The Grego Chronicles Book I
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by Scott Winfield
Category: Dark Fantasy/Mystery/Crime
Description: Michael and Hank Olson continue to work together to make Palm Cove Island, a serene and safe place to live for all the citizens of Palm Cove. While working on a case, they find a helpless child in desperate need of their help. Victoria Phillips, a six-year-old girl, is living in a home of deception. With her parent's criminal activity, Victoria is raped by her father countless times. Gary and Yolanda Phillips concoct an elaborate deception to cover up them selling her as slave to a child porn ring. They call for assistance but Michael and Hank see right through their deception. After putting them behind bars, Ted Parker, the judge and mayor of Palm Cove Island, strips Gary and Yolanda of their parental rights and allows Michael and Hank to adopt Victoria and raise her as their own child. Michael and Hank are continuously faced putting hardened criminals behind bars. While going back home, Michael is faced with a life changing dilemma. While assisting the local police department, Michael is brutally injured and facing death. Jason Grego, Michael's father, heals him but informs him that he will become immortal. Being afraid of losing Michael, Linda decides to become immortal. In doing this, they are empowered to work harder to rid Palm Cove Island of all the corruption and deception that currently exists. Making every effort to fulfill his obligation to the Island of Palm Cove, Michael is faced with putting these skills to work. Jason Grego has bestowed all the powers of time travel to son to carry on the Grego legacy but Michael decides to use logic before using the special gift?.
eBook Publisher: Club Lighthouse Publishing USA LLC/Club Lighthouse Publishing, 2009 2009
eBookwise Release Date: December 2009
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [378 KB]
Reading time: 256-359 min.
GETTING UP EARLY IN the morning was one of my passions. Like a spring-loaded jumping board, I woke up at 5am. Linda, looking peaceful as ever, still laid there sleeping. With love and devotion in my heart, I left her note while eating a bowl of my favourite cereal. Filled with a tremendous amount of energy, I burst out the door, got in the car and sped off. While driving into town something caught my eye at the side of the road. Stopping the car, filled with curiosity, I pulled over and stopped. Lying on the ground, I found an old helmet that belonged to a foot soldier. What did this mean? Why was it lying here for me to find? Weirdly, everything around me began to spin.
Before I knew it everything stopped, but I was in a different location. Where was I? What brought me here? Ironically, I was standing right in front of a huge wall with thousands of names engraved on it. It was all of the Vietnam veterans who died while in action. I felt a big lump forming in my throat. Suddenly, the wall seemed to be clear in appearance. A soldier who appeared to be a mirror image to my reflection appeared on the other side of it. In amazement, I put my hand to the wall. The soldier in the reflection put his hand out to me. With tears in his eyes, we stared at each other for the space of ten seconds. His lips kept saying the following words:
"Please help me and release me from this world."
I looked very deeply into the man's eyes and could see much sorrow in his eyes. Using the situation to my advantage, I quickly looked at the soldier's nametag. His name would probably be permanently engraved in the windows of my mind. Then the soldier spoke,
"My name is Private Decker; I have been assigned to Bravo Company."
In a blink of an eye, I was back at my car and the vision ended. What does this mean to me? Does this helmet belong to him? Questions filled my mind as I took this helmet and got in the car and drove to my office with a feeling of bewilderment. While opening the door to my office, Hank Olson patted me on the back.
"How is it going?"
"Just fine and how are you?"
"What can I help you with Hank?" I asked.
"I was sent here to collect the rest of the evidence for our last case."
"Ok, go ahead and have a seat. I'll open the small vault and give you what I have."
I got into the vault and gave Hank the rest of the evidence. He quickly left and I remained inside of my office pondering on what happened. What did the soldier mean by saying?
"Please help me, and release me from this world?"
These thoughts ran with my mind like water rushing over a waterfall.
These thoughts plagued my mind until I picked up a newspaper to break my concentration. On the front page, there was a story that caught my eye. It stated that Harold Decker had just released from the state hospital. It appeared that the man suffered from 'flashbacks' caused by the Vietnam conflict. It appeared that Palm Cove Island had put him in the mental hospital, as I would soon learn when I turned the television on to watch the Palm Cove Morning News. In my mind, many questions surfaced regarding this mysterious soldier.
"Harold Decker, Vietnam War Hero has just been released from Palm Cove State Hospital for the Mentally Ill. According to reliable sources this man is dangerous and all residents of Palm Cove Island should be on the guard until he proves himself worthy to be a citizen of our island once more."
I knew that the first move was to look on the police computer to see if anything on there could help me on this case. The man had a spotless record except for one part of the file that was sealed. Ted Parker was the only person that could unseal any records. It was time for me to give him a call. With an investigative thought in my mind, I picked up the phone and called Ted.
"Hello, Parker estate, can I help you?" Ted asked.
"It's Michael, Ted."
"How can I help you?" He asked.
"What can you tell me about Harold Decker?"
"Hold on, let me go in my study to have some more privacy."
"Why was part of his record sealed and why has he been released?" I asked.
"Many years ago his family was executed right in front of him."
"How were they executed?" I asked.
"They were dismembered." Ted said with a tone of shock and concern in his voice
"After this happened, he went to Vietnam and came back a hero, however, he suffered some deep mental scars. He was not able to function on the island. He built a fortress called Devil's Kitchen. He built booby traps and made it appear like it was Vietnam once again."
"That still doesn't tell me why he was committed to the hospital."
"You must keep this information confidential." Ted said.
"You know that you can trust me."
"He killed a whole family and pleaded innocent due to mental insanity."
"How did he kill them?"
"The same way that his family was killed, they were all dismembered. The verdict ruled innocent; however, I placed him in the mental hospital to go through intense assessment and tests. He served his time there and convinced the doctors that he is well and now he's a free man."
"Isn't this a gross injustice?"
Yes, but that's the way it is."
"Do you think that he'll kill again?" I asked.
"That is a hard question to answer. It could be a strong possibility Michael."
"Where is Devil's Kitchen?"
"It's at the very north end of island but I must caution you, he has it under lock and key."
"I am going to keep an eye on him."
"That is a good idea, however, please be really careful I feel that he belongs in the hospital for the rest of his life."
"That will be no problem. I'm going to go undercover and become friends with him."
"I want you to keep in close contact with me." Ted said with a high-pitched tone of concern in his voice.
"Come to the estate and I'll give you some weapons and surveillance equipment."
"No problem, I'll be right over."
I left the office and headed over to Ted's place. Time went by very quickly. Ted greeted me in the driveway.
"Let's go to the shed." He said. I am really nervous about you doing this." He added nervously.
"Why is that Ted?"
"There are many rumours about Devil's Kitchen."
"What kind of rumours?"
"It has been said that he practices witchcraft. Also, there are bodies hidden there somewhere."
"That gives me even more reasons to go there."
Ted handed me some tape recorders and a watch.
"That wrist watch has a hidden microphone. When you press the red button on the right side, it will alert the department and give you backup any time you need it."
"Who will be monitoring me?"
Hank Olson will be monitoring you."
"Why are you using him?"
"He is one person in the department that I can trust. Hank will keep this issue under wraps until you find more evidence to get him back in the hands of the right people."
After receiving all the equipment from Ted, I went in and said hello to my mother-in-law. Ted grabbed my shoulder and handed me a piece of paper.
"What is this?"
"You will need a search warrant won't you?"
"Yes, thanks Ted."
"Don't mention it, please be careful. I will be close to the phone when you need to call me." He said