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“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

For more information, click the Agenda for American Greatness Link above. link.


  • Mike has been there, seen it for himself, and is not afraid to tell it like he saw it. The tale is told in words I can understand, with pictures to back up the words. I recommend this book to liberals and conservatives with enough sense to know the truth is always somewhere in the middle, and that no one is all good or all bad.

    Ron S.
  • Fjetland presents some good arguments for changing the way we view the world but there are a few comments that indicate he thinks everyone should be able to fend for themselves. Lots of good information about the world mixed with his autobiography.

    Charles F.
  • This book is brilliant, very informative and educational while entertaining throughout. It should be mandatory reading for all high school/college students. Mr. Fjetland’s vast intelligence and experience working in over 90 countries since the early 80’s gives the reader first hand knowledge of the internal workings of these countries and how they interact with the USA on many issues and levels. There is not one boring paragraph in this book. I highly recommend it to everyone. You will love it.

    Janet O.


As a legal entrepreneur Michael was kidnapped in East Texas after his planes electrical system failed,performed a gender switch to avoid international gangsters in Amsterdam, negotiated a child kidnapping case in Syria for a Texas mom, and traveled to strange places around the world from the Great Wall of China to the pyramids of Egypt. He was “kicked out” of the Nile Hilton to make room for Pres. Carter’s peace mission, the first between Israel and an Arab country. He predicted 9/11 on TV and as a terrorism analyst opposed the Iraq war. He ran for Congress against one of the most powerful Congressmen of his time, until that rep (Tom DeLay) resigned in disgrace.

From African voodoo on a wild oil deal, aggressive girls in Rio, to road trips through Central America and Mexico, time wrap around the world with Michael for a vicarious adventure few ever get to experience.

Above photos: Two scenes Better Times Ahead

(Left) Michael Fjetland, Terrorism Analyst on 911 and (Right) as
Volunteer Pilot for Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary)”

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