The Barilla Chronicles: The Joseph Campanella Journey

The Barilla Chronicles: The Joseph Campanella Journey

by Daniel Robinson


Publisher AuthorHouse

Published in Literature & Fiction/Action & Adventure, Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description


The story follows the remarkable journey of Joseph Campanella, as he embarks on a mission, that, if not successful, will have monumental repercussions on the past, the present, and the future.

Sample Chapter

March 1, 1999

“Suicide Hill”

US Army Training Facility, New Mexico

The United States military had used the secluded mountain course, deep within the Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico, for more than thirty years. Though it did not feature the longest endurance test of the military’s training courses, at eleven and a half miles, it was, nevertheless, the most grueling. While the first eight-mile segment tested the average cadet’s limits, this portion of the trail had in fact been shaped by man and could at least be considered manageable—for most.

The balance of the arduous route, however, stood millennia in the making and remained achievable for only a select few. The upper mountain run totaled 3.1 vertical miles of zigzagging, treacherous, and often man-eating trails. Winding through handsome stands of soaring Lodgepole Pines at the lower level it gave way to tangled brushy patches of cacti and sage as you climbed.

Although the towering peak remained majestic, stunning really, this appeal to beauty and grandeur soon crumbled as the mountain’s perils hastily vanquished the contenders. This was especially true as weather conditions often declined from bad to worse in a blink of an eye.

In the winter, prolonged subfreezing temperatures near the summit could freeze the unprepared into stupefied blocks of frozen flesh. Conversely, during the summer months, when the climate frequently averaged ninety-five degrees on the lower section of the run, individuals often dropped, weak with dehydration, even while soaked in sweat. The terrain swarmed with stinging bugs, venomous snakes, biting varmints, and scrubs whose thorns sliced through uniforms and exposed flesh.

Most cadets would complete the lower section with little difficulty. However, 95% of those would succumb to the course’s perilous upper reaches. Just getting to the halfway point of the mountain was often seen as a victory. Those who somehow advanced farther almost never made it to the summit. If they did, they did so with grave physical consequences. In essence, the mountain course, recognized by the overwhelmed trainees as “Suicide Hill,” came as close to Dante’s Inferno as any training facility in the US military.

These facts were well documented, which made the events of March 1, 1999, even more extraordinary. And yet, the efforts recognized this day became mere glimpses of what would occur many, many years earlier...


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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson

I have spent the last 35+ years writing thousands of professional communications, studies, and business presentations because I was obligated professionally to do so. Now, I write novels because I want to, and enjoy it. Though writing functional books are far more challenging, it is unequivocally more gratifying when a manuscript is completed, published, and ultimately read by someone who enjoys it…

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