Author Michael Kelso Signs with WordCrafts Press

Former Prison Guard Explores the Harsh Difference between Justice and Revenge in Debut Novel One on One


Vengeance is an Act of Justice. Revenge is an Act of Passion

Author Michael Kelso has signed with independent publisher WordCrafts Press for the release of his debut novel, One on One. A no-holds-barred, gut-punch of a story that explores just how far some people will go in the name of justice, One on One released to retail earlier this month, and is available in both trade paperback and all major eBook formats.

Corrections Officer Emil Sorn believed the inmates at Larsan State Prison were coddled by the system, had too many rights, and never received any real punishment for their crimes. As sergeant in charge of the evening shift, disrespect or disobedience in any form was dealt with swiftly, severely, and quietly.

Then one night he had an epiphany. The idea started in a bar after a couple of drinks, and like most ideas so conceived, it should’ve stayed there.

If the accused is granted the right to face their accuser, Sorn thought, then the victim should have the right to confront the perpetrator. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life.

There is a fine line between Justice and Revenge.
Emil Sorn is about to cross it.

"Corrections officers have a difficult job," Kelso states - and he should know; he used to be one. "They are called upon to enforce rules on those who have little or no regard for rules. They are vilified by those in their care as well as those who don’t understand what’s involved in the job they do."

It is a job that few outsiders can even remotely understand; one that involves imminent danger, high levels of stress, psychological and physiological repercussions, not to mention low pay with expectations of the highest levels of professionalism.

"Corrections officers do much more than simply watch over inmates," Kelso muses. "They mentor, coach and counsel them. I believe 98 percent of corrections officers are genuinely committed to the rehabilitation process, and want to see those in their charge returned as productive members of society. But when that other 2 percent do something wrong, it gets plastered all over the newspapers. My novel, One on One, is about the 2 percent."

One on One
Trade Paperback: (276 pages) $15.99
eBook: $6.99
Publisher: WordCrafts Press
Language: English
ISBN: 78-0998941653

Digital review copies of One on One are available in all major eBook formats upon request.

To learn more about Michael Kelso, visit him online at

To request a digital review copy of One on One contact:

CE Edwards
Publicist, WordCrafts Press

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