An Act of Frustration
A Revolution Is Coming
By Ken Beckley
Excerpt from An Act of Frustration
Charlie paused and surveyed a room that quickly became so quiet he thought surely everyone could hear his heart thumping.
Then his voice grew louder. “As we all know, Congress just isn’t working. Sure, they go to work but they don’t get anything done. I’m just sick of it and I’m certain you are, too.”
His voice became more forceful. “The American public’s approval rating of Congress is about as low as any time in history. What – mid-teens to 20 percent? I’d be embarrassed if I were a congressman or senator but they’ve grown numb to criticism. The number of bills they pass each year is absurdly low.”
Now Charlie was close to shouting. “Congress is comprised of men and women who serve their own interests. Too many are controlled by lobbyists. Neither party wants to work with the other, and within each party are liberals and conservatives who don’t trust one another. Then there’s the ultra-liberal Fig Leaf movement among the Democrats that only serves to add confusion. The parties can’t agree on major issues ranging from immigration reform to the federal deficit. There’s stagnation, and meaningful legislation doesn’t get passed. Gridlock, nothing but gridlock. Taxpayers are throwing money away by funding chaos. When I see Congress basically doing nothing, it really makes me damned angry.”
His closed right fist struck the top of the lectern so hard the jolt nearly knocked the microphone to the floor. The audience rose with such a rush two chairs were upended. Deafening applause and shout-outs filled the room, drowning out Charlie’s “Pardon my language” apology.
Ken Beckley is the consummate storyteller and he has a story worth telling. While this is a work of fiction, Beckley's evocation of the rock-solid, steady, hard-working people of a small southwestern Indiana county feels authentic and the book touches on many of the frustrations facing Americans today. -- Lynn V. Lewis
This book is a must read for our citizens who are considering the political choices for this 2016 election year. It will provide an intriguing plot and characterizes our current our deadlock in DC. I highly recommend reading An Act of Frustration before going to the polls this year. -- Sue H. Talbot
The Uncertainties of (a) Life
By Ken Beckley
Don’t tell Davie Miller, his mother, or anyone else in little Barclay, Indiana, that those unpredictable knuckleball pitches are confined to baseball. The Miller family endures more than its share of uncertainty in a life journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, all the way to the end. Or did they?
A star pitcher as a teen in a small town, Davie dreams of life in the big leagues but yet another tragedy derails any opportunity. He lives life to the fullest, discovers love and a rewarding career as a public relations professional, and swings at life’s knuckleballs with faith that is tested time and again. But an unforeseen gift for his fiftieth birthday changes everything forever.
And just when you think you know where the story is headed, you don’t. In the end, does faith win out?
Bought your book on my Kindle Saturday and finished it at 1:30 AM today with misty eyes. I really enjoyed it. It brings back a lot of memories of small town Southern Indiana. Your narration is spellbinding. But I was particularly impressed with your dialog. It is engrossing. In so many books the dialog is stilted or unnatural. But since much of your exposition is through dialog you have made it amazingly natural and easy to read.
Congratulations on your first book. Will there be more? -- Ed Spray
I enjoyed Knuckleball and appreciated the rich detail and interesting characters. When can we expect the next one? -- Lynn Lewis
Reading Knuckleball brought back so many memories of growing up in a small town. Once you start reading you don't want to put it down. Reading it reminded me that you never know what will happen next in life. Live today to the fullest, treat others as you would want them to treat you, never forget to say your prayers and always be thankful for what you have. -- Denise Julian