Do you ever get the feeling that we are on the verge of a new Civil War? America’s value system is no longer a unifying force. On many topics where Americans could once find common ground, partisans now hammer each other in pitched social media battles. While these fights might be worthwhile if they shaped a new consensus on the proper source of moral authority, more often than not, they are meant to punish, shame, and embarrass the other side for being “wrong”—whatever that might mean. Welcome to the new America, the land of morality by meme.
It may be tempting to ignore the ongoing struggle, to believe it won't have any meaningful impact on your own daily life. But think of the public figure whose views you find most objectionable. Now, imagine a scenario where that person has the authority to set the rules for all society—to define what is and what isn't socially and morally acceptable—for the next three to five generations. Still want to stay on the sidelines?
Full Circle is the first novel in the Civil War series, which explores the ongoing struggle to reshape the American value system. Set in the mid-2020s, Full Circle tells the story of Guy Pearle, the CEO of Innovative Applications Unlimited, a small East Coast company on the verge of an IPO. He is hounded by Lucinda Hornbuckle, the ambitious editor of Social Tech, who believes that publicly traded companies have an inherent responsibility to lead on social justice and climate change. In Lucinda’s view, Guy is not sufficiently “woke” on either issue and must change his views or suffer the consequences.
Threatened by frivolous lawsuits from Lucinda, and battered by personal tragedy, Guy travels to Tarfaya, Morocco, home of the Africa Renaissance Project, where his newest green technology projects are being tested. When Lucinda nearly succeeds in taking control of IAU, Guy vows to return to the United States, but first must survive a deadly attack on the ARP compound.
Upon his return to the United States, Guy is determined to fight Lucinda and her powerful media allies for the right to run his company as he sees best. Along the way, he learns how to play the game Lucinda's way, and teaches her that actions do, in fact, have consequences.
The second novel in the Civil War Series follows Guy Pearle as he takes an advisory role in the 2028 presidential campaign of Rebecca Sweeny. Despite his ardent desire to steer clear of
politics, Guy stands up to Malcolm Rutherford, the British-born billionaire owner of the Washington Note, to prevent the media mogul from tipping the electoral scale against Rebecca.
After the unthinkable happens, Guy joins the new administration in a diplomatic role and quickly finds himself back in Morocco, where he forms an alliance with Ebiere Olani, the fiery
Nigerian minister, to keep the Chinese from springing their debt trap in Africa.
At home, President Sweeny struggles to make good on her campaign promise to change the tone of American political discourse. Battered by a hostile press and hindered by her own lack
of political experience, she catches a break when a whistleblower reveals rampant corruption in federally funded media outlets.
All Titles in the Civil War Series