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Immaculate White Smoke
by Lew Duffey   

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Publisher:  Publish America ISBN-10:  1413791026 Type: 


Copyright:  June 4, 2004

Immaculate White Smoke stretches the imagination. The imagination is a wonderful tool of Faith. "Blessed is he who has not seen but still believes."

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What happens when a cowboy and a bank robber at that, finds himself in the twentieth century where his shoot'em up attitude is simply out of place?

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Excerpt from, “Immaculate White Smoke”
            She didn’t remember the speed at which the ground came toward her. Everything was as if she were having an epileptic fit of some kind. Arty’s last memories were the pain of hitting the stone ground below and then nothing more.
            In what seemed to be an instant they both found themselves standing beside their own bodies in the undertaker’s office. Andorra didn’t know how she got thee but she and Arty were suddenly watching over the undertaker as he went about his duties. 
            Arty reached out and tried to touch his flesh but his hand went right through. The expression on his had already been one of absolute fear.
            “I think we’re dead!” he stammered. “I told ya not to read that book. Ya put a hex on us.” Andorra said nothing. Neither of them took their eyes off  their bodies which were lying there in full display in front of them. It was an ugly sight to see and it was frightful to think that is was themselves who they were looking at.
Andorra had never considered that there was an afterlife. She had not taken the book about the ghosts which she had been reading was anything more than entertainment. Right now, she only knew that she and her Physical being had been somehow separated. Maybe she shouldn’t have read that book. For a split second she wondered if this might not simply be a bad dream. After all, she couldn’t pinch herself. Maybe she will wake up and it will all be over. She will draw Arty close to her and tell him of the horrible nightmare.
            Then they were both shocked to hear somebody talking to them. They turned staring at each other in fright when the voice repeated the same words again.
            “You know you don’t need to be called to the Hell which your lives have earned for you.” The words came from a deep voice that sounded like it surrounded them both.
            Note from the author: If you are curious as to what these two have gotten themselves into, why not purchase your copy the AD bookstore. I would love to send your signed copy today


"Oh Lord, Andorra prayed again. "Why must I hurt these people?" Arty wasn't paying attention to her thoughts but Mordrid, who visited for a short spell after Linda came home, knew that Andorra still didn't like playing the game.
Just after sundown Linda turned on the radio and went into another room at which time Andorra turned it off again. Linda came back into the room looking apprehensively at the radio. She checked the plug then, realizing the thing was in fact turned off, turned it on
again. She became scared when before she even got out of the room Arty turned it off once more, causing her to look around anxiously.
The look on her face became more distressed when Arty started laughing like a maniac. The laugh sounded far away. Almost hollow but she heard it! Then she tried to turn the radio on and found the plug had been pulled. She just turned and left the room quietly.
Later when she was eating dinner Arty and Andorra retired to the attic and planned for that night’s entertainment. This time Linda would see someone or something just outside her bedroom window. Andorra had watched as Linda admired a beautiful robin feeding her young ones in a tree outside before Charley's accident. That had been one of the trees which had broken Charley's fall, thus saving his life.

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Immaculate White smoke
A Review

If you enjoy a mystery story with a spiritual twist, as well as an intriguing novel within a novel to make you think and use your imagination, Immaculate White Smoke is the one for you.

The story gets off to a fast start and stays that way right to the end with cowboys, ghosts and a loving couple who have to deal with both while remodeling their new home. When one discovers a secret book in the attic, it takes them on a wild journey into the next life and beyond and changes the couple’s life forever.

If you have wondered about such things as bi-location, levitation, or spiritual encounters, there is plenty of mystique in this book as well to entertain you.

Lighthearted in its mood, Immaculate White Smoke has yet a deeper meaning. It describes a condition in which two people, while out of their bodies, learn to communicate with one another, make “love” by entering another’s space, and finally, through an encounter with an “angel” challenge and change their destiny as revealed to them by a spirit one could only call a “devil” by any other name.

Can two people influence the lives of the living for good or evil after death? This is something to wonder about. Lew Duffey takes us on a journey to find out.

This is a book that can be read by young people or by adults who enjoy inspirational fiction. In fact, this reader believes it would make a great movie for the general public as it stays within the boundaries for such films without becoming either mundane or overly pedantic.


Joyce Ann Edmondson
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Immaculate White Smoke
Immaculate White Smoke is an intriguing novel, filled with twists, turns, imagery and possibilities. A descriptively action-packed opening chapter captures the attention and keeps it, as the patchwork of lives and love stories quickly span over 150 years.

Lew Duffey has managed a pleasant blending of action, suspense, imagination and faith. In Immaculate White Smoke one is able to see heart-warming glimpses of love from the men’s perspectives as well as the women’s. Just the right amount of descriptive detail enhances the plot without breaking the flow of action or interest, and keeps one turning pages to see what may happen next. Faith is sprinkled into the mix with quiet subtlety, strengthening the plot while not overpowering it. Metaphysical notions are introduced, often with humor, but leaving details up to the reader’s imagination.

Immaculate White Smoke is a very well thought out story, an entertaining read and has potential as movie material. I highly recommend this book. Great work, Lew!

This was written by a fellow author. Connie Noguchi is the author of "Peridot Parables." You can visit her site at

Reviewer: Nancy L. Shrader
Reviewer: Nancy L. Shrader "Nancy Lee Shrader 'IS IT NOW? The End of Days!" (West Virginia) - See all my reviews

I, as a lover of ghost stories found Immaculate White Smoke to be one that kept me wondering what would happen next. Although this, is a ghost story; it's a love story -- a novel within a novel. The ghosts and the demonic being in this book haunt their subjects within the confines of the novel within a novel. It sounds confusing, but its not. A young newlywed couple move into the house and the husband finds a strange glowing book, which tells the tale of another newlywed couple who deal with the haunting with a spiritual twist -- good v/s evil.

Immaculate White Smoke portrays it's ghosts as Arty the gunslinger from the old west and his barroom sweetheart, Andorra. The gunslinger is a sweet uneducated cowboy prankster, and his barroom gal has unfulfilled dreams of a quiet life on a farm. Arty made the deal. Andorra remained silent, turning the deal with the devil into something else all together. The bargain for their very souls is not set in stone. Thus, the twist comes into play in their haunting game. Mordrad, the demon rules the haunting game, and they must drive the owners of the farm house out or be thrown into outer darkness.

Let's not give away the rest of the story, but let me tell you; it's a very good read -- imaginative, suspenseful and funny. Immaculate White Smoke would make a great family film. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. Well-done Lew!

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Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/17/2008
congrats Lew, sounds like a wonderful story, to add to its glory. Seems like I'll never get my second book out but we both know that watching someone elses house being built, it appears to be done in a week. One day you pass and there's a frame, the next month there sits a whole house. But if it were yours, the frame seems like it will take ten years just to put it up

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