feels. Sure, it pays well and has tons of great benefits like beautiful women,
fast cars and expensive clothes. But, when you hate your job, how can you enjoy
Jake finds that although he excels at killing, he finds no
joy in it. His employer continues to push him to his limits, forcing Jake to
re-evaluate his career choice.
A chance meeting with a woman aboard a flight to Los Angeles
leaves Jake questioning more than his occupation. She leaves him with a strange
gift and a feeling that they are somehow connected.
Before Jake can unravel the mysterious woman, he takes an
assignment that changes his life forever. The stakes are legendary, the danger
acute, and the world may never be the same.
FROM THE AUTHOR
Manic Monday is the first installment of a 7-part series of
novellas. The Jake Monday Chronicles will also be included in two volumes of
collected works: The Monday Collection, Volume One and Volume Two. So, whether
you enjoy your series one installment at a time, or you like to read a longer
work, we have you covered.
The Monday Collection, Volume One contains Manic
Monday, A Month of Mondays, and Thank God it's Monday. All these installments
are also available to purchase separately if you wish.
The Monday Collection, Volume Two will be released in the
fourth quarter of 2014 and will include the final four parts of the Jake Monday
saga: Rainy Days and Monday (March 2014), Can't Wait for Monday (May 2014),
Mad Mad Monday (July 2014), and Monday Bloody Monday (September 2014).
I get the question from time-to-time: what inspired you to
write this story? With Jake Monday, my inspiration came from a multitude of
sources. Authors like Ludlum, LeCarre, Fleming, and Follet come to mind. Also,
I enjoy watching series on television: "Alias," "Heroes,"
"Lost," "Supernatural," "The X-Files," and
"Hannibal." All of these have elements that influenced my writing.
The Jake Monday Chronicles began in 2003 when I wrote a
short story about an assassin named Jake Monday. I had no plans, really, but I
had a sentence running through my head. The sentence that launched this series
began: "Jake Monday hated Mondays more than any other day of the
The idea that a high-profile assassin would be unhappy,
unsatisfied, and struggling with his past and future, is not unique. I wanted
to explore new areas of this theme. I thought of family, of a past hidden, of
the moral challenge of an individual that finds himself caught in a massive
global conspiracy while grappling with the choices he has made, willingly or
So, Jake Monday is my Jason Bourne. Hallie is my Sidney
Bristow (from Alias). My villains...well, they are all my own. I love to draw
villains who are deep, believable, and scary. Not because they always represent
the antithesis of the hero, but just the opposite: my villains are not much
different than all of us. I do not believe in "grey areas," but I do
believe the line between good and evil can be narrow. One wrong move and even
someone like Jake Monday can be heading in the wrong direction.
About the author
Robert Michael writes stories that resonate with realism. His character-driven tales come to life. Robert is the author of nine titles, including: Dark Mountain, Cry Me a River, and The Jake Monday Chronicles. He writes while blasting music and drinking copious amounts of diet sodas. When he is not writing, Robert can be found playing the Xbox or watching sports, especially his beloved Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, or Mountaineers.