About The Book
2129 AD – The long-awaited war approaches. Young countries make one kind of mistake, while old countries make another.For the Unity, the lone surviving high-tech and forward-thinking remnant of a once-vital America, war represents a final chance to liberate the backward and unfashionable Midlands from their centuries-long nightmare of freedom and self-determination.War breeds opportunity and danger.Young Malila Chiu, once a hero of the Unity, emerges from the jungle to deliver a dire message to a beleaguered America: the Deep Scorch, a polyarchy of sentient plants, declares itself to be a potent ally—or a dangerous foe. Familiar and distrustful of the Scorch for much of his long life, Jesse Johnstone stays by Malila’s side for the sake of their love.The grand architect of the war, Unity General Eustace Jourdaine, recovering from grievous injuries, rallies to lead his troops into battle in the hopes of winning a new empire—but for whom? All the while, within the bowels of the Unity, American spies, William Butler, Hecate, and Elise, delve into the secrets of the CORE and their own mortality to thwart the invasion.Even as combat and betrayal swirl around him, the Old Man learns too late that this latest battle with the Unis may be his final one.Malila of the Scorch completes the Malila/Jesse Trilogy that started with Outland Exile and continued with Exiles’ Escape.
About The Author
Malila of the Scorch completes the Malila-Jesse trilogy begun with Outland Exile (2015) and continued in Exiles’ Escape (2018). Much has changed since the whale hunt. As a “young middle-aged” soldier Malila had only the stories prepared for her by a cynical nation. Jesse, as an “old middle-aged” soldier, has many too many true stories of his own, each taking its toll upon the man who must bear them. At the last, when hope has fled, the two realize that only the wounded may heal.
- Publisher : Indigo River Pub (November 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 396 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1950906078
- ISBN-13 : 978-1950906079
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite
Malila of the Scorch is Book Three of a series called Old Men and Infidels. I did not read the first two books in the series, but I intend to remedy that as soon as I can. I like the way W. Clark Boutwell thinks. I like the way he writes. I like his idea of who or what America really is. We see America changing all around us every day and, let’s face it, that makes some of us afraid. W. Clark Boutwell sees this fear and imagines the chaos that might come out of it. The result is one of the best science fiction novels I have read in a long time. Malila of the Scorch is full of new scientific concepts and next level technology. It also shows how this technology can be abused in the wrong hands.
I liked the science in Malila of the Scorch. I liked it a lot. But when I think about what I enjoyed most about this great novel, it is hands down, the old-fashioned American characters. W. Clark Boutwell puts his own spin on them, but these characters are as American as apple pie. I loved Grandpa Moses, he could have been plucked straight from the pages of several classic American novels. I liked Malila and I liked Jessie. They have a lot of good people working with them. They inspire each other and depend on each other rather than let one hero do all the heavy lifting. The plot in Malila of the Scorch is good. I could easily see America being fractured in this way and events playing out this way. This is a great effort and a very good book.