One of the pleasures of being an author and blogger is that you become acquainted with a wide range of people and personalities. During that process, sometimes you happen upon someone who is wonderfully helpful and seems like an all-around nice person.
A couple of years ago I met such a person, JD Dutra, the developer of the hugely popular Conflicted Card Game series. Although we only touched base occasionally, I found JD to be responsive and always willing to help with whatever I was doing to spread the word about Conflicted.
It gives me great pleasure to lead the newest prepper book festival with JD’s novel, Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller. I recently settled down to start reading Dark Ages and was hooked from the get go. My imagination has always been drawn to plausible conspiracies and Dark Ages promises not to disappoint.
Today I share an interview with JD, plus I have three print copies up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.
An Interview with JD Dutra, Author of Dark Ages 2020
Tell me about your book. What is it about?
It’s about how a secret society brings modern civilization into another Dark Age, through a man-made pandemic; and about the lives of 5 people who are unprepared for it.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
I researched several different conspiracies theories, but the most interesting ones were about the Bohemian Grove, and about the elongated skulls with no match to human DNA found anywhere in the world.
How long did it take to write?
It took me 6 months.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?
That the world we live in is fragile and full of illusions.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I was born and raised in Brazil, but I chose to become an American a few years ago. I live in California with my wife and 3 children, and I enjoy reading, shooting and developing more material for both my novels and for Conflicted: The Survival Card Game.
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
The financial collapse of our civilization and the world war 3 that will follow.
What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?
Read good books on preparedness.
What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?
A hard one, but I do think that the 3rd World War will be nuclear, so The Road would be a scenario many people who survived the attacks would face.
Do you have plans for another book?
Yes, I have plans for more books in these series and others! Including some non-post-apocalyptic books focused on American and Latin American politics.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time – “We will be the same person in 5 years that we are today except for 2 things: the people we meet and the book we read” ― Charles Jones
JD has reserved three copies of Dark Ages 2020 for this Book Festival Giveaway.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.
The Final Word
I would like to say a few words about Conflicted, the Survival Card Game. The way the game works is that there is a set of cards, each describing a survival scenario following the collapse of society. The point is to open up a discussion of how best to deal with the situation by coming up with workable strategies.
In this week’s giveaway, I pose a question asking what scenarios would you like help with. What scenarios would you like to discuss as a group? I am fascinated by the prospect, and for that reason, hope you will enter the giveaway and record your entry in the comments. Who knows? Perhaps I can convince JD to create a Backdoor Survival deck of Conflicted playing cards!
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive. There is truly something for everyone!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
The Dark Ages ended when the Black Death pandemic decimated over 60% of the European population. Millions of sudden deaths, created an immediate surplus of goods and lands, which catapulted that part of the world into a new age of rebirth: The Renaissance.
The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.
In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror, weaved by this powerful global elite.
As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.
Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage
No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.
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