Root and Branch

ROOT AND BRANCH is a realistic thriller set in a near-future America where an Islamist-inspired intifada triggers emergency security measures that go terribly wrong.

Roger Zorn, owner of a French security company, is delighted at having won a major contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The contract is part of a program of emergency measures launched when Washington’s military response to sneak attacks by Iran and Pakistan upon the U.S. electrical grid provokes a wave of Jihadist-inspired violence across America.

Zorn’s work for DHS requires him to apply his company’s Triage risk assessment technology to evaluate captured terrorist suspects and sort out jihadists from nonviolent Muslims. But when Zorn discovers that DHS has been manipulating Triage scores to deport massive numbers of Muslims and secretly “disappear” others, he faces a choice.

Will Zorn say nothing and sell his company to DHS’s prime contractor before scandal breaks, or will he step up to expose the abuses and risk invoking the wrath of America’s national security establishment?

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