by Michael Kott

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Painted on the bluffs near the town of Alton, Illinois, is the mural of the Piasa, which, according to early Native American residents, meant ‘the bird that devoured men.’ The present day restoration overlooks what the Ojibwe Tribe called the misi-ziibi, what we now call the Mississippi River.

Present day Alton is plagued by the disappearance of many outdoor pets and small animals. People report seeing a large snake-like creature in and around the river along with a huge eagle-like bird. Do these creatures herald the return of the Piasa?

Sara Williams, a Chicago teenager, finds herself left with an aunt in the Great River town following an auto accident that claims her entire family.

Together with her Alton police officer cousin, Pamela Sweet, and a Chicago museum cryptozoologist, Mike Kellogg, she searches for an answer to the question, Did the Piasa once actually exist? Despite her scars from the accident and driven by the intent on one day returning to her friends back home, Sara blossoms into a sassy assistant who discovers that fate has a plan for her and...the legend may be more fact than fiction.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012276438
Publisher: 2 Moon Press LLC
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 195 KB

About the Author

Mike Kott has been writing with his daughter Krystee, and on his own, for the past ten years.

On his own, Mike has written several novels. He is currently editing Lifeshift, a work of paranormal fiction, best described as action/adventure, with a dose of a love story. Concurrently, work continues on Shaitaini, a follow-on novel to Piasa, and Moonglimmer, another work of Paranormal Fiction.

With Krystee, he has co-authored Academy Daze, the story of a girl’s first year at the US Naval Academy. The YA novel, originally a screenplay, is loosely based on Krystee’s experiences. In addition, Krystee and Mike wrote the screenplay, Road to Annapolis; based on her experiences at Michigan Tech University, the year she spent there; prior to getting into the Naval Academy. Adapting this screenplay into a novel is a possible future endeavor. Mike and Krystee are also planning the second novel of the Academy Daze series.

Mike was twice chairman and also a past secretary of the Schaumburg Scribes writing group in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he lives with his assistant, a Maine Coon cat named Chessie. He also served as senior editor of the groups Chapbook in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He is a member of the Chicago Screenwriters Network and founder of the Schaumburg Novel Writers Group.

A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago and a retired computer systems analyst, in his “spare” time he volunteers for the United States Naval Academy as a Blue & Gold Officer, interviewing potential candidates for the Navy’s college in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition, he is an avid model railroader and railroad historian, a member of the Northwest Trainmasters Modular Railroad Club and Great Northern Railroad Historical Society. In what’s left of his spare time he is an avid reader and gardener.

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