In 2035, the southwestern United States is ravaged by drought, reeling from an environmental catastrophe that has left the landscape a chaotic, depleted ruin. California, still viably inhabitable due to its oppressive social controls, marshals state-of-the-art surveillance technology and totalitarian policies to preserve its fragile hold on rapidly dwindling resources and an increasingly unsettled population.
After a prominent California congresswoman is assassinated for her support of the state’s secession from the United States, Nathan Fisher—accidental witness to a clandestine military-style operation—is drawn into an unraveling conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of power and threatens the lives of Fisher and his family.
Hunted by ruthless killers seeking to ensure his silence, suspected by the authorities, and aided only by a loyal Marine officer with a mysterious agenda, Fisher and his loved ones must somehow stay a step ahead of their relentless pursuers, navigating a ruined world in a desperate search for sanctuary.
This book was my introduction into Steven Konkoly ‘s espionage black ops series, AND IT WAS AWESOME. Like, scary awesome. Steven has a military background and breathes life into his novels with an edge-of-your-seat realism.
I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time and couldn’t resist it any longer. You know how that goes, right?
It’s a well written futuristic thriller where the U.S. is caught up in “water wars”due to the catastrophic drought taking over the nation. Family man Nathan Fisher and water reclamation engineer is in the wrong place at the wrong time. A private paramilitary group with deep pockets is hell bent on putting away Fisher and tying up its loose ends. Nathan and his family enlist the help from a tough marine by the name of David Quinn, but will it be enough to keep them alive?
Reading this book made me feel like I was on the battlefield, in the trenches, running for my life with this family. Excellent read.