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Drifting in Ash James Dewberry

Drifting in Ash

James Dewberry

Published April 18th 2012
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Kindle Edition
337 pages
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The world is dark. The world is cold. The world is harsh and leaves small room for hope.It has been over thirty years since humanity nearly destroyed itself in global conflict. In a last desperate attempt to give the human species one final chance,MoreThe world is dark. The world is cold. The world is harsh and leaves small room for hope.It has been over thirty years since humanity nearly destroyed itself in global conflict. In a last desperate attempt to give the human species one final chance, all forms of technology were destroyed. Civilization ended in an instant. The world went dark, leaving a handful of survivors as the final hope for humanity’s future.Life is hard. For those who remain, each day begins and ends with the struggle for survival. The combination of war, disease, scarcity of food, and sterility has done its work well. The global population hovers at roughly twenty percent of its former self. With the vast majority of survivors sterile, resulting from uncontrolled biological attacks, humanity stands on the brink of extinction. Those who survived, struggle to keep the species alive- some by force and others more humanely.The survival of the human species is the only goal, and will be accomplished at any cost. As a result, a new set of primitive moral and ethical codes have been adopted. Food is in short supply, slavery is rampant, and violence is as close as one’s own shadow.Enter a man called Drifter, a man who knew the world before its fall. He is a solitary figure traversing the bleak rugged landscape of the American southwest. His day to day existence is one of self-imposed isolation. Drifter roams aimlessly, unable to reconcile the world he once knew with the world which now exists. He finds himself bound by the moral and ethical codes of his former life- a set of codes that are without translation in the world he now inhabits. His spirit is conflicted, caught between the peace he seeks and the violence he lives.As he struggles to come to terms with the world as it is, he must also confront new and confusing physical changes. The victim of a dirty bomb attack before the fall, Drifter found himself unwillingly the test subject of a new serum. Now, years later, the full range of the serum’s impact is only just beginning to become evident. Confusion, doubt, and wonder bring new questions with no answersIn this story, as Drifter struggles to survive, he confronts his loneliness and feelings that life has no purpose beyond survival. Despair is crushing Drifter’s spirit when hope appears in an unlikely place. The walls he has kept in place for so long begin to crumble. A woman rekindles feelings long suppressed. He begins to discover the sense of purpose he has been seeking when tragedy strikes- taking his new found hope away. Alone again, Drifter’s rage consumes him to the breaking point before he is unexpectedly reborn. His purpose in this new life is found, lost, and found again, yet the peace Drifter seeks continues to evade him.