[KINDLE] ❂ Forty Days at Kamas (Kamas Trilogy, #1) By Preston Fleming – Agedanna.info
A Brutal Portrait Of A Dystopian America, Full Of Dramatic Irony And Shocking Revelation KIRKUS REVIEWS Inspired By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn S Account Of A Soviet Labor Camp Revolt In Gulag Archipelago, Volume III, The Story Of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS Follows Political Prisoners And Security Officials At A Corrective Labor Camp In Kamas, Utah, Where Inmates Seize Control During The Summer Of Kamas, Utah In The Totalitarian Dystopia That America Has Become After The Unionist Party S Rise To Power, The American West Contains Vast Restricted Zones Dotted With Ghost Towns, Scattered Military Garrisons And Corrective Labor Camps Where The Regime Disposes Of Its Real And Suspected Enemies Kamas Is One Such Camp On A Frigid March Night, A Former Businessman From Pittsburgh, Paul Wagner, Arrives At A Labor Camp In Utah S Kamas Valley, A Dozen Miles East Of The Deserted Resort Town Of Park City, Which Prisoners Are Dismantling As Part Of A Massive Recycling Project When Wagner Arrives, He Is Unaware That His Eleven Year Old Daughter, Claire, Has Set Off To Utah To Find Him After Becoming Separated From Her Mother At The Philadelphia Airport By An Odd Quirk Of Fate, Claire Has Traveled On The Same Train That Carried Her Father Into Internal Exile Only After Wagner Has Renounced All Hope Of Survival, Cast His Lot With Anti Regime Hard Liners And Joined Them In An Unprecedented And Suicidal Revolt Does He Discover That Claire Has Become A Servant In The Home Of The Camp S Deputy Warden Wagner Is Torn Between His Devotion To Family And Loyalty To His Fellow Rebels Until, On The Eve Of An Ard Assault Intended To Crush The Revolt, He Faces An Agonizing Choice Between A Hero S Death And A Coward S Freedom In FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS, Author Preston Fleming Offers A Stirring Portrait Of A Man Determined To Survive Under The Bleakest Of Conditions And Against Formidable Odds Fleming S Gift For Evocative Prose Brings The Characters And Events To Life In A Way That Arouses Emotional Tension While Also Engaging The Reader S Intellect With Fundamental Questions About The Future Of American Society Kamas main character is Paul Wagner, a businessman with a classic good family life in suburban Pittsburgh, who falls victim along with his family to a new America political system.The year is 2016 when, after a series of natural disaster events, a President of the United States begins his regime, a totalitarian nightmare where the old system of freedoms and rights give way to the demands of the State Wagner runs his family manfacturing business, but The Events and the regime lead to a progression of taxes and inflation which make it impossible for the family to survive in America Emigration is the route they choose, but imprisonment on a bogus charge takes Paul to a corrective labor camp in the Wasatch Mountain range of Utah And his beloved wife and daughters are separated on totally independent ventures The author incorporates historical references directly and indirectly which give the reader the sense of being in Stalinist Russia in the Gulags, or in Nazi Germany in the work camps.Life in the corrective camp Kamas revolves around Wagner but provides portraits of a diverse population who have been sentenced for various moves, real and imagined, against the State The command and control system of the new regime are painted clearly, with historic parallels frighteningly clear The perverse camp warden and staff, always looking to exploit the prisoners labor and break their morale, become key characters in the lives of all Wagner s will to survive and gut instinct to do what is right move him along a winding road. I received this book free from Preston Fleming in exchange for an honest review The premise of the book was intriguing a work prison camp in the future, in a dystopian society The story unfolds with the simultaneous stories of a male prisoner and a female child, father and daughter They both deal with their own problems, and hope to be reunited with each other eventually.The main portion of the book is taken up with the revolution going on in the camp The political prisoners have had enough of the brutality and they rise up I enjoyed how the author described the bleakness and despair amongst the prisoners, and I feel that he appropriately captured the emotion and futility However, I did feel that the actual revolution and fighting went on way too long The prisoners went on strike a few times before seizing control of the camp, and for me this seemed an arduous part of the book At times it seemed the labor talks went on forever and I grew weary, hoping for action and less bargaining Each chapter starts out with a quote relating to labor politics unrest, from leaders such as Lenin, Trotsky, Idi Amin, soviet camp doctors, and authors such as George Orwell The quote directly reflects the action that is going to take place in that chapter, and I thought it was very unique to have the foreshadowing told in that manner Towards the end of the book, the main character has an out of body experience, that provides the reader with a birds eye view of the action taking place down below The author also utilizes this in the first chapter, where it worked well The portion at the end of the story seemed out of place and a bit confusing at times I wondered if he was still floating above or if he was back in Earth watching the action Finally, when he returns back to his body, it all makes sense, but I feel there could ve been a better way to convey this by the author.In summary, good plot, great idea, but I didn t feel much of a connection with the characters I would have enjoyed this book if it was about 70 pages shorter That being said, I do have to commend the author for having an easy writing style His sentences were flowing, he described his characters well, and the story did have a good air of suspense at times His knowledge of political unrest and union bargaining was comprehensive, and I know those readers who have an affinity for that kind of thing will enjoy this story immensely. This author and his book are what is wonderful about indie authors I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book I was also enlightened in my realization that the Orwellian theme of the book could happen in our country.There are a number of good reviews that will lay out the characters and storyline so there is no reason for me to rehash those great reviews However, I do want to chime in with a few comments about the work of Preston Fleming This is the first of his books to pass by my eyes I was engrossed with how well it was written I thought the story was exciting and had a relatively quick pace which kept me fully interested The characters are a real strength to this book I feel that I would actually recognize the majority of them if I passed them on the street That is how well they were developed.I now have another great author to read It is a shame that there are so few books to read On the bright side, he is young so he has a lot writing time left in his life Pick up a copy of this fine book to entice him to keep writing. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.An incredibly emotional read about near future America in which Unionists have taken over and destroyed the freedom that had been the American way of life for over 200 years People, many of which are war heroes or former government employees, are now taken prisoner for the slightest perceived infractions, charged with sedition and other drummed up charges, and send to a prison camp system based in the Western United States, primarily Utah and Colorado.A very heart wrenching story based on the true story of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his time in a Russian gulag, told from the perspective of an innocent prisoner, and his living through a prison camp uprising, and survival in the most extreme conditions brought on by prison wardens, government officials, and even fellow prisoners.An excellent book, well written, and very compelling I m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.