This cover is simply great.
Counting on Trust by Mary Ferguson Powers released in September in the Thriller mystery genre.
In this suspense-charged, touching novel, Counting on Trust, information is stolen from a U.S. genetic engineering company (Omniprotein) by an employee promised payment by a Chinese general who wants to profit from selling the company’s technologies in the military region of China he commands.
• To force quick payment the thief attacks fellow employees and threatens to continue until his money arrives. Will his next targets be: young lovers, computer geek Gabriel and gorgeous biologist Selena, who are discovering loving sex while trying to overcome post-traumatic effects of Selena’s girlhood rape.
• Company president, Eleanor, who’s determined to keep some privacy and intimacy although her job’s high profile and her husband, Charley, has just had prostate cancer surgery.
• Venture capitalist, John, who plans to duplicate Omniprotein’s facility in China and reunite with his ex-wife, fashion designer Ziyi, who returned to Shanghai after their only child died.
The personal stories of these couples explore how privacy, intimacy and trust are changing in our social-media age. They paint a compelling portrait of our time.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Themes of novels by M. Ferguson Powers reflect the author’s varied interests, including preservation of the natural world and its creatures;
Challenges of building and maintaining loving relationships in a culture with decreasing respect for personal boundaries and privacy
Influences of globalization on world events and how the U. S. and other nations relate to one another
Public policy issues such as controlling the military-industrial-political complex and requiring the health care industry to be more respectful of its clients
The need for cooperation across governments, cultures, and societies to address global challenges such as climate change
Developments in business and university administration and management
Powers has taught microbiology, headed a university office of research, served as executive director of two university-business partnership programs, and co-authored two books on university administration. She has a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in experimental psychology from George Mason University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
She lives on an island near Seattle with husband David R. Powers and their two shelties. Her first novel, Each Unique and Fascinating, about a bullied young girl whose father has gone to war, was published in 2012. OrcaSpeak, a novel of relationships and suspense, was published in 2013, and its prequel, Counting on Trust, was published in 2017.
Her’s what I asked M. Ferguson: I love how the everyday life of these people gets mixed up with such high profile problem, but what is (if there’s one) the message of this story?
As its title implies, the book is all about trust. I wanted to use the personal stories of the major characters to explore how privacy, intimacy and trust are changing in our technology driven society.
One of my biggest inspirations has been the work of Jane Austen. I appreciate the way she deconstructed relationships and the social norms around romance and marriage in her day. Counting on Trust follows three couples of different ages and backgrounds, each struggling with issues of trust.
I believe Counting on Trust draws a good picture of how fragile trust can be and how difficult it can be to restore broken trust. It tries to convey the idea that no matter how society evolves or how our notions of romance and intimacy might change, trust will always need to be at the core of a relationship for it to work.
- a digital and an audio copy of the book
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