The author in Egypt

The author in Egypt


Michael Jason Brandt is a specialist in history and geopolitics. Born in Washington, D.C., he lived for a time in Spain and England, where his interest in world events grew into a passion. He received his first degree in business and computers from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. After a decade in the corporate world working as a Systems Analyst and IT Manager, Michael elected to change his career to something more personally rewarding. Returning to school, he received degrees in International Relations from George Washington University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Now dedicated to research and writing, Michael is a co-founder of Casus Belli Books. He currently lives in Maryland, where nature is beautiful. Plagued, With Guilt is his first novel.


Gene Shaffer is a graphic artist in the Washington, D.C. metro area, working as both an agency "guy" and an occasional freelancer. Knowledgable in a wide variety of creative communication specialties, built from education and experience, he strives to contribute a unique message with a little bit of attitude.

Currently residing in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, Gene is inspired daily by the deep history that surrounds him. He also really digs espresso.