strange feeling. The full admiration is there. And I still feel that way. Even now… I’m excited to see you everyday. I feel strangely sad if I don’t see you even for a day," Dr. Ratanopol explained.
The Divide
Series: The Sangkhlaburi Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,070. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
"Revenge will destroy both the subject and the perpetrator. Absolutely nothing good can come out of it,” Dr. Chatchai Ratanopol said when he talked to a group of Thai teens in Sangkhlaburi which had fought a series of rumbles against a group of teenagers from the Mon village. The Thais would not help in the rebuilding project until the fighting stopped, and the Thais and Mon groups were at peace.
The Bridge
Series: The Sangkhlaburi Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
The Saphan Mon wooden bridge spans the Song Kalia River which cuts through the town proper of Sangkhlaburi and the Burmese Mon Village, Ban Wangka. On one side of the bridge lives Thinzar Wint Kyaw, a twenty-one year old girl whose parents fled Burma when she was only nine years of age. On the other side of the bridge, Chatchai Ratanopol, a young doctor, returns to his hometown. Their paths meet.
Blessed Is The Fruit Of Thy Womb
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,990. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Christian » Historical
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16 This Christmas, remember how blessed you are that God gave up His one and only Son to redeem you from a world of sin. A classic Christmas story retold through the pen of Norbert Mercado.
Pilgrims To Jerusalem
Series: THE ENSOMO SERIES. Price: Free! Words: 11,040. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
“Life is more exciting if there is a dream,” Jonathan Abraham told Gene Ensomo as the cruise ship Queen Virginia plied the Mediterranean Sea on a cold night. The ship was on its way to Port Haifa in Israel. Jonathan Abraham, and his wife Ruth, were Jews who were born in Australia. Their parents escaped from the Netherlands to the Philippines during World War II. A glimpse of Gene Ensomo's past.
A Year Without Summer
Series: THE ENSOMO SERIES. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » General
"The wicked man who destroys the earth won’t last long, and he will eventually be swallowed by the earth," Engineer Timothy Muller, the Operations Chief of the Bechtel Corporation, said as he addressed more than fifty people that day. The crowd was mainly composed of engineers and firefighters hired by the company to help put out the flames coming from the oil wells and refineries in Kuwait.
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