A judge is brutally murdered; a sixteen year-old girl is accused. Josie Bates, an attorney who left her high powered law practice when her skill inadvertently led to the deaths of two small children, cannot turn her back on this one. Reluctantly she takes on a case that will put both their lives on the line and change one of them forever.
Ex DEA agent, Billy Russell, committed a heinous crime against a man who committed an unspeakable crime against him. Billy was sentenced to 20 years hard labor in total isolation from the outside world. Without explanation, he is suddenly paroled 5 years early. Returning to society, he learns that an isolated nuclear attack has spread primal fear of a nuclear holocaust, which allowed autocratic billionaires to seize control of the world. But the new world government’s faulty economic policies have led to poverty, crime, disease, and rampant drug addiction.
As a condition of his parole, the government assigns Billy to a secret government sanctioned assassination squad whose job it is to eliminate political dissenters. Their gaffe, however, was assuming Billy would do their bidding willingly. They were wrong. Billy is approached by a secret underground dissident group planning to overthrow the authoritarian world government. He joins them to end the government’s demonic reign of tyranny only to discover the shocking details of what is really taking place.
The first page and a half will grab you, the unexpected ending will spin you around.
Midnight Black is a fast-paced, action packed thriller/suspense novel in the tradition of author Lee Child. Available everywhere in Audiobook, e-book, and paperback formats.
Hans Rosling challenges everything you thought you knew about the world in his groundbreaking book, Factfulness.
Think you know what percent of the world is vaccinated? Or many people have access to electricity? Rosling proves that whatever you think, you’re most likely wrong. Learn how to fight your own personal bias and get a more realistic perspective on the world with Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.
What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include?
– Synopsis of the original book
– Rosling’s original quiz to help determine where your world view stands
– The ten “instincts” that lead us astray
– Detailed guidance on how to fight the instincts
– Anecdotal evidence of damange the instincts can have
– Analysis of troves of Rosling’s data to paint a clearer picture of the world
– Editorial reivew
– Background on the author
About the Original Book:
In Factfulness, Rosling has compiled a life of work and research into a call-to-action for reason, rationality, and data. He argues that most people assume the world is worse off today than it was in the past, and that this is patently false. Using decades, and sometimes centuries, of data, he systemically counters many common notions held today–that the world is more violent, that more people live in poverty, and that population growth is not truly exponential–to name a few.
DISCLAIMER:This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Factfulness. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.
When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.
Targeted Age Group: General
Genre: thriller/legal thriller
My husband, a Superior Court judge in California, presided over a criminal case in which he sentenced a sixteen-year-old boy to life in prison because he had been tried as an adult. It was a dramatic trial and it was the inspiration for Hostile Witness. When you wrote the book did you know you were going to offer it as an audio book?
Why did you decide to produce an audio book?
My son is a talent manager and his client, Tara Platt, is an award winning voiceover. I have to credit him for making it happen and Tara for bringing life to the characters I love.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
Tara actually did a sample reading for me. After I heard her voice, there was never any question that she would be the voice of Josie Bates and The Witness Series.
GIve your talent as much information as you can in as orderly a manner as you can. I wrote an overview for Tara of each of the primary characters – not just the main one – a short synopsis, plot points etc. I also gave her a copy of the book. What else would you like to share with readers about your audio book?
I am not sure I can adequately express the feeling of hearing this story told. I thought an audio book would feel a bit anticlimactic. After all, I knew who these characters were, I knew the story, I knew how it ended and yet I found myself caught up as if I it was unfolding for the first time. That was an amazing experience.