Excerpt from my novel Future Past Present

Are you looking to buy a book as a holiday gift for an adult or teen? Please consider my new novel, Future Past Present, rated 4.5/5 on Amazon.

The story can be read on multiple levels including interesting scientific and medical information, a time travel narrative, a mystery about an enigmatic strange patient, multiple individual and collective paranormal events that may or may not be related, struggles with faith, religion and beliefs, and discovery of a new reality. It is also a love story and a fellowship-of-friends story that binds everyone together in an intricate web. Last of all, it is a new Christmas story. Happy Holidays!

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 50:

“Orion and his dogs, shimmer in the cold black New England sky. In the crystal air, the blood-red Betelgeuse, the sapphire-blue Rigel and the incandescent white Sirius are brilliant jewels. The Pleiades hang high in the sky like fireflies caught in a glowing gossamer web. A bright meteor streaks toward Earth as the great winter stars beam down their long-traveled lights. The brilliant sky of stars overwhelms the landscape as if the gods are gazing down from the heavens at the earth below.

As the moon slowly emerges above the eastern horizon, a magical transformation begins unfolding. A thin layer of new fallen snow covers the rooftops and withered grass, and the flocked fir trees seem to be images from a sentimental Christmas card from a bygone era. The moonlight pierces the darkness and glares its reflection from the icy snowflakes as the scene is slowly filled with a soft white glow.

The first breaths of a baby’s cry cut through the silence, objecting to the cold air filling his lungs and the rough fabric against his skin. Silence once again returns as his mother caresses him and draws him to her breast. The child is born.

As the moon rises higher in the sky, a small group of lights move through the stars from the east across the river and the farmlands toward the meager house at the edge of town. The lights do not go unnoticed. Several farmers, who are caring for their livestock tonight see the lights, stop their work and watch the colorful spectacle move across the sky. They look at each other and know that something remarkable is happening that they must observe. They secure the gate and get into their truck looking toward the direction the lights are drifting.

Three young boys bundled in thick winter gear stand in a nearby field looking at the stars with binoculars and a small telescope. The Great Nebula in Orion is a beautiful sight and they are observing the tiny cluster of new stars in its center when they hear the baby cry. They have anxiously awaited the baby’s coming since they had seen the young man and his very pregnant wife move into the house about two weeks before. They know in their hearts they must see this wondrous sight. With great excitement they run to the house for they know the baby is there.”

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Walter Holder

Walter D. Holder Jr., M.D., FACS is a semi-retired academic surgical oncologist with decades of patient care experience, medical and surgical teaching, and clinical and basic science research. He loves all things science and has been committed to scientific truth and integrity throughout his life.