Circus Before Dawn

by David Miller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/14/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 736
ISBN : 9781440169847
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 736
ISBN : 9781440169861
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 736
ISBN : 9781440169854

About the Book

The world’s most glamorous circus is haunted by a mysterious curse that has endured for decades and follows the show like a shadow. An unheralded performer seeks to break the spell. Someone else is displeased.

* * * * * *

Shortly before the dawn of the new millennium, a video arrives at the postbox of internationally acclaimed motorsport journalist, Trevor Banks. The startling images depict the elite driving talents of an intriguing racecar driver.

Banks is assigned to investigate the story. As he does so, he discovers that the talented performer also has attracted the attention of a psychopathic saboteur. From Northern California’s legendary racetracks to multiple European venues, including the dazzling jewel that is the Monaco Grand Prix, the story takes the reader on a wild, unpredictable ride within the dangerous circus that is Formula One racing.

With an engaging style and a sharp eye for detail, David Miller has crafted a compelling drama that hurtles toward its shocking climax with the purposefulness and hair-raising excitement of a Formula One racecar as it rockets toward the chequered flag.

* * * * * *

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Circus Before Dawn shall be donated to the Hole in The Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children ( and to the Ayrton Senna Institute, the mission of which is to create opportunities for human development for children and young people (

About the Author

A native of San Francisco, California, David Miller graduated with honors from that city’s nationally acclaimed Lowell High School. He thereafter enrolled at the University of California, at Davis.

A few weeks later, a classmate informed the Editor-in-Chief of that university’s daily newspaper, The California Aggie, that the 17-year-old freshman warranted a regularly published column. The editor laughed, but asked for a few writing samples anyway. He hired Miller immediately.

The newspaper thereafter published Miller’s column frequently during a three-year span, which included one year when Miller studied and traveled in Europe. There, Miller obtained his first glimpse of Formula One racing and the Europeans’ passion for the sport.

Shortly after Miller’s return to UCD, the campus media board appointed him to serve as Editor-in-Chief. During his tenure in that position, the newspaper won national awards for journalistic excellence. That experience earned Miller recognition as a Chancellor’s Outstanding Senior and a prestigious Coro Program Fellowship in Public Affairs.

Drawing upon that history, as well as his passion for photography, international travel, and exotic, mid-engined supercars, Miller turned his attention to writing Circus Before Dawn. As part of that effort, he visited several countries, gained backstage access at several Grands Prix, and spoke with numerous Formula One racecar drivers and team personnel. He also experienced many of the world’s fastest cars on some of the world’s legendary racing circuits.

* * * * * *