A child of the Cold War, Max Grant departed eastern Canada at an early age for an all-American upbringing in Vermont and points south. His first exposure to geopolitical realities occurred when the town fathers, in response to the ongoing Cuban Missile Crisis, passed out red-filtered flashlights for use by children trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Max became an avid reader of World War II and Korean War accounts during his school years in upstate New York, where he learned to duck and cover to survive nuclear attack. At age 14, on a family vacation to England, he came face to face for the first time with real live Communists, a group of Chinese diplomats in identical Mao suits out for an afternoon stroll.
Ever curious about the land of his origin, Max returned to Canada’s Maritime Provinces to pursue his undergraduate studies, majoring in the environmental sciences. Intrigued by his new cultural experiences Max pursued graduate studies, in French, under the guidance of a cadre of Quebec separatists.
Based in Washington DC, his consulting career saw Max travel for work to 49 of the 50 US states. Max has spent the past six years in the long shadow of the DMZ enjoying the wonderful people, culture and economic miracle that are the Republic of Korea.
Early one February morning in 2004 Max awoke from a dream and went to his computer to type in the first page of Dawn of Betrayal. Unfortunately, this had him starting the story somewhat near to the end and Max had to figure out a way to make that work. Initially conceived as a parody of the hard-boiled 1940s detective story, six years of plot development and continual integration of new ideas and contemporary concerns resulted in a historical period piece that is a contribution to the sparse world of fictional anti-communist literature.
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Dawn of Betrayal
by Max Grant
On an open-ended assignment for one of Hollywood’s mainline studios Raymond James, private investigator, and his partner Miss Suzuki develop an understanding of the communist conspiracy plaguing America. Her experiences lead Miss Suzuki to predict the future capture of our country through promotion of a cult-of-personality figurehead fronting for a shadowy cabal of entrenched domestic enemies.
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- The Pit Stop
on Aug. 09, 2014
Can't recommend this author strongly enough...the writing is superb! Her short stories flow so well and, in such few words, create an almost epic tale bridging the past and present through a few very well developed characters. The Depot is another excellent read.
- The Depot
on Aug. 09, 2014
I have no idea what intrigued me so much I had to read this, as romance, fantasy, and ghosts let alone most contemporary stories are not on my list…must have been the suspense. Surprisingly, it didn’t disappoint! In fact this is probably the best-written, carefully crafted, contemporary fiction I’ve read in years, equaled only by Ms. DeSousa’s other excellent read, The Pit Stop. I cannot recommend this author enough, and I look forward to more from her in the genre of mystery/suspense.