Book Trailer | In the Name of the Father: A Dystopian Series
The Grey Zone | Book One
Book One of Michael Francis McDermott’s dystopian series, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER.
In the year 2196, the Republic is the sole surviving state of the new world. The Father rules the people. The Law aims to avoid the mistakes of the old world.
Religion is outlawed. Electric fences separate citizens from other people.
Heath is born in the Grey Zone, a lawless area outside of the Republic, and is brought up to resist the Father and his regime. Inspired to make a difference after his parents are killed, he joins a rebel group sourcing supplies for his community. Despite progress, Heath knows that his fight for freedom and salvation is a perpetual one and perhaps impossible.
Then two of Heath’s friends don’t return from a mission. Though the odds are stacked against Heath and his comrades, he helps organize a rescue attempt.
But it soon becomes clear that the Republic has something much bigger planned for Heath’s home sector. Suddenly, he finds himself in a deadly game of hide-and-seek with the enemy.
Faced with a horrifying scenario, Heath realizes he must find out exactly what the Republic has done, and who is behind the terror, in order to try and save those closest to him.
A young man avenging the deaths of his parents…
An agent of the secret police hunting down the traitors…
A boy schooled to live the right way…
An innocent woman searching for a new life…
And a politician on a quest to destroy the resistance…
A bold and gripping dystopian action-thriller series, In the Name of the Father is an inspiring story of love, transformation and the human spirit, transcending what it means to search for truth and fight for life.
And what it means to believe in something greater.
'I just wish it was less believable.'
'To me, this book is ultimately about the human experience … this is a dark world, a dangerous place. What happens when a people in and around a place like this are told they aren’t allowed to believe in anything? The result is inspiring … A beautiful story with a big heart.'
'McDermott’s ambitious, sprawling epic debut novel … begins by tearing into a dystopian world like a bat out of hell. Your only option is to grab a hold of something and come along for the ride.'
'Debut author McDermott offers a sweeping dystopian novel about a repressive regime and those who rebel against it ... Readers will find themselves invested in what happens when the lives of the characters collide. A futuristic tale that’s heavy on worldbuilding but still races to its inevitably violent conclusion.'
'A masterful plot … For much of the book I felt that the author was deliberately leaving the reader to ponder on the big questions. What place does faith and spirituality have in a modern society? What forms of government work best? What does it really mean to be free? What are the virtues and follies of our own modern society? I heard recently that great art doesn’t answer questions, it asks them.'
'Be aware: this book could easily be a prediction of future societal direction … The author gives us a dramatic view of how easily we could be led into following and voting in new ideas and fads that can lock us into a lifestyle of divisiveness and also fearful for our families and the future. This book is a must-read exciting thriller to the end.'
'Set in a dystopian future, the novel raises interesting questions surrounding the pitfalls of democracy and the place of religion in society — without taking a distinct stance on either side of the equation.'
'This is a huge book! If you happen to be in quarantine, this is the book that will see you through ... A very well-written book that makes you think and question. One that will leave you suspended in this world, never knowing if what you believe is real or propaganda.'
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