Katherine Holt lives in a state of desperate poverty in the Lower Quarter of Incorporated Municipality Number 27, FEMA Region II, foraging for food with her disabled sister, Rebecca, and hiding with her Mother from the teams of Sweepers who roam the Lower Quarter, which is supposed to have been evacuated due to plague.
But Katherine and her sister hide a secret–one that REGA, the controlling, authoritarian governmental bureaucracy in her sector, would do anything to get their hands on: she and her sister are immune to the virus.
When they are picked up by a Sweeper team and taken to the HUT – a prison-like processing center for the indigent, events begin to spiral rapidly out of control as REGA becomes aware of their secret, and Katherine engineers her own escape.
Can Katherine rescue her sister from the clutches of REGA before they use Rebecca for their own ends, or is she falling into a clever trap laid specifically for her? And what dark secret has her adopted Mother been hiding for the past twenty years?
About the Author
I am unapologetically a masculine American Christian. I’m a lover of the Declaration of Independence, a friend of the Constitution, and a rock-solid believer in the Bible as the Sword of the Spirit. I believe in freedom and the rights of men. I bow the knee to no man and have no sovereign but God. My faith is aggressive, a little hairy and a bit of a brute—like the preacher John Knox evangelizing Scotland with a Bible in one hand and a broadsword in the other. I’m more interested in being truthful with a bias toward action than I am in being nice—but that doesn’t mean I’m unkind. As a novelist, I write fiction that wrestles with these themes—that doesn’t shy away from hard questions or dicey situations. I treat my characters like real people with real flaws who sometimes do wrong and stupid things—especially when they’re trying to do the right thing. If you have a problem with an occasional swear word, violence, or an implied sexual situation, then I am probably not the writer for you. I write stuff that interests me—whether it’s the erosion of the American family, socio-political unrest in the U.S. that threatens to break into civil war, UFO’s, adventures in Biblical and Christian archaeology, dystopias, sword and sorcery fantasy, or getting inside the mind of a serial killer—and if that’s the kind of stuff you like, then I might be your next author.