A Strong And Sudden Thawby R. W. Day
The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons… See more details below
The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, stealing sheep, and attacking children, the townsfolk quickly learn that they don't have the weapons or the skills to fight off such predators.
David Anderson is a farmer's son who has explored the world through books. When he meets the new healer in town, Callan Landers, he doesn't quite know what to make of the strange warmth stealing over him. It's not until he surprises Callan with another man-and both men are promptly arrested for sodomy-that David finally realizes the truth about his own feelings.
When David and Callan stumble over a secret in a nearby abandoned town, their personal problems fade before government politics and corruption that threaten lives. It seems the dragons aren't the worst dangers facing Moline.
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If this book is any indication of the quality we can expect from Iris Print, I'll be in line for everything they publish! Too often, post-apocalyptic stories tend to be depressing, or horribly unrealistic. An unexpected cooling of our planet is not only realistic, it is likely. And though the world described is harsh, humans are struggling to regain technologies once taken for granted, there are good people that give a reader hope. This is a coming of age story for David, who's feelings for the new town healer Callan are confusing and unsettling. His puritan-like town believes the new ice age is 'divine retribution' on 'immoral' behavior. So, when Callan is caught with another man, the horrible punishment he endures opens David's eyes to the reality of life. He now understands that justice is not guaranteed and love can not always sustain two people. Their love story is extremely well done and very believable. There is sex, but it isn't graphic or gratuitous. There is also a very rich plot concerning a government conspiracy and the town being harrassed by what appear to be dragons. This story was poignant, with fully developed characters, both primary and secondary, an excellent storyline and a great love story. I look forward to more from R. Day.