Forty Days at Kamas

Forty Days at Kamas A brutal portrait of a dystopian America full of dramatic irony and shocking revelation KIRKUS REVIEWS Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago

  • Title: Forty Days at Kamas
  • Author: Preston Fleming
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  • A brutal portrait of a dystopian America, full of dramatic irony and shocking revelation KIRKUS REVIEWS Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago, Volume III, the story of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS follows political prisoners and security officials at a corrective labor camp in Kamas, Utah, where inmates seize control duri A brutal portrait of a dystopian America, full of dramatic irony and shocking revelation KIRKUS REVIEWS Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago, Volume III, the story of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS follows political prisoners and security officials at a corrective labor camp in Kamas, Utah, where inmates seize control during the summer of 2024 Kamas, Utah 2024 In the totalitarian dystopia that America has become after the Unionist Party s rise to power, the American West contains vast Restricted Zones dotted with ghost towns, scattered military garrisons and corrective labor camps where the regime disposes of its real and suspected enemies Kamas is one such camp On a frigid March night, a former businessman from Pittsburgh, Paul Wagner, arrives at a labor camp in Utah s Kamas Valley, a dozen miles east of the deserted resort town of Park City, which prisoners are dismantling as part of a massive recycling project When Wagner arrives, he is unaware that his eleven year old daughter, Claire, has set off to Utah to find him after becoming separated from her mother at the Philadelphia Airport By an odd quirk of fate, Claire has traveled on the same train that carried her father into internal exile Only after Wagner has renounced all hope of survival, cast his lot with anti regime hard liners and joined them in an unprecedented and suicidal revolt does he discover that Claire has become a servant in the home of the camp s Deputy Warden Wagner is torn between his devotion to family and loyalty to his fellow rebels until, on the eve of an ard assault intended to crush the revolt, he faces an agonizing choice between a hero s death and a coward s freedom In FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS, author Preston Fleming offers a stirring portrait of a man determined to survive under the bleakest of conditions and against formidable odds Fleming s gift for evocative prose brings the characters and events to life in a way that arouses emotional tension while also engaging the reader s intellect with fundamental questions about the future of American society.

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    1. Preston Fleming

      Preston Fleming writes realist thrillers set in exceptional times and places, from Siberia during the Russian Civil War MAID OF BAIKAL , to explosive 1980s Beirut DYNAMITE FISHERMEN , to a near future gulag style labor camp in Utah FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS His experience as a diplomat, lawyer and corporate executive, combined with his ultra lean writing style, lend rare authenticity to his stories All of Preston s six novels have received praise from KIRKUS REVIEWS and other publications Preston is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, but left home at fourteen for boarding school and has been on the move ever since Today he and his wife live in Utah s Wasatch Mountains with a Belgian Sheepdog they rescued after it bit too many humans in Delaware Connect with Preston at his website prestonfleming or on , GoodReads, LibraryThing, Twitter or Facebook To learn about new releases and free book giveaways, follow Preston on Bookbub.


    1. I received this book free from Preston Fleming in exchange for an honest review. The premise of the book was intriguing: a work/prison camp in the future, in a dystopian society. The story unfolds with the simultaneous stories of a male prisoner and a female child, father and daughter. They both deal with their own problems, and hope to be reunited with each other eventually.The main portion of the book is taken up with the revolution going on in the camp. The political prisoners have had enough [...]

    2. This author and his book are what is wonderful about indie authors. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I was also enlightened in my realization that the Orwellian theme of the book could happen in our country.There are a number of good reviews that will lay out the characters and storyline so there is no reason for me to rehash those great reviews. However, I do want to chime in with a few comments about the work of Preston Fleming. This is the first of his books to pass by my eyes. I was en [...]

    3. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.An incredibly emotional read about near-future America in which Unionists have taken over and destroyed the freedom that had been the American way of life for over 200 years. People, many of which are war heroes or former government employees, are now taken prisoner for the slightest perceived infractions, charged with sedition and other drummed up charges, and send to a prison camp system based in the Western United States, pr [...]

