From the Streets to Manhattan High Rises and Back Again in Redemptive Tale

From the streets to a Manhattan high Rise, Brett Howard has experienced it all and is choosing to go back for his own health in new emotional, redemptive novel written by JB Gatling.

Author JB Gatling redefines the American Dream in Onset: An American’s Voyage Beyond Borders.

Brett Howard has done it all and has lived the true American Dream. Having been born into a rough neighborhood and then reaching the peak of his success, Howard retires at the ripe age of 37. While most rich, young men would spend their remaining years in self-serving pleasures, Howard does the unimaginable; he gives it all up to return to his home in the inner-city. He uses his finances and successes to make a difference in the lives of those he left behind so long ago.

His life continues to take surprises as he encounters his childhood love, Lailani, and the fire quickly rekindles. But can the twenty-year separation be dissolved just like that? Is their love strong enough to survive all bounds?

JB Gatling is a former high-level business executive who spent his career in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. He retired at a relatively young age several years ago and was determined back then to write an enduring story that was uniquely American in scope and vision. In his first novel, he has captured the irrepressible will and resiliency of ordinary people who overcome hardship and tragedy across the generations. JB lives and writes in South Florida along with his wife and his dog, LB.

Onset: An American’s Voyage Beyond Borders, published by JBGatling Publications, is available in softcover (ISBN 978-0-99045-340-6), hardcover (ISBN 978-0-99045-341-3), and eBook (ISBN 978-0-99045-342-0) from,, and This book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. More information can be found at the author’s official website,


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