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Jolt: a rural noir
by Roberta M Roy

Jenkins 2011 Living Now Awards Medal in Inspirational Fiction

Poignant, extremely well-researched sci-fi. Dirty bombs, arson, and a nuclear meltdown cause residents of the village of  Locklee to seek informed and creative answers as they struggle to respond to the needs of forced emigrants for decontamination, clothing, food, water, shelter, and medical care. Estranged lovers Natalie and Thaw find their passion matured but rekindled. Winter is coming. Radiation sickness, decontamination, lack of food, housing, and proper sanitation threaten Newees and Townies who come together resolved to survive. The passionate and thrilling story of a small mountain village's fight for survival. Released as an eBook for the 2011 anniversary of 9/11.  
229 pages


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ISBN-10: 0976410400
ISBN-13: 9780976410409


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ISBN-10: 0976410419
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About the Author

ROBERTA M ROY, medalist in Inspirational Fiction in the Jenkins 2011 Living Now Awards, holds a B.A. in English from the State University at Albany, NY; an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska; a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Association (ASHA); and a license as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the State of New York. ROY's degree in English and her experience as an allied health profession particularly qualify her to write humanistic sci-fi with literary quality. Currently ROY serves emotionally challenged children in mixed day and residential setting in Rhinebeck, NY.



What Others Are Saying . . .

"Jolt is a well written and thoroughly researched novel which portrays, through the lives of its multiple characters, the apocalyptic aftermath of a post-nuclear 9/11. Setting her story in a fictional but believable future, Ms. Roy adroitly manages to involve the reader in her characters’ loves and lives while simultaneously illustrating the medical and societal horrors of a nuclear disaster. A “must read” for anyone, politician or otherwise, who needs to be reminded of the unimaginable consequences of a nuclear accident or attack on those fortunate or unfortunate enough to survive it."
 --John Harris, Ph.D. Radiation Biology and Biophysics M.D., Diplomat of American Board of Radiology Professor of Radiation Oncology, Emeritus

"Roberta M. Roy imagines in chilling detail the aftermath of a nuclear fallout on the lives of a number of sympathetic characters. She explores their joys, trials, and conflicts in both engaging backstory and traumatic present as they fight to save folk from the nightmare of radiation. This futuristic novel is well written and researched, and the victims’ stories are poignant; the plight of the young Matters brothers, in particular, will stir the blood."
Nancy Means Wright, author of Mad Cow Nightmare and Midnight Fires

"Jolt: a rural noir, was an interesting and fascinating carpet ride into the future possibility, or likelihood, of a radiation disaster, clearly accurate and well researched. But more than that, I think it is a story about community and bravery, the social and emotional commitment to the structural well-being of the community as a whole and its response to terror. It is about the selflessness, the (often unspoken) communication, the coordination, the sacrifice, the cooperation and efforts and challenges and transitions of each person in that community, the ability to evolve from comfort to necessity.... I absolutely recommend this book. You will wish, or maybe even believe, you know these people. Enjoy."  
        -- Lynda Tellekamp, from GoodReads.com

"This book illustrates how life as we know it can be changed in an instant by a single event. Upon reading, I was immediately transported into the lives of characters who found themselves facing extraordinary challenges in order to survive. The descriptive and detailed writing style made me feel that I was one of them, caught up in their struggles and small victories. More importantly, the book brings to light an issue which has often been ignored - the dangers of nuclear power. While seeing the characters in the book work together in an inspiring display of community and self-sacrifice for the common good, I could not help but think about how my own community might cope with a similar disaster. I found this book to be thought-provoking, realistic, and above all, a pleasure to read."   
        --Jennifer, from GoodReads.com      

"Survival and the desire to help are clashes that are hard to understand. "Jolt" is a delve into a fictional future where nuclear meltdowns happen and a town is influxed with refugees trying to survive. The town is split between its common residents and the people who looking for safety. Telling the story of these people and their own struggles to clash with the nuclear fall out, their own goodness, and their own self-preservation, "Jolt" is a riveting read that casts an unusual yet page turning thriller."
       --MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, Small Press Book Watch, Reviewer's Choice, Mystery/Suspense Shelf, November 2011