The newest novel by author JB Winsor.
THE PUNISHMENTS is about the heart-pounding struggle of one family after voters unwittingly ELECT A DEMAGOGUE AND FUNDAMENTALIST GOVERNMENT.
Enormous shifts threaten our way of life – artificial intelligence, robotics, surveillance, human relations, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, and the rise of American religious extremism.
The novel’s characters battle to hold on to friendship, love, and faith as they are thrust into the center of the largely unreported debate raging beneath the surface of Christianity and identity politics.
One vote against the Citizens Justice & Security Act thrusts Senator William Thatcher, his wife, Carol, a blacklisted Planned Parenthood attorney, and their eleven-year-old son, Billy, onto the dreaded ‘enemies list’ at the new Department of Virtue.
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What People Are Saying:
“The Punishments is an entertaining Orwellian thriller. It is fiction, yet the abuse of political power and the threat of nuclear weapons by foreign or domestic terrorists are very real.”
–Former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. She is the author of Fair Game, Blowback, and Burned.
“The Punishments is a warning to be heeded…stretches today’s trends to their logical and chilling conclusions.”
– Kurt Gutjahr, Program Director, Center of the American West.
“Don’t even begin THE PUNISHMENTS if you have to go to work the next day.”
– Devin Hurd, a top ten GoodReads reviewer.
Read an Excerpt:
Felix hoped her heavy dark makeup; cotton in her cheeks would fool the cameras. Vertical snake-like slits in bright blue contact lenses would help distort her eyes. Still, she didn’t dare look at the sky. There might be drones.
The government had installed millions of surveillance cameras, popularly called Eyes, to elevate civility: if people knew they were being watched, their behavior would improve. Advanced facial recognition cameras would force them to behave as God commanded. The program had been sold to fearful citizens with the slogan: “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear!”
“You can’t cherry pick the best parts of life.”