NOVELS

MY  NOVELS ARE MOSTLY SF/FANTASY.

1. A SENSELESS ACT OF BEAUTY

 A NEW AFRICA IN SPACE – AND A NEW AFRICAN HERO   

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African Science Fiction – Imagine the 1950’s SF movies classic “Forbidden Planet” updated with a thousand new technological and mind-blowing wonders.  

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Aaron Okonkwo, a Nigerian scientist, travels with a crew in the 24th century to evaluate Viridis, which proves to be a beautiful and fabulous world. There, Aaron discovers a strange, alien species and amazing machines and technology left in a vast underground complex by a mysterious race called the Creators.

Aaron soon falls under the irresistible, seductive spell of Nightsong, a green alien female with ominous and bewitching powers. However, an even greater danger rises. He will be forced to fight for the planet’s survival against a ruthless invasion of many ships to conquer and enslave the planet – just as Africa itself was once enslaved. Aaron knows it’s A Senseless Act of Beauty to try to reclaim his ancient warrior heritage and fight back against such overwhelming odds, but he knows he must try.

My longest novel, A Senseless Act of Beauty is 115,000 words long (Click on link to go to askdavid page and write your own review.)

2. ALIEN DREAMS

                                               Dreams and their Interpretation               

Dangerous Alien Invasion of Human Dreams on the planet

Lagos Captain Eric Latimore leads a four-person crew to Lagos to investigate a previous team’s mysterious disappearance. Once there, he discovers that an ominous alien presence is invading their dreams. Each member of his crew has the same dream–huge, seductively beautiful “angels” speak to them telepathically. The creatures strand his crew on the planet and only Latimore can free them—if he survives.

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 3. BEYOND THOSE DISTANT STARS

       ALIEN UFO – A Mysterious Alien Spacecraft blocks Stella McMasters’ ship.   Mysterious aliens have won every fight against humans, crushing us completely for five straight years and bringing our species to the brink of ruin.  What will Stella do — run or fight?     

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                   Winner of the Allbook Reviews Editor’s Choice Award        

Stella’s Adventure Quest – A Galactic War – a Deadly ufo Sighting

Alien invaders have all but destroyed humanity.  Stella McMasters, a retired naval officer, yearns to get in the war but knows she’ll never get a chance.

Then amazing things start to happen. After saving a comrade’s life during a meltdown that almost kills her, physicians remove her radioactive flesh and turn her into a superhuman cyborg.  She is then given command of her first ship and, against her better judgment, falls in life with its charismatic pilot.

On their way to join the Empire’s last line of defense, Stella runs right into an enemy vessel.  For the first time ever, the mysterious invaders invite humans aboard.  Should Stella accept, or run?  Can she avoid a crushing defeat and save humanity in the process?

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4. DARK WIZARD 

Video Games — A Cosmic, Interstellar Kind

Can alien invaders pass from their realm to ours through a seemingly harmless, second-rate video game?  San Luis Obispo in sunny California may not be as peaceful as it looks, especially when the figures on the screen become real and a Dark Wizard here is their friend. 

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This Paranormal Romance takes place in San Luis Obispo, California.  It features such colorful sites in the city as the Gold Rush Steak House at the Madonna Inn, featured above. Gold-Rush-Steak-House-San-Luis-Obispo.jpeg

Kan not only has complete amnesia but superhuman strength and the ability to bring back the dead. Soon a beautiful girl complicates things even more. As Kan learns his identity, he finds he is faced with a deadly evil and a cosmic mission.

Who is the deadly and dangerous Dark Wizard who seeks to destroy humanity, and can Kan discover his identity and stop him or her in time?

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5. DAX RIGBY, WAR CORRESPONDENT

A War Correspondent on a savage, distant planet

News War Correspondent Dax Rigby travels 90,000 light-years to the tropical but deadly planet Arcadia while World War III rages back on Earth.

