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The Zimmer Insurgency

A Novel


94,000 words


Five generations after the Panamerican Revolution and the West is a very different place: Washington lies in ruin, Atlanta is under martial law, and Saskatchewan is used as an execution yard for political dissidents. Florida, Manhattan and half of California are under water. Everything south of Bolivia is hounded by cloned dire wolves as big as bears. Psychedelic breastmilk is the drug pandemic of the day. Cash currency has been abolished and drugs, fake names and sex toys are bought underground with heirloom jewelry. In the Falklands, pirates are training penguins to sit on their shoulder and parrot back punchlines. And in Haiti, an escaped enemy of the state plots an overthrow....

It's April of 2165, and the Republic of Panamerica is about to secure their interstellar Manifest Destiny. Five moons some twenty lightyears away have been discovered, with just the right conditions to support human life. Yet as Panamerica goes through the final preparations to launch, Kayla Zimmer, a former inmate in a secret prison camp, has an agenda of her own.

El Presidente and his continental banana republic would have this day go down in history, and it's about the one thing Zimmer agrees with him on. This is their proudest moment, and the time for her revenge....

Listen to an Excerpt

40 minutes

Included here are the first four scenes of the novel. It introduces our protagonst, Kayla Zimmer, and her conspiracy against the Panamerican regime, as well as some of her compatriots. The fourth scene introduces our antagonist, President Octavio de Mendoza. 

Music: "Psychedelic Synth" by braden5702 via


"Fast-paced scifi political thriller. I love that the protagonist in this book is a woman. That is not something you see in these types of books, ever. I will just say that I highly recommend this book. I can't give a longer review without giving away some details. Just read it!" - Cariann from Goodreads

"I loved this book, the multi-prospective storyline and unique characters made this book fast paced and hard to put down!" - bearjrca from Goodreads

"The Zimmer Insurgency is a must read for all Political Sci-Fi fans. The author (Jay Shannon) weaves an integrated tale of political upheaval and personal renounce. Zimmer has sacrificed everything for her cause. Her character reveals a woman with more determination and courage than any of the men she must collaborate with. Definitely a book worth pursuing, you wont be disappointed." - Cheryl from Goodreads

"Glad I read this book! Could/should be a screenplay. Fast moving story. So organized. I learned things I didn't know I didn't know!! This guy is good..." - Susan from Goodreads

"This was so good, I had to masturbate through the entire 11 hours of the audiobook. I will listen to the author's other works, but I won't listen to it while driving!" - Beta-reader for the audiobook edition

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