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Doyle E. Duke

Doyle DukeHusband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather; photographer, writer, liberal, non-theist, environmentalist, retired.

Mr. Duke spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as a photographer’s mate. He attended three photographic schools, was designated a motion picture photographer, and rose to the rank of First Class before deciding not to make the Navy a lifetime career.

In the civilian world his two major employers were the Chattanooga Times Newspaper, from 1968 to 1971, where he was employed as a staff photographer; and Hinkle’s Commercial Photographics, 1971-2000. He attended Chattanooga Technical Community College, in Chattanooga, TN, and Cleveland State Community College, in Cleveland, TN.

Mr. Duke has great concerns for social issues and how they might affect our environment and the future of our planet. Many of these concerns find their way into his writings.

Mr. Duke is retired and lives with his wife in Union Grove, Al.

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The Amazing Deception (Non-Fiction)

the amazing deception, doyle dukeThe Amazing Deception is a history of Christianity that kicks the foundation stones from underneath the generally accepted view of that religion. It reveals the inception of Christianity and follows its development into the Orthodox Church, its growth, and transformation to Catholicism. It describes that organization’s corrupt reign through the Dark Ages and into the Reformation.

Using the Jews fanaticism for the proper observance of their Law as a key, it reveals a different picture of Jesus, his teachings, and his agenda. That same key, in connection with Paul’s writings, helps cull the Christian interpolations from the New Testament scriptures to expose an extraordinary story of the birth of a new religion, not the propagation of one introduced by Jesus.

The Amazing Deception shows clearly and unequivocally that Paul was the creator of Christianity and was in direct opposition to the Apostles and their teachings. This new religion, by its very precepts, was at enmity with Judaism and the Mosaic Law. Because it attacked the Law, the very building block of Judaism, it presented an even greater threat to that religion than Hellenism or the Roman invaders.

The Amazing Deception picks up Paul’s religion as it emerges from the destruction of the Jewish war and follows it through its struggle to become the dominant Christian church, or the Orthodox Church. Almost immediately it assumed the title of Universal, or Catholic Church. By the early fourth century it had crawled into bed with Christianity’s first satanic empire, Rome, and thereby became (by Christians’ own description) the mother of harlots. From that point, the Church truly appears to have been the bride of Satan rather than Christ. Seemingly, every decision she made, every action she instigated was designed to destroy both body and soul of mankind. She destroyed all knowledge save that of her beliefs, enslaved men’s minds and exterminated those who resisted. As her rule spread throughout the world she grew rich from the labor and blood of those nations and peoples who fell to the armies of her cohorts. For over a thousand dark years she corrupted, rather than enlightened. At last, with the renaissance of the fourteenth century knowledge and reason gradually gave mankind the courage and ability to resist. The Reformation of the sixteenth century broke her hold and eventually led to the enlightenment of the eighteenth century and the freedom we now enjoy.

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Extended Vacation (Drama/Light Comedy)

extended vacation, doyle dukeExtended Vacation is a story of rage, bigotry, fear, suffering, perseverance, secrets, and a friendship that is tested to the limits.

Sam Henson is a bitter, cantankerous, old redneck whose world is a prison of depression and anger. It was not always so. Once, he had the love and adoration of his wife, Martha, and children. Now, his wife has deserted him. His daughter, Karen, who provides his home healthcare, is stealing his money, and his son, Tom, is gay. Sam’s health is bad and he’s terrified of dying—the means, not the final results. The thought of being bed-ridden and completely dependent upon his daughter is more frightening than the images he conjures up of an extended and painful death.

After a terrific argument with Karen, he determines to take an extended vacation. He liquidates his savings, puts his house on the market, loads his RV, and heads from Macon, Georgia to Alaska. His plan is simple, along the way; he’ll spend all his money and shoot himself upon arrival.

At a truck stop, he meets Terri Warner, an eighteen year old, black, road whore running from her own demons. They come together like milk and beer—splashing at each encounter, but unable to mix. Terri is adept at spinning self-serving lies and Sam’s bigotry works like a poker in hot coals. Even so, she reminds Sam of the daughter he loved, and he begins wondering about Terri’s past. In his loneliness, Sam reveals bits and pieces of his story, and Terri learns of his family, the reason for the trip, and its intended ending. But it’s the dark secret Terri hides that shatters their world and forces them along a path of friendship and devotion neither desires.

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Line of Ascent (Paranormal/Supernatural)

line of ascent, doyle dukeLife is good for Tom Bluford until he and his family attend a church convention in Denver, Colorado, and visit the old mining town of Leadville. There, his path crosses that of an unknown spirit.

