Forty Days at Kamas Kamas Trilogy #1 Epub Ò Forty

Forty Days at Kamas Kamas Trilogy #1 “A brutal portrait of a dystopian America full of dramatic irony and shocking revelation” KIRKUS REVIEWS Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago Volume III the story of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS follows political prisoners and security officials at a corrective labor camp in Kamas Utah where inmates seize control during the summer of 2024 Kamas Utah 2024 In the totalitarian dystopia that America has become after the Unionist Party’s rise to power the American West contains vast Restricted Zones dotted with ghost towns scattered military garrisons and corrective labor camps where the regime disposes of its real and suspected enemies Kamas is one such camp On a frigid March night a former businessman from Pittsburgh Paul Wagner arrives at a labor camp in Utah’s Kamas Valley a dozen miles east of the deserted resort town of Park City which prisoners are dismantling as part of a massive recycling project When Wagner arrives he is unaware that his eleven year old daughter Claire has set off to Utah to find him after becoming separated from her mother at the Philadelphia Airport By an odd uirk of fate Claire has traveled on the same train that carried her father into internal exile Only after Wagner has renounced all hope of survival cast his lot with anti regime hard liners and joined them in an unprecedented and suicidal revolt does he discover that Claire has become a servant in the home of the camp’s Deputy Warden Wagner is torn between his devotion to family and loyalty to his fellow rebels until on the eve of an ard assault intended to crush the revolt he faces an agonizing choice between a hero’s death and a coward’s freedom In FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS author Preston Fleming offers a stirring portrait of a man determined to survive under the bleakest of conditions and against formidable odds Fleming’s gift for evocative prose brings the characters and events to life in a way that arouses emotional tension while also engaging the reader’s intellect with fundamental uestions about the future of American society

10 thoughts on “Forty Days at Kamas Kamas Trilogy #1

  1. says:

    I received this book free from Preston Fleming in exchange for an honest review The premise of the book was intriguing a workprison camp in the future in a dystopian society The story unfolds with the simultaneous stories of a male prisoner and a female child father and daughter They both deal with their own problems and hope to be reunited with each other eventuallyThe main portion of the book is taken up with the revolution going on in the camp The political prisoners have had enough of the brutality and they rise up I enjoyed how the author described the bleakness and despair amongst the prisoners and I feel that he appropriately captured the emotion and futility However I did feel that the actual revolution and fighting went on way too long The prisoners went on strike a few times before seizing control of the camp and for me this seemed an arduous part of the book At times it seemed the labor talks went on forever and I grew weary hoping for action and less bargaining Each chapter starts out with a uote relating to laborpoliticsunrest from leaders such as Lenin Trotsky Idi Amin soviet camp doctors and authors such as George Orwell The uote directly reflects the action that is going to take place in that chapter and I thought it was very uniue to have the foreshadowing told in that manner Towards the end of the book the main character has an out of body experience that provides the reader with a birds eye view of the action taking place down below The author also utilizes this in the first chapter where it worked well The portion at the end of the story seemed out of place and a bit confusing; at times I wondered if he was still floating above or if he was back in Earth watching the action Finally when he returns back to his body it all makes sense but I feel there could've been a better way to convey this by the authorIn summary good plot great idea but I didn't feel much of a connection with the characters I would have enjoyed this book if it was about 70 pages shorter That being said I do have to commend the author for having an easy writing style His sentences were flowing he described his characters well and the story did have a good air of suspense at times His knowledge of political unrest and union bargaining was comprehensive and I know those readers who have an affinity for that kind of thing will enjoy this story immensely

  2. says:

    This author and his book are what is wonderful about indie authors I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book I was also enlightened in my realization that the Orwellian theme of the book could happen in our countryThere are a number of good reviews that will lay out the characters and storyline so there is no reason for me to rehash those great reviews However I do want to chime in with a few comments about the work of Preston Fleming This is the first of his books to pass by my eyes I was engrossed with how well it was written I thought the story was exciting and had a relatively uick pace which kept me fully interested The characters are a real strength to this book I feel that I would actually recognize the majority of them if I passed them on the street That is how well they were developedI now have another great author to read It is a shame that there are so few books to read On the bright side he is young so he has a lot writing time left in his life Pick up a copy of this fine book to entice him to keep writing

  3. says:

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewAn incredibly emotional read about near future America in which Unionists have taken over and destroyed the freedom that had been the American way of life for over 200 years People many of which are war heroes or former government employees are now taken prisoner for the slightest perceived infractions charged with sedition and other drummed up charges and send to a prison camp system based in the Western United States primarily Utah and ColoradoA very heart wrenching story based on the true story of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his time in a Russian gulag told from the perspective of an innocent prisoner and his living through a prison camp uprising and survival in the most extreme conditions brought on by prison wardens government officials and even fellow prisonersAn excellent book well written and very compelling I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series

  4. says:

