Author William R. Lowry’s new book “The Last Sanctuary” is a thrilling story of devastation, survival, and hope after climate-change disasters destroy much of the world

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Recent release “The Last Sanctuary” from Page Publishing author William R. Lowry is a compelling novel set in the near future. Devastation occurs when climate-change-induced disasters trigger a nuclear war that kills most of the Earth’s population.

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William R. Lowry, a professor emeritus of political science at Washington University, has completed his new book “The Last Sanctuary”: a gripping and potent novel that focuses on a small group of survivors who, having planned for the possibility of such an event by building an ark as a mobile repository housing the DNA of the world’s plant and animal species, search for a new home in a world that has been nearly destroyed.

The story is rich in settings and characters. The main character is a restless adventurer who travels across the American continent to the ark project, witnessing climate devastation as he goes. He joins the ark crew, a diverse group of people from all walks of life, just before the nuclear war and thus becomes part of an endeavor much larger than himself. They search for refuge in the Pacific Ocean and settle on an island where they establish and then protect the world’s last sanctuary.

Before going into academia, author William R. Lowry served honorably in the U.S. Navy, drove a taxicab, worked for the National Park Service, and managed drugstores. Bill was an undergraduate at Indiana University and received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 1988. He studied and taught American politics and environmental issues with a focus on public lands. He is the author of five nonfiction books as well as numerous other publications. In 2010, he received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University. In 2020, his book “The Dimensions of Federalism” won the Martha Derthick Award for its lasting contribution to the study of federalism. Bill retired in 2021. He and his wife, Lynn, have a son, Joey, and live in the St. Louis area. Bill likes to hike, exercise, write, travel, and play music with friends. This is his first fiction book.

Author William R. Lowry writes, “Billy lifted the binoculars again and scanned the ocean. Still nothing. But wait. There, in the eastern sky, he could finally see some light below the horizon, as if someone were opening a chest with a candle in it and the light was starting to seep out. Sunrise was coming. He wasn’t sure whether to wake Jessie or let her sleep, but when he glanced at her, she had taken care of the decision. She was watching him from her spot under the blanket, the light from the dying fire revealing a gentle smile on her face. Billy smiled back. She stood, the blanket still wrapped around her shoulders, moved over to him, and took the binoculars so she, too, could look.”

Published by Page Publishing, William R. Lowry’s exceptional tale is a warning about the possible consequences of severe climate change but also ultimately a reflection on courage, love, and redemption in a changing world

Readers who wish to experience this thought-provoking work can purchase “The Last Sanctuary” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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