Novels by Ernest Francis Schanilec
I have written twelve novels and they are all available for purchase. There are nine mystery-suspense books and three historical-fiction. They are all called Hastings Novels because of a family which originated at the beginning of the Civil War in Missouri. This family migrates through the war and further history, including the First World War and Second World War.
Tom Hastings is the main character in the nine mystery novels, and he is a descendant of the Hastings family who was caught up in the Civil War. I am pleased to announce that all my novels have above-average print, and that they all are free of nasty language. I always enjoy hearing from new readers.
The three historical novels: Gray Riders; Gray Riders II and War & Beyond are flashbacks to Tom Hastings’s family during the Civil War and beyond. They can be read independently. I recommend that Gray Riders be read before Gray Riders II.
The Hastings novels are all listed below:
Hastings’s vacation on a Gulf Coast island in Florida is interrupted by a hostile search for a priceless gem. A Saudi Prince, and Atlanta criminal and the FBI are in hot pursuit.
Tom Hastings takes on a serial killer in a Minneapolis apartment high-rise near Lake Calhoun. His friend Julie and other residents struggle to survive.
Danger in the Keys...$12.95
The dark cloud that followed Tom Hastings from central Minnesota to Minneapolis clings to him like jam does to bread during a vacation trip to Florida. He is trapped in the midst of a circle of greedy people who stop at nothing, including murder, to gain possession of a rare, priceless gem.
Back home, Hastings creates another mystery after seeing someone jump from a pickup truck just before being hit by a train, killing a well-to-do elderly local farmer. The victim’s daughter drags him into the investigation.
The sons of several ranchers located in western Missouri during the Civil War become known as the Gray Riders. They protect the residents from local marauders and Union attackers. Grady Hastings becomes their leader.
A six-year old girl’s mother is assaulted by six men. May years later, after her mother’s death, she moves back to Minnesota and takes the law into her own hands.
Night out in Fargo...$14.95
A senator’s nephew rides to a fiery death and thus begins a series of hostile actions in the Borders Lake area of Minnesota and the cities of Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota.
Gray Riders II...$14.95
The Gray Riders survive the Civil War. They return to ranching and defending their homes. US Marshalls, stagecoaches and the James-Younger gang become prominent. The Hastings family migrates to Minnesota.
A man with a deranged mind punishes ice-fisherman for fishing on Sundays in the winter months in the state of Minnesota. A mass number of cigarette thefts in nearby small towns complicates the police investigation.
Rio Grande Identity...$14.95
Tom Hastings takes his new friend Samantha to Texas for the winter. She invests in a scam. Can Hastings recover her loss?
War & Beyond...$16.95
This is a sequel to Gray Riders II. The Hastings family has moved to Minnesota and get caught up in World War I, prohibition, Stock Market crash, depression and World War II. Tom Hastings makes his first appearance as a member of the family.
Tom Hastings and Samantha visit his Great-Grandfathers farm and town in Missouri. Shockingly they discover that the ghastly family that tormented the local ranchers during Civil War days and afterwards, still exist.