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LATITUDE 38 [Kindle Edition]

Ron Hutchison
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The 38th latitude divides the United States roughly in half. After decades of blistering partisan debate over immigration, gay rights, euthanasia, gun control, capital punishment, school prayer, same-sex marriage, and on the brink of total anarchy following three bloody nationwide riots over pro-choice, the United States is forced to split itself into separate north and south republics along the 38th latitude.

LATITUDE 38 is a cautionary tale of love, peril, and one woman’s quest to die with dignity. Diego and Adriana Sanchez are deeply in love and their world is shattered when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. They live south of the 38th where terminal patients are given only placebos to fight excruciating pain. Their sole option is to flee to the north where euthanasia is mercifully encouraged. LATITUDE 38 is the story of Diego and Adriana’s enduring love and their courageous journey in search of dignity and humanity as a small group of “tourists” attempts to secretly cross the heavily guarded border in a cruel, dogmatic, and violent world.


Ron Hutchison, a University of Missouri journalism graduate, began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. LATITUDE 38 is his second novel.

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  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Schiller & Wells, Ltd., An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (November 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWQ3I4
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different and entertaining but not a page turner. January 2, 2012
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I thought the story was different but they didn't go into great detail on why there is a border. I didn't want to stop reading it because it was so different but it was far from a page turner for me. By the end, I couldn't wait for the book to be over.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me February 21, 2012
By Ann
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I read it yesterday and was not thrilled with it at all. The story started out well, but by the middle I was questioning the plot and the characters. We never found out what lead to the border between the countries, why was one secular and the other not? It was confusing and hard to follow.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected based on description March 29, 2012
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I was very interested to read this book based on the premise described and see how the description of the US was torn apart along the 38th latitude. The author describes very little about life on either side. He does describe what is considered to be the more conservative side of the latitude but not much. No background at all on how it came to be this way; it just seems to be a story of a group of people escaping for various reasons. The story is mostly surrounding the group and their interactions. And the ending - eep - let's just say I was glad I downloaded it while it was free. The book had so much potential, but just did not deliver.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Live Up to Description February 23, 2012
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It was...okay. The writing wasn't bad, the story kept my interest somewhat (I kept reading it to find out how it ended) but....the synopsis talked about the United States splitting into two separate republics but VERY little of that was mentioned in the book. Yes, we saw the overbearing police-state that was the south but why? Why did this happen? Why was the border closed? What caused the split? What was given in the synopsis on the Amazon website is pretty much all we ever learn about "the state of the nation." The story is pretty much only about a group of people trying to cross the border. We learn a why some of them are taking taking the risk to cross but don't learn everyone's story and even those stories we do learn don't go into much detail. So a group of people we don't know very well are risking everything to cross a border (which could be ANY border - Mexico/US, East Germany/West Germany, Chiina, etc.) for sketchy reasons. It could have done more; it could have been more. The writing was decent enough but the story needs week. Without the information and reasons as to what happened and how it came to be this way, why the people were going and what the "other side" is supposed to be like it's...just another story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise April 8, 2012
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Latitude 38 is about the flight of 8 persons to cross the latitude 38 border, which separates the USS of A (USA North) from the Republic of Pais Nuevo (USA South).

Stand alone, the story is an interesting view on what people are willing to do to reach a forbidden destination to reach their goals. But the story lacks more background. How did the USA actually split? How and why did each half selected their name? Some of these answers are mentioned, but none are explained.

There's at least in-story questions unanswered: how did Uno complete the last leg?

But what was worst for me, was the gratuitous Spanish. The phrases are well intended, but most are plain wrong. For example, "Do you want to par­ty with me?" is translated as "¿Quiere ust­ed al par­tido con­mi­go?" which very loosely half the sentence is missing) means "Do you want to go to the game with me?".

