The Crimson Shame
A Book of Two Tales of War in a Dystopic Country
The unthinkable? Civil rights law has disappeared. Abortion rights canceled. Offenders and defenders breaking antiabortion rules and rights for women become enemies of the state, facing imprisonment or worse.
The First Story – The Abortionists in a Theocratic Country
In 2035 United States was ruled by an autocratic closet lesbian President, Lisa Christian. She's 48 years old and serving a third term as the apostle for the God Fundamentalist Nation or GFN. Its Christian dogma is used as a weapon to maintain power. And to rewrite constitutional and common freedoms. Disobedience is considered an act of treason against the United States.
Author Stan Grimes describes how one man's mission is to protect women's rights. Dr. Jon Conneaut, a doctor and an abortionist subversive, provides his skills for an underground organization that flourishes within the depths of human despair.
Solid friendships and love bonds grow in an underground rebel organization, the Progressive Party. That is where the very brave abortionist embraces his life's calling at any cost. Dr. Conneaut struggles to restore the female right to terminate unwanted pregnancies one patient at a time. The specter of death or, worst, a constant companion.
He and covert friends found providing safe, anonymous underground abortions irresistible. But the abortion abolitionist appeared in the cross hairs of President Lisa Christian, becoming a hunted enemy of the state in a war against tyranny and theocracy. Like any warfighter, his journey is filled with heartbreak, the death of friends and lovers, torture, and becoming a reluctant refugee with a $5 million bounty.
The loneliness of his bone-deep dreadful fear pulls on our hearts and imagination to a time when global wars were fought for human rights. Dr. Jon Conneaut experiences one white knuckle moment to the next. Each one meant to end his life.
The Second Story – Two Military Snipers
Like a true psychotic monster that keeps returning President, Lisa Christian returns, bringing new reasons to hate her. By the book's second half, we're eagerly awaiting this bad girl's comeuppance. And this is where author Stan Grimes' literary skills shine. He's created a masterful, ruthless villain, President Lisa Christian.
Our exemplary military leaders finally decided enough was enough and hired two military snipers, Brian and Jake. They plot the death of a United States President. The best-laid plans hit all sorts of walls. Just when you think the war is lost. That mankind has lost all human rights and freedoms, and the military has failed us again. Every day Americans band together to deliver their unique answer to ending oppressors and oppression.
The closing scenes are well crafted, bringing the reader to the moment of the unexpected dramatic conclusion.
Arguably this work of fiction comes too close to current reality.
I heard a Russian say recently that America was like a big family. No matter how we fight amongst ourselves, we present a solid collective to the world. I felt this when Stan Grimes' book came to its last paragraph.
If you are unaware of the Russian-Ukraine war or feel that this war has nothing to do with you or America, read The Crimson Shame by Stan Grimes.
This author's creative work reminds, introduces, and perhaps informs us that we're moments away from the unthinkable. Stan Grimes's book The Crimson Shame can be a teachable moment. In my opinion, this was the aim of the author.
This is a must-read that includes a happy ever after that offers hope.
Reviewed by Barbara Cerda