>>>A teen musician who’s lost everything. A ruthless billionaire who blackmails politicians. A showdown aimed at the Oval Office.
Sixteen-year-old Moe lives for jazz. A talented musician, gifted mathematician, and crack coder, Moe divides his spare time between his jazz band, his cyber friends, and tinkering with his homegrown artificial intelligence (AI) application that he’s trained to compose its own music. When tragedy abroad strikes his family, Moe is orphaned and left to fend for himself. He abandons his Midwestern city for Washington, DC where he rooms with a former cyber friend and falsifies his ID to land a job working for the National Park Service in the vaunted President’s Park. There, he befriends a West Wing staffer who discovers that her boss is involved in a bribery scheme that reaches all the way to the Oval Office. Moe must decide if he should help her by using his fast-learning, jazz-composing AI companion in an unorthodox way to take on the powerful and sinister billionaire who has his sights set on Washington, DC.
>>>A look at how the long arm of foreign wars can tear a family apart
Moe grew up in a Syrian-American home. His immigrant roots make him no different than all other non-Native Americans whose families made their way to America seeking fresh opportunities. In Moe’s case, however, not only does he encounter an ugly wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric washing over his home country, but Moe’s family also suffers great tragedy from America’s never-ending foreign wars. Castle Keep explores the myriad ways war tears at the fabric of American life.
>>>See the White House from a rare perspective—its historic grounds
From the centuries-old Jackson magnolia that stood as a silent sentinel watching over the shoulders of presidents since before the Civil War to the iconic spruce that serves as the National Christmas Tree, Castle Keep tells the less-told tale of President’s Park and the celebrated grounds that surround the White House.
>>>This heart-wrenching adventure shows what happens when a determined teen comes face-to-face with a corrupt billionaire who will stop at nothing to get his way in Washington, DC!
About the Author
Critically acclaimed author, Bill Gourgey, has been praised by reviewers and readers for his entertaining and thought-provoking projections of modern science and technology. His books include the Glide Trilogy, which won the Beverly Hills Book Award in Science Fiction, and his Cap City Kids young adult mystery-thriller series about talented but disadvantaged teens who take on Washington, DC. A former IT consultant to Fortune 500 companies and managing partner at Accenture, he has designed and developed software for the communications, utilities, finance, and high tech industries. With a passion for both technology and creative writing, his sci fi and young adult mystery thrillers feature technology’s dual-edged promise. Gourgey has held board and advisory positions at various technology startups. He has been a panelist at Digital Hollywood, and speaker at Intervention Con. He is also the Managing Editor of The Delmarva Review, a literary journal. Gourgey is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science, where he received numerous academic honors. He currently attends the graduate program in Science Writing at Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his family in Washington, DC and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.