by Tim Hemlin
Reviewed by JMD Reid
In the future, ecological disaster has struck the world.
The US has survived by building domes to protect their city and desalination plants to provide water. The great President Litz kept the country from sliding into chaos by bending the Constitution. The Cartel, the company that owns the desalination plants, is the greatest political power in the country.
Those that disagree with the direction of the US, who yearn for political or religious freedom, or have fled the rules of society dwell in the Wastelands of the central United States. These Wastelanders are a diverse group of cults, opportunist, and criminals.
When Bernie Hawke, a former cop turned security officer, had a bad bout of food poisoning, his life was saved. Desalination Plant #23 in the Houston Bubble was destroyed and Bernie becomes the suspect. He was conveniently sick and, worse, his son Joseph had left the Bubble to join one of the ragged groups existing outside the control of the country.
Now Joseph is wanted for the terrorist bombing.
Bernie has to deal with the suspicious HomeSec while trying to discover if his son really is a terrorist. As he searches, he stumbles onto a vast conspiracy that will change the direction of the country.
Tim Hemlin weaves the lives of multiple characters into his SciFi, political thriller. The plot twists and turns in a fully realized world. Tim has a varied and vivid cast, each with their own motivations and goals colliding together. If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi, thrillers, and a fast-paced plot, then you’ll enjoy this story.
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