In the near future, an army of half a million Russian, North Korean, and Middle-Eastern soldiers launch a coordinated offensive, invading the United States with unparalleled precision.
They call themselves the People’s Liberating Army –– the PLA.
May and Winston Sparrow live on the route that the PLA is taking on its way to sack Atlanta. The Sparrows, married for fifty years, don’t intend to flee the imminent invasion. Like many others in the tiny town of Johnsonville, Georgia, they dig in and make preparations. Winston, a structural engineer by trade, devises a simple strategy –– build a false wall in their small barn and wait out the offensive inside the tiny, hidden space. They have enough supplies to last two weeks, more than enough for the enemy to pass through Johnsonville, but to Winston and May’s horror, instead of just passing through, the PLA chooses the Sparrow property as its headquarters. Their secret sanctuary becomes an unwelcome front row seat to the atrocities of war.
When they run out of food and water, Winston has no choice but to leave the spurious safety of the barn and escape the PLA’s fortified defenses. Outside, he finds a new world –– sometimes exciting and invigorating, more often brutal and devastating –– where he encounters adversaries from near and far.
While he is away from May, Winston must defend himself, help those more vulnerable than he, bring closure for old friends, and in an unlikely turn of events, he even befriends an enemy soldier. When things can’t possibly get any worse, and the threat of large-scale annihilation looms, the U.S. Army presses Winston back into military service, forcing him to rely on the skills he honed during the Vietnam War, or risk losing it all.
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Pete Conrad was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and now resides in the small yet spectacular New Hampshire seacoast area (it’s the shortest coastline of any state, at just 18 miles!). A lifelong learner, Pete holds a degree in English, Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of South Florida. He currently serves on the board of the National Tutoring Association, and is also an avid bass guitar enthusiast, with nearly twenty basses in his collection.
Pete has written screenplays for each of his novels, and he is working to bring them to life on the big screen. A short film version of “The Suicide Flowers” made the rounds on the film festival circuit, sparking the interest of well-known filmmakers. He just wrapped up his latest novel, a timely tale of survival and love in these uncertain times. When asked what makes his writing stand out, Pete states simply, “My work is plausible, my research is impeccable, and my stories will make you feel.”