Major Penelope Baldwin, accomplished pilot and tactician, could have expected a bright future and stable military career until a dubious flight mission over Al A’Zamiyah, Iraq results in the loss of her left leg, and any opportunity for motherhood.
As Penelope struggles in recovery, her mother Evelyn struggles to secure their financial future and cover mounting medical bills. Buying the lies of disingenuous bankers and marketing shills, Evelyn places her savings within the derivatives market, a bubble that (unbeknownst to her) is on the verge of bursting. The collapse will destroy what’s left of her finances, along with the investments and pensions of countless citizens.
Within months, on a wintry night in Georgia, a coked-up stock trader miscalculates a power turn in a Porsche coupe, sending its right front wheel over the curb and crashing into that which Penelope holds most dear.
The stage is set for a dedicated warrior, an American heroine, to turn her sights on those greedy, callous men responsible for ripping away her future.
Baldwin, along with Tessa Montgomery (Senior Chief USMC), Cynthia Washington (RN MSW), and six other highly competent women, all similarly devastated by the avarice, arrogance, and indifference of America’s ruling elite, channel their grief and rage, and their search for justice, to become a finely orchestrated and well-financed band of predators.
Several months later, several of the most powerful of America’s financial and political elite are slaughtered in forty-storied monuments to their egos. Then a terror―a terror so primal that it rends the very fabric of everyday life―is released into the homes, limos, and private jets of America’s quasi-monarchical class.
An invisible society of professional predators is leading a lethal attack on the long sacred relationship between money and politics. Two critical questions are explicitly raised by the attackers: When the voice of the few, the wealthy, the privileged is the sound of the money essential for election, can the voice of the common citizen be heard at all? Can an ethical government exist when the special interests it’s charged with policing have captured the political system and the means of election through their vast wealth?
How will the country’s people, political leaders, and top business executives respond? Find out by reading Aftershock, a heart-thumping fictional thriller by debut novelist Joe Lane.
Paperback: 385 pages
What Readers Are Saying:
“Can an ethical government exist when the special interests it’s charged with policing use their vast wealth to buy politicians, elections, public policy, and impunity from prosecution for their rampant massive criminality? Joe Lane’s Aftershock answers with a resounding no in a fanciful yet ferocious look at the bloody retribution righteously exacted by a fistful of pissed-off but highly proficient femmes who hope to improve the future by violently disrupting the cynical, corrupt status quo.”Rick Rosenthal
“Joe Lane’s Aftershock is an action-packed and provoking novel that illustrates what happens when people are pushed too far by corrupt politicians and bankers. This country’s financial apartheid and widening chasms of wealth are caused by epidemic levels of fraud in mortgage banking. Real and ordinary people are hurt by predatory lending, foreclosures, and investments.”Sheri Lutz
“Joe Lane is so successful in making truth and fiction ambiguous that it’s difficult to believe the assassins of Aftershock aren’t already amongst us. The planning and execution of the Wa women is so unbelievably plausible that one can imagine the NSA scrambling to beef up its counter-terrorism intelligence-gathering efforts after reading this book. By interweaving elements and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis into the plot, Lane’s produced a story that will keep your imagination engaged and goosebumps on your skin until the very last sentence.”Dr. Kwan Skinner
Q/A with Author Joe Lane:
What was your inspiration for AFTERSHOCK?
I’m pissed off. I’m pissed about the financial-political reality we, as a society, have permitted to come to be. Really pissed. My hope with Aftershock is to get enough people to read it so a more robust discussion of the actual causes of the financial domination of our political-cultural lives might evolve. So that…IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. As the United States, we deserve more than that.
What is the wider context of the book?
That we, the general television watching/internet surfing public, are being led down a primrose path to our own financial and cultural subugation, willingly. That the news crawl, the sound bite, the political ad sponsored by private money with precise results that will exclusively benefit the sponsor are not in fact the reality of the we. That organized money has taken exclusive control of the political process after the election is over. That at the base of the entire corruptive process is private money, and mostly large bundles of private money. That the only way to break the strangle holh this private money has on our daily lives is to provide for exclusive publice funding of the entire processes. If, and only if, that can be achieved – though not using the means of the WA, can we (the we) expect to tackle the myriad issues that impact our daily lives, and by extension, the political economy of the all the countries and cultures that interact with us. That ALL politicians – with 2 or 3 exceptions (at the national level), feed from the same trough constantly restocked by the same monied interests.
What do you hope readers will take away from the book?
That our political and economic systems are far more corrupted and compromised than they could have imagined. That those corrupting, compromising, and dominating our society have their tentacles imbeded in every aspect of our political and financial lives. And they do not care one whit about the welfare of the we, with a few, extremely rare exceptions.