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A rogue vigilante seeks redemption in a lawless, near-future America that fully protects the rights of armed citizens to stand their ground against mass shooters and motorcycle gangs. Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018, The Wanderer and the New West won gold for Dystopia in the 2018 Readers' Favorite Awards and best Western Fiction in the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards.

"A dystopian novel about an America ruled by gangs and gun manufacturers and about the brave few who are willing to fight them both … A tight, thoughtful work that has much to offer readers on both sides of the gun control debate." -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"Bender's prose and ability to weave poignancy and humor throughout the story elevates his novel above others in the genre." -- Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize

The Wanderer and the New West reinvents the Western novel with a dystopian outlook on a possible American future. When a marksman known as the Wanderer opens war against injustice in the state of Arizona, his violent actions attract the attention of journalist Rosa Veras, writer of a subversive blog about America's return to the Wild West.

As Rosa tracks the movements of the Wanderer, she exposes the new American folk hero's past sins and quest for redemption. But after making waves with a blog post connecting the nation's top gun manufacturer with its most violent gang, the reporter finds her life in danger and the Wanderer at her door. Rosa realizes she must join forces with the vigilante gunman if she is to live long enough to tell his story.

“A dystopian view of an America that many may well see as a path the country is already headed down ... I couldn't put this book down and read it quickly and easily." — Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite (5 Stars)

"The setting is absorbing, pulling in the reader like a captivating movie, and I couldn’t help getting the same feeling I get when I watch the series 'Arrow.' It won’t be surprising if this story ends up on screen." -- Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)

"The action is continuous and horrific ... revealing vistas of the future and especially the dangerous paths poor and greed based politics are forcing mankind to follow." -- Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)

"Brutally honest and scarily real, The Wanderer and the New West is a brilliant novel. Raw and gritty, this novel lays down the bare truth without sugar coating anything." -- Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)

"Bender creates vivid characters in the plot that will resonate with any reader ... The author helped me visualize the impact of lawlessness on the media, technology and any nation as a whole." -- Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)

The Wanderer and the New West is a brand-new, stand-alone novel by Adam Bender, an award-winning tech journalist and critically acclaimed author of the We, The Watched dystopian sci-fi series about government surveillance.

From the back cover:

We live in a time of great individual freedoms. No government can tell us how to live our lives because we are free. In America, we are above the law.

We live in a time of great violence. Rob a bank, steal from a neighbor, murder a man who looks at you funny . . . but do it at your own peril. The people are watching, and we know the difference between right and wrong. Stand your ground, but beware: in America, we make our own justice.

This is THE NEW WEST.

These pages chronicle a people unbound by law — their actions and the consequences. We print only the wildest truth.
When the war comes home, don't be alone. Amid threat of global war, a government agent must arrest her fiancé after he loses his memory and becomes a revolutionary.

“[Divided We Fall] raises interesting questions about the influence of propaganda on the construction of the self, the idea of true tabula rasa and the power of memory … The central love story propels the narrative energetically.” -- Publishers Weekly

Eve must arrest her fiancé after he loses his memory and becomes a revolutionary named Seven in a fight against the government. However, when she learns more about the President's plan to broaden citizen surveillance, she begins to question just who is right. Seven runs, but in his flight realizes he still has feelings for Eve despite his amnesia. Unable to escape his past, Seven determines that he must come to terms with the man he was if he ever wishes to win freedom.

"... a gripping dystopian narrative ... Bender's sequel is a worthy delivery on the promise of his riveting debut. A novel about a scheming president offers an excellent read for those who love thrillers or 21st-century history." -- Kirkus Reviews

Divided We Fall, a sequel to We, The Watched, takes place in a dystopia where the government conducts mass surveillance and keeps a Watched list of its own citizens. The Church has become as powerful as the State, and people who resist are called Heretics and face execution.

The second novel by Adam Bender mixes action and romance into an exciting science fiction adventure that exposes a current political issue. It carries on the tradition of dystopian classics 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, as well as more recent blockbuster novels like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Divided We Fall is a Library Journal SELF-e selection, and Amazon and Publishers Weekly honored the manuscript as a quarter-finalist in its Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

“There are few novels I can read in one sitting, but Adam Bender’s Divided We Fall was one of them. It is fast-paced, intriguing, and had me wondering what was coming just around the corner. It had me not only wanting, but needing more.” -- Readers' Favorite
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