Fiction. It's 2500—proprietary genetic enhancements are ruthlessly guarded by a caste of aristocratic Rulers who preside over the burnt-out husk of American democracy, and the imperious Sargon 3 is on the brink of achieving a lifetime's worth of ambitions: he's the Ruler of New York, master of the US Senate, and mere steps away from the presidency itself. The birth of his cloned successor, Sargon 4, is an occasion for national celebration. But Sargon harbors a potentially deadly secret: an illegal bastard daughter, Phaedra, who was conceived the old-fashioned way—through love.
Rival Rulers—including the mad, decrepit incumbent President Iocle and the savage religious extremist Senator Everest from Texas (who believes bastards should be dissolved in acid)—will stop at nothing to expose Phaedra and destroy Sargon, who must try to protect his children and defend his city against a backdrop of mounting political discord and civil unrest.
At once a family saga, a sophisticated political thriller, and a briskly paced sci-fi fever dream, ISLE OF DOGS: PART ONE is the most ambitious installment yet in Jon Frankel's acclaimed Drift series (which includes GAHA: Babes of the Abyss and The Man Who Can't Die).
Jon Frankel is a poet and novelist, the author of Gaha: Babes of the Abyss, (Whiskey Tit Press, 2014), and The Man Who Can't Die (Whiskey Tit Press, 2016), and writing as Buzz Callaway, Specimen Tank (Manic D. Press, 1993). ISLE OF DOGS, a prequel to GAHA: Babes of the Abyss, is currently being published by Whiskey Tit Press in four parts. Jon's poetry is published exclusively on his website. You'll also find reviews and personal essays about food and culture. Jon Frankel lives in upstate New York with his family and is retired after 27 years of working at Cornell University Library as a book mover and stacks manager.Author City: ITHACA, NY USA