Reluctant warrior, lover, thief.
By the year 2115, twelve families control all wealth in America, the middle class is myth, democracy a con game and the Supreme Court has just legalized a new entertainment and status option for the bored elite—human slavery.
Spartak Jones, an Olympic bound gymnast, is kidnapped, sold and forced to become the first legal slave since the Civil War, a trophy birthday present for the eldest son of the richest family. Targeted for his physical beauty and athletic talents, the teenager is not shy about using them to survive and protect his family.
When a war erupts within the ruling class, he proves himself a lethal warrior, fearless, resourceful and photogenic. His swashbuckling exploits awaken a long dormant liberal underground hungry to restore democracy. In a world both familiar and horribly twisted, Spartak becomes a symbol of hope, a flesh and blood icon for an American that used to be and might be again, if he can survive.
A riveting tale with a powerful political undercurrent.
“A multi-talented, bisexual, teenage slave becomes a symbol of freedom…a vigorous tale.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Warrior, hero, slave.
A young man finds love in the midst of revolution.
In 2116, government is a front for the Twelve Families that control all wealth. Democracy is a con game, the middle-class myth, sexuality fluid and human bondage has been redefined by a complaint Supreme Court as a new amusement option for the rich.
Fighting to restore the America of legend, Spartak Jones becomes one. The war between the ruling elites is now full frontal. He has become its celebrity warrior and icon for an America that used to be. Is he a pawn or hero? How much evil is acceptable if you believe your cause is just? Love may be his greatest weapon.
From the Space Elevator, 22,000 miles above the earth, Spartak and Zinc McClain launch an audacious scheme to thwart a religious war and a military coup.
Fast-paced, disturbing, heretical, uplifting, and ultimately romantic, the novel weaves science fiction, fantasy, politics and a strapping hero telling his own story.
“If you love The Hunger Games, and want a bit more of a gritty and adult feel…”
— Queer SciFi.com, The Chronicles of Spartak: Rising Son