Post-Apocalyptic Novel Offers Hope For The Future
By Mark McLaughlin
APOCALYPSE AMERICA!, a new science-fiction novel by Quad-Cities authors Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, tells of a future when the world will be under attack by Internet Witches, flesh-eating dust mites, murderous robots, and mutant scorpions. But according to the authors, the novel is actually a tale of hope and redemption.
“The novel is set in a terrifying future,” McCarty said. “Following a devastating nuclear war, America has turned into a wasteland. A cult of digital beings known as Internet Witches have used their advanced technology to attack the country through its computers. Humanity’s fate rests with Cain, a young nomad who must find a legendary paradise known as Eden. Cain is joined on his trek by new friends and together, they work to save Earth’s remaining people from destruction.”
McLaughlin noted that the protagonist, Cain, is a survivor – an eternal optimist who doesn’t panic. “As a team, Cain and his friends are able to fight monsters and still proceed with their objectives,” he said. “They take a look at the seemingly insurmountable problems around them, assess their resources, and work out an action plan. If something doesn’t work, they try something else. I think that’s a good game-plan for all of us. Don’t let the world get you down. Keep striving for success. Find like-minded friends and work with them to achieve mutual goals.”
“APOCALYPSE AMERICA! may be a post-apocalyptic novel, but there’s an underlying positive message: Never give up!” McCarty said.
“I think this book will resonate with readers because at some point in our lives, we all may face a personal apocalypse,” McLaughlin said. “We may lose a pet, or a job we enjoyed. Our health may suffer. We may even lose a loved one. But no matter what goes wrong in our loves, we still have to move on with our lives. We have to find the strength to face tomorrow, and move forward with purpose.”
McCarty’s recent books include Lost Girl of the Lake (coauthored by Joe McKinney), Conversations with Kreskin (coauthored by The Amazing Kreskin) and Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror and Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers.
McLaughlin’s latest paperback releases are Horrors & Abominations and The House of the Ocelot (both co-authored by Michael Sheehan, Jr.).
APOCALYPSE AMERICA! is now available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle formats. Please use these links to find out more about the novel in each format: