James Osborne is the author of Amazon #1 bestseller THE ULTIMATE THREAT, a thriller based on the devastation created by ISIS in the Middle East and Europe.
His latest novel, SECRET SHEPHERD, offers a sharp contrast. It has been described as a mystery with heart. One noted New York editor, Lois W. Stern, called it as “a magnificent story of love and hope prevailing in a world under siege.” The novel is the second book in a planned trilogy named after his award-winning novel, THE MAIDSTONE CONSPIRACY.
Osborne has also written more than 120 short stories, some appearing in his award-winning short story collection, ENCOUNTERS WITH LIFE, as well as in dozens of anthologies and literary journals. Samples of his work can be found on his Amazon author’s page: www.amazon.com/author/jamesosborne and his Goodreads Authors Page: https://www.goodreads.com/JamesOsborne.
Osborne’s varied career includes investigative journalist, college teacher, army officer, vice-president of a Fortune 500 company, business owner, and writer.
Two novice sailors set out on an idyllic weekend cruise in their big new boat. Before it was over, they were confronted by a gun-toting wild man... and fought a raging thunderstorm that threatened their boat and their lives.
Two adventurous seniors set off to explore new cycling experiences. What they come up with takes then down a totally unexpected path and into an unnerving adventure.
“In an instant, he went from being a confirmed bachelor to being helplessly love sick; still she kept refusing his every effort to get a date. And then, suddenly that all changed.”
1. Dragonflies and The Great Blue HeronYou decide... Before his wife died of cancer she made him promise to find another. And when he did finally fulfill that promise, could it be this newfound love was championed from the other side? They think so.2. Boat Rides and BearskinsTwo novice sailors set out on an idyllic weekend cruise in their big new boat. Before it was over, they were confronted by a gun-toting wild man... and fought a raging thunderstorm that threatened their boat and their lives.3. The Deer FinderA boy faces an unexpected coming of age when he is forced to choose between killing for food and honoring his respect for Nature.4. The IglooAny miscalculation in the High Arctic wilderness can be fatal. Two city-raised men are caught unexpectedly and unprepared at 30 below zero in a raging Arctic snowstorm.5. Making LemonadeAll that four-year-old Denise wanted to do was help her grandpa make his famous lemonade. Turns out, he would have liked it much better if she’d not helped him quite so much.6. Perilous WatersWhen living in the wilderness, water comes in all forms... most of these friendly and nurturing... but sometimes water has the power to be deadly and to produce some very, very funny experiences.7. Terry’s StoryLike Romeo and Juliette, two teenaged lovers were forced apart by their parents. They lived parallel lives, married others, raised separate families and pursued careers... and then fate prescribed a course of action neither was expecting.8. Comin’ Down The MountainTwo adventurous seniors set off to explore new cycling experiences. What they come up with takes then down a totally unexpected path and into an unnerving adventure.9. Grandpas are Antique BoysMany grandpas don’t give up easily on memories of having been mischievous boys once upon a time. One grandpa took that memory to heart when he decided to mix it up over lunch with his grandsons... with entertaining results.10. How to Shrink Wrap A CottagePractical jokes come in all shapes and sizes. But when a group conspires to pull a really big practical joke on their friend, the acknowledged King of Practical Jokes... well, sometimes things can go wrong!11. Finding PlatoThe age of computers and Plato may have been separated by more than two millennia, but the operator of one becomes dependent upon a devotee of the other in a most unlikely and amusing way.12. The Darrin ChroniclesWhen toddler Darrin decides his grandfather needs the benefit of his help with a home reno project, Grandpa willingly gives Darrin lessons on construction... but ends up getting a few lessons about himself, in this hilarious tale of two generations.13. Mrs. GeorgeAn eccentric 80-year-old with an intriguing past and a bizarre present becomes a vigilant cupid in a story that will warm your heart.14. Skydiving The Bucket ListA woman born with a fear of heights joins her father in their first parachute jump together. Now, you can experience their frightening descent from 10,000 feet second-by-second as their bodies hurtle downward toward earth at 124 miles an hour... that’s terminal velocity.15. Getting RowdyKeith was just as strong-minded as the pet that he didn’t ask for... or even want... until his rambunctious bovid companion went missing one afternoon.16. Healing Energy – A True StoryThe power of the mind and the power of the unknown combine in this deeply touching story of a little boy’s faith in his grandmother and his unconditional love for his distressed mother. Keep a tissue handy.17. Sleeping OverThe pitfalls of learning a new language become abundantly clear when a mischievous young boy pulls an embarrassing trick on his overnight guest.18. Anchors AwayAll lessons about boating are costly, some more so than others... and a few can be downright hilarious. This was both.And other stories.
When living in the wilderness, water comes in all forms... most of these friendly and nurturing... but sometimes water has the power to be deadly and to produce some very, very funny experiences.
A boy faces an unexpected coming of age when he is forced to choose between killing for food and honoring his respect for Nature.
The Maidstone ConspiracyPaul and Anne Winston are caught up in a storybook romance ... until they face death by an unknown killer and are caught in a vicious battle to hold onto the massive business empire they're creating.The Maidstone Conspiracy is a gripping murder mystery artfully blended with a tantalizing love story. Get set for an action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns, unexpected betrayals and enticing international intrigue ... leading to a surprise ending.
They’d put up with the Halloween hijinks for too long. People in the remote farm community were ready to strike back. Two of them put a permanent end to the vexing problem.
A single act of kindness plunges Paul and Anne Winston into jeopardy. After rescuing a gifted youth from an international drug cartel, the gang retaliates by offering huge rewards for the murders of the young philanthropists and their two small children.And that’s just the start of their troubles—Paul has discovered the drug boss is having an affair with Anne’s mother. Then things get even worse… police forbid him from telling newly pregnant Anne about it, forcing Paul to break a solemn vow.