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Cruel Paradise

By revett07 All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Action

Blurb

The year is 2057. Larkin Bellamy and her father lived in a darker time when the world had become alarmingly consumed by Socialism, and in the US a resurgence of the old era of McCarthyism has cropped up. In these turbulent times, Hadrian Bellamy chooses to pursue a lucrative yet 'less than reputable' line of work, and is forced to flee with his daughter to escape almost certain prosecution at the hands of the now extremely paranoid CIA. They seek refuge on a Caribbean island, hoping to fall under the radar of any neighboring Socialist powers and the US government alike. But their disastrous fate launches the two fugitives in to a harrowing fight for survival and leaves them stranded in the lush paradise. When Larkin is ripped away from her father, she has no choice but to grasp the dark reality facing her and circumstances far more impactful than she can realize, before it's too late. Forced to evade secret service agents, armed guards, and the vile man responsible for her plight, Larkin finds herself in near impossible odds. Gaining a mysterious ally in the most unlikely of places, the two of them must navigate their way through the treacherous sparkling waters, rife with danger.

Prelude

“Totalitarian regimes imposed on free peoples, by direct or indirect aggression, undermine the foundations of international peace and hence the security of the United States.”

--President Harry S. Truman

“The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”

--Karl Marx


PRELUDE

It’s for the common good, they say. The “common good” is why we don’t really use the Internet anymore, or say anything too personal on the phone. The “common good” is why the only place to have a true conversation is a long walk far away from the cities and suburbs, and even then you can’t be sure that it’s truly safe. Everyone has heard the paranoid whisperings of microphones in the trees and the omnipresent eyes of hidden cameras, after all.

It’s on such daring walks that our grandparents fondly tell stories of a different time, before the word Socialism terrified people to their core, before we scrutinized every person we passed on the street, wondering what secrets they might be hiding.

We are living in an entirely different world now – a world in which the fight for survival is much more savage than it has been in hundreds of years. A fight that is daily engaged, lurking under the thinly veiled disguise of societal norms.


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