ARMY OF THE DOOMED
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For thousands of years, the most disciplined armies with the most obedient soldiers were the ones that conquered the most territory. Every culture in the world either organized its military as a top-down hierarchy, or was conquered by one who did.
Now, in the corporate age, money has become the world’s true measure of power and armies have been eclipsed by multinational organizations. The automatic compliance crucial to military campaigns has become key to economic success. Obedience is now our most important survival skill.
What to do, then, if one has no talent for following?
Sorry, friend. That puts you with us. We have no structure, no orders, no uniforms or salutes. We each fight our own battle against the machinery, struggling alone merely to exist independently within our own heads, and that is why we cannot win.
Welcome to the Army of the Doomed.
Seventeen: Book One
Corporations control all of the world’s diminishing resources and all of its governments, dividing the world into two types of people: those who unquestioningly obey, and those who die.
Most of the world’s seventeen billion humans are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, naturally growing plants have been declared illegal, and everything from food to housing to medicines must be synthesized from secretions of genetically modified bacteria. Only corporate ambulatory workers can afford patented synthetic food, and non-corporates fight for survival in the city’s sprawling, grotesquely violent ghetto known only as the Zone.
Nineteen year-old waitress Eadie challenges the hierarchy when she assists a bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet, drawing massive social-control machinery into play against her. The Prophet predicts she’s the general who will lead a revolution, and a few desperate souls start listening. How can she and her followers possibly prevail when she’s being hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?
Introducing Vida Nocturna, the Debut Novel by Mark D. Diehl
Only the need will last forever.
Sara has always escaped her real-world fears by reading fantasy and horror stories. Now, as a social-phobic college freshman, she enters a dark world where horror is not supernatural and fantasy is a trap.
Evil is contagious. Victims become predators, and every predator was once just like Sara. Imagining she’d be different was her first step toward them. Now, draped in the decadent ‘80s subculture, she’s rendered helpless by powers she never imagined.