DaxRigby_333x500 Review: This is a page-turner. The action starts the minute Dax’s boots hit dirt on the planet Arcadia, and it doesn’t stop. Almost everyone is a suspect, and it’s difficult to tell reality from hallucination at times. 5 ROSES BY ROCHELLE’S REVIEWS

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As WWIII rages on Earth, War Correspondent Dax Rigby travels to the savage planet Arcadia to investigate and report on the Western Alliance’s mission there.  Soon, he fights not only to save two intelligent alien species from extinction, but also to rescue a dying human outpost threatened by a mysterious disease. Facing assassination attempts, seduction from a passionate pilot, and his own mysterious powers of resurrection, Dax struggles to maintain his loyalties and complete his mission. The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. Will he find a way to redefine both his identity and his destiny in time?

6-7. INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS SERIES, BOOK I and II

INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS Epic SF Series Featuring a New Super Hero. ***REVIEW LINKS BELOW***

                 INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS is the first in an epic series.  The second novel in the series is KINGDOM OF THE JAX.  Turtan, an elite agent, travels in suspended animation to distant worlds.  As the first novel begins, he is already over 3500 years old.          

       kingdomofjaxinspector_200x300-1  Book 1                                                                                                                   Book 2                                                                                                                 ISBN  978-1-927361-74-0                                                                       Ebook – $5.95 Available at MuseItUp                                                                     

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Blurb: Thanks to suspended animation, Turtan is over 3500 years old and travels on freeze ships to distant worlds.  His mission is to investigate weapons to help humanity turn the tide against their ancient nemesis…the Cenknife. Vicious aliens, the Cenknife seek to conquer the universe and enslave humanity. When Turtan discovers just such a weapon, a beautiful, seductive woman stands in his way.  He must use all his skills, abilities, and courage to meet the crisis and save untold billions of lives.

Excerpt from INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS:

“Here.”  Yori placed a glass of rare Zontenian wine in his hand.  “Drink this and maybe you can get some rest.  So tomorrow…”

“So tomorrow I’ll be in shape to resume my Flying Dutchman chase amid the stars?” he finished.  “You think getting drunk is what I need?”

“What do you need, Tan?”  Her dark eyes implored him.  “Tell me.”

He raised the glass, his throat tight with terror.  “Make me young again, Yori.  As when I started.”  He managed to find his mouth with the glass, only he was shaking so hard, half of the wine sloshed down his body.  He dropped the glass.

“Oh, Tan, I’ll make you young again.  Take away all your pain.”  She dropped wet-eyed to her knees and kissed the wine from his belly, licking him dry.  Gradually she worked lower and despite the way he was shaking, he felt himself respond.  Respond as he always did with her.  He closed his eyes as she clasped him in a frenzy, hearing her words muffled by his flesh.  “I’ll make you new again, Tan.  Take away all your pain.”  She rose and led him to bed, where he knew she would bring him love and warmth but no youth or Lethe of forgetfulness.  All he knew was for this moment, he must try to find them.

***REVIEWS OF BOTH NOVELS*** *******************************************************************************                 Turtan, the hero of Inspector of the Cross is nearly 4,000 years old

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REVIEWS OF INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS

By Jada Ryker “Author of the ‘Takes a Dare’ Series” (Kentucky, USA)

This review is from: Inspector of the Cross (Kindle Edition)

5 STARS:   “Multi-Faceted Science Fiction Masterpiece”

Turtan is an Inspector of the Cross. He travels through space, his life suspended in stasis, while his A. I. Dr. Glitch handles operations on board the starship Argo. His mission is to find effective weapons to help the Cross fight its enemy, the Cenknife, a race whose name derived from its brutal weapon.

“How many friends had [Turtan] left forever in his endless quest to find a weapon the Cross could use to win the war? How many times had he faded off into frozen sleep on board some missile to the stars, knowing while he slept, forever young, they would age and think of him with ancient memories? How many tearful women had he left, and how many infant sons and daughters had he kissed and cuddled for the last time, knowing he would never see them again? Indeed, how old was he now, not subjectively but in objective time?

Three thousand, five hundred, seventy-three years.”

The Overlord Lucan, unwilling to help Turtan in his cause, said:

“From the standpoint of eternity, Inspector Turtan, any cause rings hollow.”

