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The Rats of Hamelin: A Piper's Tale [Paperback]

By Adam McCune (Author) & Keith McCune (Author)
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A father and son team brings to life the hazy legend of the pied piper in a book that deals with the struggle between mercy and justice.

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"In that scented, touch-filled Pipeworld, where notes speak clear as words, where connections are thick and countless, I felt the chaining up and circling together of other traces in my head. And as the Pipe amplified all sounds and souls, including mine, I heard my mind echoing: the mission is dead--No rat-kill, no reward, no liberation. No home, no Hofmanns, no Klara--It was all an illusion."
"The Rats of Hamelin" blends history and fantasy to reshape the hazy legend of the pied piper. After six years as a piper's apprentice, Hannes sets out on the mission that will make him a master in the guild. His orders seem simple enough: rid Hamelin of a plague of rats and use the reward money for a charitable cause. Simple indeed, until he discovers that the real rats of Hamelin aren't the ones scurrying underfoot. Unsure who to count among his friends--the mayor's beautiful daughter, generous businessman, a precocious little girl? Hannes struggles against deadly enemies and thoughtless allies. Every step he takes comes down to a deceptively simple choice: when to show mercy and when to bring justice.
Readers will be thrilled with this first novel by Adam and Keith McCune. This father-son team bring a wealth of linguistic and literary knowledge to bear on their retelling of the famous Pied Piper fairy tale. The story naturally lends itself to reflection on the themes of law and mercy, as well as the sometimes-complex nature of the relationship between fathers and sons.

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A father and son team brings to life the hazy legend of the pied piper in a book that deals with the struggle between mercy and justice.
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Citations And Professional Reviews
The Rats of Hamelin: A Piper's Tale by Adam McCune & Keith McCune has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 08/15/2005
  • Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 81
  • Christian Retailing - 08/08/2005 page 27
  • Library Journal - 08/01/2005 page 76

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   258
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Moody Publishing
ISBN  0802467016  
ISBN13  9780802467010  

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More About Adam McCune & Keith McCune

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ADAM MCCUNE was raised in the Philippines, Russia, and the United States. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2006 where he studied English. Involved in creative writing for years, Adam co-authored The Rats of Hamelin: A Piper's Tale with his father, Keith. Adam lives in Carol Stream, Illinois.
KEITH McCUNE (Ph.D., University of Michigan) has been a missionary with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) for over twenty years and is currently helping to plant a church in Odessa, Ukraine. He and his wife, Grace, have translated Scriptures in the Philippines, trained leaders in the former Soviet Union, and planted churches in Dagestan and Krasnodar, Russia. Keith is co-author of The Rats of Hamelin: A Pipers Tale with his son, Adam, and has published articles in professional journals. His poetry has won the Wyckoff-Yulee prize awarded by the University of Virginia. Keith and Grace reside in Carol Stream, Illinois.

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Good Book!  Dec 4, 2005
I love this book. It is really interesting. Everybody in my family who has read it also really likes it. It is a good fiction book. I expected to be quite boring but it is actually one of my favorites. By the way, this may seem like i am lying, but i'm not, i know the authers!! They are in the same city as us!
A Tale of Justice & Mercy  Sep 5, 2005
Hannes was born a serf, but became an apprentice to the Pipelord of the Guild of Pipers. Sent to Hamelin to rid it of the plague of rats, Hannes finds that someone has deliberately brought the rats there. Someone does not want him to succeed, is willing to kill him and any who offer him help, including the mayor's lovely daughter.

The McCune's have written a tale that pulls the reader along with Hannes the piper as he tries to find who is behind the rat plague and seek at the same time to do justice. But can he temper his justice with mercy?

I enjoyed The Rats of Hamelin and have passed it on to my own lovely daughter.

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