RIO RANCHO, N.M. — It isn’t often that authors will create plausible fiction that offers the reader a sense of post-apocalyptic hope, but that is what local authors Timothy Crum and Scott Coons say they have achieved.
In their recently released novel “New Day,” these authors asked themselves “what if” the under-observed threat of nuclear war suddenly became a reality?
The novel begins with a former Navy SEAL being called back into duty because of a launched missile and a suspected alliance between Russia and North Korea.
The novel lends its fictional politicians a palpable humanity and it blends real historical thought into the plot. There is even an allusion to Ronald Reagan’s 1987 speech at the U.N. concerning unity in the face of a common threat.
Both authors have a professional history that includes the National Security Administration, local government and military service, which they say influenced the novel.
Crum, a former Rio Rancho city councilor, said the novel was really a story he
had been carrying around with him since he was a young boy. He said he remembers a time when children would be instructed to hide beneath their desks during Cold War-era bomb drills.
“The threat of nuclear war has never gone away; there’s just an apathy towards it now. We could be annihilated at any moment,” he said.
The authors say the title is a little misleading.
“It’s a very vanilla title,” Coons said, “but the book is anything but vanilla.”
“Everybody went to bed on Sept. 10, 2001, and woke up on 9/11 and didn’t really believe it. It changed people’s consciousness,” said Crum, adding that an event could occur that would address division and concurrently reshape humanity for the better.
“It’s about a life-changing event that changes people’s perception everywhere,” Coons said.
Crum began the novel, and Coons helped give it shape. Altogether, the novel was three years in the making.
With a Tom Clancy-esque feel, a vibrant protagonist and layers of symbolism, the book appeals to readers of varying age groups and backgrounds, according to the authors.
Crum and Coons said they are planning a sequel.