Fool’s Luck Book Excerpt!

About the Book

Book:  Fool’s Luck

Author: Dave Milbrandt

Genre: Political Fiction

Release date: July 13, 2021

When high school teacher Myles Bradford wins the Powerball lottery, he decides to do something truly unexpected: run for President of the United States. Bradford is eager about the opportunity, but his family clearly is not. With little time to sway them to his side, he’s thrust into running a quarter-billion-dollar nationwide campaign, complete with cross-country flights and road trips, expert staff, and armed security. But like most dreams, Bradford soon finds that what he imagined is completely different from what is real. Thrust into the spotlight, he faces attacks from newfound political enemies and false accusations while striving to climb the ladder of success. As Bradford gets closer to achieving his dreams, danger lurks on the home front. As his attention is pulled farther away from the things that matter most, Bradford may learn that even success has its price. Will he be able to have it all? Or will his thirst for power come at a tremendous cost?


Book Excerpt

“Listen, I may not normally play ball at this level, but I understand the rules of the game. You don’t necessarily care what I stand for. You want me on the ticket because together we’d have 60-65 percent support in the polls. Now, I might be willing to go along with you, but I need to think about it to be sure.” 

I couldn’t quite tell if the glint in his eye was anger or respect. “Sure thing. Just don’t keep me waiting too long. Like you said, there are a few other folks I could get to fill my dance card.” The smile at the end of his sentence didn’t quite make it to his eyes. 

Robbie and Ken turned quickly as I exited the suite sooner than they expected. I nodded to Robbie. “Let’s go.” 

He waited for the elevator doors to close before the question burst from his lips. “Well?” 

“He asked.” 


“I said I needed to think about it.” 

“We talked about this on the plane. The vice presidency is not something you say no to.”


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About the Author

The author of the Jim Mitchell series of novels (Chasing Deception, Undue Pressure and Running), Dave Milbrandt fell in love with writing in junior high and has been a storyteller ever since. A former staff writer for a daily newspaper, the Southern California native spent five years in journalism and public relations before becoming a teacher.

In addition to working at several colleges, Dave has taught high school English and Social Science classes since 2005. Dave and his wife, Renée Lynn Milbrandt, who is also a writer, have been married since 1997.


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