Dear Reading Friends, Dawn of Oppression is coming along well! To encourage you to wait a little longer for Book Two of this post-apocalyptic Last Dawn Trilogy, I’m sharing an excerpt with you. We don’t do this often, but for you Corban Dowler fans who’ve been following COIL since the beginning (Dark Liaison), I believe you will enjoy this!—David Telbat
Dawn of Oppression Excerpt
by D.I. Telbat
Ozzy Trav was still aggravated about being jumped several evenings earlier. His ego was stinging. He hadn’t told anyone he’d been incapacitated while following Corban Dowler on foot, and he’d kept it a secret that his identification and firearm had been stolen as well. There was no doubt in his mind that the old man in charge of Manhattan’s identification printing had somehow bested him, but he had too much pride to admit it to anyone. Dowler was in his eighties!
He sat in the passenger seat that early morning, riding in a van repurposed for Federation raids. The rear of the vehicle had been reinforced with a steel cage wherein nonconformists, after arrest, were transported to the processing center in the Bowery Hotel. The van sped up the street and swerved around burnt car wreckage that laborers hadn’t yet been forced to remove. Only one of their van headlights worked, so Ozzy hoped the driver next to him was paying close attention to the roadway.
“Don’t park in front,” Ozzy told the driver, a recent Citizen Army recruit. “Park in the alley. I want to catch them sleeping.”
He drew his sidearm and mentally tried to force Corban Dowler out of his thoughts, but it wasn’t easy. The old man had printed everything the chancellor had signed off on, but the problem with the Federation moving forward was that no one knew who anyone had been before Pan-Day. Millions had died and all digital databases had collapsed. Therefore, Ozzy suspected everyone to be an enemy of the Federation. And with the resistance gaining influence in the city, that meant especially suspecting the old man responsible for citizen identifications. Little did he know that following the old man earlier that week would get Ozzy mugged and robbed!
The driver turned off the van’s headlight as they turned into the alley in Gramercy Park. Using the rearview mirror, Ozzy noticed the enforcer transport vehicle behind them go dark as well. Ten enforcers had been roused from their bunks to aid in this arrest of a nonconformist family of four. Christians were a plague across the Federation. They stood against new ideas, new ways.
The driver shut off the van engine. Ozzy listened to the city through his open passenger window. It was so quiet. He recalled the bustling night life of the borough, even at that early hour before sunup. No one had suspected back then that a food and fluid-borne virus had been silently spreading through the nation from the west. The Meridia Virus had hit Manhattan last, even after it had decimated Florida and the south. Before anyone had figured out how it was propagating, thousands had already been infected. Quarantines had merely isolated whole communities of contagious people living behind the barriers, thereby creating a petri dish of infection.
Twenty years earlier, when Ozzy had been almost twenty years old, his older sister, Lena, had shut them both up in his apartment in Midtown. For two months, she had insisted they not leave, and no matter who banged on their door for help, they couldn’t open the door for anyone. His neighbors had died or had fled the city, yet he and his sister had survived. But the experience had soured him. His sister was cold-hearted, so intent on survival that she’d ignored the sufferings of others. Now, she kept them in survival mode by being the city’s fiercest enforcers. Although he’d told no one, Ozzy was living a role he could barely tolerate. As Lena always said, do what you have to do to survive. But he hated her for what he’d become. However, to change now would mean losing the privileges the chancellor had provided them.
Standing behind the van, Ozzy waited for the enforcers to gather around him. He was the only one wearing civilian clothes and a rain-proof trench coat over his khakis. It was time to raid the home. It was time to arrest more Christians!
~ End of Dawn of Oppression Excerpt ~
We pray this excerpt whets your appetite for what’s to come the end of 2019! Stay tuned for more peeks into this exciting, post-apocalyptic full-length novel! And if you’ve not yet read Book One of Last Dawn Trilogy, you can find a description and retailer links to Dawn of Affliction here.
NEWS from Dee: I’ve been working much on the paperback of The COIL Legacy Collection (three novels in one volume)—and it’s DONE! You can NOW get the Legacy Collection in PAPERBACK from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other retailers! This has been a goal for some time to especially have it available in print for prisons, along with The COIL Series, so we are pleased to be able to provide it now. You can find the paperback through our D2D link here. (The Legacy Collection can be found on Amazon here.)
NEWS #2 from Dee: Besides having a new author site at Draft 2 Digital, we NOW have new Book Funnel pages as well! Please visit our page, For ALL Readers of D.I. Telbat Books. Right now, you’ll find one PDF there to download, but we’ll be adding others soon. Download the updated PDF of our “Ordered List of D.I. Telbat Novels.” It also includes a recommended reading order of David’s books.
Soon, I’ll be sending David’s subscribers an email with an exclusive link to another Book Funnel page that has all his subscriber gifts! Most of you have already received and downloaded your subscriber gifts, but we know there are a few people that weren’t able get the download of their gift(s) for one reason or another. The Book Funnel staff are specialists in making sure you can get your downloads, no matter which device you use! No more frustration with that issue! I’ll let you know in a future post as to when I’ll be sending out that email to subscribers with the exclusive link. Meanwhile, check out our D2D author site, and our Book Funnel page!
COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s Author Reflection, “Why Care for our Neighbors?” David shares about an experience he had with one of his neighbors.