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Futurist New Book Series Cautions Americans;
Story Foretells “Brave New World” in America, Tainted by Greed

Fishers, Indiana – May 1, 2012 –

After retiring from a successful career as a corporate business executive and owner of an international business consultancy, Gary Levey, a disillusioned Midwest moderate liberal was concerned for America and  his children and grandchildren’s future. For years, he had debated with both liberal and conservative friends and business associates and found each side unyielding and unapologetic even though most people held the same things dear.
Mr. Levey came to the conclusion that money, power, and the media were creating this impasse and something needed to be done. With his love for science fiction, history and economics, and a righteous indignation about the social, economic, and political impasses of today, Gary didn’t just get angry – he decided to write. The results are his prophetic, satirical, dystopian series of four novels about a capitalist utopia that’s called The Joad Cycle in reverence to The Grapes of Wrath – that predict future everyday American life controlled by greed and dogma.

“There is a great deal of non-fiction being released these days that provides cover for one side or the other but does little to shed light on the impasse our country is facing. The purpose of my novels is to provide a more human perspective of today’s issues by showing the future that we are sowing for our children and grandchildren,” said Levey. “The characters in my series face realities caused by our inability today, as free responsible adults, to resolve our issues, pragmatically, and not stand on principle that could hurt our children in the future. The only institutions that gain from this impasse are the wealthy and those tied to the status quo. By allowing greed and power to triumph, I hope to show the effect on future society, family life, careers and communities, which I hope generates enough passion among the people to break this gridlock and move forward with more pragamitic solutions.

Adds Levey, “Though in the Joad Cycle, survival in the future is dependent on wealth, more than anything, my story is a poignant post-modern love story.”

Book I of The Joad Cycle, The Golden Rule (self-published, 2010), presents a cautionary tale of how greed co-opts politics and religion leading to a Constitutional Coup that ends America’s First Republic. Unable to implement solutions to resolve economic, social and political issues, in Levey’s future, the media, politicians, clerics, and fanatical citizens sell out to a group of wealthy and powerful oligarchs who take over America. The story depicts how a few, brave but underfunded individuals try to stand against the moneyed interests, but with limited resources, they cannot prevent the hostile takeover of the country.

Book II of The Joad Cycle, Profit (self published, 2011), continues the story of the hero, Gil Rose, a sheltered teen tasked by his ancient great-grandfather to take on the business interests that run the libertarian American government of the Second Republic and restore humanity in a world where people worship the Almighty Dollar (literally, there is a church!) and where citizens “disappear” if they can not provide economic value.

In book three of The Joad Cycle, Circle of Life (self published 2011), the immature Gil Rose is now living in the greediest of times. His struggle to survive and prosper continues in this perverse, full immersion world of American economics and finance.

Book IV, the final chapter of The Joad Cycle, The Rightness of Things (self published April, 2012), concludes the story of Gil Rose, now a maturing leader who must learn the true meaning of love so that he can re-teach Americans the lost values of the biblical Golden Rule to the remaining Americans so that they can at last overcome the greedy and powerful.

“The capitalism of my youth has evolved into a corporatism that is growing sinister as it forgets the inevitable losers in a Capitalist system,” Levey concludes. “To provide life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to our families, Americans can’t continue to war over their differences so that only commercial interests benefit. It is time to expose the implications of what our world has become and to hold our government representatives and their sponsors, our citizens, the media, and the business community accountable to the children of our future, before it’s too late. The Joad Cycle is my best effort to help that cause.”

Customers can purchase the four novels of The Joad Cycle at major online bookstores or electronically for both the Kindle and Nook.  The novels are available on the author’s website, www.joadcycle.com  which is filled with rich content to support a future no one will want to live in.

About Gary Levey:

Levey is a married father of two and a grandfather who was born in Philadelphia and now resides in Fishers, Indiana. He is a voracious reader of both progressive and conservative perspective political science, history, and economics, as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre that provides a prism through which he visualizes America’s future. You will find Gary’s blogs on www.joadcycle.com where, as one of the characters in his novels, he informs people about the consequences of current events on their future and their children’s future.

 

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galevey@comcast.net

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What is the Joad Cycle

The Joad Cycle is a series of dystopian speculative fiction novels set in our America from 2032-2084 after a Constitutional Coup has brought to power an extreme Right Wing, Christian, Libertarian Entrepreneur who is the leader of the new Entrepreneur Party. In this America, business interests rule, government has been marginalized. and the poor and the middle class no longer exist, the result of a massive economic genocide. To survive, every citizen lives to create wealth and should living cost more than they can generate in value to the economy, they are executed. Mostly, this is an Anti-capitalist Love Story.

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This site is mostly fictional and it supports the novels, providing backstory and additional related short stories that take place within the world of the Joad Cycle.

