Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity's most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species. Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded for weeks in Hong Kong. After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Corporations own all remaining resources on Earth and control everything people need to live. Wanda, a laboratory worker and mother, is forced out of Amelix Integrations and dumped on the streets with other Departed. Like all corporate ambulatory workers, she has been conditioned for corporate compliance, but how can that background enable her to survive here in the Zone’s violent anarchy?
When corporations control the government, the food supply, and 17 billion minds, only the most obedient workers will survive. A homeless alcoholic known as the Prophet says Eadie, a young waitress, is the general who will lead a revolution. How can she and her followers prevail when they’re starving and hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?