Carl H. Mitchell developed a penchant for writing at a young age. His first serious read, at about nine years of age, was Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Isaac Asimov’s “The End of Eternity” and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” completed the capture. Born in California, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Lake Worth, Florida, he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He worked at IBM for 35 years as an engineer, programmer, and manager. Carl lives with his wife, Maryann, in Hillsborough, New Jersey, with winters spent in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Along with downhill skiing, he counts among his hobbies the keeping of koi, of which he currently owns more than a hundred. Auditing a year’s worth of bills for fish food and pond maintenance has led to the more accurate conclusion that the koi own him. Carl has written several short stories. “Sundown: Engineering Gives the Devil a Sunburn,” published by Covenant Books, is his first novel, a near-future police procedural with thriller, mystery, espionage, and dystopian aspects. There are also Science Fiction touches. He writes to entertain and challenge his readers.
In 2057, when the world is starved of oil and the whole globe is in the grip of the World Council, NYPD Detective Nick Garvey has his plate murderously full, contending with: the assassination of the Vice President and four Secret Service agents; the vicious power struggle between President Lenora Allison and the Supreme Leader of the World Council, Jason Beck; the off-duty avenging of the brutalization of his estranged daughter by her live-in thug boyfriend; the kidnapping of his granddaughter when he gets too close to the truth about Jason Beck’s world-domination dirty tricks; and his confrontation with President Lenora Allison which leads to their joint set-up in front of a firing squad; but other than that…
It is 2058. NYPD Detective Nick Garvey and Lenora Allison, President of the battered and reeling United States, are battling the many remaining remnants of the murderous World Council. They must confront the forced introduction of a man-made, killer plague and the destruction of the newly created Friendship City.
Ishmael, the mysterious new leader of the World Council has decided to destroy Friendship City, an autonomous joining of Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros Mexico, where the citizens are developing their own protective Bill of Rights.
Can the plague be destroyed? Why is Friendship City spiraling into chaos? Can Ishmael and the World Council be obliterated?