Dear Reading Friend, this is David Telbat to share a little of my novel research. In my recent book, Dawn of Affliction, Book One of the Last Dawn Trilogy, we travel with Levi Caspertein through many towns in post-apocalyptic America. We stopped at Meeker, Colorado, where the cliffs outside town are used to save the people from a savage siege. But before Meeker, Levi traveled through Norwood, Colorado, where we see the town’s infamous and checkered past become a beacon of hospitality and refuge in America’s Last Days. Outside Shiprock, New Mexico, we see how the renowned lava formations protect travelers from a rogue army. But what about a place in the book called Cadiz, California?
Cadiz has water, but it’s still dry.
The Cadiz Valley is the site I chose for a major conflict in my latest novel. The town itself serves as an access point to the underground aquifer. In the middle of the desert, I imagined it to be the site for a racial dispute over water rights. But this isn’t just about water, or even race, per se. It’s about character.
In the book, the racial lines are drawn between Hispanics and Blacks. The Hispanics control the last undamaged water well, and the Blacks have an excess of ammunition for their rifles. The two sides represent two forts in Cadiz who trade bullets for water and water for bullets. After their weekly trades are made, they continue to fight to annihilate one another. They desperately need a peacekeeper. Maybe Levi Caspertein can bring some reconciliation between these two parties?
Resources are not enough.
In Dawn of Affliction, people are dying of thirst in Cadiz, even while there is water available. People are killing each other—willing to trade bullets for water—just to keep alive old ideas of a needless conflict. Details of the conflict are no longer remembered, though some have a vague idea that it was centered on skin color.
I took time to paint the fictional problem in Cadiz as Levi treks across America because I think it represents one of our society’s current problems. Old offenses are sometimes held too closely to our hearts, and forgiveness is not given—all while a looming threat of spiritual and eternal judgement draws nearer. God is watching!
Cadiz doesn’t need more water. They need to look at their need for peace, and that peace will only happen in a final way through the benevolence of Jesus Christ. Check out Dawn of Affliction to see how Levi interacts with this contrary group of fictional townspeople. Let me know your thoughts.
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You might like reading these other research posts that reveal more behind the scenes of Dawn of Affliction in, “A City Humbled,” and “Ebola Inspired Meridia Virus in Dawn of Affliction,” and “A Ghost Town Comes Alive,” and “Slaves and Wild Burros.”
NOTE: You can NOW read a description for Book Two, Dawn of Oppression, HERE!
COMING UP: Join us next time for another D.I. Telbat short story/allegory, “The Only Gate.”