When Mr. Burns Dies

When Mr. Burns Dies is the latest release by OffBeat Ink, author Robert Kimbrell
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"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost        always bad men..."                                                     -Lord Acton


I am proud to say When Mr. Burns Dies contains awesome artwork by artist Mollie Moniaci. This "rough sketch" to the left is my off-the-cuff rendering of Alderhaben. Sorry, but you'll have to peek into the eBook or paperback to see the final draft.

An Excerpt from Chapter 5...

 (The setting: Fresh out of college, Edgar is the young man slated to become President of The Faction upon Mr. Burn's death. The two men are sitting in the office and Burns is in the middle of explaining the handlers. The handlers is the small group who will prevent anyone from interfering with the plan.)

 

"As of right now, we have a total of five handlers.”

 

“Only five, Sir?”

 

“Five what we call, 'Normals.' When you consider each of them is as talented as Zin, five is enough, but we still want Zin.”

 

Burns wondered, as he rose from his chair, if Edgar could hear the ancient-sounding creaks from his bones and joints. While stepping toward the window, he took a long puff from his cigar without realizing the fire had long ago gone out. This time he pinched the cigar between his thumb and index finger and took it out of his mouth.

 

“Edgar, this next part of the handler's equation you will have to see to truly believe. You'll question, but what I am about to tell you is completely true. The committee knew from its inception we needed an ace in the hole, powers beyond what the handlers called the Normals could provide. We needed something or someone who would be able to overcome anything done to, as you put it, dismantle our movement. As it turned out, we found a few of those aces to add to the army of handlers.”

 

“Beyond what the Normals could provide? Sir, are you talking about some kind of superhuman? A superhuman made possible by drugs or hypnotism or something?”

 

When Burns turned to go back to his chair, he swayed to the left. Trying to control his dizziness, he literally fell into his seat.

 

“Sir, what can I do?”

 

“I'm sorry Edgar. This is embarrassing. Give me a few moments.”

 

The black desktop phone on his desk looked to Edgar to be one from the sixties. It had a dial instead of buttons, and a pigtail line that went from the receiver to the wall. Edgar considered that maybe when the train stopped, it was manually connected to an actual outside line; or maybe it was used for communicating in the train only.

 

When I take over, the smell of ashes will be the first thing to go Edgar thought to himself. His choice of aromas would be buttercream; the comforting scent his mother burned from her own custom-made candles at home.

 

“I apologize, Edgar.”

 

“It's alright.”

 

Mr. Burns took a deep breath through his nose then slowly out his mouth. “If it's not a seizure it's a damn dizzy spell. It's embarrassing.” Burns paused a few more seconds to calculate whether or not his spell was over. “So if we can find Zin, we'll have six normals. Now comes the part I still find hard to comprehend once in awhile myself. The handful of Paranormals.”

 

“Paranormals?”

 

 “Far-fetched sounding I know. Let me fully explain."


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On April 26th, 2017...

This page was a stop on the Rave Reviews Book Club Springtime Book & Blog Block Party.

 

Thanks to all who visited and commented!

Comments: 39
  • #39

    Suzanne Kelman (Friday, 28 April 2017 22:52)

    Great trailer. Thanks for sharing your writing.

  • #38

    Patricia A. Guthrie (Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:08)

    This book is intriguing. You've set it up for us very well. It will be on my TBR list. I love conspiracies and love paranormals, so I'll be set. :-)
    Hope you're having a great blog tour. Thanks for hosting today.

    Patricia A. Guthrie.

  • #37

    Gracie Bradford (Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:20)

    A midnight stroll at your block party. Like the book trailer.

  • #36

    marjorie hembroff (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:34)

    I liked your post and video. It was creepy but in a good way.

  • #35

    Kim Cox (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:53)

    I love a good conspiracy story and Mr. Burns sounds like a good one. I'll have to add to my list of books to read. I love the cover too.

  • #34

    Rhani D'Chae (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:11)

    I love a good conspiracy story. Thank you for telling us a little bit about Mr. Burns. I hope you're enjoying your day on the tour.

  • #33

    Jerry Marquardt (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 19:16)

    I love a nice book about paranormal conspiracies. I cannot wait to read When Mr. Burns Dies . I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.
    versatileer(at)gmail(dot)com

  • #32

    Linda Mims (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:51)

    These conspiracies are proof that truth is often stranger than fiction! Now please don't prove that the paranormal is truth and we can get by. Nice to meet you, Robert. Enjoy your party. I look forward to reading When Mr. Burns Dies.

  • #31

    Flossie Benton Rogers (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:48)

    As a lover of conspiracy theories, I have now put this on my tbr. I like the name of your press, too! Enjoy your party day!

  • #30

    D.L. Finn (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:20)

    I enjoyed your post and the background conspiracy information! Loved the excerpt and added it to my kindle.

  • #29

    Michael Lynes (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:12)

    Nice story excerpts - thank you for sharing them! Hope your RRBC blog party was a blast - MikeL

  • #28

    F. B. Veneziano (Fran) (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:10)

    The things that go on are frightening, I agree. Your book looks good. Putting it on my TBR list.Great stop today. Thanks.

