July 20, 2021, was a date nobody would ever forget. It was the day Earth made contact with intelligent beings from another planet. They were human, from the planet Outland. They came because citizens in a private space yacht found one of Earth’s deep space probes, the “Voyager.” It had been launched from Earth in 2002, and its mission was to study Charon, the Moon of Pluto. After this, it sped out of the solar system with the hope that one day some intelligent beings would find it. And that was precisely what happened.
When the large delegation from Outland came to Earth, representatives from all nations on Earth descended on the United Nations building in New York. Earth found out that there were hundreds of planets with intelligent beings within two hundred light years.
Genre: Science Fiction
Becky Vasquez was a young medic in the US Air Force. While on a humanitarian mission in El Salvador, she and her team are betrayed by one of their own. Worse yet, it is a man Becky loves.
When they are attacked by drug runners and left for dead, Becky’s heartbreak leaves her more wounded than her physical injuries. Her zest for life gone, Becky heals on the outside and hides her more personal pain.
She accepts a job that she hopes will be routine and stress free on Mackinac Island in northern Lake Huron. But Becky hadn’t counted on meeting dashing young Tim Green, himself running from a checkered past. And neither of them counted on the sudden unexplained disappearances of boats and people in the waters surrounding the area.
Will being in danger once more force Becky to take a chance on love once more?
When it appears an ancient curse is to blame for the mounting disappearances, Becky and Tim are thrust into a final confrontation with the unknown, all the while learning they can live and love again.
This fictional account is set on Mackinac Island which is located at Lake Huron in Michigan. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are joined through the 5-mile wide, 20-fathom deep, open-water Straits of Mackinac. Author Clint H. Dunshee points out in his prolog that the “area is rich with military history and Americans did occupy the fort located on the island at one time.”
Becky Vasquez was seeking relief from her nightmares, physical and emotional trauma related drug runners that left her for dead in El Salvador while serving as a medic in the US Air Force. She applies for the job as tour guide at the Great Lakes Research Lab on the quiet island of Mackinac. She knows the island, the tourist industry, Victorian architect, walk and bike trails, the sound of horses instead of vehicles and longs for the quiet, scenic surroundings that will bring peace to her mind and body.
Tim Green is running from his own problems when he applied for a position as security officer at the same research facility on Mackinac Island. From day one Tim is struck by Becky’s attractive features and personality, but getting over the wall that Becky has constructed around her heart is going to be a challenge.
Soon their quiet day jobs turn into mystery and suspense when people, ships and planes in the area start disappearing. An old legend from the 1800’s tell about a Lieutenant on board the ship Voyager who made a deal with local Indians and pirates to steal a chest full of gold coins. The Voyager along with the coins sank in the deep waters. Not everyone perished and the Lieutenant was captured, put on trial and died at the hands of a firing squad. The legend says that his last words cursed the Straits of Mackinac and tales of his ghost wreaking havoc on ships are quickly blamed on these current disappearances.
The characters, dialog and story is as unique as the story teller. I quote from the book to whet your appetite.
“Becky walked through the bedroom to her balcony and looked out over the darkening straits. She could see the lights of businesses lining the main street of Mackinac Island. Her thoughts changed, and she wondered about the disappearances. All that water out there. The Great Lakes were basically fresh-water oceans. In fact the early explorers thought they had indeed discovered small fresh-water oceans. What could be causing these people and ships to vanish? Was there a curse? If they dove for the gold tomorrow would they too become statistics? Becky shook her head and laughed lightly. Just dive, pay attention, and use proper dive techniques and you’ll be fine, she counseled herself.”
I invite to enjoy Mackinac Island with Becky and Tim. There is fun, danger and a little romance, not to mention a mystery that has to be solved.
Cold Coffee Press/Café endorses Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee. While purchasing this book, pick up his second book titled Dark Autumn as well. This book was given to us in a PDF/Kindle format. This review was completed on June 1, 2016. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press and Cold Coffee Cafe. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com and http://coldcoffeecafe.com/
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspenseful Romance
Clint was born in northern Michigan in 1960. In 1982 in entered the US Air Force, spending his entire 20 year career as a medic. It was his experiences in the military that gave him countless ideas for novels, and the discipline to put them on paper.
Other than writing his loves are astronomy, weather forecasting, movies, and sled dog racing.
Besides writing novels Clint also loves movies and had written two screenplays. He has two novels thus far, Dark Autumn and Mackinac Triangle (both a sci-fi thrillers).
He currently is residing in northern Michigan with his two cats and four Siberian huskies.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Petoskey Michigan? Petoskey Michigan is a small area without a lot of “known” people.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My military service.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My time in the military made we want write stories about experiences and military people.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? About 10 years ago.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Overcoming challenges to finish a manuscript.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing my name on book covers.
How many published books do you have? Two
Please list the titles of all your books:
Dark Autumn by Clint H. Dunshee
Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Before
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I will write different types, no set type.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Mackinac Triangle.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I wanted to tell about a wonderful place I’ve been to many times growing up.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep writing, don’t quit.
Who is your favorite author and why? Robert Heinlein. I like how he combines science into his stories.