    Having read Sinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE as a young man I found FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS gripping from beginning to end Lewis wrote during the 1930s when America suffered from the Depression and Europe turned to Fascism and Communism Today America's economic and social problems bring back the specter of a government takeover by a would be President for Life If you have ever been afraid of how America could be taken over by anti American statists read this book The characterizations of the villains are chilling I couldn't stop reading it

  5. says:

    I received a free copy of this eBook for review from the authorBeginning with the good The writing is well paced many of the characters are well developed and generally well realized a lot of attention had been paid to getting details right and other than its length I hold any book over 80k words to a higher standard I never felt strongly compelled to uit reading it If you like the idea of reading 130k words that effectively start and end inside a forced labor camp circa Stalin's USSR detailing at length what it's like to suffer in a forced labor prison camp first 50% and then what it's like when the prisoners revolt and take over the prison next 40% and suicide against the government's army next 5% then I can recommend this book Especially if you like commercial fiction generallyI have a few caveats First as I told the author when he asked whether I'd like to read his dystopian novels I now automatically deduct one star from my review if you needlessly compare the evil authoritarian government in your novel to the Nazis or otherwise refer to Hitler or the Nazis when not writing book which takes place during the existence of Nazi Germany a good author can easily convey how evil their evil overlords are without having to say they're as bad as the Nazis Within the first 5% of the text the author apparently unknowingly used this crutchSecond while the author wrote nearly the entire book in a straight realist style in a few places he inserted without explanation moments of psychic and supernatural experiences The protagonist stuck telling the story from a 1st person POV has a couple of out of body experiences so the author can switch to 3rd person POV when 1st person would have been unable to capture the full story in that show don't tell way commercial fiction writers prefer The occasional chapter about his daughter is also told 3rd person though on that later Several characters accurately dreamed the future This managed to drain all the tension and anticipation out of the book after the formulaic predictability of the writing style had already done most of the work I'll admit the latter affects writers than readers but the detailed visions of the future gave away everything the chapters with the daughter didn't Then while in the isolator amidst his random visions the protagonist sees that his wife and daughter are alright and actually has an accurate current time vision of his older daughter who is living nearby It's hinted that he nearly psychically contacts her at that time What? Why are people psychic? To give the protagonist a reason to live here or a goal to strive for which wouldn't make sense otherwise there deus ex machina I supposeWhich brings me to the daughter Re reading the blurb I see that her living nearby without the protagonist's knowledge is already given away so I don't feel I'm spoiling anything to say that when I read that she had coincidentally ridden in on the same train he had and coincidentally met the only woman in town sympathetic to her cause and coincidentally crossed paths with her own father during his transfer into the prison camp then coincidentally gets a job working for the family of the Deputy Warden of the prison I had trouble suspending my disbelief This might be a spoiler but later on in the book when the woman the daughter had met also coincidentally happens to regularly pass messages in and out of the prison and the protagonist coincidentally happens to take over corresponding with her in order to maintain the capital D Drama he goes out of his way say I WILL NOT MENTION MY NAME Yes in all capsAnyway the occasional chapters with the daughter and they are few and far between seem largely to exist so the reader can get inside information on what the prisoners do not know her coincidentally living with the Deputy Warden means she can stand around silently listening to the prison leaders discussing their plans in detail Nothing she can do about it of course and she doesn't; the scenes are only there so the reader has a 3rd person POV Half the times these scenes took the place of the prisoners' psychic visions giving away what was about to happen and sucking all the tension out of the next seuence I believe the book would have been better served and be consistent and possibly even able to drop the out of place psychic phenomena had the entire thing been written in 3rd person POV Because of the inconsistent POV and the unexplained psychic visions in the context of such harsh realism I have had to remove another star from my ratingThere were a noticeable number of small errors in the text line editing errors about on par with say the first edition of Under the Dome about one every 30 or 40 pages A little than I'd like but I might be paying attention to them because I've been line editing my own books lately As a dystopian novel I'd have preferred background what led to this situation how did we get here but that might be because I've read so much dystopian fiction and WWII era history that I well understand what horrible things go on once you get there Or it might be because the book suggests nothing towards how to get out of that position either The inevitable happy ending if only for the protagonist's family after the crushing torture of the rest of the book and the massacre of the inmates was a harsh contrastAlso there is a distinct lack of advanced technology in the book despite its being set in 2024 As though in the never explained Events and Civil War II all or nearly all the computers and technology in the world had been sought out and destroyed and the military's technology reversed 80 years without mention Until the final chapter of the book I was sure not a single character in the book had ever seen or used or heard of a computer This book might work better as an alternate history where the US was taken over by Communists in the 40's or 50's only a few sentences refer in any way to technology advanced than that of the 50's; it would be a simple edit that might do a lot of goodOtherwise I would say it was a solid 4 star book As I said at the beginning it was well paced a fast read relative to its length and seemed to accomplish what it set out to do from a story perspective If it had been under 80k words a book I could read in a single sitting I might have said it was a 5 star book before the 2 star deduction