The site offers a Blog and Journal from the perspective of one main character, the hero of the first book, The Golden Rule . This character, Bernie Rosenthal who is very liberal politically, works as Chief Financial Officer for U.S. Angs, a multinational multibillion dollar private corporation owned by Tom Gorman and Tom Morgan, the Toms, who represent ultra Conservative Koch brother types. Bernie is humbled by the tyrannical Toms during the day and finds a release journaling his job frustration. Meanwhile, Bernie's future self, Berne Thau, adds to the blog entries with his perspective, more than 30 years in the future, after money, greed, and the Right Wing revolution end the American Republic .

We are living in trying times. According to Berne Thau, they will get much more difficult.

Why this curmudgeon wrote this story

Every generation, parents tell their children that life was better back when they were young… and the children always scoff.

But now that I have qualified to pass judgment on that age-old warning, now that I’ve been both young and old, I have come to realize that the old have it right and children scoff at their peril though in the ways that American society has been taught to measures success, every generation since maybe the turn of the twentieth century anyway, has had it better.

But with age, and career experience, I have learned that those ways are deceptive and worse, they are wrong. Success is measured based on wealth, conveniences, and life expectancy issues when it should be evaluated on what we hope to be as individuals and what we become as people—the expectancy of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been successful enough. For most of my baby boomer life I was comfortable middle class interspersed with a few years of unfortunate decline towards impoverishment, never quite getting there before bootstrapping back to comfort.

For a time, I was a certified member of the 1%—in income though not in wealth. The 1% is a class of people who rule their part of the world and have a lot of confidence that somebody they know rules the rest of it. I wasn’t a one-percenter for many years, but it was a good life until my associations made me believe that I just didn’t want it anymore. I apologize to my family for what I had become and these novels are my penance.

People congratulated me for the success I’d earned as if those less and least successful earned that lack as well. And with the memory of a manufacturing facility in a small, rural, one-employer town in out-of-the-way Northern Maine near the Canadian border closed to improve a bottom line somewhere else, with an American town murdered for earnings per share, I signed off and began to write the The Joad Cycle.

In my research, I came to fear for my family that grew from the narrowest and shallowest possible family tree to three generations deep and two wide. My family is important and so I wrote these novels for them, for their future, for what I dread we have taken from them and will continue to take, long after we are dead.

I live in the Midwest and my friends are good people and I value them. They are conservative and most are Christians and somehow, we argue over unions as if union members aren’t patriotic Americans, too, and besides, what is to be gained by condemning workers in a country of workers. And we disagree on the poor? Social Safety Nets may not be working as well as they could (But how would we know if these Safety Nets are working? It is not as if some brave politician will stand up and precisely define what a win looks like in the freest, richest country in the history of history—and seriously, doesn’t free-form Capitalism deserve the bulk of the blame with its all-encompassing goal of creating winning humans and losing humans).

And discussions on life and death with my conservative friends, life at the very beginning and the very end, and guns and gods…forget about it. But unlike politicians and the media, we are friends so we work around the discomfort and the dislike for the greater good.

My friends are the current version of the salt of the earth and all of us abide by family values above all, even if we can’t agree on them. Good people like us accept a society where too many of our children are handled by strangers during the critical formative years. And in the twilight years too many parents and grandparents are handled by strangers until their money runs out, like sand in an hourglass, their lives extended only so far as Government security or private insurance will grant.

And when Americans finally expire after insufferable pain and embarrassment and to the sighs of sad but relieved loved ones, it reveals the immaturity of the vast majority of the American people who won’t resolve; once and for all, when God’s reason ends life and so they leave that to for-profit resolution. Can’t it just be in the fading twinkle of an ancient woman’s eyes?

But all of this pales to the legacy of GREED! Greed, that race for wealth that is ingrained in us all from television at a too early age that drives us to become economically viable so that with something extra in our paychecks at the end of the week, we can indulge ourselves with gifts, with palliatives, to relieve the pain and discomfort that we feel for doing what we must do to earn what wealth we cab. Greed is the satisfying of artificial and constant cravings.

And those who are considered the best of us, majority stockholders, officers of corporations, politicians, and celebrities all at the top of their respective food chains, they earn their way into the 1% and possessing this true wealth, they gift themselves truly extraordinary palliatives in order to compensate for something deeply unsatisfying within that was once more human, what they lost in the dog-eat-dog world that we all live in.

This is the world that we pass on to our children and our grandchildren. This world is what will own them someday like it owns us today. They are truly greed’s legacy. That too is the basis for my cautionary tale of America’s future, The Joad Cycle.

But I still idealize my youth. I remember what it felt like when I was a boy and so I wrote a grand love story, too.

 

Gary Levey

05/01/2012