When a chance confrontation leads taciturn trapper Grey and his neighbors in the Okanagan to believe they face an invasion, the steps they take to defend their disaster-stunted communities lead south in an effort to forestall the raiders. In the process, Grey and his companions discover other powers on the march, and become involved in a conflict that may decide whether civilization has a future.
Behind the Ruins takes an unromantic look at just how fragile our modern, data-driven civilization is, and how resilient people are in the face of catastrophic change.
Michael Lane lives in the Okanagan with his wife and two stepsons, a fat dog, a lazy cat and too many horses. His writing background has been in print journalism throughout the west.
"The book takes some chances," Lane said. "You can read it as an old-school adventure in a bleak, this-could-happen world, or you can look at it as an exploration of the way violence corrodes what's human in us all, and that the real strength of a person lies in their ability to find acceptance, more from themselves than from anyone else. That's a lot to ask of a piece of speculative fiction, but I hope readers will find that it works."
"Behind the Ruins" by Michael Lane - 337 pages - released by Kodi Publishing in all eBook formats, December 2012.
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