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The Cost of Liberty by Michael Skeen


I have four daughters and a step-son along with a supportive wonderful wife. In between working, coaching my daughter’s softball team, and just being a dad, I returned to school and achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

I am a Vietnam veteran and after leaving the service I became a police officer. I spent 32 years in law enforcement and I have seen some of the best and worst of our society. When I retired, I tried many different activities to stay busy but I found the most relaxing for me was writing.

As a police officer, I had to write reports, often several a day. Police reports consisted of a list of fill in the blank facts and then a narrative story of how those facts fit in the circumstances that led to the incident. I knew that many people would be reading these reports and making important decisions, at least partially on what the report told them. With this in mind, I always tried to describe the incident as fully as I could without being prejudice in my perspective.

Because of my interest in government and politics, I often listened to radio talk shows and television shows about politics. For years, I continually heard points of view predicting doom and gloom in our future. One day I asked myself what if all these things actually happened? So I began to write “The Cost of Liberty” series of books.


The President of the United States has survived an assassination attempt which he learns was set up by the past President of Russia. He has found a way to have him arrested when he visits our country with the new Russian President. But as a trial is being arranged the country is attacked by Iran with an electromagnetic pulse which knocks out power to most of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.

Imagine waking up one day and finding no power, no cell phone, no transportation, no computers, no life-saving electrical equipment in hospitals. Most of the nation has essentially found themselves dealing with problems like people did in the 1800’s. To make matters worse the Russian government seizes our astronauts in the International Space Station and indicates that they will be executed if the ex-Russian President is not released.

Aid ships quickly arrive at ports like Gulfport Mississippi, where the power situation is extremely troubling. The police have only a few vehicles and no radios or communications. However, these aid ships are not unloading food, but tanks, armored personnel carriers, weapons, and soldiers. An invasion is beginning and the U. S. is not even aware of hours. As the weapons of war disappear into the countryside it becomes apparent that many of the refugees and immigrants in our country already are actually soldiers in this new war.

Suddenly, World War III is well underway with an alliance between Russia, China, Iran and the Islamic State against the rest of the world. The U. S. President T. J. Samuels is forced to flee the White House as the Islamic soldiers move into Washington DC, New York and much of the east coast.

The Cost of Liberty is the story of how the president leads our country back to the liberty that we were founded on. It is the story of how President Samuels turns to God in the dark hours that lie ahead of him and how he relies on the bravery of a military that gives its all to secure our nation. It is a story of nuclear weapons and intimidation.

As you look at the world today you can see how these events are fiction now but what will tomorrow bring.


1. What inspired you to write your book?

So many people are discussing all the negative things that might be in our future. I wrote this story to look at how far could these things go if they are correct. I believe it is best to be positive but “what if?”

2. What was the most challenging part of writing your story?

Research. I wanted this to be a believable story. The weapons and ships and other military resources really do exist. It kind of scared me to find out all the information that is available on the internet.

3. Why did you decide to self-publish?

I was having difficulty finding an agent that was interested in a book of this type.

4. As an author, when did you first discover your love for writing?

I have always enjoyed writing but it was only about eight years ago when I found how enjoyable it is to write fiction. I retired in 2006, and writing has allowed me to stay active and give me a focus other than just getting up in the morning.

5. What is your philosophy of writing?

I write for enjoyment, both for myself and hopefully for the reader. I try to make my writing interesting and not so far-fetched as to be unbelievable.

6. Career-wise, what are your future plans?

I intend to finish this series of books and then look for a new topic. I will write until I can’t handle a keyboard any longer.

7. What is your advice to up and coming authors?

Write about a topic you are interested in and then research it well.

8. How was your experience with BookVenture?

Overall it has been a good experience. There were some bumps in the road but I have found that the representatives will work with you and any problems can be solved.

9. Were you satisfied with the outcome of your book?

Yes, although I would love to see sales increase.

10. Would you recommend our services to fellow authors?

Yes, without reservation.