Good Read: Danny de Gracia dishes political genius in ‘American Kiss’

"American Kiss" is an excellent summer read for political junkies and literature lovers alike.

American Kiss, by Danny De Gracia

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 – Political junkies and avid readers alike are celebrating the release of “American Kiss: A Collection of Short Stories” by Dr. Danny de Gracia. The book is an intelligent, sexy and thought-provoking collection of stories, delivered just in time for summer reading.

Author de Gracia cleverly spins stories that, while fiction, are rooted in America’s reality. De Gracia draws on his experience as a political scientist and legislative staffer to breathe life into a variety of characters who stumble, tumble and crash their way through situations that are familiar to today’s America.

The common thread throughout American Kiss is the dying American Dream and how we can regain past glory. De Gracia poses uncomfortable questions about where we are going and what is on the other side. He pushes us to think of “what if” and paints a portrait of that future with realistic scenarios and characters that seem more present than future.

What if a true political outsider became President? Can it happen?

What if an average, randomly selected citizen was selected to deliver the State of the Union address? Would his message resonate?

What are the repercussions of the War on Terror?

Are unmanned drones a danger to our freedom?

Is war real? Or is it just a video game?

And what if gamers took control of Western weapons?

What is our future?

De Gracia uses humor, satire, and dazzling dialogue to draw the reader in, and hooks them with the message. There are stories of war, youth, coming of age, and inter-galactic love.

The short story format delivers bite-sized brilliance, letting the reader digest each message before moving on to the next.

While each story is entertaining, they work together to lead the reader to the most important questions of all: what is the future of America, and is it too late to change it?

You can order “American Kiss” from Amazon, here.

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Lisa M. Ruth
Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.