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The Ghost of Comanche Peak is purely a figment of my imagination. However, many of the “earthly” events could be based on embellished truths as my family and I lived at the foot of Comanche Peak in the early 50’s. I am a 1955 graduate of Granbury High School. As I mention in the book’s preface, the decade of the fifties must be the best ever. No doubt, some will disagree. I guess the years of your youth will always seem the best to you. The problem with most of us, we don’t realize how good it is at the time of actual experience. Oh, if I could go back in history and relive those times, both good and bad. Maybe I’ve done that with the writing of this book. You can decide for yourself as I remember and describe events of the Peter Pacande family. This is a story of a teenage boy growing up on a small Texas peanut farm during the extreme drought of the fifties. It tells of his farm chores, his meals, going to church, his longing to have a girlfriend and his encounter with a ghost. Does the ghost of Comanche Peak really exist? I’m not sure. Maybe so, maybe no. Teenagers sometimes have to invent friends to have one. Whether the ghost really exists or not is for you to determine as we vicariously relive a brief time in the life of a young boy. And there is where the real story lies. Some of the scenes in this book were written with tears in my eyes as I could feel both the boy’s pain and happiness. I hope you sense the same emotion as it may bring to mind a similar story of your youth. If you’re a young person reading this book, perhaps it will encourage you to appreciate and pay more attention to the events of your life that are, at this very instant, shaping your tomorrows. Too soon today is gone, leaving you yearning for yesterdays. Please join me as we call on a young boy and the Ghost of Comanche Peak.
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Ghost of Comanche Peak is my second published work but my first at fiction. My first work is titled Near Death to Near Deaf and is a true inspirational story of how more than 20 years ago, I contracted spinal meningitis, nearly died, leaving me nearly deaf and how I now cope with my disability. This book is available on Amazon Kindle as an eBook. Ghost of Comanche Peak is fiction but roughly based on my experiences as a teenage boy who lived at the foot of the peak in Texas with my family, in the early and mid-fifties. As I said in the book’s preface, I believe life in the decade of the fifties to be the best ever experienced by anyone, especially by me. I just didn’t realize it at the time. It has been a pleasure to reminisce and write about this era. My professional career has mostly been spent in broadcasting working as a TV news anchor and hosting a radio news talk show. So, writing has always been a part of my life. My hobbies include photography, gardening and cooking. The love of cooking is evident as you read “Ghost” and my descriptions of the meals. Thank you for your consideration in obtaining this book. May you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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