An Excerpt From “Wolf”

The following is  a passage from “Wolf,” one of my favorite books.  It might be a little bit of a spoiler, but if you don’t plan on reading the book, it won’t hurt to read the passage.  On the other hand, you just might want to read the book after reading the passage.

Just to set the stage a little, Darrel is the villain and is trying to force Gail to marry him.   As the passage opens, they are both armed, but Gail does not have her gun out.  She is on a ridge overlooking a travel trailer.


I need to give it just a little longer.  Maybe they’ll give up and I can get the GPS.  Gail lowered herself to a prone position so that she could just see the rangers.  I’ll wait fifteen minutes, not a minute more.  Then I’ll go.  Then she thought about the wolves.  We’ll go.  If nothing else, we can make it to the road.

After ten minutes she heard a familiar voice behind her.  “I always did like your looks.  It is particularly nice from this point of view.”

Gail knew Darrel had been there at least five minutes.  It was the sort of thing he did.  It made her feel even worse than being found.  Darrel said, “Just so you’ll know, I have a big handgun pointed at you.  You try any tricks and I’ll use it.”

“You would shoot me?” she called back over her shoulder.

“At one time, I wouldn’t have, but you’ve picked up some bad habits.  Now stand slowly.”

Once she was standing, she got an idea, but before she could do anything, Darrel said, “You need to get rid of that mean little weapon you have.  My shoulder is still sore from the last time.”

“I would hope you’ll let me get my purse.  It’s just inside the trailer.”  If I can just press the button for the horn.

“Not that you need it, one of the rangers can get it for you.  I don’t think I want you inside that trailer for a second.”

So much for that idea, thought Gail.  Then she yelled as loud as she could, “Wolf!  Wolf!”

Darrel laughed hard.  “Do you really think I’m going to fall for that trick?  That one is older than my grandma.”

He paused.  “Just the same, I think you need to stay quiet.  If you….”

He never finished the threat.  He felt a tremendous shove on his back almost giving him whiplash as he fell forward.  Gail turned and saw Wolf on Darrel’s back.  She was snarling at him and bearing her teeth.

Gail cautiously pulled the gun out and she moved up next to Darrel.  Softly she spoke, “It’s alright now, Wolf.  I have him.”

Wolf continued to growl, and it was clear she meant it.  “Wolf!  It’s okay!  Get off of him.”

Though Wolf got off the man, she remained vigilant.  Gail said, “If I were you, I’d not make any fast moves.  You try something and I might not be able to control her next time.”  She paused slightly.  “By the way, her name is Wolf.  I wasn’t warning you.  I was calling her.”


By the way, if you liked the passage, you will definitely want to know what happens after.   If you should decide you want a copy of this book, or if you would just like to browse the other thirty-five titles, please visit my author’s page at:

Also, you can simply log onto and lookup my name, Ben Rhodes.  Most of the books you will see there are by me.  You will kindly disregard the others.  They don’t belong there anyway.  Besides, you wouldn’t like the others, even if they have nicer covers or catchy names.



A Word in Favor of Amazon Paperbacks

When I finally figured out how to get my books on paperback, I have been busy reformatting them and getting them set up.

I must admit I was very surprised by the quality of the books.  The covers are nice and the paper is good quality, not newsprint.  The binding is almost as good as a hardcover.  As near as I can tell, with proper care the books ought to last a very long time.

So, for those that prefer reading on paper, you might want to consider ordering Amazon printed books.  I suspect that they are slightly more expensive, but the quality more than makes up for it.

I would suggest this, even if you chose to read books by some other author.  You would do well to order at least one, just to see what I mean.

Now I must get back to getting my next one ready for the press.  Of the thirty-five books I’ve written, I am not yet half done.

Just in case you would like to see the books I’ve written, just put this URL in your browser.  My books are not perfect or believable, but they are fun and maybe a little thought provoking.

