No Turning Back: Stories

No Turning Back is the new collection of original short fiction by Dan Burns. This beautifully crafted hardcover edition includes story illustrations by Chicago artist Kelly Maryanski and an original cover design by world-renowned graphic artist Hugh Syme (album cover designer for the rock band Rush). Additionally, the author accompanies each story with his personal notes regarding the thoughts and ideas that inspired him to write the story, adding a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the writing process.

First Edition, Hardcover, 280 pages (April 29, 2014)
Published by Chicago Arts Press.



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Come Out, Wherever You Are
After years of invasion, scorn, and ridicule from the "public eye”, a man retreats to his home in the woods to live out the rest of his life in solitude. This is a tale of a man who is both a victim, and a beneficiary, of circumstance.

At the End of the Day
After working together for more than five years a man and woman finally—and against all odds—begin the relationship that each of them has thought about since the first day they met.

Out of Touch
A man returns for his high school reunion to win back the girl of his dreams, only to find a woman changed by time.

Letting Go
Two long lost friends reunite unexpectedly. Twenty years have passed and they are now drastically different people. The only constant is the grudge one of them has held since the last time they saw each other.

The Dark Side
A man searches for penance and the meaning of life in the most unbelievable place.

For A Few Laughs
An ex-President of the United States is called in to use his unique interpersonal skills to help deal with an international hostage crisis.

Adiós Amigo
Returning from a business conference in Mexico, Al Cohen and his wife Margie experience a turn of events beyond what their simple minds could possibly comprehend.

An Unexpected Guest
Expecting an uneventful birthday like every other, a man finds he is in for a big surprise.

The Pass
Do we only get one chance in life to really help someone else? What if a man used up his one and only chance, but then a member of his family calls upon him for his help?

No Turning Back
During wartime and on a flight into enemy territory, a young infantryman thinks about and faces his ultimate fears.