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America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between North and South, and some Northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow Americans from the South.

Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single united nation.

When he runs for president, Holly becomes his right-hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together - or have they set the country on a new but equally devastating path?

©2017 Chris Beckett (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Canada beware of the wolves at your door


A near future thought experiment that reads like a very realistic premonition, all the weather predictions have become reality and most of the world is in total disarray, most of the American plains and the south are devastated by drought, superstorms and the migration of millions into the north. America is looking for a political solution and suddenly Canada becomes the answer, and when the many demand the few must defend or be overrun this is that story.

Full of good ideas that sound like they are being already implemented in today's world, perhaps this is one of those books that got overrun by reality much faster than the author expected, and for that reason alone it deserves to be read, in this future politics are not that different and the people have not changed, only the lies are different.

Chris Beckett understands people and societies needs and brilliantly describes how we justify everything that is convenient for us when we are seeking power.

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  • Sean
  • sheffield UK
  • 12-01-18

Plausible look into the future

I enjoyed this story a look at what would happen if we do nothing to control Global Warming. The lead character isn't a particularly likeable person and it's easy to see how the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Well read by Tara Ward, but you may have sleepless nights if you're Canadian.

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