When Turtan forces the Overlord to take him to the Godstone, Turtan finds an ancient artifact holding the power of creation. Even though Turtan senses an evil aura around the Godstone, he knows he must explore it…and then make a key decision.

With the four thousand year war still going strong, Turtan faces one of the enemy Cen, Turois. In the process, they both learn losers and winners of games may be interchangeable. And Turtan continues to display his greatest gift: doing the unexpected.

Inspector of the Cross, by John B. Rosenman, is an excellent science fiction novel. Mr. Rosenman’s wonderfully descriptive writing sketches worlds and races for us, reaching across the galaxy and through time. This book is a work of literary art, with the whole greater than the sum of the parts. It’s a thrilling adventure, an indictment of war, and a multi-faceted view into man’s psyche.

A prolific author, Mr. Rosenman has outdone himself with this work. I predict he will rise to the top of the science fiction genre, riding on the brilliant comet called Inspector of the Cross. __________________________________________________________ The second book in the series, Kingdom of the Jax (Inspector of the Cross) may be even better than the first!  (Click on link above to go to askdavid page and write your own review.)

                                ***REVIEWS OF KINGDOM OF THE JAX***                                                                                                                                                                                                 Compelling Sequel to Inspector of the Cross, Jan 21, 2014 

                                                                                                   
This review is for Kingdom of the Jax (Kindle Edition)
     What’s the longest running war? Does the Hundred Years War spring to mind? Most historians believe it lasted about a decade and a half beyond one hundred years. Perhaps another guess would be the controversial Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years War. It was a “theoretical state of war,” and lasted more as a documentation issue rather than combat.
     Can you imagine a war which has lasted five thousand years?
     In the first book of the series, Turtan was introduced. He is an Inspector of the Cross. He travels through space, his life suspended in stasis, while his A. I. Dr. Glitch handles operations on board the starship Argo. Spanning thousands of years, his mission is to find effective weapons to help the Cross fight its enemy, the Cenknife, a race whose name derived from its brutal weapon.
     In the Kingdom of the Jax, Turtan’s adventures continue. He must confront the emperor, whose ancestor committed a terrible act of dishonor. The emperor may decide to execute Turtan rather than risk Turtan telling the truth.
     At Turtan’s side is Yaneta. The beautiful Cen is the widow of a man with whom Turtan had a life-altering, metaphysical experience. As an enemy of the emperor, Yaneta’s life may be in danger simply because of her race. Because of the risks, Yaneta is forced to play a demeaning role.
     Because of his illustrious ancestry, Emperor Galan XLII possesses absolute power. In addition to his nearly deity-like status, Galan also holds a terrible secret. To keep the power in his greedy hands, Galan must protect the secret, regardless of the costs to both him and the universe.
     Like a vein of gold running through desolate rock, the Jax infiltrate other worlds and races. The Jax are a mole-like people, ruling the universe with a fine, Machiavellian hand. Behind the scenes, the harmless-looking species wields incredible power. For the Jax, the universe is all their kingdom.
     As the interests and agendas of Turtan, Yaneta, and Emperor Galen converge and clash, the Jax remain an unpredictable and powerful force.
     Kingdom of the Jax, by the talented John Rosenman, has exceeded the beauty and adventure of the first book in the series, Inspector of the Cross. Mr. Rosenman builds far-flung worlds and epic histories with a stroke of his pen. He fills in the details with a fine brush, lending humanity and compassion to the depth of the wonderful characters. At the same time, Mr. Rosenman lightens the pages with subtle humor.

__________________________________________________________ Blurb from KINGDOM OF THE JAX:

Accompanied by Yaneta, his beautiful alien bride, Turtan travels across the stars to Cross Imperial Station.  The Jax, Overseers of the universe, have given him an amazing navigational device which can enable the Cross to quickly defeat their seemingly invincible enemy, the Cen, and end their five-thousand-year-old war.

But will the Emperor welcome him to the station or order the execution of both him and his wife?  Turtan is, after all, endlessly resourceful and may learn the emperors’ terrible secret and act of betrayal concealed these past five hundred years.  Even if spared, Yaneta is still a member of the enemy and may be killed instantly.

