A Crisis of Epic Proportions is in the Works and We Don’t See It ComingConley_6x9_Front_Cover

By Rachel M. Anderson 

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) The clock is ticking, the warning signs clear and the trend lines unmistakable, but we don’t see it coming. A perfect storm of catastrophic proportions is in the making as colliding energy, economic, environmental and geopolitical forces approach critical mass. World events confirm their trajectories almost daily.

For years, Mike Conley, a former financial services executive, has sounded the alarm. “It’s a difficult message to convey via a Power Point presentation, and it prompted me to write a novel as a more understandable way of showing how our very existence could be impacted by the looming catastrophe,” he said.

Inspired by such great story tellers as Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn and Herman Wouk, Conley called on his years of research to write the book, Lethal Trajectories, published by Beaver’s Pond Press of Edina, Minnesota.

The story takes place in 2017. It begins with a conflict in the East China Sea that sets Japan and China on the brink of war. Shortly thereafter, the Saudi government is overthrown by a regime using oil as an economic weapon of mass destruction to blackmail the world. The crisis is supercharged by terrifying new climate change information, a terminally ill American president and a diabolical plot between a media mogul and a U.S. Senator.

While fiction, it is based on trajectories now in play. “Look around at the Middle East uprisings; oil shortages and rising gas prices; climate change warning signs and a global economy teetering on the brink of an economic meltdown,” Conley said. “It’s a tinderbox, and by connecting a few dots it is easy to see how things could play out over the next few years if there aren’t  effective actions taken to reverse the course while there is still time.”

Conley’s characters include world leaders, opinion makers and citizens terrified by the dramatic events uprooting their lives. Jolted by unprecedented challenges, they struggle at all levels to find paradigm-busting solutions to mitigate the sharper edges of the catastrophe.

“Sadly, it might take such a catastrophe to ignite the nation, end the gridlock and create the political will needed to effectively respond. For now, we are running on auto-pilot, oblivious to the dangers ahead and content with quick fixes and easy solutions – a sure prescription for disaster,” Conley commented.

“As just one example, we are addicted to oil. Our addiction is a threat to national security that drains our treasury and jeopardizes future generations. Yet, over 95 percent of our transportation system is fueled by oil with no scalable alternative to replace it; an omission that will cost us dearly as global oil supply goes into permanent decline. Sadly, we have approached climate change, hemorrhaging deficits and other important issues with the same lack of foresight,” Conley said.

Conley has made every effort to base his book on the latest information available. The book includes additional research notes as a guide for readers with more than a casual interest in the topic, and provides a website for additional ways on how to weather the storm. “Time is running out,” Conley said, “and I hope this book will serve as a wake up call.”

“Regardless of your politics, the chilling scenarios in Mike Conley’s novel can not be ignored,” said former Congressman Jim Ramstad, who served the Third Congressional District of Minnesota from 1991-2008.  “They are major challenges requiring collaborative solutions, and it is important that we take action while there is still time. I’m afraid not enough people recognize the magnitude of the issues, and Mike Conley’s novel certainly has the potential to help turn the tide.”

Rolf Nordstrom, Executive Director of the Great Plains Institute, a non-profit formed in 1997 to foster the long-term environmental and social well-being of the Northern Plains, agrees. “Mike Conley is a modern-day Paul Revere, signaling to all who are paying attention the nature of several approaching threats… One of the things I appreciate most about what Mike has done in this book is to give readers a thriller based on a sober and holistic assessment of real economic, environmental and security trends unfolding before our eyes. It’s as if he’s digested the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review and transformed it into a page-turner,” he said.

Adventurer Will Steger, who is perhaps best known for his legendary polar explorations, had this to say about the book: “Mike Conley’s Lethal Trajectories takes the issue of energy security and climate change seriously. While it is a work of fiction, the scientific accuracy and projections for a warming world are not.  As someone who has witnessed first hand the signs of global warming, I understand the reality of the situation from over 45 years spent in the Polar Regions... Lethal Trajectories helps explain the trajectories predicted from resource conflicts, oil shortages, increased energy costs, and climate change in a way that is utterly fascinating and engaging. It’s a must read for anyone interested in these topics in an accessible way, with a twist of fiction thrown in for fun.”

Lethal Trajectoies was published by Beaver’s Pond Press and is available for purchase on the author’s website, http://www.WeatheringTheStorm.net, or direct from the publisher’s website, www.BeaversPondBooks.com. Books are also available through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and at select bookstores nationwide. 

For review copies contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist at 952-240-2513 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit the author’s website: www.WeatheringTheStorm.net