Indomitable tells how L. Thompson Kendal, a highly successful criminal defense lawyer in Atlanta with Mafioso connections, perpetrates a violent sexual assault upon his fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, Theodora (Teddy) Nelson. Teddy and her mother, Dr. Pamela Nelson Kendal, flee Atlanta and find refuge with the wealthy Andrews family, which exerts great economic and political influence in Alexander County, GA. The Andrews family, under the leadership of the family matriarch, Elizabeth—an indomitable person in her own right—helps Teddy deal with the trauma of her sexual assault and to develop into an imposing adult. Teddy exhibits her indomitable character on the tennis and basketball courts, in helping to bring her stepfather and his major criminal client to justice, and by repulsing attempts to kill her perpetrated by the brilliant but emotionally disturbed Ralph Whitfield—the scion of a family long opposed to the Andrews.
Going Forward tells how Judson Richards learns to keep intrusions from his past from adversely affecting his present circumstances. Although these intrusions may be continuously playing in his mind and cannot be erased, Judson comes to the understanding that he is not to forced heed, much less to act upon them.
Comfort & Affliction tells how the Rev. Eric Jameson brings the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Vickery, GA, fully into the 21st century despite the objections of many congregants with fundamentalist religious and conservative political values. Eric’s actions lead to the revitalization and growth of the congregation but bring him into conflict with the Southern Restoration Movement. In order to protect himself, his loved ones, and friends from the Restorers, Eric must resort to the combat skills he employed successfully while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and for which he received the Medal of Honor.
Beyond Duty tells how the duty-driven Nicholas (Nick) Samuel Richardson, the grandson and son of decorated war heroes, discovers the transcendence of love. Nick first learns about duty from his paternal grandparents who raise him. His concept of duty sustains him through the Vietnam war, family tragedy and the achievements and conflicts of his professional life as a scientist and physician. Ultimately, Nick comes to the realization that love lies beyond duty and that duty performed without love has little value.
Thoroughly Biased Opinions, an edited collection of Mike’s newspaper columns, reflects the struggle of a community in which most of the citizens adhere to fundamentalist religious and conservative political values during the transition from a predominantly rural setting with known characteristics and comfortable relationships to the anxiety-provoking transition from the 20th to 21st century. Many of the columns pertain to our present time because the persistence of the questions we ask and the transitory nature of the answers we receive characterize the human endeavor. The players may change, but the topics continue to bedevil us.