RESURRECTION AMERICA by Jeff Gunhus

RESURRECTION AMERICA

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In a dystopian future, a secretive government project threatens a small town. 

Resurrection, a modestly sized town in Colorado, has seen better days; its mine closed down, essentially killing its economy. Much to his surprise, Sheriff Rick Johnson one day discovers a peculiar fence erected around the abandoned mine and a heavily armed crew guarding activity inside, both frenetically and furtively conducted. Hank Keefer, the man in charge of the band, convinces Johnson to keep the project to himself for a couple of days, promising to donate millions to Resurrection in exchange for his cooperation. But during a major festival, Keefer and his men commandeer the town and forcibly quarantine it. Keefer reveals that he’s actually a colonel with the Army’s Special Weapons Division and that he’s been using the mine to develop a deadly biological weapon; as a result of a mishap, a toxin was inadvertently released in the air. The toxin has the potential to wipe out Resurrection’s entire population, but Keefer assures the residents he can save them with a vaccine he has in plentiful supply. Johnson, however, is skeptical from the start and suspects that Keefer’s true intentions are nefarious. Meanwhile, Johnson, a war hero suffering from the trauma of the violent campaigns he participated in, tries to find normality in Resurrection. He carries on a slow but tender romance with a local, Dahlia Stevens, the mother of a young boy, but struggles to reconcile with Cassie Baker, his former paramour, a scientist who returns to town to inspect the mine. Gunhus (Where Are Your Shoes, 2017, etc.) adroitly designs a frightening world upended by geopolitical chaos; the United States, the victim of catastrophic terrorist attacks, struggles to bring order to global madness: “The Chinese invasions through Asia, the instability in Russia, the chaos in South America, the street-to-street fighting against the Jihadis in European capitals, all of it showed the average American a world sliding toward darkness.” Johnson is a memorable and relatable hero, hardened by war and loss but astonishingly hopeful. This tale offers a deliciously creepy vision of a grim tomorrow rendered harrowingly plausible. 

A terrifying account of global disorder and American decline. 

Pub Date: June 5th, 2017
Page count: 372pp
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2017




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