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by Darin Bradley
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Spectra, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's another one of those collapse of our society novels, but what sets this one apart from others of this ilk are (a) its unusual premise and (b) the narrative skill of the author.

When the switch from analog to digital TV is completed, an anarchic movement known as Savage hijacks unused airwaves. Hiram and Levi, followers of the group, realize from what has been culled from the supposedly no longer used airwaves, that an economic collapse is in the offing that will plunge society into a new dark age.

Compiling the shocking revelations into a written way of life called The Book, the two young men set forth a plan for gathering supplies and escaping the imminent urban breakdown.

Although they are prepared and ready to weather the oncoming storm, are Hiram and Levi really ready for the blood-drenched battlefields of university campuses, shopping malls, and gated communities that will be emblematic of the new reality?

Do these two former Boy Scouts and veterans of countless Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, possess the skills and fortitude to assume new identities and moralities as they lead a ragtag group of hackers and misfits to an all-but-mythical place called Amaranth?

Perhaps the most important question is not will they survive, but is survival really worth fighting for, and will life in this new brave world actually be worth living?

In this riveting and jarring debut novel, university writing instructor Darin Bradley provides ample proof that the old adage that 'Those who can, do and those who can't, teach!' is just nonsense. Not only can this guy teach writing, but he is also definitely and deftly capable of practicing what he preaches!

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