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Mike Kostensky was born in 1958 in Dayton, Ohio. Mike and his wife Debbie own and operate the Kent, Ohio landmark restaurant Mike’s Place, established in 1987. Mike’s Place features the largest menu in Ohio…and maybe in the nation: an obscene, exotic celebration of down-home cooking and comfort food, generously garnished with humor. Mike’s Place sells hundreds of its menus annually to delighted guests. Mike and Debbie have four children, who put up with their father’s insanity at home, in the restaurant, and beyond.
Mitch started his writing career with big dreams, but he’s settled into an empty life of one-night stands, late nights at the bar, and failed ambitions. His latest assignment seems like a dead end: he’s been assigned to Macbeth, a tight-knit island community off the coast of Massachusetts, where the quaint down-home values of Norman Rockwell and Mayberry still hold sway. But this little piece of paradise isn’t immune to the modern world, and Mitch finds himself caught up in the unthinkable: Macbeth, lacking support from the mainland, yet not allowed to govern itself, secedes from Massachusetts. The consequences of this decision are far-reaching, as a small community shakes the foundation of the United States, facing a bloody battle they would never have chosen…and their spokesman becomes Mitch, the journalist who learns that he is not the man he thought he was, as he becomes more enmeshed in the life of the islanders, and discovers what love really is. A modern-day epic about the ways in which war impacts real people. The Island of Macbeth is a thought-provoking, inventive novel that will challenge and entertain you.