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The Kite and the Coin Toss


The Kite and the Coin Toss

 

"Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fill’d with death, ya pens’ll hang ya."

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The Kite and the Coin Toss


The Kite and the Coin Toss

 

"Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fill’d with death, ya pens’ll hang ya."

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Heads will roll...or tales of freedom


Presently seeking an agent for publish.

Heads will roll...or tales of freedom


Presently seeking an agent for publish.

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The Kite and the Coin Toss

In an event to become famous as The Signers' Day of Reckoning, Benjamin Franklin swings from his noose. His son William watches on until his feet stop swaying. Benjamin and fellow rebellion leaders meet their ends en masse on July 2, 1782, the sixth anniversary of the ratification of their treasonous declaration.

Two hundred and twenty-nine years later, in the year 2011, Joshua Franks works as a scientist in a royally sanctioned lightning lab. The lab’s goal is to use lightning as an alternative energy source. He aspires to illuminate villages like Cloister where his parents live. These villages stand in destitute and dark contrast to the royal cities they surround and support. In a world where efforts that do not benefit the king do not get sanctioned, the rare opportunity to light these villages provides Joshua his first to let his skills shine a positive light.

While attending a college history course, Joshua learns in greater detail what the government allows to be taught surrounding the treasonous revolt that occurred so long ago. Any details gained merely support the biased and filtered stories of events he and all subjects of the crown had been forced to swallow all their lives. As if everyday life's reminders are not enough, the annual and royally celebrated holiday, The Signers' Day of Reckoning, serves as an official reminder to all royal subjects about what happens when you commit an act of treason against the crown.

On Joshua’s 21st birthday his parents pass on their most secret and prized possessions, Benjamin Franklin’s journals. Joshua learns he is a descendent of Mr. Franklin. In one journal, he reads a completely different telling of the causes and events that occurred during the revolution, up to and including Signers' Day. Among other truths, he learns his newfound forefather once sailed a kite in a lightning storm.

Revolutionary revelation strikes.

More than two centuries stand between Joshua Franks and Benjamin Franklin. Joshua may be the only person since with an opportunity to complete the task his forefather and fellow revolutionaries started so long ago. 

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Digital cover concept for the novel.

The enigmatic message witnessed by billions of eyes around the empire...

The enigmatic message witnessed by billions of eyes around the empire...

Message burned...lesson learned.

Message burned...lesson learned.

Heads will roll...or tales of freedom.
— rAveNswAn

Hung, Drawn and Quartered...

...or life to a different drum.

An Excerpt from The Kite and the Coin Toss

General George Washington, the Hung, Drawn and Quartered version...

to his fellow revolutionaries and soldiery, collectively known as 'The Signers,' as they sit in jail cells awaiting their fates...

 

“I think on all we have accomplished, and all we have not. I know in all my efforts, I have done everything an ordinary man can do. I know this, as it is woven throughout the very fabric of my soul. There is no mirror I could stand before, mine eyes unto my reflection’s, without honour in facing that ordinary truth.”

Staring into the eyes of the men as he spoke, the General could see there was not a man among them in doubt.

“In my efforts I have attained the heights of all that could be ordinarily expected. All the same where I have failed myself, most importantly where I have failed all I have served, is in the lack of extraordinary. I now realize that I have failed in finding and capitalizing on opportunities that did not knock. These opportunities were there just the same. It is against extraordinary odds one must take extraordinary measures. It took the light of our darkest hour to shine on this revelation. I know what I must do now and it is likely all that remains I can do in redemption for all I have not.

An ordinary man such as I, would normally and naturally relent to this so-called monarch, allowing him, through servants’ hands, to push me from the gallows. An extraordinary man would jump, for in this fated equation no other result could be so extraordinary as the final act of a free man.”

In that moment, General Washington had erased all fears and replaced them with purpose; for an extraordinary man, even in his darkest hour, will find the light to shine.

 

Click for: “Heads will roll, or tales of freedom.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fill’d with death, ya pens’ll hang ya.
— King's Guard Jonathan Elders through jail bars to the Signers...but who is really free?
Completed manuscript for The Kite and the Coin Toss

Completed manuscript for The Kite and the Coin Toss

Catching Lightning With My Hands

 

I now know

What I must do

It will not be easy

But that is nothing new

 

Like counting the tyrannized 

Grains of sands

Or catching lightning

With my hands

 

He owns the cards

Recognizes the faces

Deals heavy hands

To keep us in our places

 

But now it is he 

Who has forced my hand

So count him out

As you count the sand

For his sands of time

They are quicksand

And as each grain counts

For each grain you see

As oppression’s pressure mounts

Pushes back to be free

 

So as he is pulled

Down by the sands

They lift me up

To bid my plans

To catch the lightning with my hands

To catch the lightning with my hands

 

And though the catalyst

Now me

He brought it on

And soon will see

As King

He brought his own demise

The Suicide King

Seen through mine eyes

A king who will not live to see

The coronation of the free

 

The price is life

The price I pay

To let freedom see

The light of day

For lightning spares

Not king

Nor sands

Who try to catch it

In their hands

 

But I will gladly pay the price

And make my final sacrifice

For freedom, it is never free

But by paying the price

I will finally be

 

It is not for credit, nor for me

And none of the living

Those soon living free

Will have witnessed the sacrifice

Made by me

Catching lightning with my hands

 

They will be too busy being free

Counting their blessings

And their sands

They will be too busy

To think of me

Catching lightning with my hands   

The Coin Toss

 

“Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya.”

In the words of a King’s guard

To the wards of the King’s Guard

“Where you belong,

Jailed in small quarters,

Soon to be hung,

Soon drawn and quartered.”

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya

 

Of events unfolding, happenstance

They flipped the coin

The coin of chance

Heads or Tales

Called in the air, we’ll see

Heads… will roll

Tales… of freedom

There’ll be no best of three

Either side up, they’ll end up free

Either side up, they’ll end up free

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya.”

“Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya.”

 

Heads… will roll

Via death warrants signed

Warranting freedom for eternity

Tales… of freedom

By declaration signifying

Freedom from tyranny, victory

Though they signed it only once

It has two sides, just like their coins

Be it death warrants, they signed their own

Be it declaration, for posterity known

Which one will it be

Flip the coin and we shall see

Which will be our history

 

“Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya.”

In the words of a King’s guard

To the wards of the King’s Guard

“Where you belong,

Jailed in small quarters,

Soon to be hung,

Soon drawn and quartered.”

 

Jonathan Elder

Redcoat soldier

Otherwise merely

A bitter old codger

And so it was, but just the same

What gave this pawn, this man a name

And ultimately everlasting fame

Was what he said to those he caged

Was what became the historic catchphrase

When upon the prisoners, he fired a gaze

Unto their treasonous eyes, tired and glazed

He stared directly, he stared and said

“Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya!”

 

And from then on

That’s how it’s known

For warranting death

By death warrants shown

Signed by the men

Who signed their own

Signed by the men

Who signed their own

The coin toss...the signers of the Declaration of Independence knew when they signed how they were either signing for their freedom or signing their own death warrants.

The coin toss...the signers of the Declaration of Independence knew when they signed how they were either signing for their freedom or signing their own death warrants.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

Fill'd with death,

ya pens'll hang ya!

King's Guard Jonathan Elders

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The Founding Fathers

review

The Kite and the Coin Toss...

Overall it went well.

Thomas Jefferson was a little concerned

as he believed the jail cell scene

made his butt sound big.

Excerpt...
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Bookends of time.

Bookends of time.

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