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About Michael Bronte
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Michael Bronte’s suspense thrillers are about everyday people who are inadvertently and unwillingly thrust into dangerous situations from which they must extricate themselves. There is no choice but to rely upon their wits and their own bravery to face a dangerous situation, find a plan, and save themselves from ruinous circumstances. That’s what makes his stories so identifiable. “None of us know what we’re capable of until we are faced with the ultimate choice to either fight or die," says Michael. “My heroes could be your neighbors, or they could be you, the reader. One need not be James Bond to be brave.”
Bronte is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and obtained his graduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His storytelling began when he was tasked with creating copy for radio commercials. Thirty years later, he's still writing.
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At night and under the right atmospheric conditions, however, the "mega-signal of the Midwest" can be heard for a thousand miles, and in the wee hours between midnight and six a.m., the lonely, the depressed, and the depraved gather on the broadcast doorstep of Gulliver McKnight to confide in his wisdom. Some call it a cult following. Others call it a radio freak parade. At 3:16 a.m. Gulliver takes the tenth call, but the caller isn't interested in the chicken dinner Gulliver is giving away. He's into murder, and the killings go way back.
The challenge is to stop this serial killer who's found that calling in to Gulliver's show is an interesting new way to get his jollies. The killer calls repeatedly and the question becomes: who is he, and how is he always the tenth call?
Johnny and Roy piece together what little evidence there is, coming to the unfathomable conclusion that they’ve been visited by futuristic time travelers from the International Counter Terrorist Organization, or the ICTO, while others are from a terrorist group called the Red Diamond. Despite the names, it’s almost impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys, and it’s very clear that both groups are after the same objective. In the future, time travel becomes an overpowering geopolitical weapon, enabling those who control the technology to intervene in historical events so that historical outcomes fall to their favor. Both groups want to make sure they are the only ones to control this powerful capability, and both have come back to affect and control events toward this result. The influence extends all the way to the White House.
Unbelievably, the invention of time travel centers around David Robelle and the citizens of Sea Beach, although none of them know it yet. As an investigative reporter, it doesn’t take Johnny all that long to figure it out, and ultimately he becomes the pivotal figure in the struggle over who will control the technology and historical events as they originally occurred. Time travel, futuristic human clones called Synthetics, editions of newspapers that haven’t even been written yet, it’s all part of Lost Friday. Johnny has three objectives: cover the story as a reporter, win the romantic attention of fellow reporter Kelli Remington, and rescue David Robelle from the terrorists. Oh yeah, saving the world from futuristic terrorists might be all well and good, but he’d also like to win a Pulitzer.
Brownie wrote his own history that year: he smoked his first joint and got laid, both of those momentous events taking place in the sun and the mud at Woodstock. He also matriculated at Alliance College in Schenectady, New York, the unrest of the times serving as a confusing backdrop for an innocent teenager growing up in a not-so-innocent era.
There was no war in Schenectady, but people died. A fraternity house cook at the college fronts an evil crime network where Brownie and his best friend become inextricably tangled in Dandy Don's web of crime, bribery, and depravity. One of the boys takes the high road, the other doesn't. From professors to ballplayers to strippers, Dandy Don ruins the lives of everyone he touches. Brownie's challenge is to do the right thing and keep his best friend, and himself, from ruining their lives.
Crash has no idea the problem is an offshoot of a hostile takeover attempt being perpetrated by Associated Department Stores of America, a villainous outfit that has been swallowing up other chains across the country. They stop at nothing to accomplish the takeover, including brutal attacks and grisly murders. Associated's vicious dealings are tied to an international crime syndicate that has infiltrated our own government. Crash is thrust into the fray simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. To say he earns his shot at promotion into the buying office would be an understatement.
On Earth, however, it's an action and adventure story featuring a psychopathic dictator threatening the United States, and the boy who will grow up to stop him from taking over the world. It might seem impossible, but history is being determined before it actually happens.
In the end, it's all about leadership, and little Pauli Campo emerges from his meager existence to lead his country in the fight to avert a world war that could lead to the deaths of millions of people. This is the unGame, and the struggle for world domination continues with each roll of the dice in Presidential Risk.