Saturday, 30 June 2018

Lift The Siege 2 - Waco

Waco, the game changing siege in the US. With its long tradition of non-conformist communities, and the protected rights of both religion and gun ownership together with a less palatable tradition for cults and apocalyptic beliefs, all of these came together in the Branch Davidian community in Texas who lived in an armed compound over 77 acres in Waco. 

Trying to execute a warrant to search for illegal guns, a gunfight broke out with fatalities on both sides. The authorities retreated and thus began a 51 day siege. Finally the FBI decided to end the siege by moving in, which saw 76 cult members die and the compound go up in flames, the cause of which is still disputed. The besieged garnered a lot of sympathy in the face of perceived unjustifiable lethal Federal Government intervention and Waco was one of the causes cited by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. 

Waco was the reference point for the siege in my novel, while cults of course are also not unique to the US and the Om Shinrikyo cult in Japan that carried out deadly poison attacks on the Tokyo metro also forms a section in my book. 


"Three Dreams In The Key Of G" has three female voices in a state of siege. One a young mother in sectarian Northern Ireland, just after the Good Friday Peace Agreement has returned paramilitary fighters from both sides back into the domestic realm for an uneasy peace there. The second a Waco-like siege in Florida, as the FBI, DEA and ATF surround a compound full of women, which they see as a threat to all of mankind. The third is in laboratories all over the globe, the Human Genome is being besieged by scientists as they try and uncover its code for life. 

 The siege will be lifted 26/07/2018

Published by Dead Ink Books 
Available from Amazon and all good book shops in the UK

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