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“View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale”
This romantic thriller takes a fictional “what if” look at the JFK assassination. Suppose accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had lived to defend himself. Imagine if 50 years after the assassination someone stepped forward to reveal the truth of what happened that day. What if the assassination was a conspiracy and the impact of those revelations reached into the 21st century? This is the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. You’ll never look at your neighbors the same way.
Arriving at Love Field, President and Mrs. Kennedy disembarked (Air Force One) and immediately walked toward a fence where a crowd of well-wishers had gathered, and they spent several minutes shaking hands.
The first lady received a bouquet of red roses, which she brought with her to the waiting limousine. Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, were already seated in the open convertible as the Kennedys entered and sat behind them. Since it was no longer raining, the plastic bubble top had been left off. Vice President and Mrs. Johnson occupied another car in the motorcade.
The procession left the airport and traveled along a ten-mile route that wound through downtown Dallas on the way to the Trade Mart where the President was scheduled to speak at a luncheon.
Crowds of excited people lined the streets and waved to the Kennedys. The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the plaza.
Bullets struck the president’s neck and head and he slumped over toward Mrs. Kennedy. The governor was also hit in the chest.
The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital just a few minutes away. But little could be done for the President. A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. Though seriously wounded, Governor Connally would recover.
The president’s body was brought to Love Field and placed on Air Force One. Before the plane took off, a grim-faced Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the tight, crowded compartment and took the oath of office, administered by US District Court Judge Sarah Hughes. The brief ceremony took place at 2:38 p.m.
The Arrest and Murder of Oswald
Less than an hour earlier, police had arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository. He was being held for the assassination of President Kennedy and the fatal shooting, shortly afterward, of Patrolman J. D. Tippit on a Dallas street.
On Sunday morning, November 24, Oswald was scheduled to be transferred from police headquarters to the county jail. Viewers across America watching the live television coverage suddenly saw a man aim a pistol and fire at point blank range. The assailant was identified as Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner. Oswald died two hours later at Parkland Hospital.
(Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
“I guess whatever your big secret is it has something to do with Dallas. I’m not asking, just thinking aloud.” I began pulling clothes out of my bag. “I guess you have been there before. Of course I wonder if you were there that day. I wonder what that was like. I imagine people were pretty excited about the president being there. It must have been awful when everything went so badly. People must have been running all over the place.” I turned to look at Bill, my clothes in one hand and stopped dead.
He sat on the edge of the bed, pale, eyes half closed, an expression I couldn’t identify on his face. I just stood and stared at him. What could have happened in Dallas that had caused him to leave and never return? What was so terrible he wanted to run as far away as possible? Had he been there that day? Had he seen something terrible? More likely it had nothing to do with that November day. I was pretty sure if had been that day he would never have agreed to this trip.”
‘Author Elizabeth Horton-Newton offers a fresh take that will encourage readers to ask their own questions in the thoughtful novel View from the Sixth Floor.’ The Write Edge
‘I have to say that this book earned the 5 stars. From the first page I was sucked into the story and the history. It was a great book filled with history,romance, intrigue, and conspiracy. It was very well written and had a great storyline. It was a work of fiction, but books like this can really get a person to thinking about the time old question of What If? This is one of the best historical books I have read in a while and will highly recommend.’ Stormi, BoundlessBook Reviews
‘Not only are the main characters well developed, the cameo appearances of Officials/Corrupt lawyers and even waitresses are in perfect keeping with the peripheral activity that creeps into the main plot. I would recommend this as a cozy but intelligent read, difficult to put down once started.’ Andrew Wilson
‘This book grabbed me and didn’t let go. I was completely immersed into an intriguing plot and interesting characters. The first person narrative was superbly executed. This a “what if” fiction surrounding the conspiracy theories about the assassination of JFK. Fifty years after the assassination someone knows what really happened that day and it isn’t what anyone else thinks. Well done! Good plot, good character development and an over all good read.’ Pygmy Amazon Reviews
‘The story moved quickly and was quite suspenseful. I found myself flipping pages as fast as I could read them, just to find out what happened next! All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys well-developed tales full of complex characters.’ Over the Rainbow