The BRUSHFIRE Bundle (BRUSHFIRE & 2048 by Matthew Wojtecki)
THE BRUSHFIRE BUNDLE includes all of the books in the BRUSHFIRE Thriller Series, currently 2:
Follow the story of Henry Tucker, Winston, Maxine, & their subsequent generations of self-liberators…and get a thrilling peek into how liberty can be gained in our lifetime…but only with direct action.
Do you ever feel like something is not quite right with the world?
This is the story of Henry Tucker, a shopkeeper at the I-77 Antique Mall, a large antique warehouse off the Ohio interstate highway. His life is forever changed when he meets a rebellious freedom-lover, Winston Smith, at a poker game. Winston is a fellow antiques dealer by day, and by night runs underground rave parties out of a nearby abandoned industrial building complex. Henry’s new friend invites him to a party and his life goes from “normal 9-5 shop clerk” to “fugitive” as he witnesses Winston get busted by the law. After police kidnap Winston, he later discovers an old book in a pile of Winston’s antiques and it changes his life forever.
Winston’s incarceration kicks off a nationwide manhunt and Henry fears that he will soon be killed or captured. He finally works up the courage to ask a local waitress “Maxine” to have dinner with him and, Max, after some convincing, leaves her job and comes on the run with him.
BRUSHFIRE is packed full of twists and turns as Henry continues his journey through the chaos and a web of government secrets. He later meets up with a decentralized freedom cell and gets a taste of what true liberty really feels like. The side-stories give a powerful lesson on the cruelties of state-sanctioned capital punishment, and emphasize just how overly powerful and convoluted the legal system really has become.
With Henry’s world being turned upside down and him being exposed to the truth, the reader can’t help but make comparisons to one’s own country; the ever growing prison population, the moral double standard, increasing police militarization, censorship, state secrets, the out of control surveillance state, and the slow chiseling away of basic human rights and liberties.
Two freedom cells come together to help Henry evade Tall Man and Barnaby, the federal agents tasked with tracking them down. Henry and his new liberty-minded friends must use every tool at their disposal to avoid detection, continue the mission, and bring the truth to others open to it, including the use of: crypto-currencies, hacking techniques, secure encrypted messaging, and strong security culture. The group’s functionality and its methods provide just one of many examples of how liberty in our lifetime is possible, but only with direct action.
2048, the second volume in the BRUSHFIRE thriller series, takes place in the not so distant future. In the second half of the 21st century, the War of Ideas took place: the creation of second-realms and individualist decentralized freedom cells spread across geographical regions and the practical ideas of liberty, voluntary interaction, and peace took hold.
The free society in 2048 is loosely based on Samuel E. Konkin III’s Phases of Agorism, in which the destruction of the State would be realistically accomplished through the establishment of pockets of free individuals, black and grey markets, and the spreading of the ideas of freedom and liberty, until the demand for an overarching State was no longer perceived as essential, and individualism and voluntary interaction prevailed.
The original creators of the freedom cells who led the world to a better place are still scattered about living their lives, including Maxine—the late Henry Tucker’s love—and the now washed up but stubborn punk-rocker “Warren” still reside in the Appalachian Mountains. Maxine’s nephew, Vince and his boy Tommy, who had been van nomads ever since Tommy’s mom left to pursue a materialistic quest for fortune in the never ending rat race, went to visit Auntie Max on her homestead on Jim Mountain Rd.
Although Max is very happy for the visit, she has an ulterior motive: her close friend she met during her revolutionary days, Isaac Hopper, is trapped in a geographical area previously known as New York City, now known as the “State-Zone.” The State-Zone is one of only a handful of remnant States where an overarching power hungry government rules over its citizens with aggressive force.
Together, Warren, Vince, and Tommy team up and use their knowledge including advanced hacking techniques, low-tech cyphers, IRC encrypted chat, and crypto-currencies to infiltrate and evade the authorities in the State-Zone and bring back Isaac to freedom.
But their mission, the rescue of Isaac, Auntie Max’s close friend and confidant, isn’t going to be easy. They are up against a powerful authoritarian hydra State: a massive surveillance apparatus, a relentless and murderous police state, and propaganda arm that will not stop until extremist terrorists known as the Trio (Warren, Vince, and Tommy) are brought to justice.
Will the Trio pull off the rescue of Max’s long time friend, Isaac Hopper? Will the forces of good, free individuals prevail against the Statist forces of evil?