Critical Acclaim Greets TRIBULATION: A Novel of the Near Future

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Critics across the country are heaping praise on Tribulation: A Novel of the Near Future by Thomas A. Lewis, a “harsh, wonderfully written story” (Penn Book Review) about the ultimate collapse of industrial society that is “written with consistent grace and a clear passion for its issues.” (Kirkus Reviews) The book is available from and other channels today.

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"A riveting, somewhat terrifying work of political speculative fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews

In his seventh book and first novel (Tribulation: A Novel of the Near Future, on sale today at and all other book outlets), nationally recognized author Thomas A. Lewis (Brace for Impact, Guns of Cedar Creek, For King and Country, etc.) envisions the crash of industrial society, and the travails of a remarkable family trying to survive it.

When Brian Trent calls his retired father, one day in the near future, to say, “We’re going to the Farm,” William reacts with alarm. Because Brian, a top reporter for The Washington Post, is really saying that he believes the country’s economy is about to crash, and he and his family are heading for a sanctuary they’ve prepared in the mountains of West Virginia. William does not believe that America could come apart...until he sees it start to happen, with unbelievable speed, the very next day.

Kirkus Reviews calls it “A riveting, somewhat terrifying work of political speculative fiction...a thorough takedown of corporate statehood, blind wastefulness and human greed.” Foreword Clarion Review says the novel “makes interesting and fresh predictions about the ultimate fate of the reader a sense of hope rather than dread.” Penn Book Review says “Thomas A. Lewis’s talent shines...a highly engaging must-read with classic potential.” Portland Book Review finds “The narrator...engaging, the language rich, the descriptions vivid and the book interesting.”

Lewis is a veteran journalist (National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Civil War magazines) and broadcaster (Voice of America) who has won national attention (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.) for his non-fiction books. He became alarmed about the state of the environment while working as the executive editor of the Time-Life Books 18-volume series on the earth sciences, “Planet Earth,” and later when, as roving editor for National Wildlife Magazine, he traveled from Alaska to Costa Rica to chronicle the distress of animals and their ecosystems. Eventually, he began to suspect that pollution and exploitation of natural resources had reached a point of no return. That conviction led to his latest non-fiction work, Brace for Impact: Surviving the Crash of the Industrial Age -- and to the present work of fiction, which imagines how that crash might happen, and how an American family might deal with it.

Lewis is a founder of West Virginia's first Transition initiative, Sustainable Potomac Highlands. He.lives on a “sustainable-ready” farm in West Virginia where he has learned, he says, that “if my life depended on my sustainable-living skills I’d be dead now.”

[More details about the book at; Lewis writes about the non-fictional collapse of the industrial age at]

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