HOPPERS CROSSING, Australia (PRWEB) January 27, 2015
In his chilling tale of the near future, Peter Stevens reconstructs philosophical, moral and environmental dilemmas in the social realities of a future programme of population control. A small rebel group, born out of one man’s outrage over the secret government program, opposes them, and struggles to create a new society that gives people the right to have babies again. Stevens’ “Haven” (published by Xlibris AU) is a gripping, thought-provoking novel.
In Haven I, it is 2050. With global pollution and exploitation of the planet at intolerable levels, a summit of world leaders had forged the final solution to protect Earth–no human reproduction for 50 years. Halfway through humanity’s challenge to deny birth, Jacob Harrower discovers the awful truth about EarthWatch–and decides to fight it. A former EarthWatch Commissioner at the young age of 23, Jacob is the natural leader for the rebellion against EarthWatch, establishing the first real concerted effort to bring it down. For this, he founded Haven, where he and a nucleus of strong, independent characters begin their own society deep in the southern forests of Australia. Jacob’s love for Lillian Jenner is tainted by the fact that her father is Prentiss Jenner, the EarthWatch chairman, and when Lillian is kidnapped in Haven II, Jacob overcomes impossible challenges to be reunited. Will Jacob and his band succeed against natural disasters, betrayal, and the might of EarthWatch?
Readers may enjoy the romantic, action-packed struggle of Jacob’s band. Stevens’ vision of a dehumanized, stripped down earth is a now familiar refrain in literature, but he goes further to engender hope by creating characters who throw off the current heavy baggage of civilisation that binds them. Jacob’s compassionate embrace of humanity is the very probable first step for revolutionary change in the human search for progress and defense of life:
The tiny ball of brown fluff wriggled in his grip. He turned it over. ‘What would have done this?’ one of the men asked. ‘The pack I saw last night (Liam said). They must have passed this way.’ The man looked from the tiny puppy in Liam’s hands towards the still body of its mother. ‘And she was torn apart protecting it.’ Liam looked around at the serious faces of the men. ‘A mother fights for the life of her child,’ he said.
By Peter Stevens
Hardcover | 6x9in | 398 pages | ISBN 9781503501133
Softcover | 6x9in | 398 pages | ISBN 9781503501126
E-Book | 398 pages | ISBN 9781503501119
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About the Author
Peter Stevens grew up in the lower south-east of South Australia, son of a forest supervisor. He obtained scholarships to attend Scotch College in Adelaide, before returning to work in sawmilling. He and his family later moved to Melbourne where he is involved in advocacy to government.
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