Synopsis PushBack: Deficit Triggers Hyperinflation, Terrorism

In PushBack; Deficit Triggers Hyperinflation, Terrorism, the author portrays a scenario of what could happen in the near future to a United States if it does not get its finances under control.

Young African-American Lawyer Jim Reed seemingly has it all. Recently named a junior partner in an Atlanta law firm, Jim is shocked when he stops at his usual gas station and realizes the price of fuel has skyrocketed overnight to fifty dollars a gallon.  It is 2033, and the world as Jim knows it is suddenly spinning out of control. Things get worse for Jim Reed and girlfriend Linda Alonzo when the nation, its economy devastated by hyperinflation, splits into eight different parts and they find themselves in the Federated States, a country controlled by an authoritarian white-supremacist government.

Jim Reed joins a group of African-American insurgents pushing back against the brutal, bigoted ruling party and finds himself involved in dangerous, bold attacks on Federated States targets. The insurrection causes the Federated States government to take extreme measures, and it interns or exiles the country’s entire African-American population. Reed goes into exile. As he recruits like-minded people to join together with the intent to destroy the Federated States Supremacist government, he conceives a plan that may just become the world’s greatest act of terrorism.


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Press Release

Futuristic, Cinematic Thriller Imagines Chilling Political Landscape

Economic collapse and social unrest come to a head in absorbing new novel

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – In his new novel PushBack, author Alfred Wellnitz presents a frightening portrayal of a divided America. Mired in overwhelming deficits financed by foreigners, the country is suddenly confronted with devastating hyper-inflation when the dollar crashes, leading to wide-spread uncertainty of the government’s viability.

The novel raises such questions as:

1      Could the U.S. survive an economic crisis more devastating than the Great Depression?

2      Will individual rights and freedoms survive the collapse of the U.S. government?

3      How will those denied their human rights react?

4      Is terrorism a legitimate tactic to use in the battle for human rights?

It’s the year 2033 and young African-American lawyer Jim Reed is on the fast track to having it all. A large settlement promises financial security, and he looks forward to marrying his longtime girlfriend, Linda, and enjoying a prominent career with his law firm in Atlanta.

Jim’s world is turned upside down when the United States economy crashes, leaving his millions worthless and leading to national upheaval as Texas, and slowly the rest of the states, claims independence. America splinters into several countries, and Georgia becomes part of the Federated States, along with the majority of the former Confederate states. A white-supremacist government assumes power in the Federated States and the beginnings of a chilling, futuristic Holocaust start to emerge.

When Jim’s beloved Linda is killed in a mass murder while leading a protest group speaking out against the Federated States’ policies, Jim devotes his life to avenging her death and joins a growing African American insurgency pushing back against oppressive government racial policies. Unable to suppress the insurgency, governmental leaders begin to implement plans to eliminate the entire African American population. Jim flees to a foreign country and while he recruits people to battle the Federated States government, he conceived a plan that may just become the world’s greatest act of terrorism.

As the plot thickens, suspense grows with each page as Jim and his compatriots fight for their human rights as their ancestors did before them.

Wellnitz’s experience with clandestine projects while in the Navy and as an engineer working on government projects helped him imagine the scenario of espionage and intrigue described in PushBack


Comments by the Author About writing PushBack

I had been puzzled by the declaration of war on terrorism shortly after 9/11. Wasn’t terrorism a tactic used often in war, i.e. Hiroshima? I made some notes and thought briefly about writing a story where the terrorist would be the hero’s. I put the idea aside and started working on Finding the Way, a novel that I published in 2004. In 2006 I resurrected the hero’s being terrorist idea and started writing PushBack.

I needed something that that everyone would recognize as being evil. Recent history had a number of good examples and one of the most obvious being the German Nazi Party. I needed a reason for a Nazi like party to gain a position of power in what is now part of the United States. I used the same catalyst, hyperinflation that helped bring the Nazi party into power in Germany, to cause United States union to collapse and allow a rogue government to assume power in one of the splintered parts of the former United States. Some readers may notice that the date the rogue government takes power is the year of the 100th anniversary of the Nazi Party taking power in Germany.

The hyperinflation would be caused by the crash of the value of the dollar when foreign lenders lose confidence that the United States would ever be able to repay the money they were borrowing to pay for government operations and for an inflated standard of living.

