Fifteen years after a catastrophic economic collapse on June 22, 2015, a very different United States is led by a coalition of conservative Southern states credited for forging the greatest economic recovery in our nation’s history, the national economy is strong again, new laws have minimized Washington’s power, and progressive troublemakers have been forced into ghetto-like reform zones, a travesty most American's want to see ended. But first, two families must do so. Mary Catherine Marshall is the daughter of a powerful Red State senator living in Atlanta; Maddy Garner is the son of a Blue State refugee hidden away in dangerous and violent Cincinnati, a national reform zone known as Hell Town. With four of the last five reform zones set to be closed, leaving only Cincinnati to remain for the long-term, Mary Catherine goes there to be with Maddy, the only one she’s ever loved. When she goes missing inside the zone her father created, the two families find out quickly that getting over political ugliness isn’t their biggest problem. Deep in the bowels of the nation’s reform zone, where a hateful roamer has taken over, the two families must forget the past to unite and fight an even uglier and more revengeful reality.
Award-winning conservative author D.A. (Dennis) Winstead worked for the U.S. Department of State for twenty-three years, focused on economic and security development policy and traveled extensively during his years of civil service-mostly in post-conflict countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Currently enjoying a slower life in Atlanta, Georgia, he writes political fiction based on his travels and embellished by his experiences and cultures, old world folklore, superstitions, religious fervor, and politics.
Let the Hate Begin...
The 2104 mid-term elections were the start of a dramatic change in Washington, D.C. The Presidency was still in liberal hands, but power on Capitol Hill was on the move, with Republicans taking an even larger majority in the House and Democrats holding a slim 51-49 lead in the Senate. Problem was: Nine Democrat senators kept their seats, but they all but abandoned Obama’s progressive policies.
The “lame-duck presidency began on January, 2015, and the first action in Congress was to deliver the Federal Employee Actions Bill (FEAB), which mandated all civil service employees of the United States Government to cease and desist all political activities in the workplace.
The bill was quickly vetoed by President Obama, but public opinion had already shifted–An August 10, 2015 Rasmussen poll showed 76 percent supported overreaching efforts to rid politics from Administration agencies. The same poll showed 71 percent supported FEAB requirements to fire government employees who actively engage in political activities.
My daddy taught me well, and simply told me from time to time, “Things have changed, Mary Catherine. Your life will be very different from ours.” I figured he just felt the need to father me. But the coddling generation had passed. My generation was never allowed to focus on silly things that didn’t matter…socialist, progressive ideals that placed us all in a pot of mediocre nothingness. We were told that a lot of hate and revenge was needed to dig us out, and my generation would one day be forced to dig too. All of this recovery was forced down our throats, and after a while, it started to make sense.