What’s New with Bert Black!

On my NEWS page I’ll keep people up to date on readings and other events related to my books and other writings. I have an obviously Progressive view of the world, and from time to time I’ll be doing articles and blog postings on current topics and events. I’ll be blogging on both this website and the site for the law firm where I work -- Schaefer Halleen. On the firm site I recently posted a blog on equal pay for women. I’ll also occasionally give a progress report on my current longer writing projects, like Impeachment Day and my next novel or two.

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SUBTEXT BOOKSTORE - ST PAUL

SUNDAY, DEC 6th, 3:00 pm

Meet the author of Impeachment Day! Bert will read excerpts from his book, give insights into his writing process and share many of his real life stories from this fictional thriller. Get more details at SUBTEXT BOOKSTORE - St. Paul. If you think America’s political warfare has sunk to an all-time low, fast forward with novelist Bert Black and see what happens when fed-up voters choose a third party New American Progressive as President. Sally Macalester wins the popular vote, but not a majority in the Electoral College. So under the Twelfth Amendment the House of Representatives gets to choose, and that’s when things get really strange.

The Republicans' effort to impeach the new President goes nowhere until terrorists simultaneously bomb eight major shopping malls. Though they have no evidence, the Tea Party types are certain Iran is responsible and they want to launch an immediate nuclear attack. When President Macalester refuses, everyone in the GOP thinks they finally can make her impeachment stick.

Macalester needs to uncover the truth fast, but the director of the CIA is a right wing hack she had to keep as part of the compromise that got her elected. So she reluctantly turns to the Marine Corps Commandant, her one-time college sweetheart. His quest truth takes him from the remotest parts of the Middle East to the remotest parts of Idaho, then back to Washington for a desperate finale.

With intelligence and keenly honed suspense, Impeachment Day takes dead aim at the Tea Party and the ongoing Republican faith in a bombs-away foreign policy and the tooth-and-claw free-market philosophy of Ayn Rand. A must read for all thinking Americans.

Bert Black is a Minnesota lawyer who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He lives in downtown Minneapolis with a dog and a cat and memories of his late wife. When not practicing law or writing he is an avid bicycle rider. Impeachment Day is his first novel.

EAT MY WORDS BOOKSTORE - NE MINNEAPOLIS

SATURDAY, SEPT 12, 7:00pm

Meet the author of Impeachment Day! Bert will read excerpts from his book, give insights into his writing process and share many of his real life stories from this fictional thriller. Get more details at EAT MY WORDS BOOKSTORE - Minneapolis. If you think America’s political warfare has sunk to an all-time low, fast forward with novelist Bert Black and see what happens when fed-up voters choose a third party New American Progressive as President. Sally Macalester wins the popular vote, but not a majority in the Electoral College. So under the Twelfth Amendment the House of Representatives gets to choose, and that’s when things get really strange.

The Republicans' effort to impeach the new President goes nowhere until terrorists simultaneously bomb eight major shopping malls. Though they have no evidence, the Tea Party types are certain Iran is responsible and they want to launch an immediate nuclear attack. When President Macalester refuses, everyone in the GOP thinks they finally can make her impeachment stick.

Macalester needs to uncover the truth fast, but the director of the CIA is a right wing hack she had to keep as part of the compromise that got her elected. So she reluctantly turns to the Marine Corps Commandant, her one-time college sweetheart. His quest truth takes him from the remotest parts of the Middle East to the remotest parts of Idaho, then back to Washington for a desperate finale.

With intelligence and keenly honed suspense, Impeachment Day takes dead aim at the Tea Party and the ongoing Republican faith in a bombs-away foreign policy and the tooth-and-claw free-market philosophy of Ayn Rand. A must read for all thinking Americans.

Bert Black is a Minnesota lawyer who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He lives in downtown Minneapolis with a dog and a cat and memories of his late wife. When not practicing law or writing he is an avid bicycle rider. Impeachment Day is his first novel.

MAGERS AND QUINN - MINNEAPOLIS

AUG 12, 7:00pm

Meet the author of Impeachment Day! Bert will read excerpts from his book, give insights into his writing process and share many of his real life stories from this fictional thriller. Get more details at MAGERS AND QUINN BOOKSTORE - Minneapolis. If you think America’s political warfare has sunk to an all-time low, fast forward with novelist Bert Black and see what happens when fed-up voters choose a third party New American Progressive as President. Sally Macalester wins the popular vote, but not a majority in the Electoral College. So under the Twelfth Amendment the House of Representatives gets to choose, and that’s when things get really strange.

The Republicans' effort to impeach the new President goes nowhere until terrorists simultaneously bomb eight major shopping malls. Though they have no evidence, the Tea Party types are certain Iran is responsible and they want to launch an immediate nuclear attack. When President Macalester refuses, everyone in the GOP thinks they finally can make her impeachment stick.

Macalester needs to uncover the truth fast, but the director of the CIA is a right wing hack she had to keep as part of the compromise that got her elected. So she reluctantly turns to the Marine Corps Commandant, her one-time college sweetheart. His quest truth takes him from the remotest parts of the Middle East to the remotest parts of Idaho, then back to Washington for a desperate finale.

With intelligence and keenly honed suspense, Impeachment Day takes dead aim at the Tea Party and the ongoing Republican faith in a bombs-away foreign policy and the tooth-and-claw free-market philosophy of Ayn Rand. A must read for all thinking Americans.

Bert Black is a Minnesota lawyer who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He lives in downtown Minneapolis with a dog and a cat and memories of his late wife. When not practicing law or writing he is an avid bicycle rider. Impeachment Day is his first novel.

Impeachment Day is an engrossing thriller/whodunit with an exceptionally clever plot. Early on, we learn that the 12th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, designed in part to prevent the election of a president and a vice-president from opposing parties, could actually still lead to this result—and has done so in the book. Other elements of the plot are similarly eye-opening, like the susceptibility of shopping malls to a terrorist attack and the bizarre political as well as geographic landscape of Yemen. There’s never a dull moment in the entire book. Moreover, the quality of the writing is top notch, the characters are well-drawn and engaging (including a female President and a Marine Commandant who’s an avid bicycle rider), and the philosophical reflections in between the action scenes add some intellectual meat to the story. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

- Ann Hobson