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Alternate Naval Academy
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Michael (Mike) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. A retired (2002) computer systems analyst, he has also served as a Blue & Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy (in which he interviewed potential candidates for the Navy's college in Annapolis, Maryland). In 2013, he retried from his Naval Academy 'job', after 20 years of service. In addition, he is an avid model railroader, and, in what's left of his spare time, he is a passionate reader and gardener. Since retiring, Mike has turned his attention to writing. Mike writes in a variety of genres including: Science Fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and action adventure. He likes to blend these genres into unique and edgy novels, some of which are geared towards a YA audience. Currently, he has completed several YA novels, including Piasa and Cryptid (a sequel to Piasa). In a different setting he has completed, LifeShift and Moonglimmer, the first two novels of a Sci-Fi Adventure series. To be released aound the end of 2020 is Ió 27. Other works in progress include, Shadow Lake, an experiment combining fiction with memoir that is currently a stand alone novel, and The Calling, a novel that follows a group of Naval Academy appointees who are instead put into an alternate school, the Chesapeake Naval Academy. Michael has attended the San Diego State Writers’ Conference many times and was twice chairman, and also a past secretary, of the Schaumburg Scribes writing group in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he lives with his two assistants, rescue cats, Io and Iris. He also served as senior editor of the groups Chapbook three times. He is a former member of the Chicago Screenwriters Network and founder of the Schaumburg Novel Writers Group. In addition he has taken several classes and attended other conferences. Michael (Mike) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. A retired (2002) computer systems analyst, he has also served as a Blue & Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy (in which he interviewed potential candidates for the Navy's college in Annapolis, Maryland). In 2013, he retried from his Naval Academy 'job', after 20 years of service. He has been writing since 2000.
A varied group of new plebes, first year students at the Naval Academy, find themselves sent, not to the storied school in Annapolis, Maryland, but instead to an experimental civilian run version, The Chesapeake Naval Academy. They include Anastasiia Lashkova, a young woman from the Russian Federation who seeks the opportunity to be a military pilot, David Lavelle, a French student who seeks a US Navy pilot, the father who abandoned him and his mother when he was born, and a group of others from various strata of the United States, who have been somehow drawn into the allure of the Navy’s university. They intermix with a small group of upper classmen of various years who also find themselves transferred to the experimental school. Once there both groups examine the reasons they came and why they are subjecting themselves to the rigors of the military school. All try to cope with the fact that they must learn in a challenging setting that has none of the charm of the original school on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. They all find they have answered some inner urging to follow this path in life.
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The book involves characters from several backgrounds. It has a mix of main characters probably more slanted toward the females. I have someone else formatting the main book and you would have to confer with her on fonts used. Scenes shift all over the country and in Russia and France. Mostly at the alternate Naval Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. I'm looking for someone to surprise me with their knowledge of the military academies. FYI It features several characters sharing what inspired their interest. For Anastasiia (The Russian girl) it was seeing the Russian Aerobatic team, The Swifts, at an airshow. Videos of this colorful group of planes (MIG29s) are available on the web. For another it was seeing a Navy destroyer coming out of the Navy yard in San Diego and sailing under the Coronado bridge. Another saw a Navy carriier departing from Norfolk for duty in the middle East. While I have photos of the last two I'd prefer something illustrated. These are all suggested guidelines. In the course of the novel a group visits Area 51's Main Gate in Nevada. Surely everyone knows what Area 51 is. They journey down Nevada Highway 375, known as the Loneliest Highway in America. It's also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway since it goes past Area 51. All of this is also available on the internet. These are all possible suggestions. What do you all think?
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While the designer can use stock imagery I don't want to be stuck with something because that is all that's available.
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