What will you do when the United States is invaded?
In the near future, six armies of nearly a half million Russian, North Korean, and Middle-Eastern soldiers launch a coordinated offensive, invading the United States with unparalleled precision. They call themselves the People’s Liberating Army — the PLA.
May and Winston Sparrow live directly on the PLA’s route to sack Atlanta and gain control of the airport. The Sparrows, married fifty years, don’t intend to flee the looming invasion. Like many others in the tiny town of Johnsonville, Georgia, they dig in and make preparations. Winston, a retired structural engineer, devises a simple strategy — build a false wall inside their small barn and wait out the offensive, hidden inside. They have enough supplies for a few weeks, but to the Sparrows’ horror, instead of just passing through, the PLA converts their property into a headquarters. The secret sanctuary in the walls of the barn becomes an unwelcome front row seat to the atrocities of war.
When they run out of food and water, Winston has no choice but to leave the spurious safety of the barn and escape the PLA’s fortified defenses. Outside, he finds a new world –– sometimes exciting and invigorating, more often brutal and devastating –– where he encounters adversaries from near and far.
While he is away from May, Winston must defend himself, help those more vulnerable than he, bring closure for old friends, and in an unlikely turn of events, he even befriends an enemy soldier. When things can’t possibly get any worse, and the threat of large-scale annihilation looms, the U.S. Army presses Winston back into military service, forcing him to rely on the skills he honed during the Vietnam War, or risk losing it all.
"A chillingly frightening reminder of just how fragile our world order and peace truly is. Given the current situation in America and the rest of the world, the scenario painted by Pete Conrad is not too far-fetched at all. Fast-paced, with just the right amount of violence, tempered by the true spirit of human kindness and understanding, this is a very enjoyable book. Conrad has hit upon a realistic scenario that was both believable and riveting to read." - Readers' Favorite