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The Government: Dark Days (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Storm
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Book Description

The Government: Dark Days (Book 1)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Alternate History
Length: 107,000 words

In this futuristic tale of American fate, the presidential election of 2020 will change the country forever. Congressman Joe Striker has been abducted, his family murdered, and every U.S. lawmaker executed. Believed dead, Striker is tossed into a mass grave with his colleagues, but his assassins have made a critical error. Joe is not dead, crawling from the depths of earth to avenge his family's honor. Upon arrival of his ransacked home, Striker discovers that a vital piece of unread, undiscovered mail holds the answers to the senseless, horrific crimes. An administration mole has secretly sent him information, which implicates the people and plans of a newly elected "Government Party." This left-wing ideology fools the American public with a smile, while ruling violently with a fist of iron.

Discovering that this threat still lives, the hunt begins to destroy the roadblock to domination. As the country falls around him, Joe must flee the enemies of freedom, along with his own demons. However, before he can accomplish his goals, Joe Striker must eventually face them both. The fate of America rests in Striker's hands, and the fate of the world will soon follow.

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Editorial Reviews


I purchased this book, being a fan of action/adventure.  I'm glad I did!  I should say this is NOT a Flynn or Clancy type novel, which could be mistaken by the typical U.S. Capitol cover.  However, the black flag flying above it, defines both what the book is and what it isn't.  It's an imaginative, action-packed look into a future, where an American socialist/communist government is elected. 

Is it likely to happen?  Probably not.  Though, I guess that's why they call it fiction...opposed to non fiction.  It stays factual throughout.  Although more Right Wing than Left, its focus on history's atrocities should unite all Americans in sympathy. I must worn those with sensitive stomachs, no harsh detail is left out.  It was a good change to visit this world, stepping outside the comfort zones we take for granted in the West.  I see that this is a series, and will watch for more. I just wish there was a way of getting an alert when the next one is released.

Tim S.
Roanoke, Virginia, USA

From the Author


Short Excerpt:

Chapter One:
The Mass Grave

Thunder crackled as the clock struck midnight.  Rain spilled from dark clouds, touched by the strobing moonlight.  A team of mercenaries dug into the chilled ground, slinging muddy crud behind them.  These men had black uniforms, bloodshot eyes, and red-rimmed nostrils.  Each one was so focused on the task, they lost track of their overall goal.  The order was to dig a ten-foot hole, deep enough to hide a mass of bodies.  They had just reached twelve feet.

"Your first task is complete!" Commander Xavier Sin yelled out.  The harsh man had a thick mustache, and leathery skin.  A deep scar ran from his right temple to a motionless eye of dull glass.

The insanely focused mercenaries kept digging.

"Stop digging, you mindless foreigners!  If your English isn't good enough...let's see how this translates!" Commander Xavier screamed, firing a pistol into the chilled air.  The men dropped their shovels, standing erect with attention.  

"Start the first dump!" he ordered.

Mercenaries leapt from the hole, hurrying towards a heaping mound of bodies.  The lifeless masses were piled like fish at market, their flesh fresh enough to be served.

The corpses consisted of men and women, young and old.  Some wore casual attire, others flag-pinned suits, but all had one thing in common.  They were the roadblock to a movement that would change America forever.

The emotionless mercenaries grabbed each corpse by its ankles, tossing them into the wet chasm.  Bodies landed on each other like bricks, their limp limbs fell like feathers.

Inspired by the sight, Xavier wanted to participate in the action.  Although the task was below an important man like himself, he needed to place his calloused hands upon such intricate planning, years in the making.  He envisioned himself one day, telling anyone who would listen, "I buried America...deep into the ground."

A mercenary in black lifted a body, as Commander Xavier interrupted him.  He focused on one face in particular. "Let me toss this one.  Nothing would give me more pleasure."

"Yes," an olive skinned mercenary nodded, speaking in a broken Arabic accent.  That one word pushed his English vocabulary to its limit.  However, he wouldn't need to know any others.

Xavier grabbed the bald corpse, 23 years of age.  He struggled to move the muscular man, gripping him by the neck, forcing blood from a partially slit throat.  The commander flung the man into the pit, with many bodies to go.  After it sailed down into the abyss, Xavier wiped his hands of the bloody dirt.  It was like disposing trash.

