Rival State

Are we living in a deep state? That’s a question that brings scoffing to most people. “There is absolutely no way a shadow government could be at work, undermining the representatives we have working for us in Washington D.C.,” some would say. “It’s just a conspiracy theory,” others might tell you.

The truth is, I don’t know any more than the next guy, but I’ve always had my suspicions. I’ll be the first to admit that the idea first crossed my mind when I was reading some religious books about the end times. For several years I thought about getting into ministry, but the higher I went in the church I attended, the more political it became, and soon I found myself disillusioned with it.

I don’t mean to suggest all churches work this way, but it was the straw that broke this camel’s back. I’ve struggled with faith ever sense and it is something I regret at times. But that’s a story for another time.

Back to the end times books.

Those books depicting the presumptive end of the world tried to identify parts of scripture and relate them to current events to suggest that we were indeed about to witness the second coming. I got excited reading about it, but looking back, those comparisons could have been drawn in just about any point in history. I don’t want to debate those flaws, I want to discuss the fact that in those comparisons, for any of them to be true, would require a form of shadow government to be in place to obscure the truth.

The idea that could happen was equally fascinating to me, and it never really wore off. Add to that, the idea we have people who think 9/11 was a conspiracy, the JFK assassination, Hitler moved to South America and lived out his life, etc. and we have many angles to look at our history with a critical eye and piece things together.

Am I a conspiracy theorist? I’d like to say no, but I will admit to finding some of these ideas compelling. So much, in fact, that the idea of a deep state tearing our country apart was an inspiration for my latest book, Rival State. Check out the description below:

The future of America is a nightmare of the deep state agenda.

In the beginning of the 22nd Century, just decades after civil war ripped America into thirds, our now divided country is but a shadow of her former self. Martial law prevails in every major city, with armed guards marching in the streets, fighting to restore balance and order as freedom and liberty become fading memories of a time best forgotten.

President Fulton, leader of the American Union, has spent most of his adult life preparing to seize power. With his eyes set on a newly unified country under his control it appears to be his for the taking. But a lack of trust from his opposition, and riots in the streets may just bring his world crashing down.

As revelations of blatant corruption draws unwanted attention to the American Union, Fulton executes the final steps in a plan designed to bring the rest of North America to its knees in subjugation to his will. But even the best laid plans have their faults, as once again America is brought to the brink of war.

And her final destruction.

As you can see, the deep state theory, while probably not true, can fuel some dark ideas in fiction. That’s exactly what Rival State is, a dark look into a future I don’t want to see happen.

I hope you’ll take an opportunity to check out my latest book. I set it up so anyone who purchases the paperback will receive a free download of the e-book on Kindle. I hope you enjoy it!


I am an active duty Navy veteran and self published science fiction author. I grew up in Mississippi and joined the navy at seventeen. I now live in Virginia with my wife and two daughters.

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