What do Mad Cow Disease, ten old college friends, a CIA experiment, a Chinese general, a crazed killer, and a mountain top in Colorado have in common?
After making a sizable fortune in cellphone licenses, Brent has lived quietly alone on his mountainside in Colorado for more than three years until 1994 when his entire life is turned inside-out by a hired killer with no conscience. The crazy mercenary has kidnapped nine of Brent’s old college friends from thirty years earlier and brought them to his mountain home in search of the answer to a question for which his Chinese employer is paying big money. The problem is that none of the friends has a clue to help answer the Chinese’s question: when forty college students were part of a long-ago CIA experiment, why had these ten survived while the other thirty died soon after college graduation? Brent will have to abandon his minding-his-own-business philosophy if he and the only woman he has ever loved and his former friends are to survive the terror in his mountain-side house.
George Schieren is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Appalachian State University. He retired after teaching for thirty-one years at ASU in Boone, North Carolina and serving as Chairman of the Department for twelve years. His teaching experience also includes six years at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a BA in Economics from Cornell University, and a PH.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His loves are his wife, his five children, and eleven grandchildren; and reading and writing. For entertainment, he enjoys listening to old (1950’s) R & B music and shag dancing when he is able. North and South Carolina have a great shagging community that is a big part of George’s life. Mixology is his favorite hobby – creating drinks is a blast!
For reading, his favorite authors are Jason Matthews, David Baldacci, and especially two great old ones – Edward S. Aarons and Donald Hamilton (they put Ian Fleming to shame!)