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Final Act


August 16, 2023

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"An entertaining story from a master of the craft." -- Christian Sia, Readers' Favorite PERFECT RECIPE FOR A THRILLER Mix together: Knowing when you are going to die ... Guns ... and an Election. Add Russians and stir. In this fast-paced sequel to Final Notice, master storyteller Van Fleisher weaves a plot that is simultaneously realistic and surrealistic ... and totally engrossing. Once again, it is set in today's chaotic political climate and gun-crazy culture; and once again, it features the "only slightly" sci-fi watch – the VT2 – that monitors blood chemistry so accurately that it can predict the wearer's death within 10, 20 or 30 days. But while Final Notice asked the question: "What would you do if you knew – for certain – that you had a couple weeks to live?" ... Final Act asks: "What might others do if they knew that you only had a couple weeks to live?" And when those "others" include Bratva (the Russian Mafia) and the SVR (formerly the KGB), you have a page-turner that turns "what if" into "what is." Final Act picks up the VT2 story during a presidential election year. Dr. Vijay Patel, the watch's inventor, is stunned and horrified by the havoc his creation has brought about, and works in cooperation with Zoe Brouet of the FBI to stem the violence associated with the VT2. The danger to everyone – especially the presidential candidates – is palpable. Crafted with suspense, dark humor, irony, and a dash of romance, Final Act casts a clear light on the deep divisions within our country, divisions that have been widened and exploited by a malignant foreign power. Critic's Praise for FINAL ACT "… impossible to put down …" -- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review "… dark humor, witty dialogues, and intelligent burning questions … -- Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite "a chilling, page-turning reflection of modern life." -- Self-Publishing Review "The action is riveting." -- Online Book Club

Author Description

Once upon a time, a high school teacher tricked me by offering a copy of "Catcher in Rye." Thinking it was a book about baseball, I read it, and I was hooked on reading. Later in life, I enjoyed two careers over fifty years that afforded me, not only the opportunity to read voraciously on my thousands of flights (seriously), but also to learn so much about people, cultures, business, and life. I worked for an international airline and lived in five U.S. cities, three countries, and worked all over the world. My other career was as an international management consultant, working in and flying between thirty-plus countries. And so, when I retired, I decided to write. FINAL NOTICE was my first thriller and FINAL ACT followed. I live in California with my partner (and editor), Jackie, and our doodle, Yogi.

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