by Brett Williams


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The year is 2057. The place is America. The Great Upheaval has begun, and Morgan Whitaker is dead. Morgan was an intellectual brawler and a dangerous one. His splenetic indictment of his son John at a debate over the fate of a teetering America sparks a revolution. John's escape from an assassination attempt that destroys an entire town, to the solitudes of Arctic wilderness, allows John to refine his vision for America. Unsatisfied with Enlightenment's definition of Man and the governance it yields, John sets off for a more complete description, hunted by hostile powers along the way. From European heritage to Greek antiquity, to the home of Judeo-Christianity and on to humanity's earliest temple in Turkey. Finally, John reaches Africa, origin of the human race, and a discovery. He already knew that America's Founders sought to save Americans from calamity with governance of, by, and for unstable humans, but he learns too late they handed America a time bomb. As John struggles to douse the fire his father lit, national barricades to passion buckle under the assault. In a flash of tribalism, America appears as a modern-day Pompeii, buried under the Mount Vesuvius of its military-industrial complex riven between the clans. The Culture War is finally hot. Fanned by foreign clout, gorged by primate emotions, and the comforting satisfaction of hate favored by innate evolutionary psychology as John struggles to save it.

While The Worst of Things is second in The Father trilogy, it can stand alone as book one is summarized in the prologue. Learn more at or

WARNING: This book is not for the faint of heart. If you are a non-fiction or a literary fiction reader interested in philosophy, science, religion and why all civilizations fail, this book may be for you. But, if your preferred genre is children's books, romance novels, werewolves, etc. this book is likely not for you.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578606033
Publisher: Combustible Books
Publication date: 11/04/2019
Series: The Father Trilogy , #2
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Brett Williams spent his career as a physicist in electrical engineering and applied research in Dallas, Houston, and Southern California. He is a landscape and wildlife oil painter, and frequent backcountry hiker. He left physics to focus on writing, painting, and travel. The Worst of Things is his second novel. More about Williams, his books, and blog concerning political philosophy, science, religion, and current events can be found at or

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