by David Berardelli
After a Florida CEO meets a beautiful woman, his life suddenly implodes.
In the course of an investigation, Private Detective Adam Brooks encounters a beautiful woman whose mysterious past points to serious intrigue. Meanwhile, Richard Warden, CEO and owner of WarCo, Inc., the Orlando-based software empire, meets a beautiful green-eyed young redhead in one of his favorite bars and is immediately taken by her beauty and sophistication. While he actively pursues her, tragedy strikes repeatedly in his personal life, and his empire gradually crumbles. Warden has no idea why all these terrible things are happening to him. His only clue is the beautiful mystery-woman who coincidentally entered his life at the same time his troubles started. Has she been hired by one of his enemies or competitors with the sole purpose of ruining him? Adam suspects another reason. She could possibly be a long-suffering victim from Warden's checkered past who has vowed to destroy him. But whoever she is, Warden discovers he is running out of time. The mystery of all this becomes a tense race to find out the truth before the entire WarCo conglomerate goes down in flames. It doesn't take long at all before Warden realizes that the solution to the mystery could prove to be the end of his career, as well as his life ... and that it could also quite possibly be the best thing that could happen to him.
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Influenced by the works of Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, and Theodore Sturgeon, he began writing in his early teens. He's also a James Bond fanatic and has read every Ian Fleming novel. As a boy, he was inspired by "The Twilight Zone," and focused on horror and sci-fi as well as suspense. He also loves humor, frequently including it in his stories, as evidenced in his DEMON CHASER series of five novels. His novels, WAGON DRIVER, AND DARKNESS FELL, and AFTER DARKNESS FELL, all focus on futuristic dystopian societies. APPRENTICE and STEPPING OUT OF MY GRAVE deal with death, and are both spiced with humor. His FUNNY DETECTIVE series is another example of his humorous take on death. His novel, IN ANOTHER REALM, deals with a world only our subconscious could be aware of. A RIPPLE IN TIME, AWAKENED, and YESTERDAY'S JOURNEY are tales dealing with illusion and the imagination. COLORS, FATAL INNOCENCE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, BEYOND RECOGNITION, BEYOND GUILT, and REDEMPTION are all suspense stories. Many of his stories take place in Orlando, Florida, where he lived and worked for more than twenty years.