Books by Michael Wright
When the U.S. Air Force assigns meteorologist Lieutenant Mark Warner to a tour of duty in the Republic of Panamá, he arrives with the disillusionment of a failing relationship with his fiancé, Irene. But, as a balmy breeze from two seas continuously caresses the Isthmus of Panamá, Lieutenant Mark Warner and Señorita Elena Victoria de la Vega are destined to become longing lovers from two very different cultures to create their personal passionate paradise in Panamá.
During the two years leading up to the U.S. invasion to remove Panamá dictator General Manuel Noriega from power, their love grows increasingly intense and more intimate. But the balmy breeze of their sweet love is destined to face the whirly winds of war between their two countries. War cruelly separates them. Will the strength of their love transcend the tempestuous tragedy of war and ultimately bring them back together to restore paradise lost?
The novel also exists, but is not yet published, in Spanish.
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"Michael tells this fictional version of our love story with such tenderness."
- Dalys Wright
“Looking for a great summer read? Check out this novel, A Balmy Breeze from Two Seas, written by Michael Wright. It’s a love story in Panama amid the backdrop of the Noriega years leading up to the invasion. Find it on Amazon.com”
Press Democrat Newspaper, Santa Rosa, California, Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize
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“Loved your book. What a beautiful love story.” - Lorraine Adams
“Really enjoyed your book. Finished it in one day.” - Bonnie Beavers
“A great summer read. I enjoyed learning about Panama and the culture.” = Suzie Swickard Donner
"Gracias por compartir conmigo parte de la traducción de tu libro, me ha gustado bastante lo que has escrito; has hecho muy buen trabajo y si me agradaría continuar leyendo la novela."
Translation: Thank you for sharing with me the translated excerpt from your book. I have enjoyed it very much; your work is well done, and I would be very pleased to read the entire novel.
Gabyal from Mexico (member of Goodreads) - commenting on an excerpt from the translation of the novel that I am creating in Spanish.
Adeelah El-Sayed meets Martin Webster, a Christian--a dangerous liaison for a Muslim woman that leads to a private war. The first battle comes from within. Adeelah knows this attraction to a non-Muslim man is unacceptable in her Islamic world. But she loses this battle. She cannot overcome the forbidden love that invades her soul, and she hopelessly surrenders. Together Martin and Adeelah face more attacks from mosque, church, and their two families, all because they dare to love each other. Then two more unexpected attacks: A kidnapping attempt to force Adeelah into a marriage with a Muslim man and a white supremacist attack.
In the Christian New Testament, God winked at the ignorance of Greek philosophers on Mars Hill who worshipped an unknown god. Martin and Adeelah find that God still winks today--a Divine wink at the ignorance that separates two, God-fearing people who take their faith in God seriously, an ignorance that conspires to keep them apart.
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at.” Acts 17:30 (KJV)
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Why I wrote this book.
"A Divine Wink is fascinating, original, and based on cultural realities. The writing is beautiful and grounded in a deep understanding of Islam and Christianity. Michael highlights important interfaith issues by way of this forbidden love story, which makes this a joyful read." - Soukaina Tarraf, from Morocco, student at the University of Louisville on a Fulbright Scholarship.
“I enjoyed your book. I especially appreciated how you portrayed Martin and Adeelah’s successful struggle to find common ground between Islam and Christianity.” - Ahmet Basagalar
"Michael, what a wonderful book. It kept my interest the entire time plus I learned some interesting similarities in both religions." - Shirley Bull, Retired English teacher.
“I loved it! You made me cry!!” - Kathy Holgate
“Both of your books are good reads, but I really liked A Divine Wink” - Suzie Swickard Donner