Mike Harkins


Michael W. Harkins is an independent journalist and media consultant in Northern California. His 2016 book, "Move to Fire - A family's tragedy, a lone attorney, and a teenager's victory over a corrupt gunmaker," is the culmination of a ten-year project documenting the true story of a boy accidentally shot and paralyzed by a defective gun, and the attorney who won a $50,000,000 product liability judgment for the boy a decade later.
The book received acclaim in 2016 as one of only nine independently published nonfiction titles to receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which also included the title on its 2016 Spring Titles to Watch list, and 2016 Independent All Stars list. The book's Facebook page can be accessed at facebook.com/movetofire.
His previous book, The Way to Communicate, a guide for developing enhanced personal communication skills, was released in 2010. His forty-year creative career has included work for and with a wide variety of clients, including Jackson Family Wines / Kendall-Jackson, Gatorade, USC Keck Medical Center, the American Red Cross, Thrice Fiction magazine, and NorthBay Biz magazine. His commentary has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and his early concert industry work included concert production and video production with Journey, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson. He is a former adult literacy tutor, volunteers with several wildlife organizations, and is a veteran of the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division.

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Move To Fire - A Family's Tragedy, A Lone Attorney, And A Teenager's Victory Over A Corrupt Gunmaker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,930. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Liability, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs
Ten years after a defective gun almost killed him, a teenager wins a stunning $24,000,000 product liability award against the country's most corrupt gunmaker. When the gunmaker files bankruptcy, then schemes to secretly regain control of it, the teen attempts to buy the company himself and stop it from making thousands more defective guns like the one that almost killed him.
The Way to Communicate
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 34,240. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
By explaining how to understand and use shared life-experiences; develop and use greater awareness; and with an unprecedented collection of communication and presenting insights, readers follow a path that leads to establishing effective, personal communication connections with anyone. A book that provides an enduring foundation for how to interact with, speak and present to people effectively.

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