  6. says:

    Read on my Kindle e reader When I was in college I read Solzhenitsyn’s ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVITCH and excerpts from GULAG ARCHIPELAGO and came away thinking of the Gulag as a uniuely Soviet phenomenon just as the Nazi death camps could only have happened under Hitler Then I read about the labor camps in China under Mao in Cambodia under Pol Pot and in North Korea under the Kims as well as others in South Africa Yugoslavia and elsewhere Later when I traveled in the Third World I recognized that the kind of tyrant who creates forced labor camps can pop up nearly anywhere Years later I read Sinclair Lewis’s novel IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE about a fictional American dictatorship in the 1930s That in turn brought me to THE PLOT TO SEIZE THE WHITE HOUSE non fiction about the 1933 Business Plot to overthrow FDR More recently I have been asking myself this if the Great Depression brought America to the brink of dictatorship might today’s Great Recession do something similar? This summer I came across FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS a novel that asks what if American tyranny replaced American democracy? What struck me first about KAMAS was that it is based on a true story from GULAG ARCHIPELAGO that I remember having read in college But in KAMAS the setting characters and political backdrop are authentically American and chillingly realistic Though the author does not describe in detail the events that bring the President for Life and his Unionist Party to power his America of 2024 is a totalitarian one party state where political dissidents are sent to forced labor camps to work and die as slaves of the state Most of the action takes place in and around a corrective labor camp in Kamas Utah The novel’s protagonist Paul Wagner lands at Kamas on the eve of an unprecedented prisoner revolt that leads to a forty day siege by government forces What Wagner does not know is that his eleven year old daughter has become separated from her mother and sister and has arrived in Utah on the same train as her prisoner father There she is put to work as a domestic servant to the wife of the camp’s Deputy Commandant where she observes at close hand just what kind of people her overlords have come to be Eventually Wagner nears of his daughter's presence and must choose between his family and his commitment to the revolt Though dark and at times difficult to read due to the relentless suspense I found KAMAS to be a hopeful and uplifting story that affirms positive American values and shows how even the most oppressive tyranny cannot easily extinguish the American love of freedom Paul Wagner is vividly and believably drawn as a devoted father and responsible business owner though not without flaws The minor characters are sufficiently three dimensional to drive the plot though in some cases are not as fully developed as I would have liked But to me one of the most valuable and insightful aspects of KAMAS was how it showed largely through discussions overheard by Wagner’s daughter what motivates the camp officials and their visiting bosses in their effort to exert total control over the camp and society at large KAMAS is difficult to pigeonhole because it is uite unlike other dystopian novels I have read First it comes across as a serious piece of fiction than a genre thriller Second it holds up a mirror to our current political landscape in a way that helped me to see how the US might today be headed down the road toward dictatorship And finally it is written in a low key realistic style with close attention to facts and details that made it easy for me to suspend disbelief and enter into the story This is not a sensational page turner to be read merely for titillation though it works uite well as a thriller and kept me awake past midnight reading straight through to the end I recommend KAMAS highly for thriller readers with a taste for political intrigue and conspiracy But I also recommend it for readers of non fiction who might benefit from a richly imagined vision what a future dystopian America might look like In the coming weeks I plan to read KAMAS’s seuel STAR CHAMBER BROTHEROOD to see what Preston Fleming’s America might look like in 2029 If the seuel is crafted as masterfully as KAMAS I expect Preston Fleming's books will draw a good deal attention from readers like me I give FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS my highest rating

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this story based in the future Some will find problems with how the story breaks down and call it a bunch of mularky but I can see our country heading down this path It follows a man from Pittsburgh already has to be good who loses his business through the nationalization act Gets arrested as he is trying to leave the country with his family and ends up in a prision camp in Utah The whole book takes place in only a 6 month time frame except for the back story on his factoryHis oldest daughter manages to accidently get seperated from her mother and sister who are also detained She makes her way west to Utah and with help from strangers manages to find a job as an au pair for the deputy commanders wife of the campOver 850 pages on my Nook but I could hardly put it down

  8. says:

    A great read and a page turner I spent two nights reading until 3 AM unable to put it down The action is brisk and unpredictable The characters are engaging and the scenario is frighteningly conceivable I am looking forward to reading the remainder of the trilogy

  9. says:

    A disappointing depressing story that was not well written or well edited The best I can say is that it had a happy ending which I desperately needed after struggling through the forty days

  10. says:

    This is among the best books that I have read in 2017 The plot’s pace is consistent not overwhelming; the author’s prose is highly readable and descriptive; Forty Days at Kamas is a book that makes the reader think deeply about their own experiences with bureaucracy persecution and the philosophical will to focus on what in their life is truly prescious their freedom

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