Mike Kennedy

Biography

Indianapolis author Mike Kennedy described by Trident Media Group, saying: Kennedy has a way with words and that readers attracted to Hemingway and Mailer will love Season of Many Thirsts (A novel brought to E-Books under the original title: REPORT FROM MALI). Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says of the manuscript: This is a potentially important and significant novel on many levels, including formally. Little, Brown says of the novel: Our admiration for its ambition and the energy and high-octane force it applies toward these engrossing geopolitical events. Chance and his team are memorable characters. Random House says: Kennedy captures the strange, and intriguing world of Mali. Playwright Arthur Miller said of Kennedy: Marilyn and I used to think there was something funny about Mike, and then we realized that he was simply hilarious.

The Indianapolis Public Library has purchased all seven of my works of fiction. It was at their Broad Ripple Branch, by way of bicycle, where the love of books was discovered and was eventually followed by the rack of paperback books at McSoley's Drug Store where paper route profits were invested. McSoley's books remain on my shelves yet today, yielding dividends with no sign of stopping.

When I write, my single, overriding thought is always for that reader who finds fiction a drudge, and hopes, against all evidence, that he too may become transported to another time and another place to new-found friends that will take him for what he is, and never leave him.

I have discovered the same thought by Robert Louis Stevenson in his dedication to his novel Kidnapped: “…a book for the winter evening school-room when…the hour for bed draws near…[whose] purpose [is] to steal some young gentleman’s attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands…and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.”

If you've come this far, perhaps you might allow me to ask you a question. Yes, I mean you. WHY AREN'T PEOPLE READING FICTION? Here's where to send your answer: TOM12ATO12@GMAIL.COM

There can be no wrong answer to such a question as it seeks only to know the lay of the land in front of the observer, and no one else stands precisely where you stand.

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Books

Late Night Radio
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,280. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
July 4th 1939 celebrated storyteller Orson Welles reconstructs events for the Associated Press with a frame tale of Manhattan, melding ages past with those to come, a synergy of voice and concept braiding the method of Poe with that of Heinlein. In a few days, we won’t call this New York City any longer and the statue on the plaza will depict someone else besides the general who shelled Atlanta.
In Their Own Likeness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,550. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Carmel, Indiana, city of spinning roundabouts. Just ahead of the financial crisis, the housing bubble pops first in Pebblebrook, where the gods have created man in their own likeness. Hermes The Messenger is our narrator. The women of Pebblebrook have put him in mind of the pampered girls of ancient Mycenae. There is something about being kept in luxury that forces a woman into bloom.
Bare Branches
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,360. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
From Manhattan to the Florida Keys back-country: the Chinese hunt for Sally Luck. Finally, the Coast Guard cutter Thetis is underway. Jillian orders Captain Becker to anchor the yacht in the Johnson Key Channel. Higgins will be coming up the Cudjoe Channel. The waterways will seem almost to join, but midway, the sea floor rises enough to trap his boat upon the rocks.
Lady of the Yellowstone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,970. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A young woman in grad school at Purdue University, beginning an unforgettable summer expedition, does not expect her every move to soon become the lead story on the evening news. When one or both of the tunnels connect, America hopes the Yellowstone magma chamber will drain, releasing pressure, and giving mankind a century, or an age, or an epoch in which to prepare once more.
Report From Mali
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,680. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » General
One million Tuareg have crossed the Sahara for a thousand years, but only in the 20th century have these Blue Men of the Dune Sea crossed the black lines of maps. As the French were leaving North Africa, their cartographers drew Mali's unhappy shape. It is the map that condemns Mali to never ending strife. This is a story of the Arab Spring in a new season of many thirsts.
Leda and the Swan and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,090. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Year 2000. Marilyn Monroe never died. Her suicide was staged. Her assassin could not go through with it. Where did she hide? Why is she back? Did America’s most glamorous woman age gracefully? Escape to the Italian Alps with teenage Portia Bianchi to evade the clutches of Dictator Benito Mussolini. She takes her family fortune and a da Vinci painting stolen by her family 400 years ago.
The Prince of Staten Island and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,950. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
On a morning in 1987, a hotel died in Indianapolis. The fighter-bomber suffered a flame-out. The pilot stayed with it to within three seconds of the ground. Ejecting, he watched it glide through the lobby doors of the Ramada Inn. The dialogue between him and the control tower is lifted from the actual FAA transcript.

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