  • #27

    Natalie Ducey (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:03)

    Great post, Rob! Thanks for sharing your work with us today. Another awesome stop on the tour. Thanks again. Cheers! :)

  • #26

    Gwendolyn Plano (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:02)

    What an intriguing post, Robert! The story and the delivery have caught my attention, and I look forward to reading the book. All the best to you.......

  • #25

    John Howell (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:17)

    Well done, Robert. I like the editor and cover artist thank you. Wishing you the best on your tour today

  • #24

    Jan Sikes (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:09)

    Wow! What an intriguing introduction! I read "The Captains and the Kings" by Taylor Caldwell that was the epitome of the conspiracy theory. I believe the powers that be have no scruples and will do anything to keep their power. I also believe in other worldly beings, so that probably labels me as a kook. :) Happy Party Day!

  • #23

    Miranda L. (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:59)

    Very interesting book, the excerpt is so interesting!

  • #22

    Laurie Finkelstein (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:30)

    You have me on the edge of my seat! Great post. Thank you for your party!

  • #21

    Karen Ingalls (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:12)

    What an interesting premise for the book...conspiracy theories do run rampant throughout history including today. Thank you for hosting the party today and it is great to know more about you.

  • #20

    C. S. Boyack (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:09)

    Love a good conspiracy. Add in a paranormal element and it sounds wonderful.

  • #19

    Susanne Leist (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:55)

    I love conspiracy theories. Brad Meltzer got me hooked on them. A paranormal conspiracy theory? What could be better?

  • #18

    Shirley Harris-Slaughter (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:38)

    Hello Robert, what an interesting blog you have and the topic is equally intriguing. That's all we hear nowadays are conspiracy theories. Its driving our politics. Its only useful if there is some truth to it. I will put your book on my growing list. Thank you for sharing.

  • #17

    Wendy Scott (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:51)

    Hi Robert, I've always been intrigued by conspiracies and mysteries. Best wishes with your book and blog party.

  • #16

    Micki Peluso (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:46)

    Rob, this looks like a great book. I have always believed much of what you wrote and especially believe Kennedy was killed by our own government. I believe is aliens too--doesn't everyone? I really hope to read this book to dd to my already blossoming paranoia . Have a great tour day!!

  • #15

    Lynn Miclea (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:40)

    Great post - very interesting book, I love the excerpt! Glad I stopped by! :)

  • #14

    Michelle Abbott (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:12)

    Good excerpt, Rob. Your book looks like an interesting read.

  • #13

    Larry Landgraf (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:53)

    Hi again, Robert. First off, your book is on its way. For all you blog readers out there, Robert won a copy of one of my books a few days back. See, it pays to comment. Got that in the mail this morning, Robert. I'm back on track visiting blogs now after missing a few yesterday, but now I've caught up on the ones I missed and happy to be visiting yours. Murder, romance, humor . . . and now CONSPIRACY to the list! My TBR is growing daily. So many to pick from. Hope you are having as much fun getting to know your peers as I am, Robert. Great post! Cheers! Party on!

  • #12

    Jan Hawke (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:49)

    Ooooo! This sounds right up my alley, Rob! :-D Have a great party today! :-)

  • #11

    D E Howard (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:39)

    Ohh sounds interesting - you've got a good sounding book there :)

  • #10

    Yvette M Calleiro (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:05)

    I love paranormals. ;-) Conspiracy theories can be so much fun, as long as they are fiction. The real ones are just scary. :-/

  • #9

    Joy Lo-Bamijoko (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:54)

    Hi Robert, I just checked out your book and bought a copy. I hope to read and review it soon. Have a great day. Enjoy your party.

  • #8

    Beem Weeks (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:52)

    A fantastic post, Robert. This really sets up your novel. Wishing you the very best.

  • #7

    Mar (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:34)

    Awesome post, Rob, with some great insight into your book. Thanks for sharing! I hope you enjoy a fabulous party day!!

  • #6

    Maretha Botha (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:27)

    What a nice blog. I like that you gave us a bit of an excerpt of verybelievable dialogue between the characters. All the best for your blog tour today.

  • #5

    Mary Schmidt (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:19)

    What a interesting piece you wrote! Quite different take than the mainstream. Have a great day today!

  • #4

    John Fioravanti (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:47)

    Good excerpt, Rob, your book looks like a fascinating read! I hope you have a great day today on the Block Party!

  • #3

    Harmony Kent (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:19)

    What a lovely post, Robert. It's great to read all about your new book; I love a good conspiracy theory, and this sounds like one for my virtual shelf! Best of luck with everything :)

  • #2

    Lizzie Chantree (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 08:52)

    What an interesting post. It's great to find out what inspired you to write this story. It sounds really gripping! Wishing you a wonderful party today.

  • #1

    Staci Troilo (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 08:51)

    Happy Party Day!

    Piqua? I used to live in Beavercreek. We were practically neighbors!

    Great info about conspiracies, and I enjoyed the excerpt. You really left us hanging with that ending.