    4. (Read on my Kindle e-reader.) When I was in college, I read Solzhenitsyn’s ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVITCH and excerpts from GULAG ARCHIPELAGO and came away thinking of the Gulag as a uniquely Soviet phenomenon, just as the Nazi death camps could only have happened under Hitler. Then I read about the labor camps in China under Mao, in Cambodia under Pol Pot and in North Korea under the Kims, as well as others in South Africa, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. Later, when I traveled in the Thi [...]

    5. Having read Sinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE as a young man, I found FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS gripping from beginning to end. Lewis wrote during the 1930s, when America suffered from the Depression and Europe turned to Fascism and Communism. Today, America's economic and social problems bring back the specter of a government takeover by a would-be President-for-Life. If you have ever been afraid of how America could be taken over by anti- American statists, read this book! The characterizations [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this story based in the future. Some will find problems with how the story breaks down and call it a bunch of mularky, but I can see our country heading down this path. It follows a man from Pittsburgh (already has to be good), who loses his business through the nationalization act. Gets arrested as he is trying to leave the country with his family and ends up in a prision camp in Utah. The whole book takes place in only a 6 month time frame except for the back story on his fact [...]

    7. A great read and a page turner. I spent two nights reading until 3 AM unable to put it down. The action is brisk and unpredictable. The characters are engaging and the scenario is frighteningly conceivable. I am looking forward to reading the remainder of the trilogy.

    8. (I received a free copy of this eBook for review, from the author.)Beginning with the good: The writing is well-paced, many of the characters are well-developed and generally well-realized, a lot of attention had been paid to getting details right, and other than its length (I hold any book over ~80k words to a higher standard) I never felt strongly compelled to quit reading it. If you like the idea of reading 130k words that effectively start and end inside a forced-labor camp circa Stalin's US [...]

    9. This is among the best books that I have read in 2017. The plot’s pace is consistent, not overwhelming; the author’s prose is highly readable and descriptive; Forty Days at Kamas is a book that makes the reader think deeply about their own experiences with bureaucracy, persecution, and the philosophical will to focus on what in their life is truly prescious: their freedom.

    10. Kamas' main character is Paul Wagner, a businessman with a classic good family life in suburban Pittsburgh, who falls victim along with his family to a new America political system.The year is 2016 when, after a series of natural disaster events, a President of the United States begins his regime, a totalitarian nightmare where the old system of freedoms and rights give way to the demands of the State. Wagner runs his family manfacturing business, but The Events and the regime lead to a progress [...]

    11. Imagine what if USA had another Civil War and ended up in another World War not too far into our immediate future. That is premise of Forty Days at Kamas. This futuristic book had at times eerie chills running down my arms and shuttering thoughts could this happen through out the whole book. Forty Days at Kamas focuses on one family The Wagners:Paul, Juliet, Louisa, and Claire. Paul is sentenced to labor camp for five years. Juliet and Louisa are taken into custody at Philadelphia train station. [...]

    12. This was an interesting book. They say history repeats itself and I can see something like this really happening. The year is 2024 and Paul is a political prisoner. He sent to a work camp for the next 5-8 years. The way they treated these people is inhumane. It was like a Nazi work camp. The whole time I was reading that is the one thing I kept screaming in my head. The whole time you are rooting for Paul and every other man and women in that camp. You want the prisoners to win, you want their r [...]

    13. just finished reading Forty Days at Kamas, by Preston Fleming. I gave this book 4 stars. It will keep you interested all the way to the end. I laughed, got very angry and cried. check it out. the setting is in 2024 we are no longer United States of America, We are now Unionist party has taken over the country and Mexico and Canada. I won't say anymore don't want to spoil it for those of u that want to read it. and I only had to pay 2.99 for it on my kindle you can get on line for the same price

    14. A disappointing, depressing story that was not well-written or well-edited. The best I can say is that it had a happy ending which I desperately needed after struggling through the forty days.

