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.
Reeducate the Future Generation...The Reeducation Act of 2018 mandated that all young persons entering high school after 2020 had to pass the State Freedoms Exam. Those who failed did not qualify for public service jobs involving federal funds and regulations. Private sector jobs in red states imposed similar restrictions, as did most institutions of higher learning. To mark the three-year anniversary of the Black Crash, Executive Order 37, signed by President Stokes Smith on June 22, 2018, called for all public and private colleges and universities to restructure interdisciplinary courses of study and faculty qualifications to adhere to Constitutional standards and core capitalism teachings. Over the next six months more than 2,500 professors were replaced with qualified non-partisan staff. A failed lawsuit filed by nine private schools in New England was not appealed. A second Executive Order provided funds for students in Blue States–high school and college–to attend schools in Red States. Less than ten thousand students took advantage of the new education funds during the 2019 school year. This number tripled in 2020.
Every day in school, we were taught real-life lessons of the Black Crash…dangers of blindly espousing communal thought, loss of individual freedoms, embracing partisan politics, inept journalism, and a corrupt and oversized government. I left high school with my mind made up for me. The choice to not embrace the values of personal empowerment, competition, taking care of your own, ethics, fairness didn’t exist. We were all treated like we came from the old school…taught and led one way: to espouse what my daddy called an “old time saying” that seemed to resonate with everyone old and young, regardless of race or ethnicity: you snooze, you lose; you lose, too bad. No one will be there to catch you up; that’s what I was taught, and that’s what I believed.