LONG JOHN: THE LONGEST STRIDE
A novel by MILFORD HOUSE / Amazon Books
paperback $4.99 (2020) order
Under the famed Woodruff Tree, the aged John Woodruff tells a lone teen hopeful, his life story in vivid, accurate detail. The “Nazi Games” in 1936 Berlin are remembered for the crushing victories by the black athletes of the United States led by Jesse Owens challenging Hitler’s Aryan race. Also at these Olympics was a runner that experts say ran the “greatest race of all time.” His winning the first gold medal in the running knocked Hitler for a loop.
John Woodruff, the last of the living gold medalists from the 1936 Olympics, was a native of a small Pennsylvania mining town and the grandson of slaves. His friends in this virtually all-white community were all-white. However, he had a rude awakening once venturing out into the segregated world of 1935.
He was nicknamed “Long John” for his tremendous stride- the longest ever recorded. Still, Woodruff was forced by Olympics competition to cut his pace, and from dead last place challenge the leader way far ahead, all under the baleful gaze of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler.
Woodruff, young, black, inexperienced, and arriving at the University of Pittsburgh with 25 cents in his pocket, had to endure challenge after challenge. Running was only one facet of John Woodruff, who also craved education. Though World War II and the Korean War cut short his stellar athletic career, he continued to battle racism, bigotry and segregation (for Blacks, Jews, and other minorities), helping others.
A recent double amputee, Woodruff’s constant victories in life while battle adversity, is a profoundly moving story of a man who represents determination and grit… despite all obstacles.
A novel by Simon and Shuster / Amazon Books
paperback $7.99 (2018) order
Celebrity Carla Cobra’s painful past resurfaces when she’s sent a play script titled “Mine Game”– a disturbing drama thinly disguising how her stepbrother Andy, a land mine engineer in war, died at the hands of an American soldier– his soulmate. Carla, raging over the playwright’s gall, does everything possible to prevent her family from learning of this, and god forbid of her secret relationship with Andy! Playwright Jeremy Jenson, with his private war journal as bait, lures her to perform in the play, bringing back to life for Carla painful memories…just as her younger, volatile stepbrother, out for blood, stalks his prey for a showdown. Can their father save this surviving family over the secret that refuses to die?
A grotesque powerful lab creature capable of medical marvels escapes, but continues to share a magical relationship with a small boy.
“A powerfully insightful story that goes into the possibilities of genetic manipulations and mutations…This fast-paced, action/adventure goes beyond mere science fiction into the realm of the speculative fiction…The result is devastatingly gruesome and downright scary.”
–Emily-Jane Hill Oxford- reviewer for Prairie Journal and also Writers Who Rock
“Star Trek and sci-fi fans should know: David Orange has come a long way from his Sleepy Klingon days in Star Trek VI, and this venture into “horror with a heart” is a spellbinder with ignored science fiction overtones of our lives. His fourth tale is part “Frankenstein,” part “Devil in the Dark”–and all based on a real-world eco-crisis that is truly looming in Florida. Grab “Mutant Specimen L” before it grabs you.”
–Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek,best-selling author of “The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion.”
Simon and Shuster E-Book $3.99 order
a novelette by David Orange Web-E-Books $1.99
A man buried alive in the famed Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn not only survives but is now able to communicate with the Spirits there, becoming more than just a medium to tormented souls with unfinished business.
THOSE INSIDE THE HOLLOW (working title) 2019
A David Orange screenplay optioned by “Movi-Corp” Media.
Log line: Two citizens from an Inner Earth Utopian civilization appear on the surface in hopes of saving a planet out of balance and themselves from extinction.
BORDEAUX, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
David primarily writes about “Celebrities and Wine.” His 25 + articles include:
–Broadway and Wine – numerous Broadway acting stars talk about their love of wine and also some humorous stories from the stage.
–Gary Newman, President of 20th Century Fox Television and founder of Jorian Hill Winery
–Arturo Sandoval – A chat over a cigar and wine with world renowned trumpeter from Cuba
–Tao Las Vegas – David visits the world’s largest grossing restaurant / nightclub
–Townhouse Galleria, a 7-Star hotel – David stays at the famed hotel in Milan. . .one of only two 7-Star hotels in the world
–Chasing Cognac – a 24-hour race marathon to hit all the top cognac bars in NYC
–and 20 more articles
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