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Sharks from Mars
By West Virginia
Author Patrick J. Russell
Special Thanks to Nick Willett for the cover art!
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One Pink Muscle to Go is a dark comedy
about the stratification of society; unforgiving big business,
socially acceptable insanity and a search for a reality where one
can live and find happiness in the midst of it all…and there is
the timeless wisdom… always appreciate and support your local
Rivertown, West Virginia was not prepared for the return of
Abigail “Abby” O'Shea. The once sleepy town along the Monongahela
River opposite Stillwell, West Virginia and its university are
changing forever by a seemingly overwhelming confluence of events.
All is not as it appears, as the “new normal” has come home to
roost in a community completely transformed since O'Shea’s
The arrival of numerous big box stores, myriad franchise
retailers, countless video gambling shops, the horde of hydraulic
fracturing workers descending on the region and the ever-expanding
institute of higher education result in a continuous remaking of
the landscape and its residents. This while a disturbing number of
people succumb to pharmaceutically induced deaths.
It could be any town in America except for the extraordinary
dynamics in play that make it a story that could only take place
in Rivertown, West Virginia. The fast expanding hamlet sits atop
an old burning coal mine as investors, property developers and
others pour in by the day.
Beautiful young women make their way through life dancing. A local
mining and natural gas tycoon, Baron Hardinger, has difficulty
with his ornamental hermit as stockholders hound him for answers
on some very shaky investments. Emmett Lee Ray, the overworked
unappreciated multitasking dynamo that serves as mayor, chief of
police and fire chief discovers that things are escalating far
beyond his abilities as the pace of life in the small town
quickens. A self-righteous preacher and his frenzied unforgiving
flock prove to be an explosive mixture in this apocalyptic tale of
the America Dream.
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