Why I Write

It just might be a little bit of irony that I don’t enjoy reading that much.  Although I have never been diagnosed as dyslexic, I have many of the symptoms, and then some.  I read slowly and it is mildly difficult for me.  My spelling is horrible.

When I write, I have a tendency to use 10 words where 6 will work better.  Moreover, I frequently repeat phrases.  One mistake I have to watch for is redundancy.  That is to say, I might use “also” at the beginning of a sentence and “too” at the end.

While proof reading, I once found a sentence that was worded so badly that I couldn’t understand it.  It took me an hour to patch around it.  To this day, I can’t remember what I wanted to say, just that it was important.

I have no idea why but I have a tendency to use “there” when I mean “their.”  I really do know the difference.  Homonyms really cause me no end of grief.  I think I am getting worse.  I never used to have problems with gender, but the last few years, would you believe.  I was proof reading “The Coincidence Theory,” again.  I was sure it was perfect.  After all, I had proof read it 7 or 8 times before.

Then, to my embarrassment, there it was.  Just after the second chapter.  I am sure it would cause confusion to the most liberal reader.  Well, that has just been added to my things to do.  I will correct the mistake.  What concerns me, is how many more mistakes elude me.


Because I read so slowly, I generally prefer to watch a good movie or TV show.  Nowadays, both have gotten rare.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone to a theater.  I used to go at least once a month.  My TV stays on the news most of the time.  About the only station turning out good movies are the Hallmark channels.

The so-called comedy channels make fun of those things that I hold precious to me, such as family life, parenthood, and Christianity.  You know, it’s all the things that made this nation different and great.

It would seem that they have done wonders in the technical aspects of productions and dove into the gutter in matters of subject and language.  Oddly, most in the industry consider these great advances.  The shock factor is the substitute for quality.  I do have one question.  If it is all so much better, why is everyone staying home and finding other things to do?


When I first left the Marines, we didn’t have a TV.  We also had two boys, 6 and 2.  It seemed a small disaster.  We bought second hand books and lay on the floor as we read.  (No furniture)  I generally read about three books every two days.  In my first eight months as a civilian, I read more books than all the years before or since.

As with reading, I have found it difficult to write.  As mentioned, I am prone to errors.  Without a good word processor, it would be unthinkable.  (Some might think it unthinkable anyway.)  At any rate, in spite of the difficulty, I found out I enjoy writing.  In spite of the hours of proof reading required, I still have a feeling of accomplishment.  Though I don’t have any million sellers, I do appreciate every person who has taken the time to read my stories.

I know that there are those who dislike the stories.  However, there are those who enjoy them.  Even a couple of doctors have read and like them.  I guess those with English majors won’t like them.  I don’t know.  So far I don’t know any that have read them.


One of my endeavors is to provide a few books for people to read that are not filled with filthy language.  When I bought my Kindle, one thing I noticed is that the vast majority of books available are horrible because of the language.  When I was in the Marines, I had to put up with that stuff.  Not now.  Generally, when I decide to buy a book, I will go through dozens before I find one worth reading.  If you don’t like books without any of that, I can guarantee you won’t like any of mine.

As I said, my books are not million sellers, but you can assume that there is no vulgar or even questionable language in any of my books.  Moreover, what little violence is in my stories is essential to the plot.  Moreover, my books encourage good moral behavior.  Indeed, a few encourage Christian beliefs.


…and so I write.  No longer for the masses, but for myself.  If a few join me in my imaginary journeys, all the better.  If I can encourage one or two to make the right decisions, far better yet.

If any find mistakes in my books, feel free to write me at  All I ask is that you remain relatively civil and keep the language clean.  If you don’t remain within these broad requirements, you will waste your time to write.  I will delete your message unread.

Your words of corrections are very valuable to me.  I have found that editing a book can cost over eight-thousand dollars.  I did that once.  I can’t afford to do that with 35 books.  In fact, I can’t afford to do that even one more time.  I am retired and I live on Social Security.  …and thanks to Obama, half of that goes to my wife’s health insurance.