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Alter Road

Release Date: 03/17/2020


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Following decades of deindustrialization, economic decline, income inequality, and political polarization, parts of America are a tinderbox. In Detroit, the match is lit when the local power company routinely shuts off the electricity of households behind in their monthly payments even in the midst of an unusually brutal winter. Thousands of households resort to space and kerosene heaters, causing a spike in house fires and fire-related deaths. Following the death of a popular retired school teacher and her family, massive protests erupt. An underfunded and undermanned police department is quickly overwhelmed, and the U.S. Army is deployed. Welcomed at first by exasperated residents, the Army soon finds itself navigating internecine conflicts, an international refugee crisis, and failing infrastructure.

About This Author

MARK JAMES writes Geopolitical thrillers and dystopian fiction. His debut novel Alter Road was published in 2020. His follow up novel Friendship Games is forthcoming in 2023.
He earned his PhD in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, his MS in Geography from the University of Alabama, and his BS in Political Science from Towson University. He has published research in various academic journals including Antipode, Regional Studies, Journal of Urban Affairs, Growth & Change, and Southeastern Geographer. He has taught Political, Economic, and Urban Geography for over twenty years. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and deployed to the Philippines, Japan, Guam, the Aleutian Islands, and Hawaii during the last years of the Cold War. After the Navy, he used the GI Bill and worked his way through college and graduate studies. An avid surfer, you might find him on any given day amid the breaks off Delmarva in Maryland or Delaware when he probably should be at work.

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