Joshua J. Harding Red Lakes

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No greatness was ever borne without pain... A nuclear holocaust has devastated humanity. Out of the ashes rises a new totalitarian Soviet state that bears a chilling resemblance to a major fast food chain. Everyone eats burgers and the savior of the state-approved religion has red hair, white skin, and enormous feet. Sergei, a meat farmer in the Ukraine, learns that he is actually a clone of the State’s founder and destined to become its Premier. The secret police whisk him away to Moscow where he is prepared for absolute power. Sergei is kidnapped by a group of terrorists who are bent on overthrowing the State. They open Sergei’s eyes to the atrocities meted out by the State on its people: torture, human cloning, and dietary oppression. Sergei escapes his captors and returns to Moscow but to what end? Does he assume the Premiership or follow the terrorists in their desperate struggle?

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Joshua Harding is a short story author and award-winning poet and horror writer. He’s been a nuclear missile mechanic, an environmental lobbyist, a cemetery restorer, freelance artist, puppet master, set designer, actor, carpenter, mortuary officer, and garbage man. The only thing he’s done longer than any of them is write. His fiction is currently featured in Writer’s Digest, QuarterReads, and Acidic Fiction. He lives on a four-person artists’ colony in the woods north of Chicago. Red Lakes is his first novel.

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"JoshuaHarding's Red Lakes depicts our world set in the future, aftera nuclear war has devastated humanity. Set in what was once Russia and Ukraine,the NSSR (New Soviet Socialist Republic) maintains absolute power over itscitizens by controlling what they eat. The people are kept fat, lethargic, andill by feeding them only foods from the approved "Holy Menu" as conveyedby the Savior Rahnuld--burgers, fries, and cola. Reminiscent of Soviet Russia,people inform on each other to Main Authoritative Komitet (MAKs) to keepthemselves safe, lest they be the ones tortured for being suspected ofconsuming vegetables or turning against the regime. There is a black market forfresh vegetables, and the rebels fighting the NSSR are known as Vegeterrorists.The Premier, MigLenin, is a clone of the founder of the state, and the storyfollows the life of Sergei Aleksandrevich as he discovers he is also anenhanced clone of the founder to be trained as MigLenin's successor. As he iskidnapped, separated from his pregnant wife, and groomed for his new path inlife, he faces the decision to either become the future Premier or join theVegeterrorists in changing the future.
 
"This novel was awell-written, fascinating read. Red Lakes may be set in the future, but it bears a strikingresemblance to the current social and political environment. In a world inwhich it is easier to find processed junk food than fresh, organic produce, andwhere the government creates laws around reproduction, Sergei must make achoice: to maintain the status quo, or fight for a better system. Each twistbrings the reader deeper into the novel, and pushes the reader to find out whatdecision Sergei will make. It is not a light, easy read, but it is brilliantlywritten and hard to put down." -- AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.

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