The Soul of America
by Abraham King
"If enough people read it, America can rediscover its soul in this novel." --Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, columnist and best-selling ... Show synopsis "If enough people read it, America can rediscover its soul in this novel." --Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, columnist and best-selling author of Thieves in High Places In this dark, wickedly funny and surgically insightful book, we descend into the abyss from which the soul of America struggles to escape. In a novel reminiscent of a Kurt Vonnegut classic, author Abraham King takes us into a schizophrenic society where the marketplace defines truth and morality, where the prerogatives of the corporate "person" supplant the rights of mortal men, and where religiosity is routinely mistaken for spirituality. In the pages of The Soul of America we meet Montague Millstone, the archetypal megalomaniac, so obsessed with power and acquisition that he creates his own version of immortality by substituting artificial organs in his great mahogany desk for the failing organic ones in his own body. We meet the sinister deal maker and ultimate provocateur, Conrad Doyle; Lyman Hall, the delusional revolutionary, whose stockpile of weapons exceeds that of many small nations; and Don the Junk King, the mysterious flea market vendor whose presence is more frequently felt than seen. In this hyper-efficient, "pay or die" world, funerals provide convenient political fundraising opportunities, competing religions fight for market share, and a flesh-eating computer virus threatens civilization. Only a human sacrifice can save mankind from self-destruction. "I have made liberal use of hyperbole, exaggeration and caricature," says Abraham King. "My intention is to challenge preconceived notions and media images, twisting stereotypes and sometimes upending them. With its populist perspective, this novel will appeal to anyone who feels excluded from or abused by the political and economic decision-making processes that control our lives. It takes precise aim at the power players who manipulate these processes, at the governing elites who pay lip service to the notion of the public good, and at the omnipotent, immortal corporation that serves and protects the ruling class. Incisive, eloquent, thought-provoking - it is an all-American satire with a spiritual undertone. Those who read it will never forget it.