Coming in December from Down & Out Books: ENCRYPTING MAYA by Lawrence Kelter

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 9, 2019 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that ENCRYPTING MAYA by Lawrence Kelter will be published on December 16, 2019 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Maya and Josh, two kids as different as black and white, collide in the heat of a North Carolina summer. The billboard leading into town reads Historic Maxton: A Good Place To Live. Though it was good for many, it wasn't for everyone, where salt-of-the-earth folks lived alongside the narrow-minded and intolerant.

Decades later: Maya and Josh have realized their intellectual potentials teaching and researching genetic engineering at Harvard. Diseases long ignored and vastly underestimated by the World Health Organization now threaten a global pandemic. In their hour of greatest need, the government and private sector turn to Maya and Josh for a solution to the planet's impending crisis.

As Maya and Josh work to stem the tide of imminent global disaster, they face challenges both personal and professional and are beset upon by forces that seem to defy explanation—a shadowy figure drifts in and out of their lives over the course of decades causing irreparable damage, and the powers who once turned to them for help now seem to conspire against them. The weight of the world rests on Josh's shoulders but is he still the altruistic youth who set out to change the world or has he become someone very different, and will the results of his work be those everyone expects?

Advance praise for ENCRYPTING MAYA …

"This one cracks with tension and imagination from the first page, evoking just the right blend of menace and mayhem. It's crisply plotted, matching wits and wiles, so take a walk on the perilous side and give it a read." —Steve Berry, bestselling author of The Malta Exchange

Meet the author …

Lawrence Kelter never expected to be a writer. In fact, he was voted the student least likely to step foot in a library. Well, times change, and he has now authored several novels including the internationally bestselling Stephanie Chalice and Chloe Mather Thriller Series. He lived in the Metro New York area most of his life, but now resides in North Carolina, and relies primarily on familiar locales for story settings. He does his best to make each novel quickly-paced and crammed full of twists, turns, and laughs.

In its ninth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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