“This fast-paced political thriller is a gripping story of family secrets and government corruption . . . With unexpected twists and political issues that ring true, this is a bang-up novel for anyone who enjoys a good conspiracy theory.”
—Publishers Weekly review of Amazon Breakout Novel Award
Semi-finalist Rebecca Tree
by Michael Abramson
The world is running out of time as the American political system is trapped in an accelerating death-spiral into irrationality.
The country becomes increasingly more polarized as rapidly rising seawater separates ‘wet’ states from ‘dry’ states.
Parts of South Florida surrender to the sea as carcasses of once-chic beachfront hotels poke out from the ocean floor.
‘Guest’ agricultural workers from Mexico hand-pollinate fruit trees and vegetable crops in a desperate effort to maintain the country’s food supply.
California’s once plentiful fruits are now as rare as caviar in post-Tsarist Russia.
Out of this chaos emerges Rebecca Tree, the rebellious granddaughter of America’s most powerful politician, Merewether Tree. A successful inventor and businesswoman, Rebecca’s life is marked by a string of tragedies, having lost both parents at the age of two, and her twin sister Allison at the age of four.
The loss of her sister stirs her heart to beat for two, propelling Rebecca forward into a life of accomplishment, developing technologies that might help reverse global warming. When Rebecca’s brother, the current president of the United States, dies in office during an election year, her grandfather blackmails her into entering the race for the White House.
After shockingly winning the election in a dysfunctional near-future America, she begins a journey uncovering family secrets while trying to restore rationality to an embittered country … if only she can avoid the brother-and-sister ‘Native Force’ team that seems hell-bent on assassinating her.
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Michael Abramson looks back at a multi-decade career as a photojournalist primarily working for the Time-Life family of magazines.
He has documented a wide range of subjects, from the conflict in Northern Ireland, street gangs in New York, the Wounded Knee occupation, and a barefoot doctor tending to untouchables in Calcutta, India.
His photographic books include Palante: Young Lords Party (reissued by Haymarket); Inside Las Vegas with Mario Puzo; Roy Lichtenstein, Portrait of an Artist; Amy, the Story of a Deaf Girl; and Our Portion of Hell.
In addition, he is part of an invention team, which holds interactive mapping patents in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Erika and their two rescue dogs–Snowy and Daniela.
Rebecca Tree: A Political Dynasty Unravels is his debut novel, and it has been a semi-finalist in a previous year’s Amazon Breakout Novel Award competition.
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