Former New Milford resident Mikael Carlson recently released his second book, "The iCongressman."

The book, which was released April 1, follows Carlson's first book, "The iCandidate," which came out in October. Together the books make up the Michael Bennit Series.

"The iCongressman" is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores, and from bookstores.

The second book continues the fictional journey of Michael Bennit, a high school history teacher from a small town in Connecticut who lost a bet with his students and had to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The story, written in a first-person, multiple-point-of-view format, follows Bennit to Washington D.C., where he is forced to fend off a series of political attacks orchestrated by the speaker of the house and a powerful, yet shady lobbyist determined to expel him prior to campaign season.

"Michael Bennit is the kind of politician everyone wants to represent them," Carlson said, calling his series "political thrillers with a strong young adult appeal."

Carlson does not discuss controversial issues in either book, instead focusing the story on the political process and the characters' reaction to it. "Through the experiences of Michael Bennit, the reader gets to experience just how dysfunctional our political process can be in an entertaining way," Carlson said.

"The iCandidate" made readers look at how the nation elects our representatives. `The iCongressman' will make them look at the state of affairs between our two main political parties and what can be done to force them to bridge the widening partisan divide," Carlson said.

In both novels, social media play a big role, providing readers with a plausible glimpse into the future of how the country communicates, forms opinions and makes decisions.

"Although it is a work of fiction, hopefully the work will show America exactly the type of leader we expect to elect and represent our interests," Carlson said.

Carlson, now a Danbury resident, graduated from New Milford High School and Marist College, and holds a master's degree in American history.

He is a former U.S. Army paratrooper and serves in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. The 19-year veteran has been deployed twice during his military career.

For information about the books, visit www.mikaelcarlson.com.