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Grand Traverse [Hardcover]

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The year is 2040. The world is in chaos. A valiant few have taken on the struggle to help the planet through its violent, lethal pilgrimage into the future. A valiant few, dogged by evil. Paul Carter, his family forced from their home by a toxic chemical spill, becomes an environmental activist. After winning a class-action suit against the chemical company responsible, he establishes a rural commune-style community. When his wife contracts breast cancer, his hopes and dreams rest on the destiny of his daughter, Jamie. Jamie Carter, whose life has been irrevocably affected by the toxic chemical spill, is obsessed with the environment. Friends, including a Chernobyl survivor, encourage her to enter political life. Her ideas gain worldwide attention, catapulting her into a limelight that proves to be a double-edged sword. Heather West has the compulsion needed for success in a politically divided, media-driven society. After a lawsuit that destroys her family, she uses her good looks and sex appeal to enter the world of television. But it's more than fame she craves. It's revenge.

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Pages   367
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Medallion Press
ISBN  1932815341  
ISBN13  9781932815344  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael Beres is the author of "Final Stroke," "Grand Traverse," "The President's Nemesis," "Sunstrike," and many award-winning short stories. He lives in Free Soil, Michigan.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Political
3Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Legal

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Exceptionally Real and Explicitly Factual Real-time Environmental Story  Apr 8, 2006
This is not science fiction. Instead, it is a realistic global warming novel for our times, especially these days with storms increasing, arctic ice melting away and glaciers disappearing. Instead of the typical doomsday plot with catastrophes around every corner, the global warming in this novel is real. It eats away at society while the main characters struggle to do what they can. Jamie Carter, whose parents suffer as a result of a chemical spill in the eighties, goes into politics. She is driven to do what she can about the environment through politics. As she matures she meets a Ukrainian man whose family suffered from Chernobyl when he was a boy, and the story also follows their relationship through the years. Meanwhile, Jamie's nemesis, who is also followed in the story, becomes a news anchor and creates all kinds of political and media roadblocks. Although billed as science fiction, Grand Traverse is more a novel of social commentary containing characters we can care about. As such, it has the best elements of a suspense thriller while at the same time providing one scenario for the questionable near future of our planet.
Why was this book ....  Feb 28, 2006
...printed? Parts are so utterly simplistic to deserve the title "dumb". I suspect the writer is in the throes of a severe clinical depression. The world has come to an end for the past several thousands of years and look where we are. Many of the serious problems we are having are addressed as we speak. Just remember: after every ice age there was a warming and vice versa.

Remember the spate of books just before 01/01/2000, predicting every computer would be going gaga? Same here. Nice try, Sierra Club; you just gave me another reason to take you much less serious as I once did.

Ah, yes.The filthy lucre....

deep bleak ashen future   Sep 17, 2005
The earth is heading toward pandemic environmental disaster. However, Paul Carter and his family do not worry about the orb as the crisis to them is local. Ducain Chemical contaminated Easthaven. He sues and wins, but his victory is hollow as his beloved wife Judy suffers from breast cancer. Ironically they met during an environmental protest back when Reagan was President.

Three decades later Paul's daughter Jamie believes the toxic chemical spill is the pivotal point of her life though she was only two at the time. She successfully becomes a political activist, a soldier, "Chemical Jamie", in the war to save the embattled planet.

Heather West seeks vengeance from the family that successfully won a lawsuit against her father that ruined him and destroyed her heritage. When she makes it big time on television, it furthers her life's goal to destroy the internationally popular daughter of the man who devastated her dad. The two daughters are on a collision course that has global impact neither of their fathers could have remotely envisioned.

Michael Beres paints a bleak ashen future on a planet devastated by environmental disasters. The story line focuses on how the two women react to the key identical incident in their respective lives. One uses this to become a crusader while the other uses it to spread culpability on others for what she and her family lost. There is no question on what side of the environment argument Mr. Beres is on as his twenty-first century looks as if mankind is one step away from extinction yet a thousand points of light still shine with hope to save the world.

Harriet Klausner

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