To succeed in his mission, Turtan faces an almost impossible task, one requiring not only luck but the full range of all the skills he has acquired in four thousand years as an elite agent. It is his greatest challenge ever.

EXCERPT: First encounter: Turtan, our hero meets an alien life form on a distant world . . .

“What are those bits of light?” Dr. Glitch asked.  “They’re rising right toward you.”

She sees the lights but not my helmet’s warning, he thought.  What the hell is happening?

Below him, the bright spangles quickly grew, turning the blue-green waves into a blinding sheen.                                                                                                                

Tan—” 

“I don’t know what they are,” he said and noticed the warning in his helmet was reversing its levels of severity.  From Red to Orange to Yellow to Blue… And now Green, a blessed color meaning Safe

An instant later, the warning winked out as if it had never existed. Turtan took small comfort in the possibility a whole world’s lethal atmosphere had just been scrubbed clean by divine intervention.  What concerned him were the radiant white lights.  They rose toward him like guided missiles.

To hell with this.  I’m getting out of here. He pumped the controls, determined to set a speed record reaching the ship.  Only the lights left the water and swarmed around him.  They gleamed on his suit and visor, bathing everything in a resplendent glow.  He felt their warmth inside and out, tiny soothing touches that filled him with a nameless fear. The suit throbbed, strained, climbed…and settled slowly back into the water.

Then he went down.  Down beneath the waves. ***************************************************************************** Read an Interview by John B. Rosenman at http://www.milscifi.com/files/inter-JBR-BS.htm

 8. SPEAKER OF THE SHAKK

Can one human save a world and its peaceful species from two ferocious alien races?

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Published by Mundania Press as both an eBook and trade paperback Available at: http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Speaker+of+the+Shakk

BLURB: On planet Yellowsand, Theophilus Merlan courageously saves an alien boy’s life and acquires some of the youngster’s DNA.  The boy is royalty . . . and the present though currently dying leader of the boy’s people, the Speaker of the Shakk, must leave him in Merlan’s care.  He tells Merlan that he is now part Shakk himself and must be the next Speaker of the Shakk people, a position he feels certain that an admirable man like Merlan is well-suited for.  

It’s the hardly the future a shy geologist aspired to, but what choice does Merlan have? Hour by hour, Merlan finds himself changing mentally and physically, from human to Shakk.  Even more terrifying is the Speaker’s revelation that the Shakk’s two vile and vicious alien enemies, the Xanteans and the Merotox, are about to visit Yellowsand.  These invaders seek to conquer Yellowsand and enslave the Shakk, and only Merlan can save his new people.  But to do so, he has to use all his wits and courage. 

As if Merlan doesn’t have enough to deal with, the old Speaker’s grandson vows to kill him, because his grandfather has chosen a human to be the next Speaker in his place. Merlan finds he must do more than just keep himself alive, hold onto his sanity, stop a war and adjust to his changing abilities and perceptions.  He must also be a father to an alien boy and cope with his growing love for Ann Benson, the mission’s navigator.  As he becomes increasingly alien, Merlan wonders if they have any chance at happiness.  His task of saving the Shakk seems hopeless, yet he feels he must try . . . even if it costs him his life.

EXCERPT:  Ann left the tunnel.  He followed her, emerging into a large enclosure just as she gasped. Not ten meters away from her stood a giant Xantean, his eyes glistening, his great pincers gleaming in the light of yellow sand.

Merlan swung around.  Dozens of the aliens surrounded them on all sides, their long knifelike teeth bared as if ready to eat them.  Here and there a pincer twitched, and a mighty leg shifted. Lord help them.  The whole place, some fifty meters across, was a meeting hall for the damned creatures!  They had blundered right into it. Ann pointed her weapon at the closest alien.

“No!” he shouted, then went to her.  “It’s no good.  There’s too many of them.”

She nodded, then slid her weapon back into her holster.  He took her hand and held it.  They waited. From the walls, on every side, the Xantean army watched them.

