Wednesday, May 11, 2016

#Book #Blitz. . .Pallbearers and Gamblers

Proudly Presents. . .A Book Blitz
Featuring Author, Michael John Cruit

Pallbearers and Gamblers

By Michael John Cruit

Genre: Fiction

It’s 1971 and the Vietnam war rages. Michael Dibiaso returns from his tour of duty in Vietnam and the army assigns him to a special unit that acts as pallbearers and honor guard for soldiers killed in the war. These experiences turn Michael into a bitter opponent of the war. After his discharge from the army he continues to attend funerals of fallen soldiers.

Michael’s family has been involved with the Chicago Mafia for years. His father had been good friends with Al Capone. His brother Sergio works with the Mafia in their Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Sergio becomes embroiled in a fatal dispute with a Mafia capo and Michael gets involved. The brothers decide to get revenge by stealing the year-end skim from the Desert Inn – seven million dollars.


Michael Cruit was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He served three years in the United States Army, including thirteen months in Vietnam. After his discharge he attended the University of Minnesota, earned a degree in sociology and entered the graduate program in social psychology. In 1980 Mr. Cruit went to Costa Rica to write his dissertation, but never returned to the US.

Social psychology was not useful for survival in the rainforest and he endured several years of poverty. He survived by panning for gold and making coconut oil, then paddling upriver six hours to the nearest town, where he sold the gold and coconut oil and purchased supplies. Eventually, he learned carpentry and made a decent living working on local construction projects.

There are no roads, no power lines, no phone lines anywhere near his house. A pelton micro-hydro system provides enough electricity for lights, fridge and computer. He still lives in the Costa Rican rain forest, with seven cats, five dogs, thousands of parrots, toucans and monkeys and billions of bugs.



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