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Gordon A Kessler 

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Gordon A Kessler Bio:

Gordon A Kessler is a former US Marine parachutist, recon scout, and Super Squad team leader, with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industiral Technology.  He is a Master Instructor for Johnson County Community College, the National Academy of Railroad Sciences and BNSF Railway Company, Inc., and has taught novel writing for Butler County Community College. Kessler is a founder and current president of the Kansas Writers Association (a fifteen-year-old group of one hundred and fifty writers).  He is also an "indie writer" with three published thriller novels; Jezebel, Dead Reckoning and Brainstorm. His unpublished thriller A Culling of Innocents was a finalist for the Rupert Hughes Award at the 2003 Maui Writers Conference.  Two other unpublished thrillers, Jack Knight and The Storegga Effect, won first place consecutively in the KWA's 2003 and 2004 novel-writing competitions.  His nonfiction book specifically targeting beginning novelists, Novel Writing Made Simple, won second place in the Oklahoma Writers Federation's 2004 competition. Brainstorm, his latest thriller, won first place in the KWA's novel-writing competition in a previous year and he believes it is by far his best work.     

As an independent editor, speaker, conference organizer and writer, Kessler has made and kept current numerous contacts with editors and agents in the NY publishing industry as well as others around the country.  He tries to stay connected with writers and the writing industry by doing speaking engagements at writers conferences as well as for writers organizations and even small groups.  He conduct full-day writing seminars and workshops in the Midwest in cities like Wichita, Lincoln (Nebraska) and Kansas City, based on his Novel Writing Made Simple book.    

Over the past twenty years, Kessler has edited literally hundreds of fiction and non-fiction works. His editing services include the full gamut, dependent upon individual writer's needs— from quick read-throughs to full line edits and story reviews.  As a primer especially for the beginning novelist, his Grabber 1250! is a fun way to help seasoned as well as new writers examine their stories and ensure that when they present their work to the publishing industry, it will be at its very best.

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BRAINSTORM Synopsis:

What if a small American town is secretly replicated, populated with kidnapped scientists and psychically talented civilians, and then used as a proving ground while training psychic assassins?  Political and military leaders of the Free World are the targets of these psychic warriors, and Project Brainstorm's goal is world domination.  The only person who can stop the unthinkable plot is a seemingly simple man without a clue.

In BRAINSTORM, Gold Rush seems to be just another sleepy little Colorado community full of friendly, caring citizens, quaint cottages, and a sort of quiet peace, held gently by the picturesque mountains that surround it.  However, something isn't right in Gold Rush, and early on a Monday morning Robert Weller awakens with a cautioning and insuppressible voice inside his head.  He soon finds a secret behind every door, a motive with every glance, and a lie beneath every spoken word.  After meeting a strange but beautiful woman named Sunny who insists they were once lovers, people begin dropping dead around him without apparent cause.  The world he thought he knew twists upside down as paramilitary teams hunt him, and his own wife and the people he considers friends turn against him.  After his wife falls dead inexplicably, he is thrown into the middle of a military mission to rescue thousands of the town's citizens from a plot to destroy the Free World. 

In time, Weller discovers he was once the CIA's top remote viewer (based on an actual CIA project called Stargate).  He finds out he has telepathic powers enhanced to a lethal level, and his memory has been erased.  His subjugators have programmed him with new memories through hypnosis and hallucinogenic drugs aided by old TV shows, commercials, home movies, and other sensory stimuli.  Led by Dr. Xiang Gao, his handlers are hoping to make him a psychic warrior in order to assassinate certain heads of state and military leaders. 

Dr. Xiang is no ordinary general practitioner, and he's certainly more than the Weller family's trusted physician.  Under the guise of a caring doctor, he is a brutal but brilliant scientist, driven by revenge.  As the son of a Russian diplomat and a Shanghai prostitute, his vendetta against a cruel world for his horrendous childhood makes him blind to any sort of human empathy. His band of scientists along with Mike Wu, who Weller thinks is his best friend/brother-in-law, have molded Robert Weller into what they hope to be one of the most deadly weapons on earth, only one of hundreds they are now ready to unleash upon the world. 

But something goes wrong on the big test day, and Robert Weller shows a psychic talent beyond their hopes.  After unknowingly doing away with a number of his keepers, Weller breaks free and is in hiding with the assistance of a strange woman who has seemed to appear from nowhere. 

To stay alive, Weller subconsciously connects with the ethereal matrix, an eternal grid work that exists only in the mind (remote viewing). It acts as a never-ending card catalog, linking his mind to critical happenings in space and time, remote places in the past, present and future and he uses his seemingly newfound ability to outsmart his keepers and escape to safety.

In the end...well, you'll have to buy the book!

