I’m indebted to New York Times-bestselling author Michael Koryta for his review of An Act of Frustration but for even more.
When I was finishing my manuscript for submission to a publisher, Michael recommended an editor and I hired her. He had important advice for publishing the work and obviously enjoyed the story so much he wrote the following: “AN ACT OF FRUSTRATION is a satisfying and thought-provoking story that brings a unique and human perspective to the current political climate, a ‘what-if’ scenario with ripple effects. Ken Beckley is an admirable and ambitious writer.” Wow, this from a man not yet half my age and an acclaimed author of a dozen suspense novels, includingLAST WORDS, THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, and SO COLD THE RIVER. His next novel, RISE THE DARK, will be published in August 2016. My claim to fame, so to speak, is only two novels. I hope numbers three and four will find their way out of my brain not too far in the future.
As I wrote in a previous blog, I’ve always been impressed with people who will help others. The only connection Michael and I had prior to meeting for an exchange of thoughts was the fact we are alumni of Indiana University. A friend of his suggested I contact him, which I did with trepidation. He could not have been kinder nor more helpful. I was, and am, impressed. We’ve had several email communications since that meeting in 2015 and even cheered at the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium for our IU Hoosiers at the end of the year. One other thing we have in common is a love of the mountains in Wyoming and Montana. His experiences there have shown up in his writings.
If you haven’t read one of his novels, get one. He has an amazing mind that allows him to develop suspense in everything he writes.