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Capital City

by:
Marven Vodrey (Author)

ISBN: 9781495814594 ©2017
Price: $14.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 210 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / General

A sixty-six-year-old man dies and wakes up in the mind of a 23-yearold in an alternate world.

Abstract:
A sixty-six-year-old man dies and wakes up in the mind of a 23-yearold in an alternate world. The young man also acquires memories of an entertainer and medical healer. With his abilities, he creates many new inventions not found on this world and goes on to save the country from being attacked the United States. The women fi nd young man handsome, intelligent and irresistibly sexy. The young man soon becomes an intricate part of the new corporate country with his new abilities. He creates the new United States of Texans which runs from Mexico to Canada.

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Customer Reviews

  Kirkus Review , 12/22/2017
Reviewer: Kirkus
Sent back in time three decades to an alternative version of North America, an engineer sets about transforming a territory into a major power. This debut sci-fi novel’s first-person protagonist is Mark Anglin. At the outset, he’s dying at age 66 in the 21st century of a heart ailment after a long, illustrious career as a technical engineer for the U.S. government. Suddenly he awakens in the 1980s as a strapping, 23-year-old Mark. But this is somehow a parallel-universe variation on the past. The U.S. sidestepped the Civil War (because Thomas Jefferson abolished slavery); however, the continent is now a patchwork of nations. “Texans Territory” (the former Texas) has gone its own way after the victory at the Alamo. Plastics were never invented, and microcomputers haven’t entered the workplace. Young Mark is a laborer supplying lumber to the territory’s vast, domed Capital City. Leaving his day job and hooking up with the local corporate government, Mark embarks on a crash course in modernization based on his technological expertise and a sense of urgency he can’t define. Vodrey’s lively, ambitious alternative-history tale deftly takes a page from the antics of Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s era. But it is up to readers to determine how much of this may be meant satirically or as utopian instruction/inspiration. Mark’s improvements stretch readers’ credulity, as they include perpetual-motion generators, flying cars, laser-type guns, and his own body’s ability to use “energy” to cure a rising local cancer epidemic in women that has doctors baffled. Mark continues to make a good impression, whether performing a hit pop song from memory that is unknown in this world or using his unique abilities.. There is a comment on class structure implicit in the repeated idea that Mark is a literal self-made man, not some heir or entitled college graduate. Also incidental to the sketchy narrative are populist notions of municipal planning, work ethic, rough justice, strong defense, the inferiority of welfare states. The ending promises a sequel without resolving the basic hows and whys of Mark’s double life. A male (and Texas) wish-fulfillment stew of sex, success, and Manifest Destiny in a parallel universe. Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 indie@kirkusreviews.com

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  Capital City Review , 12/22/2017
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Capital City is an excellent sci-fi story. This would make a good TV series. I will be watching for the second book to be released

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