Famous and not so famous people are suddenly disappearing. Kidnappings?
Law enforcement officials are stumped.
And then there's that famous chef's new restaurant in Los Angeles.
Maxx Pulaski is a widowed butcher living in Chicago with his two sons. On a high school football field, ordinary life becomes extraordinary.
A former head coach for the Chicago Mammoths discovers Maxx's natural kicking prowess.
What happens next will skyrocket this everyman into unexpected stardom.
On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, a suitcase from the cold war becomes loose on American soil. What lies inside could be catastrophic
to millions of our citizens.
Compounding this grave threat, unprecedented terrorist attacks tear at the very fabric of our society. A narco-state begins to flood the country with drugs and increase the vicious cycle of crime that accompanies it.
Can we put our trust in our President in the waning days of his term to handle these life-threatening crises?
Some experts say there could be thirty billion cicadas living below human ground. But a renowned scientist says even that number is way, way too low.
There could be one trillion cicadas waiting to rise.
Imagine being invaded by millions of human-hating, 9-foot blood-thirsty cicadas. These flesh-eating mutants have waited for over a decade to wreak their revenge on those who have killed their ancestors.
They have skin like Kevlar, communicate telepathically, and spew an acidic venom that can melt steel. No one is safe.
How would you stop them?
Growing up in upstate New York, I have always had the love for my small town but had an itch to get out and make a difference. I graduated from Georgetown University and spent my 40+ year career dedicated to helping others through the non-profit sector. My work took me all over this great nation and gave me the opportunity to meet incredible people, see the wonders of nature firsthand and rub elbows with some of Washington's elite.
Writing has been a constant thread in fulfilling my passions. Whether it be to persuade donors to help contribute to an environmental cause or to inspire them to take actions to press their elected officials to adopt sensible policies.
My books are a product of walks around the White House and through our beautiful parks. They touch upon threats to our environment and political system while hopefully causing readers to give thought to our choices and the impact they have.
As a resident of Northern Virginia, it was fun weaving some local spots into my books. I hope you enjoy!
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed The Kicker. It was very hard for me to put it down. Thanks for giving me such enjoyment!
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2022
In a good way! "Page-turner" is way overused, but that's all that kept coming to mind as I spent an afternoon being thrilled by this book. Thoroughly researched, perfectly written and captivating for anyone interested in the "war on terrorism," how it is being waged and if it can't ever be truly won. Thanks for a great read, Charlie!
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2022
I found THE SUITCASE a good read into a unique terrorist plot. I read it in
one day wanting to know the answers to who would survive. The author
presented a realistic possibility into what could really happen in today’s
current political environment.
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2021
Here it is early November, more than four months after the cicadas of Brood X bought the farm. Their billions of children are safely underground for the next seventeen years. And I am reading this hallucinatory riff about nine-foot cicada look-alikes lunching on America.
A few pages into it, I am firmly determined to hate this book, a graceless abrasion scraped into one of nature’s marvels. Every one of these cicada monster imposters packs a proboscis long and strong enough to kabob any human in a blink. These beasts from beneath blast high velocity streams of toxic waste and nothing can survive it. From homes to Holsteins, from helicopters to highways, these winged battleships will either dissolve it, impale it, or shrink wrap it for the pantry.
There is no possible way something the size of two joints of a little finger could gradually morph into countless creatures each the mass of an adolescent elephant without altering the landscape. The whole idea is beyond absurd. Moreover, the Brigadier Bug has both cognitive abilities and leadership skills, silly stuff beneath even elementary school credulity.
However ... it is all shamelessly consistent. The book barks and howls the idiocy of the totally-not-possible while the bugs eat Northern Virginia, (further) slime Metro, and swallow more of Washington than a legion of patronage employees.
Basically, the story is nuts.
I loved it.