What if women ruled the world? It's something that businessman Joe Moody from St. Joe has thought about for a long time, especially while hiking the beaches of forests of Michigan's Great Southwest. Only, he's taken the concept far beyond wondering about it, but converting that thought into a new novel written entirely along the shores of Lake Michigan and now available just in time for your summer reading list.
Joe Moody, who -- for the record -- is no relation to me or to Moody on the Market (although he gets asked that all the time), has spent the last 23 years as a lead consultant at Online Institute, "a web hosting company with a University mentality," but managed to find the time to capitalize on the great environment he finds in the region to craft his story, "The Last Leader."
While he is a new author, he credits the conducive atmosphere he found locally for writing the book, admitting, “After living in several large cities, it wasn't until I moved here that I found the time and space to make this happen, something I always dreamed of doing.”
In addition to using his hiking regimen to spike his writing, Joe also credits the Day Writer's Group at the Box Factory for the Arts for providing both support and feedback as the story grew over the years.
"The Last Leader" is an action-adventure story that whimsically asks the question, "What if women ruled the world?" But men aren't left out, as the hero of the story is an ordinary guy who steps up to face extraordinary challenges.
His website, where you can learn more about the book and find a link to it on Amazon.com, says of the story, "Warning: This is more than a story, it represents a shift in human consciousness…"
It goes on to say, "It was all made possible by technology. The first big step was the washing machine, freeing housewives from the previously brutal process of getting those grass stains out. Soon after, they claimed the right to vote.
The next moment arrived when Rosie the Riveter led a generation of women into factories, assembling the heavy metals that helped win World War II. Then came the dishwasher, the microwave, and factories that made frozen dinners instead of bombs … no more hours spent whipping up dinner from scratch.
Suddenly, there was all this extra time. While some women spent it shopping and watching the flurry of soap operas saturating the airwaves, others became hyper-educated. With the dawn of the Web, this accelerated rate of learning went worldwide, and suddenly women were sometimes as smart as men, but usually smarter.
Then came all the wireless wonders, self-driving cars, holograms and finally androids. The stage was set for the final ascent of womankind…
We’ve heard of Cleopatra and Helen of Troy, but the children of tomorrow will know Emperia Bloom, or someone a lot like her. She represents the culmination of the “feminine shift” in world consciousness, fierce at first to match the aggressive level of masculine energies. She performs wonders through devices and androids that blend glamour with artificial intelligence and – when needed – lethal force.
Caught in the middle of the paradigm shift is Phoenix Flynn, representing the average downcast man, shamed for his gender’s history of oppression, while at the same time treated as an object of desire by women. The tables have turned…
In a gripping tale where mystics and machines mingle, Phoenix learns the secrets behind the rise of Emperia, how she controls the masses through techno-wonders, including rings and watches worn by millions. But when he gets closer to her than he ever imagined, will he fall under the magnetic leader’s spell? Or can he free his mind to free America?"
That should be enough to make you wonder where the story heads, and Joe hopes you'll head over to Amazon and order his new book.
Joe lives in Saint Joseph, with his wife and two sons. When not writing, he likes those nature escapes and philosophical rants. He says he was "Made in Taiwan" by two Americans studying abroad, but was later raised in South Bend, and went on to receive a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. But Asia never really left him, and his writings reflect an Eastern light, according to his artist profile on Amazon.
The novel currently sports a five-star ranking at Amazon.com (you can find it by searching for "Joe Moody" at Amazon’s website) or click this link: http://www.joemoody.com