In the future, the fate of America will be decided in a valley of death…
The year is 2037, and chaos reigns. The U.S. government is in the hands of a borderline fascist who rules a country that is falling apart. Economic collapse looms, whole populations are fleeing their homes, and the armed forces are caught in a seemingly helpless war. Their foe—their own countrymen.
The Revolutionist Front was borne of the government’s increasingly draconian actions. But the RF is equally extreme, run by a merciless megalomaniac determined to create his own version of America. Now, both armies find themselves in a stalemate in Salt Lake City, facing each other across a vital resource mine that could decide the outcome of the war.
In this maelstrom, three fighters will experience the horrors of war from different directions: a young, green infantryman about to receive his baptism of fire; a ruthless rebel sniper out to make her enemies pay for what they took from her; and a hardened mercenary being paid to protect the mine.
Each will be tested to the limits of their loyalties and personal honor. But none will emerge from the coming battle the same as when they walked into hell on earth…
"WAKE OF WAR is packed with intense, realistic combat action set in an all-too-believable near future. Zac Topping has clearly been there and done that, and he delivers riveting combat scenes that explode off of the page." - Michael Mammay, author of The Misfit Soldier
Topping's exceptional debut, a near-future military action thriller, extrapolates from today's dysfunctional political climate. In 2037, the armed forces of the U.S. government, which is struggling with such problems as devastatingly high inflation, are pitted against the Revolutionist Front. Led by "the charismatic and completely psychotic" Joseph Graham, this rebel army holds the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. U.S. Army Specialist James Oliver Trent, who joined the military so he could get a university scholarship, expected to serve in a supply unit, but after he breaks a serious regulation, he's assigned to an infantry unit. Soon he's headed into combat in Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, Sam Cross, a 19-year-old girl from Texas, has emerged from the ranks of the Revolutionist Front as a sniper of legendary proportions. Readers can rest assured that Trent and Cross will eventually meet. Topping, a U.S. Army veteran, pays attention to moral issues while taking care not to overly demonize either side, but it's the heroic characters and meticulously rendered battle scenes that make this a standout. This is a must for fans of the genre.