Ann Bridges exposes the Achilles’ Heel of the 21st century—a lifestyle and national security wholly reliant on China’s willingness to process and manufacture critical rare earth metals for Silicon Valley’s breakthrough technologies. The sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, Private Offerings, Rare Mettle is based on exhaustive research and insider disclosures about this obscure issue, with the power to undermine suddenly America’s military readiness and economic might.
When China threatens to withhold critical rare earth metals from U.S. defense contractors and high-tech firms, American military veteran and staunch patriot Paul Freeman refuses to give up the search for an undercover agent with key intelligence, missing in the bowels of China’s bureaucracy. An ominous warning from a retired Pentagon advisor alerts him to exercise unorthodox methods to procure the needed components-—or risk America’s global power.
Treated as a pawn in a global game of chess, the missing agent is entrapped by China’s decades-long strategy to exploit rare earth resources for geo-political gain. Paul joins forces with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, cutting-edge technologists, and elected officials to plan a rescue unlike any other against a backdrop of the looming embargo. His team forces him to face past ghosts, current enemies, and future desires, in a courageous hero’s journey from Washington D.C. to China, and home to Silicon Valley.
About the Author
ANN BRIDGES is a native of Chicago who fell in love with Northern California while earning her B.S. degree from Stanford University. Settling in San Jose, she embarked on a challenging career spanning operations, finance, and marketing executive positions in the exploding convergence of the technology, communications, and entertainment industries.
Years of intimate business experience earned in the diverse world of Silicon Valley form the foundation of Ann Bridges’ addictive, intelligent fiction. She captures real-world elements and balances complex plots with genuine characters and provocative twists in a literary style that appeals to both genders.
Her debut novel, Private Offerings, was named Best Business Fiction of 2015 by Wealth Management Magazine. San Jose Mercury News and Upside journalists, as well as fellow businesspeople, acclaim it for its authenticity and timeliness. Its sequel, Rare Mettle, tackles the controversial issue of global free trade juxtaposed against rising political tensions. Ringing endorsements from industry experts and military insiders validate her fictional account of the critical significance of rare earth metals to our 21st century lifestyle and national security. Her latest novel, Kit’s Mine, exposes the plight of immigrant Chinese and native Californios fighting injustice in 1870 post-Gold Rush California, another in a series of untold stories.
Ann Bridges is a featured speaker at leading business conferences and universities, talking about the impact of technology worldwide and the need to better understand the role of China in our past, present, and future. She is also a frequent guest on national radio shows sharing insights on today's Silicon Valley and the issues affecting today's consumers and investors. A fervent believer in sharing her experiences with the next generation, she has recently joined ranks with creative organization Taliesin Nexus and think-tank Heartland Institute to promote freedom of ideas and marketplaces.