Author: Rick Treon
Release date: June 10, 2021
Publisher: Black Rose
Hardcover: 304 pages
When former detective Lori Young is kidnapped in the aftermath of a mass shooting, she learns she’s the key to stopping a devastating terrorist plot against what used to be called the United States — but she must confront her own past to ensure the future.
A group of former CIA officers wants Lori to leverage her ex-husband and his team of former Tier One military operators into hijacking a nuclear weapon, which will be used to destroy the flow of the continent’s most valuable resource and ruin global markets.
But the terrorists have a traitor in their midst, and together he and Lori can help avoid a nuclear strike — if she learns to weaponize her unusual skillset instead of constantly trying to silence the memories she can’t forget.
Praise for Divided States
“Divided States is a high-concept thriller that will hook you from page one. Rick Treon has written speculative fiction that imagines a world I feared when I was an intelligence officer, would never want to live in, but could not stop reading about. Treon masterfully mixes character and plot development in a globe-trotting opening, which also carefully reveals Treon’s intricately imagined American history. Just when I felt up to speed with the vivid cast of characters and the new American map, Treon brought me on a roller coaster ride to the finish. Edge-of-your-seat reading from beginning to end!”
— J.A. Walsh, former intelligence officer, author of Out of Kindness
“A frightening tour de force! Author Rick Treon has created a disturbing and highly believable future in his novel Divided States. It’s filled with a fast-moving plot and top-notch characters you won’t easily forget. This is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
— Victor M. Alvarez, former Army criminal investigator and author of the CID Agent Jacqueline Sinclair thrillers
“An edge-of-your-seat thrill ride! This near-future thriller is placed in a world that’s realistic. With a female character who kicks butt, the author gives a punch-by-punch fight to save the country from a nuclear war in an attempt to put it back together again.”
— Tracey S. Phillips, award-winning author of Best Kept Secrets
“A fun and action-packed work of speculative fiction… With solid pacing, good writing, and interesting characters, I hope Divided States is the start of a series featuring Lori Young and crew.”
— Todd Wilkins, Best Thriller Books (Read the entire review here)
“A must-read political thriller with a bad-ass heroine at the helm. Treon’s alt-America is disturbingly recognizable. With every carefully crafted description, his vision becomes increasingly believable. But make no mistake: This is not a dystopian tale. Rather, Treon has crafted a highly original political thriller with a bad-ass heroine and enough thought-provoking scenarios to make readers want to pack up their families and hide out in a remote cabin. Just remember to bring this book along with you!”
— Best Thrillers (Read the entire review here)