But the Xanteans didn’t attack.  Seconds passed, and the aliens continued to stare at them.  Lethal pincers twitched, mighty legs and torsos flexed and shifted, but the Xanteans didn’t shout and rush forward to tear them limb from limb.

“Theo,” Ann whispered, “why don’t they do something?”

“I don’t know.”  He studied the nearest Xantean, who stood ten meters away.  After a moment, Merlan took a step toward him.

Ann grabbed his arm.  “What are you doing?” Gently, he shook her off and went on.  There was no escape.  If they were going to be killed, he was at least going to investigate.

Seven meters . . . six . . . five . . . When he was a mere meter away, the Xantean raised his pincer.  Merlan’s heart surged into his throat.

“Theo!” Ann cried. The pincer froze.  Merlan suppressed an urge to run and forced himself to examine the alien.  Take it easy, he thought. 

The Xantean didn’t attack.  He only raised his pincer.

Glancing about, he saw several other aliens move as well.  Heads turned, legs shifted.  The Xanteans are playing with us and savoring our fear, he thought.  They must have watched us from space, known we were coming here, and beat us to it.  Now they’ve set up a welcoming committee to frighten the hell out of us.

 9. THE BEST LAUGH LAST

My First Published Novel Controversial As indicated below, it was published in two editions, beginning in 1981.  The novel is somewhat controversial, featuring a white English teacher in a small black Southern college.

This is the cover for the paperback edition, published in 1982.This is the cover for the paperback edition, published by McPherson & Company (a Treacle Press Book) in 1982.

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“This engaging first novel is set on the ramshackle campus of Ashland College, a heavily subsidized black Methodist school known for its corrupt administration, acquiescent faculty, and captive student body. By turns howlingly funny and deadly serious, Rosenman relates the outlandish exploits of journeyman David Newman, an idealistic loner (and Kent State shooting survivor) who will not submit to the despotic regime of Dean Bledsoe and his graft-hungry minions. Reminiscent of the early John Barth (The End of the Road)The Best Laugh Last is an impressive debut, and one of the best ‘campus’ novels in recent years.” — Los Angeles Herald Examiner

10. THE MERRY-GO-ROUND MAN 

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KSL:  “I was so engrossed in the story that I was taken by complete surprise when the story concluded–I wasn’t ready for it to end. IMHO, The Merry-Go-Round Man would made a terrific movie. “

Leona Pence: “I especially liked this book because I grew up in the same time period as Johnny, Jimmy and Lee. So much of it took me back to my childhood, my old school and that wonderful merry-go-round. My heart went out to Johnny with his remarkable talents and the overbearing father who tried to control him.”

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Do you believe you can shape your future, determine your destiny?  One spring day in 1954, three sixth grade boys make a bet: the one who can climb first to the top of a small green merry-go round outside their school will be “Champ for life!”  For the rest of his days he’ll be “on Easy Street!” So they engage in a “mad scramble . . . clambering over each other with murderous intent,” and eventually one of them reaches the summit and stands triumphant, lording it over the others.  He is the merry-go round man.  

The Merry-Go-Round Man is a novel about three boys growing up in the so-called innocent days of the Eisenhower fifites.  It’s about rites of passage, loss of innocence, sexual initiation, racism, and much more.  Of the three boys, Johnny Roth is central. He possesses two transcendent gifts which are only beginning to emerge as the novel begins.  One of them is the ability to box or fight, something he deeply fears. The other ability is artistic and mystical.  He is a natural expressionistic painter of vast potential.  Unfortunately, Johnny’s father, an Orthodox Jew, hates both of these pursuits, and his opposition tears Johnny apart.  

Of the two other boys, Lee Esner grows up to be a gifted football player with what looks like a lucrative pro career ahead of him.  He also has a flair for attracting beautiful girls.  Is he the merry-go-round man?  The third boy, Jimmy Wiggins, is black and from the ghetto.  Attending an elite white school with Johnny and Lee, his naive love for a pretty white girl is destroyed by her cruel racism.  Another rite of passage. Symbols such as a burning Buddhist monk make us ask whether anyone is really The Merry-Go-Round Man in life.

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