About Harold Titus and Crossing the River
Raised most of my childhood in
I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in history. I spent 2 years in
the army prior to the Vietnam War. I am a retired eighth grade English and
American history teacher, having taught 31 years in Pasadena, CA .
I enjoyed coaching many of my school's boys and girls sports teams. Basketball
was my favorite sport. My wife and I have lived the past 16 years on the Orinda, CA coast. In late
2011 I took great pleasure in giving my children and grandchildren copies of my
novel, a legacy of sorts, an expression of who I am, a testament of what can be
achieved by hard work. Oregon
Crossing the River
Standing on Lexington’s town common, humbled by the veneration of hundreds of militiamen, conceding that he had instructed them, encouraged them, in the end incited them, acknowledging that he, with others, had brought them to the river that could now be called revolution, Doctor Joseph Warren gives full credit to whom it is due. They, not he, knowing fully well the danger, had attacked the master. Standing at the river’s edge, they, of their own volition, had crossed over.
Joseph Warren is but one of Crossing the River’s many historical figures that bring to life General Thomas Gage’s failed attempt April 19, 1775, to seize and destroy military stores stockpiled at
Concord by ’s
Provincial Congress. Characters of high
and ordinary station, choosing to or forced to participate, must confront their
worst fears. Revealing the internal
conflicts, hubris, stupidity, viciousness, valor, resiliency, and empathy of
many of the day’s participants, Crossing
the River is both a study of man experiencing intense conflict and the varied
outcomes of high-risk decision-taking. Massachusetts
The novel’s title is a metaphor for such decision-taking, be it Massachusetts militiamen seeking greater independence from Great Britain, General Gage’s attempted seizure of the provincial arsenal, two junior British officers’ risk-taking to earn quick promotion, an Acton schoolmaster’s compulsion to avenge the death of his dear friend and neighbor, a Lincoln youth’s attempted atonement for cowardice, a Lexington resident’s impulse to assist a redcoat deserter while he tries to resolve his neighbors’ and family’s low regard of him, or a British soldier/spy’s desire to rise above his station.
AboutCrossing the River