Commander Sin turned away with a satisfied grin.  Suddenly, an unexpected gasp sounded from the depths below.  The thunder crackled again, masking the sound.  Confusion caused Xavier to question his ears.

He rushed to the edge of the pit, trying to focus on the lifeless bald man.  Moments before he could process any details, more corpses were dumped on top, smothering the sight.

The commander grabbed a mercenary in black, "These sign of survival?  Any movement?  Any sound?  Any breath?"

"No survive," an Asian man said in a thick Chinese accent.

An unsure Commander Xavier nodded his head, "Hurry this along, dump the lye, and seal this human garbage"

"Sir!" the mercenary saluted.

The last body was dumped.  Lye was shoveled on the top layer of corpses, allowing the sodium hydroxide to start devouring flesh.  The wicked chemical would rob the identity from each one.  More importantly, the evidence was eradicated from existence.

The last shovel of dirt impregnated the earth with human seed.  Commander Sin was satisfied that no one lived to gasp another breath.  No one could spill the great secret.

"A job well done, boys.  Let's leave this shit hole to the archeologists!" he said, climbing into a government-plated SUV, exiting the dark, unpopulated forest.  The mercenaries in black deactivated two spotlights, leaving scattered moonlight to illuminate the way out.

Rain stopped, as the vehicles rough-roaded a path through the woodland.  The surface was as still and quiet as the dead, although the underground was not yet at rest.


Product Details

  • File Size: 930 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: J.S. Publishing (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scary that we could be so gullible as to elect people like this in to power and have everything taken from us. Great read but it does skip time at the end of the book and had a slowish start. I am pleased I hung in there to the end and finished it though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK read but too far out February 17, 2012
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The book is indeed a nice read well embroidered with a variety of characters that as far as I was concerned were sometimes too bland. The story makes you wonder if living in North Korea would be similar to what is depicted in this book. The mix of religion, slavery, communism, humanity degrading was too absurd to really enjoy the book. As mentioned before, the reading is entertaining but certainly not worth better than an average rating. The jump 10 years forward left me puzzled as there is not much to describe how the characters manage to survive without ever being caught. Now we have to wait to see if there will be a follow-up story to end the so-so suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling read! January 17, 2012
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A riveting, nail biting dark tale of political drama and action. In one word: amazing. I could not put this book down. A must read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gawd Awful! October 10, 2012
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This is to the written word as a "Snuff Movie" is to the visual arts. If there was the possibility of a minus star I would gladly give it. The characters of the first few pages were totally laughable and even the "sex" attempted was as foolish as the cartoon cut out characters. I've seen more sexual excitement in Penthouse letters written by hormonal driven teens. Maybe the author needs some experience? I've removed this trash before it pollutes my Kindle and I will confess that after one third of the book that was enough.

I just love the names such as Judas and Ben Arnold and Sin as the villains. And the author goes to that famed much used moniker of "striker" for the hero. Maybe the joke was on us?
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Joseph Storm resides in the great state of Florida, frequently traveling the American countryside from its cities to its back roads.  Part of his inspiration to write comes from his love of country, absorbing its beauty and its flaws, learning from its strengths and its weaknesses.  

His other inspiration is history, finding rich lessons of life upon its every rise and fall.  He finds wisdom in tracing the roadmap of the future, by looking into  moments of the past.

It's the combination of those two passions which fuel his novels.  He strives to entertain and inform, though his main goal is to tell a good story, removing the reader from their zones of comfort.  What if the impossible happens?  What if everything we always took for granted, crumbled apart?  Would we fight for our lives when it is much easier to die?  Questions like that allow us to experience such drama, safe from the comforts of a text-filled page, and not from the horrors of living them.  It allows us to learn from those stories in a book, rather than join the many who have faced them in real life. 

His ultimate goal is to preserve imagination and creativity in writing, as it is under attack in today's world. There is such a desire for every book to be bland and painfully realistic, we are losing touch with our ability to use our minds. Therefore, in every work he produces, Storm aims to fight the critical pressure to conform, and keep imagining.

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