Book: Breakthrough by Michael C Grumleycategories: Book, Suspense, Dolphins, Thriller, Military, Action Adventure, Political Thriller, Environment, Action, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction
Michael C Grumleyabout this book: Being an IT Director for years had always left an interesting idea bubbling below the surface for me. You see, the Information Technology field gives you a deep level of insight into the modern mystery of how technology really works, which always left me with a secret, underlying desire…write a Sci-Fi book the way it should be written. Most Sci-Fi books rely on giant leaps of faith and assumptions about how things work, or how the protagonists had arrived where they were. But being in IT allowed me to do two things, describe how technology actually got them there, and explain how technology could be used to do something truly astounding. No, I'm not talking about making a self-aware phone or putting a GPS chip under your skin, I'm talking about writing a story where technology allows us to do something amazing; something that some might consider… unthinkable.
But there was a problem, a big one. Writing a book is no easy feat and it's an extremely creative process as you have to develop and weave multiple plots together seamlessly. More importantly, computer geeks tend to think very logically, and in 1s and 0s, which is the equivalent of a computer's language. Working all day in the world of 1s and 0s and then coming home to change your entire mindset to function creatively, is a very difficult thing to do. Now imagine trying to do that every day for five months.
The second problem was ensuring that the theme and logistics in the book were based on real technological trends. After all, I work for a PR company that specializes in technology, and I would be skinned alive if I wrote something as implausible as most other Sci-Fi books. Luckily IT geeks tend to have a relatively decent understanding of other, semi-related fields such as algorithms, cryptology, and frequencies, so delivering a solid story that was realistic enough to avoid getting beaten up by my coworkers, was at least possible.
So five months later, here I am. A Sci-Fi/Action Adventure book that has a core plot that you've probably never seen before, a great fast paced read, and an approving nod from some of my most tech savvy PR colleagues. The funny thing is, I liked it enough to start another book.
Of course I didn't mention anything to my peers while I was writing the first one, so the next time you walk by your IT Director, don't make any assumptions about what he might be doing at night.
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