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Secret Billionaire’s Group Attempts Coup of US in The 51st State, Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated political fiction book from Royersford, PA, author Michael McManus.

Royersford, PA, May 08, 2011 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The 51st State by Michael McManus. The author's most recent book to date is a 5 x 8 paperback in the political fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The 51st State is also available in its 5.5 x 8.5 hardback edition with jacket. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

When U.S. diplomat Jack Locke is contacted by an old friend about a suspicious conversation regarding a month-old plane crash, he doubts it’s anything interesting. After all, Locke is used to dealing with the most delicate and dangerous tasks in American Intelligence. But Locke soon finds out that the plane crash is part of a hornet’s nest of deceit, power plays, and covert operations which run deeper than anything this experienced operative has ever seen.

Locke finds himself in a race against time, matching wits against the Shepherds, a clandestine group of international billionaires who are plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. If they are successful, the map of the Western hemisphere will be altered permanently, and several governments will topple. Locke’s attempt to abort a threatened assassination triggers an incredible series of events, uncovering corruption in organized labor, the military, the Republican administration … and even the White House itself.

As events unfurl with lightning speed and the body count rises, will Jack Locke live to see the results of his amazing skill? The 51st State presents an all-too-plausible story about how life as we know it could change overnight, and also gives us a hero whose daring and integrity embody the best kind of patriotism.

337 pages in length, The 51st State is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the political fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, The 51st State meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $23.95 and $37.95 for the paperback and hardback editions, respectively.

Additionally, The 51st State can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432766221

Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream

SRP: $23.95

ISBN: 9781432767112

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 hardback w/ jacket

SRP: $37.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Michel McManus was born in 1946 in Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1970, he graduated from the General Electric Apprentice Program. In the late seventies he accepted a full-time position working for The International Union of Electrical Workers and was ultimately selected for a position on its New England Region Executive Board. He worked for the I.U.E. for over a decade. For two years Mike edited one of its regional papers and was involved in some of its national contract negotiations. He returned to work at the General Electric Company where he remained involved with both air and sea military propulsion manufacturing until his early retirement in 1997. Since then he has enjoyed his increasing brood of grandchildren and worked intermittently as a consultant for labor contract negotiations. He currently resides in Royersford, Pennsylvania, with his wife Linda. They have three grown children. This is his first novel.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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