This is Philip Wyeth, here to announce the release of my fifth novel, Hot Ash and the Oasis Defect. It’s the first book in a new sci-fi series, and features a larger-than-life female protagonist who’s ready to blast down your door. But first, I’d like to briefly discuss the dynamics of the world she inhabits.
The year is 2045. Two decades prior, a convergence of technological breakthroughs and societal changes offered humanity the potential to make the next great leap forward—if only it could find the right people to lead the transition.
A decision was made for women to assume this mantle. Why? For one, the trend of female empowerment was cresting in the mid-2020s. And as is explained in a chapter four speech, “we remembered what happened the last time… Men brought us the horrors of the World Wars! We simply couldn’t afford to leave the fate of a yearning planet in the hands of destructive masculine urges.
So here are twenty later. Self-building and self-maintaining machines are engaged in a worldwide construction project using industrial hemp as its main source of raw material. And the artificial womb has freed women from the burden of having to carry a child for nine months. So it’s paradise found, right?
Not so fast! Enter Detective Ashley Westgard of the Jacksonville Police Corps. A five-foot-nine hybrid of Swedish supermodel and Crossfit gym rat. She rides an armor-plated ATV, and uses her fists as much as her brain to solve crimes. She is beautiful, vain, headstrong, and erratic—a symbol of her time who is starting to sense that, beneath all the glimmer and shine, a new malaise has taken root in society.
From brazen acts of criminality and rampant party pill abuse, to her own insatiable desires… All is not well on the road to Utopia. And now that someone is methodically killing prominent female leaders in her city, Ash must conquer her own apathy and doubts to forge her raging inner fire into a fearsome weapon of justice.
This book is a wild ride full of high-concept ideas, sensual purple passages, police procedural elements, belly laughs—and even poignant moments, when the human spirit bursts out of the hi-tech cage. It will dazzle fans of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, The Tomorrow File by Lawrence Sanders, and anyone who likes women who kick ass!
Hot Ash and the Oasis Defect is available as part of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, so the ebook is free to read for KU subscribers. Everyone else can also purchase an ebook or paperback on Amazon. Links are in the description section, or you can visit OasisDefect.com and click through to the product page from there.
If you like the book, please do post a review afterward. I have other great ideas for this series and the character of Ash, who I came to love—and fear!—while creating this future world. Your support makes it possible for me to continue writing, and fulfill my goal of distilling many of the macro issues facing us all through engaging, entertaining, and enlightening stories.
Thanks for listening. My main website is philipwyeth.com, and that’s with one L.
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Video was originally uploaded on May 22, 2019.