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- DescriptionThe polarization of the American people places democracy at risk! Ever wonder how totalitarian regimes in The Hunger Games and Divergent came to be? Light and Transient Causes is a story about one way things can go horribly wrong for a democracy. It is 202x and the U.S. faces crises of historic proportions on both the international and domestic fronts. Following horrific acts of terrorism, unprecedented natural calamity, abandonment by our allies, and an embargo by oil-producing nations the collapse of the American ecomy has created incendiary conditions in our cities. Tens of millions of Americans have lost their faith in the American dream. As racial tensions escalate, the prejudices of the American people spiral out of control and mirity populations are targeted. Many Americans believe US policies in support of Israel are the cause of the nation's problems and anti-Semitism becomes the fashion of the day. Out of fear, the American people elect a reactionary candidate for the Presidency on the basis of his promise to restore domestic peace and prosperity at any cost. The President has appointed military state goverrs in order to quell the violence and seize control over the citizenry. From a hopeful slumber, Americans awaken to the harsh reality of martial law. In Indianapolis two groups of Americans, one African-American (ReGenesis) and the other middle class professionals (The Resistance), independently choose to resist a government that longer represents the will of its people. ReGenesis, Inc., under the dynamic leadership of one remarkable man, is committed to elevating African-Americans and other mirities from dependency to ecomic and political parity through education and free enterprise. The Resistance movement evolves from one couple who helps Jewish friends escape to Canada and on to Israel. When some of their African-American friends are targeted their numbers expand and the Resistance is founded. The movement is committed to attacking the legal and political legitimacy of the military government and, gradually, their leaders slip down the precipitous path of treason. Using outbreaks of racial violence as their justification, military state governments are creating encampments in the major cities across the nation into which African- and Hispanic-Americans are being interned. In Indianapolis, the leaders of ReGenesis and The Resistance join forces within the city's encampment to create what they call the Free City of Indianapolis. The military government's response to this act of treason and domestic terrorism is swift and brutal repression. Under merciless attacks by the military government, the people of the Free City of Indianapolis endure great tragedy and hardships as they defend the liberty of their community and its people. Two high-ranking officers in the military government agonize over their complicity in a series of atrocities against American citizens. Yielding to his conscience, the first officer withholds vital evidence against the leaders of The Resistance and warns them of their pending arrest. Facing his own arrest, the officer deserts his command and joins The Resistance. Under the command of the Military Goverr of the State of Indiana, the General's chief of staff agonizes over his role in escalating the attacks against the Free City. As government forces are poised to destroy the last vestiges of resistance in the Free City, the newly appointed Brigadier General arrives on the scene as one of his officers is preparing to fire upon citizens who have gathered to protest the attacks on the people of the Free City. Unable to live with his own culpability, the officer seizes command of the attacking forces and orders an immediate cessation of hostilities. Risking his own career, he contacts the leaders of the Free City and, in their last desperate act, the protagonists appeal to the American people to restore the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
- Author BiographyA former Chief Operating Officer of a distribution and inventory management firm, Mel Hawkins has also served as a juvenile probation officer, Court Executive of a unified trial court, manager of a multi-specialty group medical practice, management and leadership consultant, and a small business owner. This experience has given Mr. Hawkins a unique perspective, one that has served him well as an innovator and problem-solver. Educated at Manchester College where he received a BA degree, the author has also earned a Master of Science in Education (Psychology) from the University of Saint Francis and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Mel resides with his wife in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mel and Chris have three adult children and three grandchildren. Active in his community, Mr. Hawkins attended Leadership Fort Wayne; formerly served as president and member of the Board of Managers of Byron Health Center, a 500-bed long term care facility; was a co-founder and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne; co-founder, board member, and former president of the South Side Business Group of Allen County. Mel has also served on the board of the Martin Luther King Montessori School, the Alumni Board of Leadership Fort Wayne, and as co-chair of the legislative committee of the Indiana Correctional Association. In the last five years Mel has been allocating a large portion of his time to writing. An experienced public speaker, Mel looks forward to the opportunity to promote his books.
- Author(s)Mel Hawkins
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication25/08/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight553 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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