How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right

How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right

by Michael Bernhart


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Fourteen years after their (mis)adventures in the US Max and Sally Brown are comfortably ensconced in Geneva, staring down an empty nest and middle-age. Wondering if their lives of comfort and privilege don't require they make a contribution - and seeking renewed 'purpose' - they accept token employment with the CIA. A trivial task converts to an assignment to uncover the source of counterfeit drugs in Southeast Asia that are killing thousands.
Unprepared, and overly zealous, their every effort seems to result in the death of a friend or acquaintance. The trail leads to rem-nants of the Khmers Rouges - the quintessence of evil - in western Cambodia. The battle is waged in a Thai brothel, on elephant back, in Cambodian minefields, and in Khmers Rouges strong-holds. Sally is wounded and Max is forced to carry on alone.
Obsessed with the existence of evil since childhood, Max discovers an unwelcome source of barbarity: within himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997616057
Publisher: Hough Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Series: The Max Brown Tetralogy , #4
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Michael Bernhart is an award winning author who has published extensively on international development and public health – primarily service quality. His credentials for this written outpouring are a PhD (from MIT!) and four decades of international work – currently 50 countries and counting.
The journey from writing funding proposals to writing pure fiction was short and easy. The result is the Max Brown tetralogy which traces the arc (from age 10 through 66) of a man who earnestly tries to avoid trouble, but whose own behavior – or events – repeatedly drops him into it. Each of the four novels finds Max struggling with a new existential crisis – or crises – as he grows up in these trying times. Manhood used to be a birthright; now it seems to be an unending series of challenges. Each novel also finds Max confronting a new face of evil.
Dr. (why not use it?) Bernhart started this project before the internet could serve up virtual experiences to authors. The contextual information and situations come from service as a pilot in the USAF, living in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and inexplicable success at snaring women well out of his league. These remarkable similarities with the main character noted, he insists the work is not autobiographical. It’s wish fulfillment.
Bernhart currently lives in a yurt on a mountaintop in northern Georgia with one ex-wife, two daughters, and three cats. He still flies his vintage plane, although more cautiously than before, and he’s unshakeable in his conviction that he’s God’s Gift to Aviation.

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How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Amanda21 More than 1 year ago
How Existentialism Almost Killed Me is one of the most entertaining novel I have read this year. It was an absolutely stunning read with an amazing storyline. The author pulled me in from the beginning and at end left me anticipating for more. I wished I have read the prequels in the series. I so much fancy the manner at which Michael described every scene and character. The writing style is so engaging and present. Michael delivered a well-crafted and fast paced storyline, filled with action and adventure
Suzie2672 More than 1 year ago
HOW EXISTENTIALISM ALMOST KILLED ME: KIERKEGAARD WAS RIGHT (THE MAX BROWN TETRALOGY BOOK 4) is like taking a roller coaster adventure on the faster amusement park ride. Max and Sally are so perfectly suited. Their joint efforts make for one fast paced novel. Michael Bernhart works bring the reader closer to the story. His descriptive passages filled with unforgettable scenes will have the reader craving more. Although this book is fourth in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. When I saw that the author was declaring this as his last book I felt the literature world cried out that it couldn’t be so! I hope the author finds the motivation to keep writing these great books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How Existentialism Almost Killed Me by Michael Bernhart is the most entertaining thriller that I've read in months. I love the way that Bernhart describes things and pushes the limits without going too far. Max and Sally are outstanding characters. Their personalities keep the story entertaining and page-turning. The story was very easy to follow. The writer's voice is superb and the story is compelling. I couldn't recommend it more!