Chasing Freedom

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Randy risked it all for a box of strawberries.

A box of strawberries for a beautiful girl, one outside his league. All he wanted was a little bit extra to purchase an almost unobtainable luxury to impress a girl. He’d never expected the robbery to go so wrong, or to have to stop his friend from killing the innocent shop owner.

Luckily for him, the shop owner understands the bleak and futureless world they live in. And Julie, the girl of his dreams, doesn’t want strawberries.

She wants a revolution. Tired of government controlled, overregulated lives lived in overpopulated cities without even strawberries to enjoy, Julie wants freedom. Randy can help her get what she wants. Now along for the ride, the two of them turn to technology to start their insurgency.

But changing the world isn’t as fast or as easy as it seems in the movies. And it takes sacrifices neither Randy nor Julie imagined.

Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.

Can Randy and Julie survive the wrath of an oppressive regime? Or will chasing freedom demand the ultimate cost?

Read Chasing Freedom today and find out.

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Marina Fontaine

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  1. declanfinninc (verified owner)

    I hang out with a lot of political writers. The most common form of political writing lately is the dystopia.

    And dear God, I am sick of them.

    Granted, there have been some solid ones. Such as Walker Percy. Or Ordinance 93, mostly an action thriller with heavy espionage elements than a distopia. There’s every John Ringo novel, which looks like he’s destroying the world eventually.

    But for every one one of those, there are easily ten that don’t make the cut. Or drive me to tears. Or drive me insane. I don’t even finish them, because I can’t. Honestly, it’s either the despair, or the writing, and the occasional “Why am I not doing something fun, like having a root canal?”

    Then Marina Fontaine wanted me to look at Chasing Freedom.

    Finally, at long last, something fun. A dystopia that’s easy to digest, easy to read, and simply enjoyable.

    Our main characters are Julie and Randy. We follow them from being teenagers rebelling against a Politically Correct system gone amok, via blogs and rallies, and watch them blossom into resistance fighters against a totalitarian system.

    What’s that you say? Sounds like a variation on Red Dawn? Sounds like a TEA partier’s worse nightmare? Must be written by some redneck in flyover country?

    Oops, sorry, no. Marina grew up in the USSR. She’s been there, done that, got the t-shirt. You want a tyrannical nightmare, she can build one. However, this isn’t Tolstoy (who was a moron). You will not need to read this with a bottle of vodka.

    Chasing Freedom is different from all the other dystopia for a number of reasons. The tone is lighter and hopeful. It’s also filled with creative ideas about how to circumvent a dictatorship. For example, Amish country becomes a safe haven for people fleeing the nightmare that is the urban environment (like New Jersey). Also, this is a dystopia that operates on the level of a Tom Clancy novel, following various and sundry people at multiple levels of the resistance and the political hierarchy — from the schlub in the street, to the grunts running the black sites, to smugglers getting people to Canada.

    Despite having all of these characters at all of these levels, they’re easy to keep track of. They have histories, they have easily traced relationships, and they all connect to each other.

    Another difference is that this is not outlandish. This is not a delusion. Much of the tyrannical elements are visible from here. You can see these coming. When you see the ones at the start of the novel, the ones to follow are easier still to see.

    The best? This is a single novel. Sure, there could be more novels, but this is basically it, one story — a history of a resistance, encapsulated in a few hundred pages. I honestly can’t name you one person who’s done that.

    Just do yourself a favor, and buy the book already.

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