About Michael Springer

Michael Springer is a Minnesota native, graduate of Minnesota State University, former U.S. Navy line officer, and free-lance writer. He lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

New Release: Kaiser Brightman 082314, Winner of the 2012 Readers' Favorite Book Award for Best Action Fiction.

Kaiser Brightman 082314In mid-1944, a half-million German prisoners of war are working in U.S. factories and fields because military enlistments and the draft have caused labor shortages. Two hundred PWs are billeted in an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp on Muskrat Island in the Minnesota River at New Bonn.

Twelve-year-olds, Frank Warner, Jack Steiner, and Skeeter Stark stake out the PW camp from an abandoned cabin along the river. Frank's and Jack's dads are serving with the 3rd Infantry Division in Italy. Skeeter's brother is an Army Ranger in France.

Frank and Jack are Boy Scouts, and fluent in Morse Code; however, a series of mysterious radio messages intercepted in that format baffles them.

The boys build a raft and land on the island. They encounter a PW who drops a matchbook cover with the following strange words and numbers printed on the back: KAISER BRIGHTMAN 082314. The trio is drawn into a Nazi conspiracy of murder and sabotage that imperils many lives, including theirs.

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"Highly readable YA Novel"

As critic for Writer's Digest School, I see a multitude of work by new writers. As you well know, a high percentage of it is abysmal- without a coherent structure, lacking a plot that holds together, and offering one-dimensional characters.

Perhaps that's why I was so impressed with the book to which this letter refers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Mike Springer's manuscript. Kaiser Brightman 082314 is a solid, dynamic, and highly readable YA novel. Springer has put the required components together to make his novel work in his targeted genre, and I recommend it
without reservations.

Very truly yours,
Paul Bagdon

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Other Novels by Michael Springer...

The Bootlegger's Secret

"A page- turning mystery that begs to be read in a day! A fantastic 5-star read...all ages would enjoy!"
--- Readers Favorite

"I give The Bootlegger's Secret a five-star rating...definitely a great book."
--- Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasRead

Mark Penn Goes to War, Sequel to The Bootlegger's Secret

"If you love stories that take you back to the good old days, reminiscent of Mayberry or Tom Sawyer, you're going to love this book..."
--- Brenda Casto, kittycrochettwo

"Another home run; no, a grand slam."
--- Mary James