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Book Review-Forty Days at Kamas (Kamas Trilogy Book 1)-Preston Fleming

Monday, May 15, 2023

This book gave me the shivers knowing how easily this could happen in the United States. Unfortunately it is all too possible the way things have been going lately.

Paul Wagner got separated from his wife and two daughters just as they were about to leave the country supposedly legally. He was taken to one of the camps set up for corrective labor. Until the very end you will not know what happened to his wife and one of his daughters. Claire, his other daughter could not find her Mom or other sister in the crowd and decides to go and try to find her Dad. Luckily for her she is befriended by a woman who works within the resistance and ends up employed by a rich household---which is run by the camp's (where he is held) Deputy Warden.

It amazes me how there could be a somewhat happy ending-but there is.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

An American Gulag

Kamas, Utah, 2024. America has become a totalitarian dystopia after the Unionist Party's rise to power. The American West contains vast Restricted Zones dotted with ghost towns, scattered military garrisons and corrective labor camps where the regime disposes of its real and suspected enemies.

A former businessman from Pittsburgh, Paul Wagner, arrives at a labor camp in Utah's Kamas Valley. He is unaware that his eleven-year-old daughter, Claire, has set off to Utah to find him. By an odd quirk of fate, Claire has traveled on the same train that carried her father into internal exile.

˃˃˃ The Inmates Seize Control

Only after Wagner has renounced all hope of survival, cast his lot with anti-regime hard-liners and joined them in an unprecedented and suicidal revolt does he discover that Claire has become a servant in the home of the camp's Deputy Warden. Wagner is torn between his devotion to family and loyalty to his fellow rebels. On the eve of an armored assault intended to crush the revolt, he faces an agonizing choice between a hero's death and a coward's freedom.

˃˃˃ Chillingly realistic

Forty Days at Kamas is both a stirring portrait of a man determined to survive under the bleakest of conditions and a nightmare vision of what America could become if political extremists rise to power.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Preston Fleming writes realist thrillers set in exceptional times and places, from Siberia during the Russian Civil War (MAID OF BAIKAL), to explosive 1980s Beirut (DYNAMITE FISHERMEN), to a near-future gulag-style labor camp in Utah (FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS). His experience as a diplomat, lawyer and corporate executive, combined with his ultra-lean writing style, lend rare authenticity to his stories. All of Preston’s eight novels have received praise from KIRKUS REVIEWS and other publications. Preston is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, but left home at fourteen for boarding school and has been on the move ever since. Today he and his wife live in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. Connect with Preston at his website ( or on,,, Twitter or Facebook. To learn about new releases and free book giveaways, follow Preston on

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