Baltic native Michael Tidemann has published a post-apocalyptic novel based in South Dakota and Iowa, “Doomsday: A tale of cyber terror”.
Tidemann’s novel, much of which is set in the Big Sioux River valley north of Sioux Falls as well as northwestern Iowa, is based on a big ‘what if’ – what if terrorists destroyed the Internet, resulting in the total collapse of civilization.
“We hear about this at least every week if not every day,” said Tidemann, a college instructor and writer living in Estherville, Iowa. “Cyber terrorism is no longer science fiction or fantasy, but a reality for which even Homeland Security is issuing warnings.”
Amid the chaos of The Fall, as it comes to be known, Phil Davis fulfills a promise to return a young woman to her father. But when they seek shelter in each other’s arms in a raging blizzard, there are consequences that will haunt them in years to come – just as Phil is finally reunited with the woman from his youth that even the horrors of war could not make him forget.
Amazon reviewers give the novel four out of five stars, comparing it to Stephen King’s The Stand.
Tidemann’s work has been fixture in the Boston-based online literary magazine, thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org, distributed to 38 countries and featuring writers from the New York Times, Newsweek, Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. His fiction has also appeared in Struggle magazine, Black Hills Monthly and The Longneck. His nonfiction has appeared in Overdrive, Hotbike, Snowmobile, the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Des Moines Register.
Tidemann graduated from Baltic High School and received his M.A. in English from the University of South Dakota where he studied creative writing with the late Fredrick Manfred and the late J.R. Milton.
He has received numerous awards from both the South Dakota Press Association and the Iowa Newspaper Association.
“Doomsday: A tale of cyber terror” is available at Zandbroz Variety at 209 S. Phillips in Sioux Falls; Trish’s Tailoring in the former Smith Publishing building at 303 LaDelle in Dell Rapids; and in public libraries in Dell Rapids, Baltic, Flandreau and Brookings. It’s also available on Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Tidemann/e/B008THMTIW