San Francisco activist Christopher Kalman has little to show for years spent organizing non-violent marches, speak-outs, blockades, and shutdowns for social and environmental justice. When a shadowy eco-saboteur proposes an attack on genetically engineered agriculture, Christopher is ripe to be drawn into a more dangerous game. His certainty that humankind stands on the brink of ecological ruin drives Christopher to reckless acts and rash alliances, pitting grave personal risk against conscientious passion
A thirty-something, underemployed layout artist, Christopher lives in a ramshackle activist collective-the Triangle-named for its Duboce Triangle neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco. Christopher and his chosen family are determined to carry on the good fight; yet the raging war in Iraq, begun in the face of peaceful protests by millions across the globe, has shaken the Triangle's faith in the value of nonviolent dissent.
Chagall, an eco-saboteur practiced in the art of demolition, partners with an anonymous hacker who proposes an online media blitz he can detonate "at thermonuclear scale" to augment Chagall's brick-and-mortar spectacle. Chagall invites Christopher into their developing plot to deal genetically-engineered Frankenfood a serious blow. Assured that no one will be hurt, and lured by the promise of a vast audience, Christopher contemplates writing the mother of all political manifestos.
Allison Rayle leads the Triangle's preparations to blockade the Bay Bridge on the opening day of an international biotech meeting, to protest the environmental risks of releasing genetically modified organisms into the wild. Their aim: to hang a massive banner from the bridge's westernmost tower at the peak of rush hour.
When the Triangle collides with Chagall's plot to destroy a midwestern research lab, the fallout threatens everything and everyone Christopher has ever loved.
Steve Masover is a native of Chicago, and currently lives and works in Berkeley, California. Consequence, his first novel, was published in September 2015.Masover's work has appeared in Garo, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Five Fingers Review, Christopher Street, and the anthology Our Mothers' Spirits (HarperCollins, 1997). Masover co-authored the screenplay of the anti-apartheid movement documentary "Soweto to Berkeley" (Cinema Guild, 1988).
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When the United States discovers oil deposits off the southern coast of Puerto Rico, the U.S. President and Congress move to grant statehood to the island, a U.S. possession since 1898. During a plebiscite to choose between statehood, free association or independence, leftist terrorists kidnap the First Lady of Puerto Rico to force Puerto Ricos governor to cancel the vote, thus jeopardizing the national interests of the United States. Powerful political interests brutally clash with common human instincts, as Puerto Ricans decide their political future.
Elison Cruz is the current governor of Puerto Rico and the top leader of the pro-statehood forces. Rigonaldo Pastrana is the fugitive comandante of September Twenty-third, a separatist organization committed to stopping Cruz from bringing statehood to Puerto Rico.
In a campaign of terror, September Twenty-third attempts to assassinate Governor Cruz. When the attempt fails, they kidnap his wife, First Lady Ana Mara Cruz, and threaten to kill her if the governor doesnt cancel the plebiscite.
In the Puerto Rican Senate, the terrorists have found a voice in Senator Orlando Tonos, an outspoken advocate of independence who has called for a boycott of the plebiscite. He has put himself at odds with the moderate leadership of the Independence Party, which is eagerly supporting the historic vote. Tonos calls Rigonaldo a patriot and refuses to condemn the kidnapping of Ana Mara Cruz.
William Montana, the Assistant Director in Charge of the F.B.I. in Puerto Rico, has a crisis on his hands: he must arrest Rigonaldo Pastrana and rescue the First Lady of Puerto Rico. Its not an easy task. An insider is cooperating with the terrorists, he fears. Who can he or she be? A bomb explodes on a crowded street in Old San Juan. September Twenty-third has set a deadline. They are running out of time. Rigonaldo will kill the First Lady if his demands are not met. Montana has to act. In a bold attempt to pressure Rigonaldo to release the First Lady, Montana orchestrates a kidnapping of his own: Barbara Tonos, the prominent wife of Senator Tonos.
Meanwhile, Karen Perez, an audacious TV reporter, interviews Rigonaldo in his hideout, sees the First Lady, and airs the encounter on prime time TV. The footage of the battered First Lady, shaken, scared, blindfolded and tied to a chair like an animal in captivity, shatters the country.
And so ensues a battle of wills and conflicting ends. A quixotic race against time. As Puerto Ricans prepare to vote on their future, Governor Cruz wonders in terror if he will see his wife alive again.
Is it fair to say that almost every Puerto Rican living on the island of Puerto Rico or abroad has an opinion on the decades-old political status controversy? Puerto Ricans face several choices in this explosive debate: statehood, independence, free association and commonwealth.
No matter which side you may take on the political status issue, you are set to enjoy the novel, A Cause to Kill For. A novel in the thriller genre that explores the status issue as the backdrop for an exciting and entertaining read.
What would be the implications for Puerto Rico and the United States if huge oil deposits were found on the island? How far would the U.S. go to secure Puerto Ricos oil deposits? Would your views on the political status of the island change if you knew that Puerto Rico could be an oil-producing state?
In A Cause to Kill For, the United States knows there is oi