Morgenstein, a native New Yorker and die-hard Yankees fan, combines his love of science fiction and baseball in his fifth novel set in 2098, twenty-five years after America has been defeated by Islam. Led by a woman who goes by the moniker Grandma, a new society has been established based on love, ethics, and honesty.
All acts of patriotism, from flying the flag to singing the National Anthem, are illegal. Social media has been banned. Religion is illegal. Children are now revered, and abortion and the use of contraceptives are capital offenses. Teachers, police, and doctors are the most trusted professions, while the entertainment industry, lawyers, and the banking industry are outlawed.
As A MOUND OVER HELL opens, baseball is beginning its final season—forever. Led by Puppy Nedick and a band of former baseball greats, the once all-American sport is now synonymous with terrorism and treason. Holograms run the bases for out-of-shape players and attendance averages fifteen spectators per game. The only ballpark left is Amazon, the once-famous Yankee Stadium. But the game becomes a pawn between those who want peace, and those eager for another war.
“The power of speculative fiction is that it allows you to be timely while taking the reader through a window into a nightmarish future,” Morgenstein said. “Familiar, yet not. But as humanity has always done under the most terrible of circumstances, ordinary people will find the extraordinary courage to build a better world. Or at least try. For as Grandma says in her First Insight, ‘All you need is love.’ That and a baseball field.”
A MOUND OVER HELL is published by BHC Press/Indigo and is available at fine booksellers everywhere in softcover (978-1-946848-01-7, 520 pages, $18.95) and ebook ($7.99), including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, GooglePlay, Kobo, iTunes, Waterstones, and more.
Advance Praise for A MOUND OVER HELL
“[a] must-have for every baseball fan.” —Parade Magazine
“…a powerful and explosive story…” —Richard Allen, The Jewish Voice
“…1984 meets Shoeless Joe.” —Mark Rosenmen & AJ Carter, Sports Talk NY Live
“Out of this world…a guaranteed home run!”—Billy Sample, former NY Yankee and author
“Sports fans will love this phantasmagorical sci-fi story with baseball as a central figure.” —Woody Freiman, sports television executive & long-time baseball producer
“After losing World War III, America’s pastime becomes America’s passion. In A Mound Over Hell, Morgenstein stirs the embers with this disturbing and thought-provoking look at a future in search of relocating its past.” —Michael Paolercio, former award-winning baseball journalist
About Gary Morgenstein: Morgenstein’s works include Jesse’s Girl; Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman; Take Me Out to the Ballgame and The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees. An accomplished playwright, Morgenstein wrote the book for the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway sci-fi rock musical The Anthem, as well as the sci-fi musical Mad Mel Saves the World. His stage dramas include A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, Right on Target, Ponzi Man and Saving Stan.
About BHC Press: BHC Press is a publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more about Gary Morgenstein and BHC Press, visit: www.bhcpress.com.