Bob Rowen explores pitfalls of government privatization in new novel

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Protagonist finds himself caught between opposing viewpoints in ‘Atlas Dropped the Ball’

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In a nation of government privatization, Daniel Boyd just wants to do what’s right and get his life on track. In Bob Rowen’s “Atlas Dropped the Ball” (published by Archway Publishing), Daniel finds himself torn between a girlfriend who wants to do what’s best for the people and a boss whose only concern is profits and the bottom line. Will Daniel be able to choose between the two, or will the choice be made for him?

“Ronald Reagan famously said, the nine most terrifying words in the English language were ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’ and I always thought it would be scarier still if government were replaced by a company whose primary goal was profit,” Rowen explains, adding that “Atlas Dropped the Ball” was inspired by a short story he had previously written called “The Ten Most Terrifying Words.”

Set in northern New Jersey in the near-future, the novel explores how far things could go if the government was handed over to businesses and reflects the two lines of thought – for and against – by putting human faces on the issue.

In a time when a billionaire is running for president of the United States and some of his opponents believe billionaires already have too much power, Rowen hopes his work will create “an understanding of the way profit and public needs are at odds.”

“Atlas Dropped the Ball”
By Bob Rowen
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 332 pages | ISBN 9781480828063
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 332 pages | ISBN 9781480828056
E-Book | 332 pages | ISBN 9781480828070
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bob Rowen has been a writer for Reverb Press since its inception, covering topics of national interest, including privatization, education, business and general political news. He is the author of “A Connecticut Yankees Fan in King Arthur’s Court” and “Red Scare – & other stories.” Rowen lives near the Jersey shore with his wife, Mary, and Labrador retriever, BelleLab. More information can be found at: bobrowenauthor.com.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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