Back home, in Rossville, Georgia, he begins to experience strange dreams and visions that disrupt his family and cast doubts upon his faith. Tom’s strong Christian beliefs would never admit to the existence of ghosts, ogres, or vampires. On the other hand, for him, Satan is a very real entity. Inexorably, he is drawn back to Leadville and his meeting with the persecuting spirit that threatens his soul. When he begins to research his line of descent in an effort to confront the demon, it never occurs to him that a line runs in both directions. He has no idea that someone, or something, is running a line of ascent. As he traces his ancestry and learns the identity of the demon, he is drawn helplessly from the comforts of his twentieth century home into the last hellish days of the Confederacy. He experiences the defeat, misery, and desperation of a depraved deserter on the run. From a ravaged Southland, west, to the gold fields of Colorado, Tom unravels his genealogy as no one else ever has—by experience. The two antagonist rush toward a confrontation—a confrontation that promises to end in either the culmination of Tom’s dreams or the damnation of his soul.

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Adult Bible Stories (Non-Fiction/Religion)

adult bible stories, doyle dukeChildren’s Bible story books abound. It’s hard to imagine any child growing up in the U.S. without being familiar with them. Many of those children become Christians whose knowledge never extends past those children’s stores. Few ever understand that their faith is based upon Adult Bible stores that horrify most knowledgeable and unbiased parents.

The Bible is filled with stories just as outrageous and ridiculous as those silly tales found in children’s books of the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and, of course, Ole Saint Nick. Stories the kids really believe, right! Have you ever wondered at the difference between those children’s tales and Bible stories? Let’s face it; both children and Christians are equally gullible in their willingness to believe. And many of those children stories are rooted in Christian doctrines, such as St. Nick and Xmas angels. So, what’s the difference? Kids question as they grow and learn, and at some point it becomes impossible to believe in Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. Christians, on the other hand, have a magic wand that creates miracles and brings the impossible to reality—faith.

Those Bible stories are filled with tales just as outrageous and ridiculous as those silly fairy tales found in children’s books: the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and, of course, Ole Saint Nick. Stories the kids really believe, right! Have you ever wondered at the difference between those children’s tales and Bible stories? Let’s face it; both children and Christians are equally gullible in their willingness to believe. And many of those children stories are rooted in Christian doctrines, such as St. Nick and Xmas angels. So, what’s the difference? Kids question as they grow and learn, and at some point it becomes impossible to believe in Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. Christians, on the other hand, have a magic wand that creates miracles and brings the impossible to reality—faith.

Let’s take a real critical, and satirical, look at some of those true Bible stories. As we do so, if you’re a Christian, perhaps you can remember when you were young, and recall the adrenaline rush that surged through your body as you ran about the yard in your new Easter outfit searching for that prize bunny egg. Or the joy and excitement of jumping out of bed on Christmas morning. No doubt you can also recall the shock and disappointment when your older cousin told you the truth about Santa Claus—a truly sad and devastating event. You were probably hurt and angry at your parents, just a little—right? But you grew up and now, looking back, it’s a bit comical—right? Christians, it’s time to do a little more growing.

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In Search of Camelot (Fantasy)

in search of camelot, doyle dukeThe apocalypse plunged the world into an era of darkness, ignorance, and evil; for over 130 years survival has been the only law. But a myth has arisen; a myth of a magical kingdom that will open the door to enlightenment—or another upheaval of war and chaos. 

Brad Sellers is a young man forced from an illiterate, controlling, religious community into the search for a fabled land confused with the ancient, mythical kingdom of Camelot. Fleeing from raiders and struggling against the elements of a brutal land, he and his uncle’s family brave the perils of a two thousand mile exodus beyond the great western mountains. Along the way Brad finds love with a beautiful young woman. He faces adversities that test his rite of passage to manhood, forges friendships, and opens doors of understanding sealed and forbidden in his homeland. With understanding comes another search, one that asks questions about the past and opens the future. Who built the crumbling but once mighty cities? Who were the ancient ones? What happened to their civilization? Why are there different stories? He believes Camelot holds the truth. His father told him: find Camelot and you’ll find the answers to all the questions we can’t ask here.

Fables draw Brad toward Camelot. Yet, before he reaches his goal, rust spots appear on the knights’ armor and cracks weaken the towers. Yes, people have heard of the wonderland; some have even visited it. They confirm the stories of electricity, automobiles, and skyscrapers, but they also speak of other things, troubling practices that one would never expect in a utopian paradise. Drawn inexorably, Brad crosses the mountains and enters the fabled land, not knowing that he is to become a key player in the future of a nation.

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