In summary, it's an ok novel, but doesn't have enough background to complete the futuristic picture it paints (if you don't follow USA politics, you'll be lost from the start), some decisions don't make sense (The South calling itself Pais Nuevo?), and the gratuitous Spanish is cumbersome. At $5.99, I would not recommend it.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't pay for this... December 28, 2011
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The premise of this book made it sound very interesting, however for people running for their lives the characters never seemed very invested in their mission. I wanted to kill most of them off about half way through the book. Small consolation that I didn't pay for this...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Liked it until the end September 24, 2012
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I found it to be an interesting read but totally unacceptable on a social standpoint. Hutchinson doesn't deal with the level of politics very well as far as separation goes. The south is a police state basically run by Mexico and the Chinese while the north is completely liberal (good luck telling that to people in the "conservative" states). I also found the cave scenes to be totally unbelieveable in spots & the ending ruined the whole book for me.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars does not deliver March 18, 2012
By Ellen
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The idea for the story is great. It would have been so much better to hear a bit more about how the division came about. For me, the book just did not deliver. Unrealistic dialogues, a plot that is very easy to predict and too much melodrama. Not enough depth in the characters. Someone should grab the basics of this idea and do a better job with it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, ending left much to be desired.
The characters were well thought out and they interacted with each other in a believable series of conversations and actions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Duke Fnord
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a fantastic read. It is very different from what I expected. It has action, but still has meaning to it. The story has a sweet love story with Diego and Adriana.
Published 3 months ago by leeboswife
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 months ago by Kim D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Loved the characters...even Cutbirth. Is a very good read. And the story flows so good. Can't say too much more, surprise ending. Anyway to me.
Published 9 months ago by Dorene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 months ago by bill medbery
4.0 out of 5 stars No happy ending here!
I did enjoy reading this. It was one of those tales that was very much character driven. These characters were interesting and well written. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BillBills
3.0 out of 5 stars decent read
Not a great book, but not bad either. The ending leaves something to be desired as everything is tied up too cleanly ( and no such locations exist though the author calls them by... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Julie C. Allee
2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't recommend.
I would not recommend this book. It doesn't give you enough background information to really understand what's going on. Then it drags on and ends terribly.
Published 12 months ago by T. Denniston
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay post-apacalyptic read...
Pretty decent read, though I'm happy I didn't pay for it. Decent writing (could have use a copy edit, but what Indie published tome couldn't?). Interesting characters and plot. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good interesting characters. Story is a bit predictable. I believe a better twist could have been found for the ending.
Published 17 months ago by david vallario
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Ron Hutchison began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. Hutchison hitchhiked across America during the time between his graduation from high school in 1958 and beginning college three years later. He worked in Colorado steel mill, a Nevada cattle ranch, a Chicago food-processing plant, and a New York bowling alley were he set pins. Hutchison graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He later worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. He created the board game Sixth Sense in 2003. Ron lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking.


Voices of the Locusts:From his deathbed, 81-year-old Jack O'Brien reveals to his grandson the existence of a long-forgotten story he wrote as a teenager years earlier while living in Japan. The 16-year-old grandson finds the story in an old footlocker in his grandfather's attic, and spends days pouring over the real-life account. Set at a U.S. military base in rural Japan in 1948, and playing out against a backdrop of swirling post-War social change, Jack's Voices of the Locusts tells the story of three families--one black, one white, one Asian. The story also recounts Jack's love for a Japanese girl, Fujiko Kobaysi, who has been promised in marriage by her parents to an older man. Told in vivid and sometimes haunting detail, Jack and Fujiko are frustrated in their romantic quest by story characters coming to terms (often violently) with the emotional scars of World War II. (This novel contains language that might be offensive to some readers, and is recommended for mature young adults.)

Santa Fe Crazy: Santa Fe Crazy tells the story of Howard Spoon. Fed up with life in Decatur, Illinois, Howard divorces his wife, sells his dental practice, and moves to Santa Fe, New Mexico to marry a rich widow. Howard knows Santa Fe is overrun with rich widows--he read it in a magazine. With help from George Bad Toe, a full-time entrepreneur and part-time scam artist, Howard meets Charlie Malpin, a wealthy Santa Fe heiress. What Howard discovers about Charlie--and ultimately himself--throws his satirical world into a tailspin.

REVIEW BY "A CUSTOMER": Santa Fe Crazy had me laughing out loud - on a plane. The people around me thought I was nuts. Sorry, it's just that this hapless dentist is atypical in every sense of the word. So are the people he meets. Nothing in this book is predictable, especially the ending. Don't try to guess. Just read it and laugh.

Latitude 38: Diego Sanchez and his wife Adriana are deeply in love. Their world is shattered when Adriana is diagnosed with terminal cancer. After gut-wrenching deliberation, they opt for doctor-assisted suicide.Wee problem. Crippled by ninety years of blistering partisan debate over the questions of euthanasia, gun control, capital punishment, school prayer, and same-sex marriages--and fearing total anarchy after the bloody Pro-Choice riots a year earlier--the United States is now two separate republics. The border between them is closed. Diego and Adriana must flee across the dangerous border.

REVIEW BY JEFF GRAUBART: I started reading Latitude 38 early this afternoon. Now, late in the evening, I've finished, and save a 30 minute dinner break, I couldn't stop reading. Hutchison proves himself a master of action and suspense.


A Boy Called Duct Tape: Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him "Duct Tape" because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together guessed it, duct tape. He can't escape the bullying. Pablo's luck changes after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming with his sister in a river near his home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the "lost treasure" of the notorious outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can't help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin? Pablo is determined to find out.

REVIEW BY COZYWITHABOOK: I just finished reading A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud and could not wait to tell others about it. I would encourage upper elementary and middle grade kids to read this. The book keep my interest as an adult, I smiled, giggled and wondered what was next.

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