More About the Author
Michael McMenamin is the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill, The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor [Hardcover, Greenwood 2007; Paperback, Enigma 2009]. He is an editorial board member of Finest Hour, the quarterly journal of the Churchill Centre and Museum in London and a contributing editor for the libertarian magazine Reason. His work has appeared in two Reason anthologies and The Churchills in Ireland, 1660-1965, Corrections and Controversies [Irish Academic Press, 2012]
Patrick McMenamin, the other half of the father-son writing team, is an award-winning journalist who has produced stories for John Stossel at ABC News 20/20 and Fox News Channel; for Judge Andrew Napolitano at Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel; and is now at HuffPostLive. He is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester with departmental honors in 20th century European history and Film Studies.
The McMenamins' award-winning "Winston Churchill Thriller" series features Churchill's fictional god-daughter, the globe-trotting Hearst photojournalist Mattie McGary, and is set during the period 1929-1939, Churchill's "Wilderness Years", when he was out of power, out of favor and a lone voice warning against the rising danger posed by Hitler and Nazi Germany. Churchill is the catalyst who sends Mattie on her adventures and she frequently teams up with Bourke Cockran, Jr., the fictional son and namesake of Churchill's real-life Irish-American mentor.
All three of their Churchill Thrillers--The DeValera Deception (2010),The Parsifal Pursuit (2011) and The Gemini Agenda (2012)--were named Grand Prize Winners for Fiction by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. They also received Book of the Year Awards for Thriller/Suspense and Historical Fiction from ForeWord Reviews as well as awards for Historical Fiction from ReaderViews.