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For thousands of years, the most disciplined armies with the most obedient soldiers were the ones that conquered the most territory.
Every culture in the world either organized its military as a top-down hierarchy, or was conquered by one who did.
Now, in the corporate age, money has become the world’s true measure of power, and armies have been eclipsed by multinational organizations.
The automatic compliance crucial to military campaigns has now become key to economic success.
Obedience is now our most important survival skill.
What to do, then, if one has no talent for following?
That puts you with us.
We have no structure, no orders, no uniforms or salutes.
We each fight our own battle against the machinery, struggling alone merely to exist independently within our own heads, and that is why we cannot win.
Welcome to the Army of the Doomed.
"Seventeen: Book One"
Corporations control all of the world’s diminishing resources and all of its governments, dividing the world into two types of people: those who unquestioningly obey, and those who die.
Most of the world’s seventeen billion humans are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts.
The ecosystem has collapsed, naturally growing plants have been declared illegal, and everything from food to housing to medicines must be synthesized from secretions of genetically modified bacteria.
Only corporate ambulatory workers can afford patented synthetic food, and non-corporates fight for survival in the city’s sprawling, grotesquely violent ghetto known only as the Zone.
Nineteen year-old waitress Eadie challenges the hierarchy when she assists a bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet, drawing massive social-control machinery into play against her.
The Prophet predicts she’s the general who will lead a revolution, and a few desperate souls start listening.
How can she and her followers possibly prevail when she’s being hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?
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About the Author:
Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other.
He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity's most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species.
Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded for weeks in Hong Kong.
After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago.
He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.