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The Final Day: When Love Of Country Becomes The Driving Force That Unites All Citizens Against Tyranny

The Final Day: A Novel (A John Matherson Novel) by [Forstchen, William R.]

The Final Day by New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen gives a chilling glimpse into an America ripped apart by both an EMP attack and a government hell bent on surrendering parts of the nation to foreign countries.

With our nation still at odds over the result of the presidential election, military historian Bill Forstchen offers something for both sides of the political aisle in a riveting plot that has citizens united in an attempt to preserve a beloved America. While The Final Day is third in the riveting John Matherson series, the first has already been optioned for a movie by Warner Brothers.

Bill Forstchen makes a dynamic guest. Please read the following press release and let me know if I may schedule an interview with him, or forward a copy of the book for a review from you. If you’d like to run this story, I’d be happy to send you .jpgs of the author and the book cover. Thank you.

Trish Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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The Final Day: When Love Of Country Becomes The Driving Force That Unites All Citizens Against Tyranny

“Like its two predecessors in the Matherson series, this new novel entertainingly blends folksy and sophisticated, small-town nostalgia and sharp futurism…a thoughtfully rendered, richly detailed investigation into the ‘What if.'”
—Kirkus Reviews, on The Final Day

Black Mountain, NC – Fans of John Matherson and his fierce brand of patriotism were thrilled when The Final Day, third in the series by New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen, was recently released by Forge Books.

Months before publication, Forstchen’s One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Film rights to that novel have already been optioned by Warner Bros. The riveting story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and death was followed closely by the acclaimed One Year After, continuing the Matherson saga.

The Final Day picks up after John Matherson and his community defeat the designs of the alleged federal government. Now they have returned their attention to restoring the technologies and social order existing prior to the EMP attack. When the government announces that it is ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico, General Bob Scales is sent to confront Matheson. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.

General Scales is John’s former commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days. Where do his loyalties fall? Might he be the crucial turning point in the quest for an America that is again united? When news breaks that members of the federal government knew an EMP attack was coming long before it hit, the government might get exactly what it fears: revolution.

William R. Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. Forstchen is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, near Asheville, North Carolina.

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The Final Day
Forge Books
Available at fine booksellers and online outlets
ISBN: 9780765376732
Ebook: 978-0-7653-7673-2
January 2017



Publishers Weekly, on One Second After: “An entertaining apocalyptic thriller.”

Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author, on One Second After:
“Forstchen is the prophet of a new Dark Age. The wise will listen.”

Possible interview questions:

• The frightening specifics about EMP
• An EMP attack: merely a sci-fi story or a reality?
• The societal impact of an EMP attack
• Hour-by-hour, day-by-day, month-by-month details on the effect an EMP attack would have on a community
• What, if anything, can be done to protect ourselves and our country against an EMP attack
• Why Dr. Forstchen decided to write the John Matherson series
• Speaker Newt Gingrich’s influence on One Second After
• The research Dr. Forstchen did to write the John Matherson series, and why he found what he discovered so disturbing
• Why he decided to make One Second After so personal by setting it in his hometown and using characters, including a daughter, based on people he knows
• Why he has been selected to submit a breakdown on the impact of an EMP attack to an agency within the Pentagon
• Will Dr. Forstchen’s research be used to change Congressional policy and other lawmakers?
• How does this affect our national security? Is our government preparing for such a threat? If not, why?
• What American history has to do with the technological threats of today
• Discuss the current political environment and how our president-elect should be preparing to lead our national security
• Climate change (both sides of discussion)
• Anything related to survivalists and preppers
• Why this series is such a huge success; the “making of” (his background and what inspired him to write this)

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13:24 – A Dark Thriller

1324: A Dark Thriller by [Hickmon, M]

Trish Stevens
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 133032
The Woodlands, TX 77393
Office: (281) 333-3507


13:24 – A Dark Thriller

Leesburg, FL – M. Dolon Hickmon’s 13:24 – A Dark Thriller is a unique survivor-driven public outreach, intended to deepen public awareness of crimes against children and of the lingering impacts of PTSD. Published with the financial backing of nearly one hundred child abuse survivors and their allies, the project has been enormously successful to date: honored with a starred review in Publishers Weekly’s Best Books annual special issue, the book is now shelved in libraries from Helena, Montana to Zürich, Switzerland. The Kindle edition of 13:24 – A Dark Thriller is a current Top 25 Best Seller in Amazon’s “Child Abuse” and “Vigilante Justice Thrillers” categories.

“I have written and published essays and research on child abuse and excessive corporal punishment since 2006,” Hickmon says. “I eventually realized that although studies were being done and papers being written, the latest advances in our understanding of early trauma were not reaching the public. My solution was to create a fast-paced crime thriller that would combine elements of my own experiences with true crime headlines and cutting-edge research into the neurobiological basis of PTSD. With the help of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, I assembled an amazing team of publishing veterans with hundreds of fiction best sellers between them.”

The result is a heart-pounding, ripped-from-the-headlines crime thriller that sensitively guides readers through the spiritual, physical, and emotional consequences of child abuse and the lifelong process of overcoming it.

Publishers Weekly raved: “Hickmon unleashes a shocking blitzkrieg of murder, conspiracy, and child abuse in this disturbing, breathlessly plotted murder mystery […] Eschewing easy answers for moral complexity, this thriller is unsettling entertainment that offers catharsis.”

The accuracy of the book’s complex portrayals have been attested to by child abuse survivors and trauma experts alike: “Mr. Hickmon writes with the clarity, power and passion of someone who really knows what he is writing about, and who understands the wide range of responses human beings experience when trying to deal with lives affected by ongoing trauma,” declared Bristol University trauma researcher and emeritus professor Dr. Kim Etherington, in her pre-publication review; “There are textbooks that explain the scientific mechanisms that underpin post traumatic stress disorder, but this book tells a story that reaches out to help us all understand.”

The book’s back cover effectively distills the plot: “Detective William Hursel has worked countless murder cases; staring down the cruelest deeds humanity has to offer. But nothing prepares him for what he’ll uncover while pursuing 14-year-old Christopher Pesner, a suspect in the brutal rage-killing of his own mother. While news reports focus on Chris’s odd obsession with the violent, blasphemous heavy metal band, Rehoboam, Hursel suspects a deeper motive — a hunch that is confirmed when Chris’s second victim is discovered. Racing to piece together the identity of Chris’s next target, Hursel unearths the shocking link between an embattled politician, a controversial celebrity evangelist, and a shadowy underworld where human traffickers ply the wealthy with unseemly indulgences.”

Author M. Dolon Hickmon is a writer, activist, and a survivor of religious child maltreatment. His writings can be found on news websites like AlterNet, OnFaith, and Salon, and his opinion pieces have appeared in newspapers such as the Scotsman, the South Lake Press, and the Bainbridge (GA) Post-Searchlight. Hickmon has been interviewed by local and nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts, including Washington DC based Sex, Politics and Religion with Jamila Bey, Live from Seattle with Doug Bursch, and the Los Angeles-based Jesse Lee Peterson show.

Hickmon’s original research continues to be cited by many and was included in a 2010 civil rights presentation to a committee of the US Congress. His hobbies include reading, songwriting, and playing acoustic and electric guitar. He lives with his wife and their daughter.

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13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession
Rehoboam Press
Paperback available worldwide and on
E-book available exclusively through the Kindle store.
ISBN-13: 978-09911066-0-8 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-09911066-0-8 (Kindle)

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