I needed a minority that would be persecuted and that would push back against the oppressive dictatorial government and be the story’s terrorist heroes.  African Americans were the obvious choice.

That was the set up for the PushBack story line. As the story was being written, the story line did not change, but way the story was told changed drastically. There were several rewrites and major revisions before the final version took shape.

One of the surprises in the book reviews and media interviews has been the concentration on the story setup where the United States Union dissolves as a result of an economic crisis. Only a few paragraphs in the first chapter deal with the collapse and the reasons for the collapse of the United States government, yet reader and media attention focuses on that aspect of the book.

One interview question has been how a nation as powerful and rich as the United States could collapse so suddenly? I had looked at historical precedence when writing the story to convince myself that such a scenario would be possible. World history is replete with the rise and fall of dominating empires. Some fade slowly, some suddenly. The German and Japanese empires faded rapidly due to being on the losing end of a war, while the English empire, a war winner, also collapsed over a short period of time. The mighty USSR collapsed suddenly over the period of a few months because of an economic meltdown. Power and wealth are one way equivalents. Nations cannot sustain power without wealth. When the United States has to borrow money from foreigners to finance its government and maintain its standard of living, it exchanges its strength for the use of foreigner’s wealth. It’s a prescription for the loss of power and other serious reprecussions.


Why Atlanta? That was due partly as the result of a misconception on the part of the author. I had heard of the Atlanta underground, and had perceived that to be caverns’ running under the city. By the time I had learned the true identity of the Atlanta underground, I had become used to the idea of Atlanta as an important story site and stuck with it.

I wasn’t familiar with the city of Atlanta, or Savanna another Georgia city where a segment of the story took place, so my wife and I spent a long weekend in Georgia touring those cities. I have found that regardless how much time you spend studying maps and pictures and reading descriptions of a location; you don’t get the true and accurate flavor of a place until you visit the site.

The Georgia Dome above and the World Congress Center below are ajacent to each other and part of a sport and convention center that is an important site in the PushBack story.



Savanna was another important site in the PushBack story. The story had to be adjusted when I discovered Mcqueens Island was shallow water between deep channels, not high and dry as I had described it.




Although I had a considerable of information about Costa Rica; my daughter spent time there as an AFS student and the daughter of the family our daughter stayed with spent the better part of a year staying with our family, I decided to visit Costa Rica to confirm my assumptions about the country.  Once again I found boots on the ground can’t be replaced when it comes to understanding a part of the world one is not familiar with. I made extensive changes to the manuscript after the visit to Costa Rica.


Above;  The Caribbean Beach Hotel dining rooml cited in PushBack is a real place. That’s my wife Joan standing at the entrance to the dining room.



Above; The Canas Hotel cited in the PushBack story is a real place. Our daughter’s Costa Rican family owned the hotel. Adelita, a daughter of our daughter’s Costa Rican family, and my wife Joan are standing near the corner of the Hotel Canas restaurant.


Mount Arenal, an active valcano cited in the PushBack story is often shrouded by clouds.


The Davy Crockett nuclear bomb shown above is comparable in size to the device described in the PushBack story. I found it relatively easy to get the technical information I needed about the size, weight and yield of tactical nuclear weapons on the Internet.

Above; testing of a tactical nuclear device. Some early tests needlesly exposed service personel to radiation during those tests.


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Dad, GREAT BLOG! The photos are really eye-catching. You might want to place one of those at the top of each blog post. Also, your post is well written with Interesting information.
Here’s an idea for future posts: It would be fascinating if you relate the book to current events, with background information or reference to articles to initiate active conversation/comments about such issues as 1. Peacekeeping efforts by the UN and USA in the world today; 2. The human rights abuses occurring in Libya, Cote d’Ivoire and China (see: Human Rights Watch at http://www.hrw.org/ and other discussions about these in the US and International press (NYT, BBC, etc); 3. The changing world (read: The Post-American World (Fareen Zakaria), etc), and 4. Current attitudes toward and or by governments dealing with terrorists (I just saw an article about how it is time to sit down and negotiate with the Taliban). There is so much material here you might choose to make this into 4 separate posts. If you tag the topics for searches, I’m sure you will get readers and commentators! Great Job!


Some interesting ideas. Right now I am time limited. The “to do list” is bigger than the “did” list and getting larger. Tags? something I have not paid enough attention to. I’ll have to go on a tagging binge.


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