Acts of Defiance
by Gary Beck
For Immediate Release
Randy’s father takes a poor city boy, Steve, for the summer. The boys become fast friends destined for great adventures. From persuading a Marine Corps recruiter to enlist them at the age of thirteen to surviving a wild storm under sail, the boys move on to college with a commitment to change the world. For Steve, this means playing by the rules and working within the system. For Randy, this means studying Chinese to read the words of Chairman Mao and joining a group committed to overthrowing the international yoke of capitalism in underprivileged countries, preferably by violence. As men, Steve and Randy’s choices lead in opposite directions, but when Randy becomes a fugitive, Steve is there to help him. As much as Acts of Defiance is about different approaches to combatting injustice, it is, at its heart, a story about the enduring bonds of friendship in a tumultuous era.
A beautiful and moving story – Whortleberry Press
A most excellent tale – Sliptongue Magazine
Beautifully written – Footsteps to Oxford Magazine
A breath of fresh air – The Heat
A wonderful read – Enigma Magazine
Acts of Defiance is a 218 page novel in paperback with a price of $13.99. ISBN 1912056860. Kindle for $4.99. Published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Now available through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). Temporal Dreams and Transitions will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pig Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pig Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance (Wordcatcher Publishing. Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions).Feast or Famine and other one-act plays will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He lives in New York City.