Steve Pieczenik brings his extensive experience inside the halls of power at the U.S. State Department to create a frighteningly authentic novel of the ultimate crisis—an American civil war.

It’s the Fourth of July, 2010, and the governors of four western states are threatening to secede from the Union in their outrage at the federal government’s takeover of land for environmental purposes. Their bargaining tool: the mighty Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona. If the president does not give in to their demands within seventy-two hours, they will destroy the dam, and the lives of thousands will be at risk. Their ultimatum: accession of all constitutional rights and full military control of their borders.

With the president and vice president overseas, responsibility falls to Secretary of State Barbara Reynolds, an African-American diplomat as savvy as she is shrewd. As the western states’ National Guard faces up against the U.S. Marines in Arizona, Reynolds sends Dr. Allison Carter to negotiate. But Carter finds himself entwined in a web of deceit and betrayal, and faced with dangerous questions for which he has no answers.

Update from Dr. Pieczenik:

Over twenty years ago, I wrote a novel depicting violent internal conflict within America regarding State’s Rights, Civil Disobedience and Water Rights. State of Emergency seems especially relevant today with all of our domestic strife and fear dominating our senses. Thanks to Stasia and a couple of my good friends, we have resurrected this book for 2020 and beyond.

The issue of Federal Control vs. State and local control will continue to bestride our life in America. Many citizens have awakened to the new reality and the danger of giving up control of their lives and those of their families. Other citizens simply refuse to believe the truth so they remain ignorant and compliant. Listen and ponder the situations that I lay out in my 1997 novel State of Emergency.

—Steve P.

Postscript: After listening to the entire audio book brought to a new life by a small group of very talented friends; I recommend that you listen to this version and heed the lessons laid out in 2020’s State of Emergency.

For those of you who prefer a hard bound version of State of Emergency, I have a small cache of this out-of-print book. I will personally dedicate the copy as instructed by the buyer. Book will be mailed PRIORITY MAIL, domestic orders only. Quantities are limited, order soon.

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