RIVETING POLITICAL THRILLER ENTERTAINS AND EDUCATES AROUND NECESSARY CHANGE DEFINING OUR RIGHTS AS INDIVIDUALS
A highly impressive work of fiction built around deep research of American history and our inalienable rights brings to life Vivian Carpenter’s debut political thriller, The Fifth Letter. The story of courageous Katherine Helena Ross, the first black female Supreme Court justice caught between her conscience and political expedience when forced to consider the most important question facing the U.S. Supreme Court today: Who is a person with inalienable rights?
Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham said it well, “Frequently political novels are a genre for truth telling. Dr. Vivian Carpenter’s description of inside Washington rings true. The Fifth Letter takes us forward to a United States Supreme Court foreshadowed by the current court’s personalities and political tilt. This novel will engage and educate readers.”
The protagonist, Katherine, struggles to do with is right— facing death threats, manipulation, and personal challenges along the way. Inspired by her mother’s 1940s memoir, Katherine finds the courage to turn the spotlight on, and help the public understand the most important issue facing Americans: inferior individual rights.
Recognizing the need for radical change, Carpenter explains, “The Fifth Letter is about us. All of us. I hope it will open the doors of your mind.”
Throughout The Fifth Letter compelling themes are examined including:
- Who is a person with inalienable rights in America?
- Overcoming fear to achieve greatness, how individuals can create change
- What is “corporate personhood” and how it evolved
- What “We The People” meant in the 1800s vs. what it means today
- How corporations have superior rights to individuals, in turn weakening our national security
A thought-provoking novel that proves Carpenter a force to be reckoned with in the political thriller genre, The Fifth Letter is sure to be a can’t miss addition to 2015 reading lists.
About the Author
Vivian L. Carpenter is a writer, motivational speaker, and teacher. She holds three degrees from the University of Michigan: a BSE in industrial engineering and operations research and MBA and a Ph.D. in business administration. As an academic, she has won several awards and grants for her scholarly work in institutional theory from the National Science Foundation, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Kellogg Foundation and Ford Foundation. As a business professional, she served as a Deputy State Treasurer of the State of Michigan, was Director of Academic Programs at FAMU’s School of Business and Industry (SBI), and served as chairperson of the board of MotorCity Casino in Detroit, Michigan. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and Birmingham, Michigan.