Thursday, March 13, 2014

We Are Strong, But We Are Fragile by Bob Mustin available now on Amazon, Kobo and Nook

2090 A.D. — The America nation has collapsed, and its remnants have been at war for a half-century. 

Samuel II, mayor of Citadel, a Blue Ridge Mountain enclave, is determined to end the city’s wars with a devolved tribal society called Freedomland. He sends troubled but insightful city archivist Jakob History to a bartering meet-up, hoping an interview with tribal leader Abraham Trapper might help further peaceful relations. Instead, the encounter leads Jakob to reexamine America’s past. Soon, Jonathan, Jakob's mentor, exposes the archivist to a surprising link with Abraham, which seems to set Jakob at odds with Citadel. But when Samuel leads Jakob to a danger-filled glimpse of Abraham’s tribal life, the archivist’s preconceptions of both cultures comes crashing down. Finally, a last, fateful encounter between Jakob and Abraham lays bare human strengths and weaknesses that are at the basis of civilization itself. 


Hello! There's a good chance that I'm a lot like you - - I'm a compulsive reader, and always have been. And as far back as age eight, I've made stabs at writing. My first story was one I recited to my mom (I hadn't learned to write very well yet, and her handwriting was letter perfect), "Peter and the Golden Cave," a blatant ripoff of an old Ali Baba story. I had a lot of encouragement to write while in high school, but fate took me into the military (the U.S. Naval Academy) and later into engineering school (Louisiana Tech) and a career in transportation.
Still, writing cropped up - I wrote letters for my bosses, even became a specification writer, and editor of our agency's newsletter. And I managed a small literary journal, the Rural Sophisticate, then based in Georgia.
It wasn't long before the fiction-writing bug hit me - hard. I took it seriously and began writing short stories, took writing seminars and classes, and finally began a novel. Then a great break: I won a place as North Carolina Writer in Residence at Peace College, under Doris Betts' guiding hand. After moving to North Carolina, I entered UNC-Asheville's MLA program and, after focusing on creative writing, I secured that most treasured degree.
Now my wife and I live in a semi-rural locale near Asheville, where we share our property with three koi and a band of contentious squirrels.

As they have a way of saying on the British sitcoms, "That's it, really." Still, I've included some of my publishing credits below, ones not in evidence on Amazon, just in case you're interested.

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