“Better Times Ahead” is a true life, action adventure story. It’s about re-invention. An American grows up on a farm but become a global legal negotiator who is then laid off and loses everything. That experience led to becoming a TV Terrorism analyst who finds himself in a series of events that Indiana Jones might encounter.
Michael goes to Syria on behalf of a Texas mom whose 12 year old daughter was taken without mom’s consent to the Middle East, which is not a signatory to the International Child Kidnapping treaty.
Later, Michael would be negotiating in Europe when he discovered the mysterious other side had scammed $1.5 million from his clients who were unaware of it until his investigation. When it turned out the gang was not from Europe, Michael would end up having to choose between risking floating in a Dutch canal or disguising himself as a woman to evade the gang until his investigation was over.
The chapter “Is this Texas or the Middle East” recounts the day Michael was kidnapped after the plane he was flying had an electrical failure. Ironically, that failure ended up saving him.
It ends with “Agenda for American Greatness” – a FREE chapter on solutions for America to win the 21st century global high tech economy in a dangerous, unpredictable world – from the view of the author who has been in nearly 50 countries over 30 years from Fortune 500 to entrepreneur….
Illustrated with author photos. See changes in USA, China, India, etc. over the last 30 years.
Chapter 1 – Toto, This Sure Ain’t Kansas
Chapter 2 – Nostradamus Never Predicted This
Chapter 3 – The Layoff: Night Train from Shanghai
Chapter 4 – Broke in Bangkok
Chapter 5 – Time Travel, Jet Lag and African Voodoo
Chapter 6 – Indiana Jones Never Tried This
Chapter 7 – Is This East Texas or the Middle East?
Chapter 8 – Predicting 9/11 and Running Against “The Hammer”
Chapter 9 – Agenda for American Greatness
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