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Background about Brainstorm:

BRAINSTORM goes beyond the bounds of ordinary reason.  Research for the novel led Kessler to the CIA's Project Stargate, a twenty-year exploration into remote viewing and psychic powers which they actually relied upon even during and after the Persian Gulf War.  Delving into the background information needed for the project, he did extensive research into the incredible new developments in non-lethal weapons such as acoustic cannons, sticky foam, anti-traction substances, electromagnetic pulse devices, and infrared lasers.  He also was reminded of some very sobering statistics; there are still thousands of American MIAs from the Korean and Vietnam Wars.


NOVEL WRITING MADE SIMPLE Synopsis:

Novel Writing Made Simple is an easy to understand study manual for the beginning novelist, a reference and review for the experienced fiction writer; Novel Writing Made Simple is a comprehensive guide to the novel-writing craft. Its straightforward approach breaks down the rules and conventions of one of the most revered and subjective of all creative arts to their simplest forms. This thorough text covers everything from storytelling basics to manuscript submission. If you have room for but one novel-writing reference book beside your keyboard, Novel Writing Made Simple is the one to have.

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JEZEBEL Synopsis:

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Sleep lightly tonight…

A madman has come to town seeking a diabolical revenge and large dogs begin attacking their masters for no apparent reason and with heinous results.

Animal Control Director Tony Parker must find out why and stop the murderous attacks. Meanwhile, Jezebel, a huge black Great Dane has killed her master and is loose, terrorizing the city and stalking Parker and his family. Parker and Sarah Hill, his beautiful and seductive young assistant, attempt to unravel the mystery and stop the terrible carnage while dealing with their own demons and lusty desires.

The attacks must be stopped. Jezebel must be found-and soon, you see--there is one other complication. Parker seems to have come down with an annoying little virus. No, it's not one of those irritating summer colds. It's certain death.

She's a murderess, huge and black as a hell-bound night.

Beware. Jezebel is on the loose!
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Here’s what others are saying about Jezebel:

“Gordon Kessler has crafted a compelling and intense novel that grabs you by the throat and won't let go. His characters are well drawn and complex. You'll find yourself yelling out loud at them in either fear or frustration. The plot is full of twists and turns that never let you relax.

“Jezebel is definitely a book you will remember. You may also find yourself looking a little nervously at your beloved pet. Is that a smile - or could it be a snarl...? Highly recommended!”—Nancy L. Mehl “Author” from MyShelf.com
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“Mr. Kessler is a very strong writer who creates in his first novel an almost palpable moment in time. Disturbing as his subject matter is, he unabashedly writes what he sees with the unblinking eye of a well-trained sniper. All of his characters have redemptive qualities, but are full of the human frailties that the flesh is heir to. The reader finds himself lusting after the nubile Sarah Hill, while simultaneously trying to focus on the fantastic Julie Parker waiting at home, willing himself (and the hero) to make the right choice. Kessler draws you in and forces you to care about his creations even as he rips their world asunder before your very eyes.

“…an excellent first effort and a really enjoyable read. This is definitely a book that will be savored by the adult mystery/crime enthusiast. An author to watch.”—Jason D. Larche
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“A fine, scary thriller. Gordon Kessler has crafted himself one fine, scary thriller in Jezebel. The fact that this scenario actually could happen made it all the more frightening to me. I couldn't help but think while reading it what a good movie it would make. All the ingredients are at hand: interesting characters, with non-stop fright and suspense that plays well against the Heartland locale. The prologue alone was enough to make my hair stand on end.

“Jezebel is a heart pounding, adrenaline pumping story and Mr. Kessler writes well. I recommend it to adults who enjoy suspense and fright.”—Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review


DEAD RECKONING Synopis:
 

A young woman investigator goes undercover aboard a small US Navy ship to find out why its crewmembers are disappearing one by one. Not knowing whom she can trust, Janelle “"Spurs”" Sperling encounters high seas, drugs, sexism, homophobia, love and murder aboard a ship of horrors before discovering the real danger.

She is thrown into non-stop, life-threatening situations as she uncovers startling clues while teaming up with both friend and foe to stop an unthinkable terrorist plot to kill thousands of Americans. She soon discovers that the ones wearing the white hats aren't always the good guys as memories of a traumatic childhood event comes back to slap her in the face and reveal that she is an unwitting pawn in a deadly game between the US government, ruthless terrorists and her own family. She has but one choice. The only way to stop a catastrophe of enormous proportions is going to be...Suicide!

All hands, stand by for heavy rolls! We're coming about and heading into the storm.


"JACK KNIGHT" (short story) Synopsis:
 
A teenager growing up in a small town in the late 60's is introduced to love with the tomboy he's grown up with and a bond with a neighborhood tough soon to be drafted. He feels the world changing, and sees it in his friends and the times. With his life twisting in directions he never saw coming, he finally unlocks a mystery that will forever change his life and leave him a choice that he may always regret.

"TOOTHPICK FOR TWO" (short story) Synopsis:
On a stormy night coming home from a family reunion, a long married couple is reminded why they love eachother. A simple, thoughtful act warms even the coldest of hearts and can cure what ails those who have been together for years, but have forgotten how much they really love each other. True love isn't all fun, but it can be funny, especially when you find it all over again.

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