It is morning in America, many years in the future. As the22nd century approaches, the United States and Canada have beenshattered by war and upheaval and have broken up into separate ethnic, racial, and political enclaves. On the east coast a crumbling, bankrupt and totteringUnited States government still holds a weak and impotent sway over a raggedcollection of tattered states and cities, but life is chaotic and plagued withpoverty, violence, and desperation. The entire Southwest, beginning with Texasand extending westward to southern California and north as far as Utah, hasbecome the Spanish-speaking Mexican state of Aztlan. And in the PacificNorthwest, from northern California on up to Alaska, a brutal fascist and whitesupremacist dictatorship rules the Northwest American Republic. Colonel Donald Redmond of the Bureau of State Security (BOSS) is one of the Northwest Republic's most ruthless and skillful politicalpolicemen. Then on a bright October morning he is called into the office of theState President, where he is given a top-secret assignment. A skeleton from thebloody and treacherous days of the revolution against America is about toemerge from the closet, and one of the most carefully guarded and suppressedmysteries of that revolution may become public knowledge. That long hiddentruth may undermine the very moral and political foundations of the whitesupremacist state. A woman's life hangs in the balance, but possibly even thefate a of a continent as well, as Donald Redmond and his partner Sergeant Nelplunge into the past and seek for the answer: who betrayed the Olympic FlyingColumn, and why? In The Hill of theRavens, underground cult novelist H. A. Covington offers us a grim andchilling view of a future that may yet come to be.
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In this grim and impressive novel, H. A. Covington hascreated a chilling glimpse into a future America seventy years or so down theroad, as the 22nd Century approaches. It is an America torn andriven by violence, fascism, racial and cultural division, and politicalBalkanization and fragmentation. In short, an America that yet could come tobe. Covington has already attained a kind of underground cult status with histen previous novels. (One of these, Vindictus: A Novel of History's First Gunfighter, is available from 1stBooks.) The Hill of the Ravens may yet turn outto be Covington's foreboding masterpiece of a future gone dark and terrifying.
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