It Gives You Strength
Date: August 2020
Duration: 7 hours 32 minutes
An alien, Tashan Zho, on a rescue mission to the distant planet Earth is transported into the dying body of bootlegger Ryan Costello. Upon his death, Costello’s body is reanimated by the alien, and endowed with supernatural powers. Unfortunately, the body is so damaged from years of alcohol abuse that the alien’s memory and his vital files are corrupted. All that remains of his mission plan is one phrase: “Find the one called Mike Kelly.” Complicating matters, the alien soon discovers that Kelly is the leader of a criminal gang of World War veterans, who are battling mobster Jack 'Legs” Diamond for control of the lucrative Canada/New York rum-running market. Upon recognizing Costello's enhanced abilities and physical strength, Kelly forces the alien into the mob. Since Kelly is his only chance of discovering and completing his mission, the alien agrees. Zho, in the body of Costello, soon learns his crucial task - to rescue a child from the infamous Craig Colony before his planet dispatches an armada so massive that its mere entry into the atmosphere would devastate the Earth.
The story, a mashup of historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, is set in upstate New York during prohibition. The fictional characters interact with actual historical figures, including mobster Jack 'Legs” Diamond, heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey, and World War hero Edith Cavell.
'Historical and sports fiction fans will fly through this book....'
-Independent Book Review
'It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It's a well written sci-fi fantasy with perfect pacing. Five Stars.'
-Emerald Book Reviews
'A rip-roariing blend of space opera, history, and fantasy, this is entertainment at its best. A must-read.'
-The Prairies Book Reviews