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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Guest Author Scott R. Kramer - "False Pretenses"

My guest today Scott R. Kramer author of False Pretenses talks about why he decided to write a political thriller and what was his inspiration.Scott Kramer is a former investment adviser and now runs a manufacturing company. He grew up in New Jersey and has a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree, both in finance. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. False Pretenses is his debut political thriller novel.

Follow Scott on twitter: @scottrkramer

Scott:  My inspiration to write "False Pretenses" was the election of George W. Bush, the Iraq war and the prosecution of it by the George W. Bush administration. 

The election of George W. Bush in 2000 was mired in controversy, and may or may not have been won fairly. I felt that a story about a stolen election would be an interesting one. 

Shortly after Bush took office, America was attacked on September 11th, and we went to war with Iraq. As time went on, it became clear that the war was sold to the public under false pretenses. We were told that the Iraqi's had weapons of mass destruction. They didn't. We were told that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the U.S. He wasn't. We were told that the war wasn't about oil. It turns out that it probably was.

The Bush family had very close, long standing, business and personal ties to the Saudi royal family. Even though fifteen of the nineteen September 11th hijackers were Saudi nationals, the Bush administration attacked Iraq because they were an easy target. Saudi Arabia, with their large reserves of oil, and close family ties to the Bush's would have been problematic.

Once the war was going, it also became clear that Halliburton, Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, was getting no-bid contracts, enriching the Vice President and his friends. With the Bush family history in the oil business, it was also reasonably clear who the war would benefit.

As I learned more about what was going on, and became more disheartened by what I saw as political corruption, I decided to write the book, both as an escape for me, and to provoke thought in a public that seems to have accepted corrupt politicians as the norm.


About False Pretenses 

A stolen election. Domestic terrorism. Extortion. Once in power, and consumed by greed, Pete Reeves will stop at nothing to have more of both. It's a non-stop race around the world to prevent the President from going to war to further his own ambitions. Politics takes one unexpected turn after another in "False Pretenses," the new political thriller by Scott Kramer.

Purchase False Pretenses at Amazon


About Scott R. Kramer

Scott Kramer is a former investment adviser and now runs a manufacturing company. He grew up in New Jersey and has a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree, both in finance. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. False Pretenses is his debut political thriller novel.

Follow Scott on twitter: @scottrkramer


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Roberto for highlighting this most often asked question of where authors get their inspiration/ideas.

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