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Render Unto Caesar [Kindle Edition]

Paul A. Barron
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Description

A poignant observation of all those involved in carrying out the ultimate penalty.
               
A short story 1500 words, 2nd Prize Winner in the Writers Village Award 2011.

Also available in the short story collection Divert To The Periphery - See Author's page.

Gerry a journalist sent on assignment to the deep south is world weary, he's seen it all before but  is forced to question his own beliefs and values.

Pastor Josef Hoff puts on his tie, the same tie he has worn on fifty six other occasions.

Twenty to thirty five seconds to strap a man down, they'd got it down to a fine art.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 83 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Paul A. Barron; 1 edition (4 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TZ0H30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,027,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul A. Barron lives in the sunny - south east of Ireland.

One of his short stories Render Unto Caesar won second prize in The Writers Village competition and was short listed for the Fine Line Short Story Competition.

Nothing left To Chance was short listed for The Multi Story Award 2012.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and surprising 10 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If a short story leaves me wanting to know more about characters and lives briefly glimpsed then it has done its job. Render unto Caesar offers a snapshot of a town where a Death Row inmate is finally about to meet his maker. The journalists, onlookers and the curious have arrived.
The image of the cold, ruthless killer and the unfeeling warders, hardened by their task, is challenged by this quite poignant and surprising snapshot of life and death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Render Under Caesar by Paul A. Barron 18 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When Gerry Cumiskey a journalist for the Correspondent, Texas Bureau Associated press is sent to the town of Mountain Springs Texas, he finds the town of little interest. But that is not why or what he is to report on. Just exactly why are a large crowd gathered in the town bearing banners such as Render Under Caesar?

This is a story that keeps the reader in suspense and mystery to what the story is actually about. Although I do admit I did guess the ending it did not disappoint me and I still enjoyed the story. This may only be a very short story, I read it in around fifteen minutes but it is a very well told story that does leave you wanting to find out more about the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully understated and powerful story 10 Mar 2012
By Nigel J. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A remarkable story, well worth reading, both powerful and poignant. It is cleverly patterned with some very deft craft work and a surprise denouement. Barron can write!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IS SHORT 9 May 2012
By J. D. Michael Phelps - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
RENDER UNTO CEASAR by Author PAUL A. BARRON is an excellent read with Capitol Punishment as its' focus.

No matter where one stands on Capitol Punishment, this very short novel will stir your mind. The only problem for me is the shortness of a story that is so present, especially in the United States of America. Personally, I felt respect for Curtis, the condemmed man, yet I know not what crime merited his final punishment. Pastor Josef Hoff seemd to be a man of compassion, yet resigned to his job to bring some solace for the condemmed Curtis, as he has done fifty-six times before.

Texas is known as a State firmly convinced that Capitol Punishment serves as a deterent to violent crimes. The State is quick to carry out the sentence.

RENDER UNTO CEASAR is a very well written novel, I only wish Mr. Barron would have expounded on the subject further, taking his readers deeper into the story leading up to the climax.

In 1980, a close friend and mentor of mine, Detective Sergeant Jack R. Ohrberg, Robbery & Homicide Unit of the Indianapolis Police Department was brutally murdered attempting to serve arrest warrants on a vicious gang of armed robbers and killers. It was Thursday, 11 December 1980. Both his killers were tried, conviceted and sentenced to Death. In December of 1994, 14 years after Jack's murder, the first triggerman, all Appeals exhausted, became the last person to be executed in Indiana's Electric Chair. In July, 1996, the second killer became the first person to be executed by Lethal Injection in the State of Indiana. In many conversations Jack and I had, he was adamantly against the Death penalty. However, my belief is; his life cut short, his devoted wife, four children and one Grandchild, his colleagues and countless friends left to suffer, to mourn and try to find solace in celebrating his life, I think Jack may have looked down from his place by God, and smiled . . . he finally got the Execution of Justice he deserved.

RENDER UNTO CEASAR is a short, gripping story. It deserves five stars. I hope to read more by PAUL A. BARRON.

Michael Phelps
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Miami Shores, Florida
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written Story 7 May 2012
By James A. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A beautifully written short story which captures the atmosphere of capital punishment superbly. Paul Barron is a major new writing talent on the scene. Well worth reading, no matter which side of the capital punishment debate you take. My only complaint is it was too short!
4.0 out of 5 stars Render Under Caesar by Paul A. Barron 18 Sep 2012
By Nikki Bywater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When Gerry Cumiskey a journalist for the Correspondent, Texas Bureau Associated press is sent to the town of Mountain Springs Texas, he finds the town of little interest. But that is not why or what he is to report on. Just exactly why are a large crowd gathered in the town bearing banners such as Render Under Caesar?

This is a story that keeps the reader in suspense and mystery to what the story is actually about. Although I do admit I did guess the ending it did not disappoint me and I still enjoyed the story. This may only be a very short story, I read it in around fifteen minutes but it is a very well told story that does leave you wanting to find out more about the characters.
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