Item description for Slog by Jr. Bellush Richard...
WELCOME TO THE CHALLENGING AND EXCITING WORLD OF SLOG (A Novel)
In the lush swamps of New Jersey, the desert communes of South Dakota, the balmy tropics of Quebec, and the new settlements in blooming Antarctica, the ambitions and passions of the surviving humans remain familiar. Their struggle to live on Earth, however great, is never so dangerous or rewarding as their struggle to live with one another.
EXPERIENCE one of the most imaginative and evocative post-cataclysmic worlds ever created---Earth---radically altered by increased solar activity. Suffering major climactic changes, and a population decimated by tropical diseases, war and famine, the U.S.A. no longer exists as an organized entity and is soon to be colonized by Quebec. There is also the possibility it may be destroyed completely in the struggle for sovereignty.
MEET THE MEMORABLE CHARACTERS IN THE WORLD OF SLOG: JOELLE, the mother of Aeneas, born while his mother is married to George, but bearing eyes the color of Ulysses, her husband's adversary. Beautiful but treacherous Joelle, the warrior, the guru, the whore, and the leader of a neo-hippie commune based in Beautiful Rushmore Cave, featuring free love, mind-bending drugs, social equality, gender harmony, and nuclear missiles; HER HUSBAND, GEORGE, well meaning and peaceful in nature, who is thrown unwittingly into a world of intrigue and suspense that is almost more than he can handle; HER SON, AENEAS, on trial for crimes against humanity; HER DAUGHTER, SELENA, who, following in her mother's footsteps, holds her hand delicately against the trigger in the dramatic conclusion; and ULYSSES, who would destroy George and anyone else who gets in his way.
LOSE YOURSELF in the imagination of author Richard Bellush, Jr. as he leads you through one harrowing and hilarious episode after another!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.48" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.96" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741093 ISBN13 9781931741095
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It's not the end of the world... oh wait, maybe it is. Sep 10, 2008
"Slog" presents us with life after most of humanity has been destroyed by climate change. However, this isn't climate changed caused by human tampering. Like just about everything else in this book, we get climate change with a twist. The sun betrays our scientific experts and begins to heat up, causing man kind to lose its grip on civilization. When a series of plagues wipes out just about everyone on the planet, humans struggle to continue on.
The story follows George Custer and his son Aeneas. George is a solitary individual living in the swamps of New Jersey. Life is simple, enjoying the tropical heat, the old movies he runs in his theatre/home and lots of reading. One day the beautiful and crafty Joelle shows up and sweeps him off his feet. She is followed by the charismatic and roguish Ulysses Grant. Suddenly it's getting very crowded in New Jersey and it seems that George's new friends might be after more than just his company. Things are resolved with gunfire, explosions and runaway Komodo Dragon - so a good time is had by all.
The story continues when news of a breakaway group in Washington DC (or what's left of it) is threatening the expanding government of Quebec. It seems that there may be ties to George Custer and his little incident in New Jersey. Things get dangerous when you combine an eager militia, a commandeered airship and a heavily armed warship.
Gears shift when Aeneas Custer takes center stage. Seems he's on trial for crimes against humanity. Just what did the kid do? The tale unfolds via court documents and Aeneas own tale involving a free love commune on Mount Rushmore, nuclear weapons, a paisley blimp, a journey to South America, a colony on the Falkland Islands and a journey deep into the Antarctic. Aeneas was a busy guy.
Richard Bellush Jr. combines the post-apocalyptic with a sardonic sense of humor and a dash of the absurd. The result is an entertaining novel that not only provides the reader with a series of entertaining adventures but also gives us a glimpse into the ways humankind would attempt to pull itself back from the brink. His intelligent characters not only explore their own predicaments, but also allow the reader to explore the human need for civilization. The result is an entertaining read for anyone looking to scratch a post-apocalyptic itch.
Slog is ............................... Apr 2, 2003
Mr Bellush certainly has a gift to lure you into " his world " and then make sure you don't leave !!!!
I would recomend setting aside plenty of time when you start to read this work. The writers method of combining multiple characters and lines certainly will not allow you to put the book away until you have finished.
Wonderful work .... and I very much look forward to more of his work.
Slog Dec 7, 2002
I especially enjoyed the complex interplay of the many vivid characters and the scenes and conflict the author set them in. In addition to being a great story, Slog affected me in a sensory way, i.e., the characters were so well developed and the scenery so intense, that I could almost see and smell them. I found the scene where the main characters are escaping in a paisley-painted balloon with the stowaboard babies hysterically funny.
A very highly recommended saga of the human struggle Jul 12, 2002
Richard Bellush's superbly written science fiction novel Slog is set in the context of a post-cataclysmic Earth where increased solar activity has changed the face of planet, made Antarctica a lush and fertile place, sparked wars, spread hideous diseases and famines, and dramatically endangered the survival of the human race. America no longer exists as a cohesive nation, and soon Quebec will colonize its once-sovereign lands. A welcome addition to any personal or community library science fiction collection, Slog is a gripping and very highly recommended saga of the human struggle to endure the mounting tides of planetary change.
The best thing to come out of Jersey since Springsteen Jun 28, 2002
Hey, this almost makes up for them inflicting Bon Jovi on us.
Slog is a very entertaining story. Mr Belush creates a believable post appocalypse world, populated with real, three dimensional characters, good solid environmental science, and plenty of fun.
Slog features love, betrayal, drugs, automatic weapons, dirigibles, politics, courtroom drama and angry Komodo dragons.
Richard Belush fleshes out his characters well, exploring the many facets of each, their strengths, weaknesses, neuroses and motivations. Anything that happens is a direct result of the characters decisions, not the whim of fate. This is very refreshing in a new author.
The book is really three short stories, each of which is brilliant, bound together by a few common characters. The opnly fault I had with the work at all was that the stories are a little disconnected. They seem more like three novellas than a single book. Individually, each is a five star story.
I urge you to read this book. I am looking forward to his next book with great anticipation.