I think fans of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury will enjoy this story of an ordinary family caught in the most disturbing of times.
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Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) July 28, 2011
As American politicians argue over taxes and spending at the beginning of a new election cycle, Robert Rosell’s new novel, “Virtually Yours, Jonathan Newman” (ISBN 1461157455 published by Trailhead Press), paints a picture of what the country could look like if corporate libertarian and Tea Party policies are implemented.
Nearly two decades after the Freedom First Party swept Democrats and Republicans from power in an election that transformed the political landscape, a new libertarian social order has taken over the United States. Government control over the economy is gone, taxation has been replaced by a national lottery and private corporations do as they please, unfettered by regulations or oversight. American families struggle to cope with a society that no longer publicly funds education. The nation’s infrastructure is degrading and healthcare is out of reach for all but the wealthiest citizens.
In this new America, musician Jonathan Newman must figure out how to pay for his critically ill son’s ever-increasing hospital bills. He takes a sales job with the global laboratory supply company, QualLab, which offers a generous salary and great benefits package. But there’s a dark side to this dream job, and Jonathan finds himself confined to a cell where a web of wires, tubes and sensors collect his bodily fluids and tissues to make the bio-laboratory tests he sells.
As he excels at his job as a salesman and bio-supplier, a tug-of-war soon breaks out between his family and QualLab for Jonathan’s mind, body and spirit. His family offers unconditional love and support, but QualLab lures him with financial rewards and a seductively thrilling virtual life.
“I think fans of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury will enjoy this story of an ordinary family caught in the most disturbing of times,” Rosell says.
Rosell hopes that his political fiction with its dystopian view of a future society will inspire individuals to think through the long term consequences of their political decisions. He believes that even though “Virtually Yours, Jonathan Newman” is a work of fiction, it realistically portrays how the country may end up if fear and greed is allowed to triumph over reason.
“Virtually Yours, Jonathan Newman” is available for sale in paperback and all digital book formats at better bookstores and online at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com and other online retailers.
About the Author:
Robert Rosell, a graduate of Trent University, McGill University and the University of Southern California, has worked as a theater director, teacher, university instructor, writer, video director and children's media producer. He has written and directed over 50 award-winning films and videos as the president of three educational media production companies. “Virtually Yours, Jonathan Newman” is his first novel.
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