Four Thrillers: The Barter Series – Available In Kindle And Paperback At Amazon

FourNovellasCoverKindleMy collection of four thriller novellas, The Barter And Reckoning Series, is available now at Amazon – in one volume.  Take a terrifying look into the not-too-distant future, where the Second Amendment no longer exists and the sovereignty of the United States has been sold:

A Well-Regulated Vengeance

The year is 2016. The 2nd Amendment has just been nullified by a piece of federal legislation. It’s called the Congressional Firearms Collection Act. Mass arrests and prosecutions are in progress.

Widowed for five years, Wes Kirkbaugh is tracking down the man who brutally murdered his only daughter. The cops botched the investigation. The killer’s a free man. Kirkbaugh is armed with a snub-nosed revolver.

Suddenly, Kirkbaugh the hunter is also Kirkbaugh the hunted – by the police and the F.B.I. for possession of an illegal firearm. He must answer a question: Is he willing to give up his life and a new-found love in order to right the great wrong?

The Barter

The year is 2018. Benito Hernandez is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant, working in Colorado at a job that’s not too exciting. Big changes are happening in the country. An armed revolt has broken out over Congressional firearms seizure legislation. The United States is about to experience a complete civilizational and societal unraveling. Hernandez and his wife are about to live through a nightmare.

Let’s take a look at the not-too-distant future from a different angle, wherein the very sovereignty of a socially chaotic, financially collapsed United States goes onto the trading block – and who’s doing the bartering…

The Barter 2: Crusade

In 2020 A.D. Jaimie Hernandez’s world is disintegrating. America’s sovereignty has been sold. Immense geopolitical circumstances have wreaked havoc on his family and his country.  His father died a wrongful death in Colorado. His distraught mother committed suicide. Jaimie quit his job and he’s separated from his wife and children.

What is a man in such circumstances to do, in order to re-claim his life and his dignity?  The Barter 2 is a thrill ride through a far too plausible horrific future.

The Barter 3: Rescue

This thriller begins within five minutes of its prequel.  In the year 2020, Benito Hernandez’s son, Jaimie, finds himself in an Orwellian America which has utterly collapsed – and been resurrected as a totalitarian socialist state. The United States has been co-opted by the People’s Republic of China. In this world, can even a determined man such as he survive what Jaimie Hernandez is about to do?

Would the United States government really turn its military technology and weaponry against American citizens? And if circumstances ever evolved to that terrible point, who in the world would come to the aid of a destitute, disarmed American populace, or in particular, a man like Jaimie Hernandez?


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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