Description: In the tradition of The Stand, The Man in the High Castle, and The Road, comes an epic story of struggle against tyranny in a future America….
The year is 2141. Islam controls the entire civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. Climate change has made fresh drinking water a scarce, and valuable, commodity. Islamic states that once controlled the oil now control the largest fresh water deposit in the world, the American Great Lakes.
Washington D.C. and New York City are mere memories of the old world, as a new regime of Caliphs has ruled the eastern half of the country for the past century. The barren ‘no man’s land’ east of the Mississippi River is but an encroaching desert, and the realm of the Great Lakes—known as Al-hayat Miyaah—dictates life for the rest of the realm.
Jihadic allegiance and the Lakes’ bounty decide a person’s worth, where clean, drinkable water is far more precious than gold… and more valuable than the lives of infidels.
Aligned with a much smaller Muslim nation in Kentucky, the Caliphate seeks to steadily eradicate the less privileged southern states, collectively known as the Southern Lowlands. Forever viewed as the scourge of the new America, or Amreeka, the Fourth Caliph of the Bashir dynasty, Abdul-Muttalib Bashir, moves to cut off the Mississippi River’s flow to the south, as part of the Caliphate’s Centennial Celebration. The enormous dam at Cairo, Illinois was created for this very purpose. The perpetual hardships facing townships in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama now worsens dramatically.
In this hostile environment, Joaquin Martinez and six others risk certain death, as fugitives crossing state lines to reclaim loved ones stolen from Hernando, Mississippi, and sold into slavery in Detroit. At the same time, survivalist Malcolm Foster and his daughter Renee begin a journey to Kentucky with other survivalists hoping to strike a blow to the Muslim empire. Lastly, in the heart of Al-hayat Miyaah, the youngest son of the Caliph, Abdul-Bari, sets out on a quest to determine the truth about infidels… their worthiness of scorn and indiscriminate death.
Much is at stake for them all, as a crossing of paths determines who inevitably is destined to win… and who must lose everything.
****Disclaimer: The book is not a religious condemnation, although it supports none of them. The story is about the wickedness of human nature—a treatise, if you will, about mankind’s desire to subjugate others—especially when bad men are in control of that power.
Review: I had the pleasure of reading the book Toxicity by A.J. Fraser and I was truly blown away. In the style of Stephen King’s The Stand, this book begins with different groups of characters who intertwine along their journeys.
Honestly, trying to think what to say about this book, the first thing that comes to mind is, “I don’t know what to say, it’s just so freaking good!” which is how I described it to a friend on the phone this morning. The characters are so richly developed you find yourself cheering them on, crying with them, picturing them as people you know and care about in real life. I really identified with several of them, and there were certain scenes where my heart literally ached for them.
This is a tale of love, of survival, of determination, of an uprising. This is a tale of people who may have little in common, but are united in their goal. Working for their families, working to save each other, working to save the former United States.
And while religion plays a big part of this book, as it must to do the story justice, it is not at all a religious novel.
If you like a good, long novel you can sink your teeth into, a highly recommend you download a copy of Toxicity. You won’t regret it.
About the Author: A. J. Fraser is the writing team of Aiden James and Fiona Fraser. Aiden is the author of more than thirty books, including the bestselling Cades Cove Series and Judas Chronicles. Fiona was the silent voice in such early Aiden James novels as “The Forgotten Eden”, “The Devil’s Paradise”, and “Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae”. “Toxicity is their first full joint endeavor, and they look forward to more collaborative books in the coming years.
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