Today I am introducing you to an author with a terrific book. Victor Adam's, author of "The Last One Out," has an amazing story. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of October 27, 2020. I hope you enjoy learning about the book and the author. Take a look.
The Last One Out: A Novel Paperback – October 27, 2020
by Victor Adams (Author)
Montana dodges it. Teri relies on its
corruption. It baffles Chris. And Lainey wants to believe it still works. Even
Lady Liberty gave up on the U.S. Legal System.
Teri Bradshaw finally conquered life; she got rich. Her TSA agents have been robbing airport passengers for a decade. She ships all our stuff down to Nicaragua to resell around the world. But when that country spirals into civil unrest, can her scheme survive?
In the fires of the Nicaraguan revolution, Christian discovered a lost Spanish treasure. It’s his ticket out. But the one friend who could smuggle it out got trapped in the U.S. by its failed legal system and the cartoonish new expectation lawsuits.
Lainey, the jilted wife of one of Teri’s boyfriends, can prove the sly CEO is a crook. She had to go to Colombia to do it, and now the freedom of expat life beckons. She’ll have to decide whether to follow Lady Justice’s example or return to the U.S. and risk being The Last One Out.
Follow Victor Adams’ hilarious dystopian satire of American life. From a disastrous Disneyland Selfi-Park to tongue-twisting corporate sloganeering and ‘investment ready’ lawsuits. You’ll wonder where fiction stops and reality starts.
· Item Weight: 1.15 pounds
Saltwater Press (October 27, 2020)
6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I went to Auburn University and spent over a decade in the finance industry as an analyst and regional director. After receiving an MBA from Vanderbilt, I opened several Nashville based businesses, eventually employing more than fifty people.
In 2017 I cashed out, sold everything I couldn’t fit inside two suitcases, and “the boys” and I (my Siberian huskies) took early retirement in Cartagena, Colombia. I now write and do some consulting on the side.
What inspired you to author this book?
In 2018, I was walking my dogs when a nervous-looking kid in a police uniform aimed a shotgun at them and started shouting in a language I barely understood. It was Nicaragua in 2018, and a civil revolt has begun. In 1996, I was living in St. Petersburg, Russia, when the Soviets made their final push to take power back. Russia in the mid-90s was so wild west; it was common to see track-suited gangsters walk into bars and empty the cash registers. The music never even stopped. I was in Istanbul during the election that cemented the current president’s decades-long rule that moved Turkey away from its secular past. In 2015, the Colombian Navy discovered the holy grail of Spanish treasure galleons, just a few miles from where I live. The ship is said to have sunk with billions in gold on board. History makes a great backdrop for storytelling, and because I retired early, I can tell stories.
What is your book about?
At its heart, The Last One Out is a satirical modern-day treasure hunt for the lost gold of the San Jose treasure galleon. Instead of pirates and naval battles, today’s treasure hunters fight lawsuits and non-disclosure agreements. It’s less exciting but comically more absurd, and I spend a good deal of time lampooning those absurdities. I think our legal system (chiefly the civil side) is probably beyond redemption, and Lady Justice abandoned it to the lawyers long ago. But it’s also a story about the consequences of your life choices, and the pain you have to endure to correct the bad ones.
What do you hope people will learn from it?
Probably the best piece of advice I was ever given. Whatever decision you make, it won’t be your last one. You can analyze a decision to die, but once you realize that decision is not the last one, it becomes easier to make. If you’ve made a bad call in life, you aren’t stuck on that road forever. It does take a heap of courage change course. It can be hard, it can be hilarious, but it can be done.
Why did you decide to use satire to introduce relevant social topics?
Humor is just my vehicle. People are better humans when they are listening to music or laughing. I can’t make music, so I tell stories to make people laugh. I think satire is a more effective tool for conveying thought. If I yell that we have too many lawsuits, you’re just going to turn the channel. But if I say that you can now invest in lawsuits, like mutual funds, you’re going to ask what I’m talking about.
How much research went into writing the book, especially with regards to all the legal jargon?
The research on The San Jose took time. Everything interesting was in Spanish, so that was a challenge. The legal stuff took a LONG time. It isn’t just understanding it; it’s conveying something designed to be unclear. Using a combination of heretowiths and appalling run-on sentences, so they’ve made the process a nightmare. Not the actual argument part, the process part. I got access to the Lexisnexis database to do a lot of the research. I read a lot of boring case law, and sadly I’ve had a good bit of experience with lawsuits myself. If you own a business that’s been around awhile, you’ve been sued. It’s part of the territory.
Who is your target audience, and why?
People who read general adult fiction and satire.
What’s next for your writing career, any books in the works?
I do have a second book close to halfway written. Turns out, this is going to be series. I’ve actually had to go back and rework a big portion of the 2nd book. Many readers indicated that they loved the villainess in the first novel, so I had to write her back into book 2. The genre is the same, though the subject matter is different. Like The Last One Out, I have crazy business schemes in book 2. I love inventing the barely plausible business. The venues change a good bit in this book; we’re going all the way over to Central Asia… where nobody knows anything about what goes on.
What advice would you give to new writers?
To write stories, you should experience life a little, and that may mean making bad decisions. Sometimes crazy ones, but those are the stories people want to read. I can write an escape scene through a jungle because I’ve spent three hours hiking up a leach infested tropical river. I can write about a sleazy meeting on the frozen Gulf of Finland because I’ve stood on the frozen Gulf of Finland at night. As for writing about pirate treasure…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vic Adams is the author of The Last One Out, released in 2020. He retired to Cartagena, Colombia in 2017 after 20 years running brick and mortar businesses, working in financial markets, and traveling the world. He left the US with two suitcases, two Siberian Huskies, and a handful of consulting clients.
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