Ever hear this while in line buying your bangers and mash, or glob of stinky French cheese? I spit on you ignorant Americans who call it soccer.
Let us step back in place and time to 1860′s Britain, where folks at elite schools such as Oxford formed the Association Football, and used the abbreviation Assoccer in writing and statistics. These were the upper crust Brits that shortened it to soccer during the early years. Oxford legend holds that a student by the name Charlie Brown (really) was the first to call it soccer when friends asked if he wanted to play rugger that day. No, he said, I’d rather play soccer.
The great game spread throughout the country and the world, where lower class folk began calling it football for the obvious reason. Gentlemen, however, continued with its original name for years to come. By the time it reached the US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, they were already playing a different form of football, so those countries used the proper British term of soccer.
Concealed from search crews on a remote Pacific atoll, the lone survivor of a crashed jetliner is given an ultimatum to father a white baby as an offering to human traffickers, or be sacrificed to an inimical Volcano God poised for eruption. But injuries have rendered the man unable to produce the goods, forcing him to rally help from unlikely allies: a melancholy deity he suspects is imaginary, and a young beauty sure to be among the next children stolen.
Faith is the sole path to salvation for both the castaway and the inhabitants who distrust him for his skin color. DASH IN THE BLUE PACIFIC is the story of an island people’s struggle for survival, and one man’s opportunity to alter their fate.
A new novel by Cole Alpaugh, coming April 1, 2015, from Coffeetown Press.
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BriefingWire.com, 3/13/2014 – TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Cole Alpaugh’s third novel, The Spy’s Little Zonbi, has been selected as a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Magazine 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the general fiction category.
Alpaugh’s latest novel is about a young man recruited as a secret agent, where terminating dictators and jihadists is all in a day’s work. He marries a dark beauty and they have a child, his Little Zonbi, who means everything to him. Now that his priorities have shifted, Chase strives for normalcy. But it isn’t easy for a spy to escape his past.
“We feel tremendously lucky to have signed Cole Alpaugh as an author when he was just getting started,” said Catherine Treadgold, Publisher of Coffeetown Press and Camel Press. “They say ‘Write what you know’ or risk sounding inauthentic, but Cole writes about all sorts of crazy stuff and makes it work. He manages to make a circus bear, a shark god, and a crazy dictator seem like beings we’d like to sit down and have coffee with. His novels have just the right mix of pathos and humor, reality and absurdity. I can’t wait to see what he’ll come up with next.”
“Zonbi was a fun book to pull together,” said Alpaugh, who lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter. “I’m lucky to have an editor who has believed in my stories and made such a commitment. I tend to stretch the boundaries here and there.”
Alpaugh’s next novel is scheduled for release by Seattle’s Coffeetown Press in April 2015.
ForeWord Reviews is distributed quarterly to 7500 librarians and booksellers and is also available at most Barnes & Noble newsstands and by subscription. Its annual book-of-the-year competition offers 180 awards in 60 different genres, along with $1500 prizes to the best fiction and nonfiction titles. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m.
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