Noise: A Novel by Darin Bradley

By Darin Bradley

This haunting debut from an excellent new voice is bound to be as pleasing because it is debatable, a surprising examine the upcoming cave in of yankee civilization—and what's going to be successful it.
 
In the aftermath of the change from analog to electronic television, an anarchic stream referred to as Salvage hijacks the unused airwaves. jumbled together with the static’s random noise are dire warnings of the upcoming financial, political, and social cave in of civilization—and cold-blooded classes on the way to live on the autumn and prosper within the harsh new order that might necessarily come up from the ashes of the old.

Hiram and Levi are younger males, former Scouts and veterans of numerous Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Now, at the blood-drenched battlefields of collage campuses, purchasing department shops, and gated groups, they are going to locate themselves taking up new identities and new moralities as they lead a ragtag band of hackers and misfits to an all-but-mythical position referred to as Amaranth, the place a delicate destiny waits to be born.

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That wouldn’t be long, now. Color was already fading from the landscape, the bright greens and yellows dimming, turning shades of gray. Dark in a few more minutes. Like waiting at a drive-in for the movie to start. Jake was in his Mustang. With Barbara. His window was rolled down, the speaker hooked over its edge. Almost dark. Almost time for the movie. Kids were on the swings and teeter-totter of the play area under the screen. Barbara. In a white knit shirt, white shorts, socks, and tennis shoes.

Came damn close to getting her ticket canceled. He turned away and continued searching. Two in the van, one bought the farm and the other guy got away. The dead guy was obviously the driver. The survivor must’ve been in the back of the van, or he would’ve gone out the windshield, same as the driver. And Celia didn’t mention seeing anyone in the passenger seat. If he was in the back, maybe he wasn’t part of it. No, he was part of it, or he would’ve stuck close to the van after the crash. Wandering back and forth, Jake spotted a dandelion with a broken stem, a smear of blood on its blossoms.

Any higher, Jake thought, and he’d be seeing what made the jiggles. ” she asked, stopping in front of the car. “Honey, this is officer…” He looked at Jake. ” “I ran into him on my way out. ” He gave Jake a sheepish glance. ” Jake let Smeltzer explain. His wife nodded. She didn’t say, “Oh, man,” after each of his sentences. She didn’t say anything. She just frowned and nodded and kept glancing over at Jake as if expecting him to interrupt. ” she finally asked him. ” “He didn’t kill anyone today, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

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