Book Feature: Outland Exile: Old Men and Infidels by Walter Clark Boutwell

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Outland Exile: Old Men and Infidels is a post-apocalyptic thriller by Walter Clark Boutwell.

Post-apocalyptic novels have always attracted a wide readership from fans of sci-fi and doomsday preppers, conspiracy theorists, and adventure lovers. People always wonder what the future hold or what life is like after a cataclysmic event, or how humanity would respond to the disintegration of essential elements of society- government, corporations, technology, and other conveniences we are used to today. More importantly, they provide adventures and a glimpse of what could happen if we head down specific destructive paths that are detrimental to the environment and the people’s survival. Today, we will feature a unique book by seasoned author Walter Clark Boutwell- Outland and Exile: Old Men and Infidels.

Walter Clark Boutwell’sBoutwell’s Outland Exile is set in a fictional dystopian United States where a militarized government rules the country.

Outland Exile is a political sci-fi that takes place in the twenty-second century and tells the story of a young heroine who must redeem herself after discovering a secret that changes her life and everything she has ever known.

Boutwell initially thought of writing a short story. Still, the narrative evolved into a two-part novel and eventually into a series about how history is forgotten, used, abused, invented, denied, transmitted, warped, and generally dealt with rather shabbily. Outland Exile eventually became the basis for Boutwell’sBoutwell’s OMAI (Old Men and Infidels) fantasy series.

Outland Exile offers a familiar yet unique storyline in the rich tradition of a dystopian political thriller that centers on the protagonist’s fall, self-discovery, and emancipation.

“The world is getting older. The world is getting younger. The United States is dead, and the Democratic Unity killed it. After catastrophic wars and the Meltdown, The Unity rules from its East Coast citadel, leaving the outlands to savages and its strangely altered plants. Providing free health care, full employment, computerless surfing of its massive CORE, and rec drugs at quite reasonable prices, the Unity mandates retirement at forty before fatigue and error contaminate a culture of youth, innovation, and vigor.

 Seventeen-year-old Lieutenant Malila Chiu is a veteran officer who, despite well-earned fame, finds her career in tatters. Vandalism at a distant “sniffer” station triggers her demotion. For her real and manufactured transgressions and facing denunciation . . . or worse, Malila’s one option is to enter the outlands to repair the station herself. At first, the repairs go well.

 Dropping from fatigue, she wakes to find a hideously ancient savage, Jesse Johnstone, has murdered her platoon and now holds a knife at her throat, making her the . . . Outland Exile.” (excerpt from the book)

While Outland Exile reminds us of George Orwell’sOrwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and other classic works of speculative fiction, W. Boutwell’s Outland Exile is a unique narrative that will surely make apocalyptic times.

About the Author

W. Clark Boutwell was born in Chicago and grew up in Philadelphia. He taught and practiced intensive care for newborn babies for almost five decades as a physician. His passion as a doctor has taken him to four continents and eight countries, traveling to Rwanda, Kenya, India, Ecuador, Zambia, and Ghana as a volunteer doctor. 

As a young man, W. Clark Boutwell spent most of his days as a solo hiker, backpacker, and climber. Now, he quietly resides in rural Alabama near Montgomery together with his wife of forty-plus years.

Walter Clark Boutwell is known for his creation of the OMAI universe centers. The concept is evident in his works which feature the politics of aging, medical care, drug use, cybernetics, society, and faith in a future dystopian America.

To know more about Walter Clark Boutwell’sBoutwell’s works, you can purchase copies or visit his official author’s website today.

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