Lord of Order

Lord of Order : A Novel

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"Those who like their dystopias especially gritty will want to take a look."-Publishers Weekly

The Purge is here. New Orleans must die.

Long after the destruction of all electronic technology, the Bright Crusade rules the world as a fundamentalist Christian theocracy. Gabriel Troy is Lord of Order for the New Orleans Principality. For years, he and his deputies have fought to keep their city safe from the attacks of the Crusade's relentless enemies, the Troublers-heretical guerillas who reject the Crusade's rule and the church's strict doctrines. As their crowning achievement, Troy's forces capture the Troublers' local leader. The city has never been more secure.

Alarming intelligence leaks from Washington: Supreme Crusader Matthew Rook plans to enact a Purge-the mass annihilation of everyone deemed a threat to the Crusade. Rook orders his forces to round up all but the blindly loyal and march them to New Orleans. Once the prisoners have been chained inside, the Crusaders will wall off the city and destroy the levees. The resulting deluge, reenacting the Biblical deluge of Noah's time and the city's devastation during Hurricane Katrina, will kill everyone inside.

Forced to choose between the Crusade and the city he has sworn to protect, Troy and five other conflicted conspirators gird for battle, fully aware that the looming apocalypse will demand horrific choices, test their faith, and require them to join forces with their sworn enemies. -- Brett Riley
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Product details

  • Hardback | 439 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 38.1mm | 884.51g
  • Las Vegas, United States
  • English
  • No
  • 1945501413
  • 9781945501418

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"With the one-two punch of Comanche and Lord of Order, Riley has established himself as an ambitious and versatile writer, and SF fans, especially those with a dystopian bent, will certainly love this one."-David Pitt, Booklist Magazine

"Mr. Riley, an experienced screenwriter, knows how to keep the action rolling."-Tom Shippey, The Wall Street Journal

"Riley presents a convincingly bleak vision of the future in his latest. Riley has a facility for fast-paced action that keeps the pages turning. There's plenty to keep readers' attention and enough questions are left open to make a sequel welcome. Those who like their dystopias especially gritty will want to take a look."-Publishers Weekly

"The past is future in this sweaty, swampy, gun-slinging first cousin to dystopian classics like The Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451."-Stephen Scott Whitaker, co-editor of The Broadkill Review, and member of the National Book Critics Circle

"The resonance engendered by Atwood, Pullman, and now, conspicuously, Brett Riley. They are prophets of the terrible could-be. I was blown away by this book, and I want you to read it."-Paul Eberly, PaulEberly.com,

"Lord of Order is a thrillingly violent, dark and brutal story of conspiracy and rebellion. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian North America of the future, it is part spaghetti western and part thriller, mixed and painted onto a religiously-themed canvas and influenced by current events."-Lee Doughty, Grimdark Magazine

"Brett Riley writes hard core action that should keep readers turning his pages, his literary point the hypocrisy and perfidy of extremist fundamentalisms that trample all freedom and humanity."-Douglas Unger, author of Leaving the Land, and Voices from Silence

"Through vivid scenes of battle and quiet moments of reflection, this engrossing novel brings us to the heart of these internal and external struggles and, ultimately, suggests a way toward redemption."-Beth Castrodale, author of In This Ground and Marion Hatley

"The writing, very to-the-point, without frills or unnecessary ornaments, is really good-tight, straight, charismatic, atmospheric, drawing me in and dragging me along in a relentless pace through the whole book." - Dieter Moitzi Goodreads.com

"To save mankind, people of faith must risk their lives, and their very souls. Lord of Order is a remarkable dystopian novel from the imaginative author of Comanche." - A.D. Hopkins, author of The Boys Who Woke Up Early -- Brett Riley
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About Brett Riley

Brett Riley is professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada. He grew up in southeastern Arkansas and earned his Ph.D. in contemporary American fiction and film at Louisiana State University. The published author of a body of short fiction, and the ghost thriller, "Comanche," Riley has also won numerous awards for screenwriting. Riley lives in Henderson, Nevada -- Brett Riley
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