From the author of Simple Witness comes a gripping new saga of war, injustice, and honest-to-goodness American heroes. Outskirts Press Announces the Highly Anticipated Release of The Vicissitudes of Fortune by Bob Siqveland


From the author of Simple Witness comes a gripping new saga of war, injustice, and honest-to-goodness American heroes.

Outskirts Press Announces the Highly Anticipated Release of The Vicissitudes of Fortune by Bob Siqveland

March 23, 2017 – Denver, CO and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – Outskirts Press—the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company—is pleased to announce the release of The Vicissitudes of Fortune, new fiction by Bob Siqveland. On the smallest of scales, the book is an epic tale of how the dream of a world community can become a reality.

In The Vicissitudes of Fortune, five teenagers from diverse backgrounds are brought together by war. A Japanese, a Jew, a Native American, an African American, and a white kid from middle-class America form an interdependent relationship in the jungles of Vietnam. They become the most highly decorated squad in a war they don’t understand, but their relationships transcend the social structures of racism formed through historical injustices, and they remain best friends for decades.

Their iconic leader, Billy Stone, one day finds himself entangled in a Medicare scam dreamed up by his sister’s husband. For her sake, he must find a solution. The livelihoods of the others form within the law enforcement communities in their individual and collective quest for justice as they grow from boys to men of great character. Even the strongest of character has his flaws, but these men are the best of the best, and there is only one adversity they cannot overcome.

From the Selma-to-Montgomery march, the internment camps of WWII, the poverty and desolation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the estrangement of a father and son and a suicide of great consequence, this team of five becomes one. At the same time, there are “takers” like Billy’s brother-in-law who infect the American system. They need to be brought to justice, but the price will be high.

Bob Siqveland’s fourth novel shines a much-needed light on the issue of Medicare scams, which cost the U.S. over $60 billion in 2016. But the primary focus of Vicissitudes is on restoring America through unity—an incredibly timely theme.

“Racism was everywhere. Injustice was rampant. Stone saw the country his grandfather had died for, and his father and he had fought for, in an irreversible backslide. Where there had always been hope, there was now fear. Where there had been unity, there was growing separation—not just philosophically, but of class, religion, gender, and political parties. Where there had been national integrity, there was dissimulation. And certainly, where the country had once been the hypocenter of kindred spirit, it now spiraled in a maelstrom of self-service and greed.”

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At 384 pages, The Vicissitudes of Fortune is available online through Outskirts Press. It is also sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more, and is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the fiction category.

ISBN: 978-1-4787-8589-7     Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream glossy     Retail: $18.95   eBook: $5.23


About the Author: Bob Siqveland grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he earned the rank of captain in the US Army and commanded a field artillery battery. He went on to become a venture capitalist, successfully funding 33 companies and serving as a corporate board member on a Twin Cities Bank. He currently works in the gaming industry and lives in Plymouth, Minnesota. Bob has authored three previous novels, The Immaculate Erection, The Wilderness of Time and Simple Witness, a finalist for an Indie Book of the Year Award.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.

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