Did the book “Bloody Rabbit” predict the Trump Era?

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.

“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”

So begins “Bloody Rabbit,” a book that explores the fiery hot anger that erupts following an economic crash, and the subsequent rise in nationalism as more and more people lose their jobs. The book sounds like a harbinger of the Trump Era that started in 2016. And yet this book by author Michael W. Freeman was written early in 2013, long before Donald Trump had even become a presidential candidate, let alone one taken seriously by the pundits.
In many ways, though, “Bloody Rabbit” offers a glimpse into the roots of Trump’s historic victory at the polls — and at the blue collar workers who watched their jobs, livelihood, and sense of optimism get shattered by the lingering impact of the Great Recession, and who ended up looking for someone to listen to and champion them.
It starts in a world familiar to us all: the struggle to cope during an economic downturn. The book slow builds to an even more terrifying situation: the persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats.
Set in the author’s home city of Orlando and loosely based on the author’s own experiences after being downsized in 2011 and his slow climb back up the economic ladder, “Bloody Rabbit” is a tense, haunting and sometimes grotesquely funny look at how quickly social norms crumble when times get tough. Continue reading

Check out this free sample chapter of “Koby’s New Home”

Freeline Productions has released the novel "Koby's New Home" by author Michael W. Freeman.

Freeline Productions has released the novel “Koby’s New Home” by author Michael W. Freeman.


Freeline Productions has released the mysterious fiction novel “Koby’s New Home,” the story of a man, a stray kitten … and an eerie apartment complex. Check out this free sample chapter from the book.

There were mysteries in the apartment.
One morning Grabinski went over to the small desk in his bedroom where he kept his laptop and papers. He turned the laptop on and was about to sit down to start working, when he noticed it.
On the corner of his desk, at all times, was a sentimental item, one of his favorite ornaments, a snow globe. Inside were mountains and a sign that read “Welcome to Colorado.” Grabinski had purchased it in a gift shop during a vacation in the Centennial State, and in addition to bringing back plenty of happy memories, on blistering hot summer days, he liked to pick it up and shake it and watch the snow scatter everywhere inside the watery globe – letting him imagine for a second that he was someplace delightfully cold, rather than in the oven known as July.
On this afternoon, the snow globe was gone.
And in its place was something else entirely: a green sponge. Continue reading

Freeline Productions releases chilling novel “Koby’s New Home”

Freeline Productions has released the novel "Koby's New Home" by author Michael W. Freeman.

Freeline Productions has released the novel “Koby’s New Home” by author Michael W. Freeman.


Freeline Productions has released the mysterious fiction novel “Koby’s New Home,” the story of a man, a stray kitten … and an apartment complex filled with alienated tenants, many of them now lost souls.
The book takes a sometimes humorous, often unsettling and scary look at economic dislocation.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:
Having lost his job and now struggling to find a new one, William Grabinski has no choice but to rent a small, dirt cheap unit in an old, decrepit building. Feeling lonely and isolated there, he can’t resist adopting a kitten that cries at him from the building’s courtyard on a cold December day.
The kitten, which Grabinski names Koby, is shivering and starving. He stares up at the man who stops and speaks to him, wondering if he’s a threat or not. The kitten allows Grabinski to pick him up ….
The purring machine quickly goes off. Now tiny Koby has a home.
It starts out very much like a heartwarming and sentimental story of a depressed man who finds comfort and happiness in caring for this sweet, adorable kitten. But it isn’t long before the book heads off in a much darker direction. Continue reading

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