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Ralph E Jarrells


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"The average dog is nicer than the average human"...


Ralph E Jarrells 



 Ralph E Jarrells          Life & Times 

Most people consider retirement as a time to relax, do some fishing, sit in a rocking chair on the coast and listening to the waves create the music of nature. Not this author.

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Jarrells was an only child to a housewife from Charleston and a career soldier from Gadsden, Alabama. Jarrells, who was naturally quizzical and outgoing as a child, went to public schools in Columbia, South Carolina, and continued his education at the University of South Carolina in Journalism.

After a career spanning nearly four and a half decades in advertising, marketing, and magazine publishing roles, Jarrell faced retirement. Retirement, to most people, means time to relax, but not to Jarrells. "What to do? What to do? I don't like fishing, and I don't think I could handle more than two days sitting in a rocking chair, anywhere!" So, Jarrells started what would become an award-winning video production company and added 28 international creative awards to his trophy case. His work focused on telling the stories of missions all over the world, and his work brought him to places in Togo West Africa, Ghana, Albania, Guatemala, India, and Belize. Serving in the mission fields became a true passion for Jarrells.

Today, Jarrells is directly involved with programs to feed and house homeless widows in India and to feed and educate orphans in Uganda. In fact, 25% of all royalties from Ill Gotten Gain go directly to help fund these projects and missions.

While Ill Gotten Gain is his first novel, look for more great work from this author soon.

Jarrells and his wife, Sybil, reside in West Columbia, South Carolina, and together they travel the world serving those less fortunate. 




"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing".


News  & Reviews

Fiery Red Hair, Emerald Green Eyes, and a Vicious Irish Temper

News and Events

Fiery Red Hair, Emerald Green Eyes, and a Vicious Irish Temper

What would anyone expect from a story about the most famous female pirate who caught the tail end of the Golden Age of Piracy but a fun romp of narrative non-fiction as it would have been told by the woman herself. Seasoned with historical references, the story draws the reader into the real world of Anne Bonny as she experienced it as well as what was going on in the rest of the world that had direct impact on Anne’s life but of which she wasn’t fully aware. Jarrells’ writing style is much like his subject—colorful and rambunctious. He doesn’t hold back on the details of Anne’s escapades either, so if you pick up this book (and I recommend that you do) expect it to be like an encounter with Anne herself: a full frontal assault.

Author Stephanie Bain 


Ill Gotten Gain    by    Ralph Jarrells (Goodreads Author)

Charles Remington's review

It was amazing


Thomas Edward Garrett III is a disgruntled, though relatively successful antiques dealer based in Charleston, South Carolina, operating his established business from his large family home at 13 Church Street. He is a respected businessman; financially he is comfortable rather than rich, and enjoys a close relationship with the senator’s daughter, an attractive, vivacious woman who in addition to attending to his emotional needs also helps promote his business. He feels isolated however, excluded from the established Charlestonian society which forms the majority of his client base. He is resentful of the fact that as he is the first generation to grow up in the town he is seen as a newcomer and he longs for the recognition and approbation of his peers. Ill-Gotten Gain by Ralph E. Jarrells chronicles his chance discovery of a precious horde hidden in a disused chamber of his old house, and how the find brings almost instant fame and a fortune running into hundreds of millions of dollars, but also how a small inconspicuous box, part of the find, brings about much more sinister changes with representatives of the Pope and Opus Dei arriving at his door. With terrifying dreams and vested interests shattering his confidence, hounded by the media and with all those around him displaying a competence and confidence he cannot match, is it possible for Thomas Edward Garrett to survive the physical and mental storm that has engulfed him?

Ill-Gotten Gain by Ralph E. Jarrells explores an intriguing idea – what happened to the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas Iscariot for the betrayal of Jesus Christ? Written in an intricately detailed style, the character, life and thought processes of the central players of the piece are laid bare as the narrative proceeds at an unhurried, deliberate pace. Personally, I found it difficult to feel sympathy for our hero as he seemed to be the architect of all his misfortunes, but behind it all there was a feeling that the contents of a small stone box could have had a great deal of influence over his reasoning. As his first novel, Mr Jarrells has chosen a truly original theme to launch his career as an author, producing a complex multi-layered plot of surprising quality. Excellent work from a new author who is sure to find further success in the field.

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