Babylon USA

Babylon USA

by Linda Case

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Babylon USA by Linda Case

On May 1, in the near future, the fiercest tornado ever to be recorded by the National Weather Service strikes Clark’s Corner, Iowa, a small town, nationally known for its devout Baptist religion, population five hundred thirty-nine.
Only four survive by sheer luck:
The Reverend Ethan Fletcher, spiritual leader of the town.
Dr. Frank Wells, the chief church elder and sole physician.
Meggie and Noah Shepard, twenty and sixteen, brother and sister.
The four find their families gone, their strict values and beliefs gone, their perfect paradise. . .gone. But was it really a paradise? Or was it a frightening something else?
For many years Nanette Belle, an herbalist and heathen, lived on the outskirts of Clark’s Corner. She tells protagonist, Dr. Kao Bradley from Council Bluffs, exactly what Clark’s Corner was. . .the role of Ethan Fletcher, Dr. Frank Wells (Kao’s best friend since medical school) and her fear for the two innocents, Meggie and Noah.
“There was brainwashing and excessive punishment of women and children,” Nannie says. “Both were rampant because that devil said the Bible commanded such activities. And those people listened—oh, did they listen—not realizing it was the devil’s way of control.”
Having visited ultra-pious Clark’s Corner for many years, Kao is dubious. Yet, the bug is planted, and thus starts a horrifying adventure for Kao, the four survivors, and the people they drag into the illusion of Clark’s Corner. The illusion grows and mutates through nearly two years of America’s decay and Washington D. C.’s desperate attempts to regain what Mother Nature and years of denial and procrastination are rapidly taking away.
The setting for this story, Iowa, is the microcosm for the rest of the deteriorating (and shrinking) nation. Iowa changes drastically, changes that are frightening because they could easily happen—they could happen tomorrow.
“Destroy Babylon,” Nannie begs of Kao, caught up in the Clark’s Corner madness and torn between his love of his best friend and doing what he deep down knows is right and moral. To complicate things, he falls hopelessly in love with Meggie Shepard, the sole female survivor of Clark’s Corner.
A young woman segregated all her life, Meggie is now trying to grow up in a strange, larger world amid the frightening changes. Compassionate, innocent, and stunningly beautiful, loved by men and resented by women, Meggie becomes the coveted pawn for two madmen, singularly and desperately trying to revive a paradise that never was, making their own rules along the way and falsely using the Bible as their justification.
From the farmlands of Southwest Iowa to metropolitan Council Bluffs/Omaha, from a paramilitary/survivalist camp to street preaching amid the vast homeless in downtown Des Moines, from the simple ‘Word’ to the glittering world of televangelism, Kao, Meggie, and the other primary characters fight for survival, meaning, and love within an uncertain future
. . .And in the case of Dr. Frank Wells and Reverend Ethan Fletcher, that means creation of two mad, fanatical, manmade worlds.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013561670
Publisher: Linda Case
Publication date: 06/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 662 KB

About the Author

Linda Case is a lifelong Minnesota resident and has been a registered nurse for over three decades, currently working for a major health care system in Southern Minnesota. Besides a great interest in traveling and going to estate sales, she is an avid writer and has completed several book manuscripts, primarily detective thrillers with unlikely, bigger-than-life detective types; however her first e-book Babylon USA, a futuristic thriller, does break that mold. She always enjoys mainstream, commercial novels by a wide variety of authors and is fascinated by Hemingway’s story telling technique. Movies from the 1980’s are still some of her favorites, and she gravitates towards financial and political shows on television. Historical documentaries are also high on her TV watch list and she loves the subject of History in general. Also a huge football fan, she fanatically follows the Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
A wife, mother, and grandmother, she lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, Dan, a systems programmer, and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Yogi Bear.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rambles on and on and on. It is filled with implausible scenarios. I tried, but just couldn't finish it.