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Mark Handy’s Suspenseful Piece of Speculative Fiction Shares Its Hot Ideas with an Exhibit at the 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books

Mark Handy has a strong appreciation for the liberties enjoyed by his fellow Americans. But with America becoming increasingly polarized by agendas and conspiracy theories, he decided to write a speculative fiction novel that reflects on these classic liberties and what it would really mean if they were lost. The book will be exhibited at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.


“Mark A. Handy’s debut novel is fast-paced and well dramatized. With the president’s rescinding of individual rights, it could also satisfy the wildest expectations of conspiracy theorists.” – Christine Wald-Hopkins, Arizona Daily Star

Speculative fiction has been all the rage for the last several years, and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023 will abound with exhibits bearing a wide selection of new publications exploring its various (and entertaining) what-if scenarios. For Mark Handy, it’s also a great genre for teaching lessons about America’s liberties.

His book, “Freedom Lost,” plays with a doomsday scenario often explored by conspiracy theorists but with a surprising detachment from any political bias that usually accompanies the premise.

Set in a bleak, post-apocalyptic United States of America, the story opens with the entire nation under the dictatorship of Lawrence Lording. Lording was a “tycoon industrialist turned career politician” who won the presidency in the way such characters typically do. Barely a year after his election, violent events prompted him to exploit loopholes to rescind the Constitution, dismiss Congress, suspend the Bill of Rights, and even order a nuclear strike on a budding rebellion in Arizona.

Out of the ashes of this massacre comes Mace Wallace, a traumatized yet still vengeful survivor who proceeds to join the first underground movement that will let him end Lording’s tyranny.

Handy inserts a lot of personal reflection throughout the story, particularly the nature of American liberty, and explores the deeper meaning behind the inalienable rights that U.S. citizens enjoy. Much of the book explores the various possibilities that the American people could react to should all of that disappear.

The story apparently doesn’t finish all that exploration with just one book. A sequel is still on its way. In the meantime, curious readers can find “Freedom Lost” by Mark A. Handy displayed at the ReadersMagnet exhibit at booth #225 during the L.A. Times Festival of Books 2023 on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Get a copy on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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“Freedom Lost”
Author | Mark A. Handy
Published date | 2015
Publisher | Page Publishing
Genre | Speculative Fiction

Author Bio
Mark A. Handy, author of “Freedom Lost,” was raised in a military family. His father was career Army so Mark travelled quite a bit, from Georgia to Chicago and much of western Europe. His family finally settled in Sierra Vista, Az, in southeastern Arizona. Mark spends his time between his Tucson home and his family in Sierra Vista. From his own service in the Army, he gained an appreciation for the liberties so often taken for granted by Americans today. To try and awaken a valuation of these inalienable rights in his readers, he wrote “Freedom Lost” with no political bias. “How would the American people react?” was his premise. His sequel, currently underway, continues to seek the answer.

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