The year is 2042. New York and Washington DC have been leveled by
nuclear bombs. New Orleans is submerged beneath sixty feet of water. The
United States no longer exists, and in its place two new nations
maintain an uneasy truce: an Islamic republic in the west and the
Christian Bible Belt in the south.
But stability is threatened when
the president of the Islamic Republic discovers that a Bible Belt
warlord, known simply as the Colonel, is searching for a super weapon
hidden inside a remote mountain decades earlier by the old United States
regime. Rakkim Epps, former shadow warrior and hero of Prayers for the
Assassin, is soon sent on a perilous mission to infiltrate the Belt with
Leo, a naive and arrogant nineteen-year-old whose intellectual gifts are
crucial to the success of the mission.
Together they sneak
through the Belt, a loose and lawless territory where David Koresh’s
compound has been reconstructed as a tourist site, coal deposits in
Georgia have been burning unchecked for thirty years, and a bloodthirsty,
drug-addled militia prepares for the end times. When Rakkim and Leo
finally reach the Colonel’s mountain, finding the weapon system becomes
the least of their problems...
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