After three years of world peace, the unthinkable happens: a massive nuclear event of unexplained origins. But the daily task of living in an irradiated world in the midst of nuclear winter takes precedence over determining who attacked and why it occurred. Survivors drift into one of the two opposing factions around the Cincinnati area, The Servants of The Light and the 66th UAC Army Infantry Reserves. Both groups are intent on humanity’s survival, but their methods are quite different. Alianna Amora, the insatiable, blind cult leader organizes her people into a tightly woven commune that helps the sick and gives religious hope to survivors. Col. Waywood’s approach is to maximize military manpower, increase resource control and reestablish the United American Continental government. The 66th offers survivors structure and stability. Accomplishing these tasks would be daunting enough, but both Amora and Waywood have second-in-commands whose loyalty and integrity are questionable. In the midst of this turmoil, Alexander Washington and Lt. Cassie Willow meet as liaisons for their organizations. Their attraction is buffeted by mistrust as each of these peripheral leaders navigates the new landscape. Opposing ideologies, wavering trust issues and an every-changing political backdrop make creating stability nearly impossible in a world where most water and food is contaminated and the death count from radiation sickness is still growing. Add to that Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and the world feels topsy turvey. This adult dystopian novel will give you a realistic picture of the resilience of life, leaving you breathless, but hopeful!
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Rhodes FitzWilliam (1953-present) was born in Cincinnati and spent her young life in various states from Texas, Arizona and North Carolina. She attended one year at Gebhardt’s Art School in Cincinnati before joining the Air Force. After marrying, divorcing and raising a child on her own while attending the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated with BS in Secondary Education/English. She went on to teach for 13 years in the Cincinnati area and take several Masters’ level courses in Education/English from Xavier and Miami Universities, where she also participated in the Ohio Writing Project. Rhodes takes many of her short stories, poetry and essays from her extensive personal experiences. However, her real passion is science fiction, specializing in dystopian fiction. She currently lives with her son and two dogs and dedicates herself to writing and tutoring. Her recent book, “A Long Winter’s Night” is now available at Amazon.com. This is the first book of an adult dystopian trilogy called “Icy Thoughts”. She is currently working on the second book, “Icy Thoughts at Dawn”.
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