A Secret History of Time to Come Author:Robie Macauley The time is perhaps centuries from now: no one keeps track of years anymore. The place is the United States, though it no longer has a name. A man dressed in animal skins is pushing his way through a dense and endless forest. He carries a worn piece of paper covered with a net of colored lines, lines that seem to relate in some mysterious way... more » to the land and the crumbling ruins glimpsed through the undergrowth. The paper is headed Esso Road Map: North Central States. Driven by a will he barely understands, the man is searching for a place marked on the paper far to the west, and a face he has seen in a dream.
In his new novel Robie Macauley offers a profound and frightening vision of a world that could exist after the collapse of our civilization, a world where strange adventures are not only possible but imperative. Striking across the wasteland, the searching man--whose name is Kinkaid--discovers what is left of society, the tiny clusters of people huddling in villages, some deformed by generations of isolation, oppressed by poverty, some beginning to taste a new prosperity, puzzling over objects salvaged from the treacherous ruins of the forefathers' dwellings--machines, books, guns--striving again for a richer life.
But across the empty land, across the widely scattered settlements and lonely rivers, there hangs a persistent echo of war and pain and brutality. Suddenly, quiet places are scenes of terror--bands of horsemen ride north out of the unknown, wielding rifles and whips, raiding, kidnapping, and killing, herding people like animals back to their capital in the south. Kinkaid is caught up in their violence, as he sets out to rescue a girl from the very heart of the slaving culture.
Robie Macauley has written a brilliant imagined novel, an absorbing tale of humanity locked into repeating its history, in a setting that is chillingly real.« less