Jonathan Flite has memories he can’t explain.
“A genre-defying series…Beier’s narrative range is formidable, weaving a tapestry of multiple characters and plot tributaries…[His] engrossing storytelling leaves many questions intriguingly unsettled.” – Publishers Weekly
THE CONFESSIONS OF JONATHAN FLITE
Jonathan Flite claims to have memories he can’t explain. Seven layers of them, to be exact, all belonging to a group of teenagers who disappeared from a place called Idle County in 2010—ten years before his birth. Seventeen years of anxiety, violent outbursts, and refusal to admit he is lying have landed him at Crescent Rehabilitation Center, a seaside juvenile center for rich kids, and nobody has ever dared to believe his memories might be real.
Until now. On a blustery November day just three months after a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, ex-CIA psychiatrist Thomas Lumen arrives at Crescent to interview Jonathan for a book about Idle County. Fueled by his personal connection to the disappearances three decades earlier, he asks Jonathan to share what he knows—anything and everything.
By reigniting this thirty-year-old mystery, however, Jonathan inadvertently becomes a target of the very same religious terrorists who attacked Geneva, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the secrets of Idle County under wraps. Jonathan must then make a choice: to continue telling his story, or risk the safety of everyone he loves.
THE RELEASE OF JONATHAN FLITE
Jonathan Flite wants to disappear. Apart from being Rhode Island’s infamous nurse killer about to walk free, he’s also facing more public scrutiny than ever before. The FBI has begun taking his connection to the long-lost Idle County Seven seriously, drawing links between people Jonathan claims to remember and last summer’s nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland. Furthermore, the perpetrator from last fall’s murders at Crescent Rehabilitation Center is still at large, leaving a number of questions unanswered about how and why the crimes might have been linked to the events in Europe.
When an anonymous stranger begins sending Jonathan letters encouraging him to tell the truth about the Idle County Seven mystery, his loved ones brace themselves for the onslaught of attention it might bring. As media reports creep toward the truth, the scientific and religious implications of Jonathan’s psychological condition begin to pique public interest—and expose those who would resort to violence in order to keep them under wraps.
THE RISE OF JONATHAN FLITE
Jonathan Flite’s fame is on the rise. Ever since the suicide bombing at his mother’s press conference last summer, his alleged “past-life memories” of Minnesota’s long-lost Idle County Seven have piqued the curiosity of people everywhere—including new religious extremists who don’t want to be challenged by deeper metaphysical questions.
Now, the reigning queen of news media, Alice Winterblume, is featuring Jonathan front and center in her hit docuseries, WorldLine. As Jonathan’s claims about the Idle County Seven further challenge the social psyche, so too do the alarming uncertainties they raise about two individuals the teens once knew: Victor Zobel, the celebrity billionaire now suspected of orchestrating the 2037 nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland; and Rebecca Sparks, the mysterious physicist whose new and testable Theory of Everything has since ignited controversy among scientists around the globe.
As links between the past and the present converge, Jonathan’s stories about the Idle County Seven—particularly one about young Lindsay Thorsen and an out-of-body experience she had during a harrowing abduction in 2006—begin crumbling the walls of society’s deepest-held beliefs about life, death, and reality.
The homosexuals, once an ostracized social minority, have taken over the world. They understood the dangers of an overpopulated planet, usurped government power, and created a culture of perfectly engineered families. But Grace Jarvis and Dex Wheelock are heterosexuals—part of the government’s highly controlled backup plan for reproduction—and they have a problem:
Grace is pregnant. Dex is the father. It is a crime that has only one consequence: banishment to the Antarctic Sanctuary, an isolated biological reserve where reproductive criminals are allowed to exist in peace, without disrupting the rest of civilization. There are rumors that genocide has already begun and the homosexuals are finally setting natural breeders on a path to extinction, which leaves Grace and Dex with only two choices: to succumb to the tyrannical regime, or run.
They choose to run.
Matthew J. Beier’s debut novel tells the intimate story of two people bound by the force of life itself as they set out to protect their unborn child and find value for themselves in a world that has rendered them worthless. This rainbow-tinted reflection of our own society—part political satire and part dystopian thriller—is a novel you won’t want to miss.