    15. Park City, Kamas Valley, (Wasatch Range, Great Salt Lake) UT. Kamas Corrective Labor Camp (KCLC). Lieutenant Colonel Doug Chambers, & Martha Chambers (wife) were having a get together.Jerry Lee (Susquehanna, PA.), Major Reineke & Ralph Knopfler were talking to each other through the barbed wire enclosure.Several Division 3 prisoners had died. Meetings in Barracks C-14, Division 3 & Division 2 went on all night long.What happened to Deputy Sam Renaud (chief warder)?Some of the prisone [...]

    16. There are books you can't put down, and books you don't want to pick up again to continue reading. Unfortunately for me, this was the latter. I was intrigued by the basic plotline sort of a "Utah Archipelago" (or something). Where do I begin? The plotting was poor, the pace was poor, and the characters were mere cutouts. While it was somewhat intellectually interesting to see the negotiations that took place at the camp, these were boring as hell. I didn't give a damn about the characters becaus [...]

    17. A very good read of what America would be like with a dictator President for life and a Security Service who dressed like Hitler's SS and acted in a similar manner. Paul Wagner and his wife sold their business in preparation for them and their two daughter to emigrate. They had exit visas and had paid the exit tax when Paul was suddenly arrested for sedition and eventually sent to the prison/work camp called Kamas in Utah. In this brutalizing environment the prisoners did strike three times refu [...]

    18. Could it happen here? 2017. Amidst all the political rhetoric, one must ask whether 1930's Germany can be repeated in 21st century America. Preston Fleming makes it seem all too possible. Scariest of all? That would be the quotes from 20th century dictators Fleming puts at the start of each new chapter that mimic all too closely the words you hear in current political discussion.

    19. A Grim and Prophetic BookFleming writes with the conviction of one who has seen the kind of misery he describes. Thank goodness the end isn't as grim as the story. The trouble is that America is but an election or two away from the sort of world he describes. Anyone who thinks it can't happen here should read a little historyd maybe this book.

    20. ChillingI believe there are events that could come to pass. Or at least something similar. The author did a great job of writing a horrific story and yet giving us a happy ending for one family. Suffering that we can't imagine right now is so possible if things continue as they are. Good book.

    21. Forty Days of Kamas"Forty Days at Kamas" remains me of the story my farther told me about what happen at the campus in German and something like at can never happen here. It's a sad story with a happy ended. It a story which show you what happen when good people do nothing to stop bad thinks.

    22. A frightening look at the future.If you want a look at what the future of America looks like if progressives gain control, this is it.

    23. couldn't put it down i would recommend to everyone who wonders what our futures might holdspellbinding . an exciting read from beginning to end.

    24. The story takes place in a labor camp in Utah. Is is taken after Russian labor camps and the crudity that takes place in them

    25. I'd give it a solid 3.5 stars. The prose itself was well written (always a major concern with self-published ebooks!), however I couldn't get past several major hangups in the world-building and plot:1) I desperately wanted--no, needed--to know more about the events that bring about the dystopian United States as presented in the novel. It is implausible to suggest that the USA could devolve from the constitutional republic we currently enjoy to the brand of totalitarianism presented in the nove [...]

    26. It took me longer than expected to read Forty Days at Kamas, the first book in a trilogy set in a dystopian America. I think it took me so long because there were so many parallels with current events. In the presidential election of 2016, too many citizens like the protagonist Paul Wagner did not pay attention to the politics swirling around him. Many citizens emigrated shortly before and shortly after the elections since it was clear that America was headed down a disastrous road. Not long aft [...]

    27. A gripping tale of the future.This story centers around a political prisoner of the dictatorship that destroyed America. The government rounded up tens of thousands of patriots, war veterans and common thugs and put them in work camps where life was miserable, but short. This book is similar to George Orwell's 1984, in the description of the lengths a tyrannical government will pursue to destroy personal freedom.The Pittsburg family was torn apart, with the father sent to a work camp in the cold [...]

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