The Buffalo Kid

By Réal Laplaine

General fiction | Paperback, eBook


John Ross is a 71 year-old man, the oldest homeless person in all of Buffalo, New York. They call him The Buffalo Kid because he's been on the streets since the day he crashed and burned over thirty years ago when he lost his family and his career. On a cold wintery night, with hunger pangs stabbing at him, John Ross happens on a stranger who gives him a $50 bill. Curious why the man gave him so much money, he follows him and soon discovers that the stranger is from another world and has come to study our world. The alien visitor decides to partner with The Buffalo Kid and includes him in his mission to test us to see if we are ready for the technology they have to offer our culture. The bond they form and the thrill ride which John Ross finds himself on, sends him along a road filled with surprises, corruption and crime - and in the end, the greatest surprise of all - proving that no dream is too great. A heartwarming thrill ride.


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John Ross is a 71 year-old man, the oldest homeless person in all of Buffalo, New York. They call him The Buffalo Kid because he's been on the streets since the day he crashed and burned over thirty years ago when he lost his family and his career. On a cold wintery night, with hunger pangs stabbing at him, John Ross happens on a stranger who gives him a $50 bill. Curious why the man gave him so much money, he follows him and soon discovers that the stranger is from another world and has come to study our world. The alien visitor decides to partner with The Buffalo Kid and includes him in his mission to test us to see if we are ready for the technology they have to offer our culture. The bond they form and the thrill ride which John Ross finds himself on, sends him along a road filled with...


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I write to inspire, to light fires in people, to kick crusty old mediocrity in the head, to help open doors to new worlds, new dimensions, new ideas and ultimately to a better culture and a better world. One where intelligence, creativity and dreams transcend war, hatred and greed. I believe we were meant to aspire to great things - not just to be caretakers for one tiny planet, barely a grain of sand in a universe just waiting to be explored. All but two of my books so far fall into a category called high-concept thrillers. What is that? Definitions vary depending on who you ask, but in my view of it, since I write in that world, the high-concept thriller covers many sub-genres of thrillers, such as crime, scifi, geopolitical and suspense, all of which I write in, and what makes it a high-concept thriller is the originality and uniqueness of the idea which drives the book from the very outset. Whereas a romance novel is usually predictable, appealing to emotions, sultry love scenes and even betrayal, the high concept thriller presents a unique twist which instantly conceptualize an entirely different platform in the reader's mind. A high-concept romance, if there is such a thing, would see the man falling in love with, let's say, a woman from another dimension - thus converting it from the norm to the unusual. Such novels as Angels and Demons (Dan Brown), or The Martian (Andy Weir) might be seen as high-concept thrillers. The concepts themselves drive the story and the characters are developed along the way and add to the appeal.


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I write to inspire, to light fires in people, to kick crusty old mediocrity in the head, to help open doors to new worlds, new dimensions, new ideas and ultimately to a better culture and a better world. One where intelligence, creativity and dreams transcend war, hatred and greed. I believe we were meant to aspire to great things - not just to be caretakers for one tiny planet, barely a grain of ...


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