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Pig Iron , by Jim X Dodge

Pig Iron , by Jim X Dodge

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"Pig Iron is an action packed, dystopian tale set in perilous times where survival is hard to come by and trust and friends even harder to find. When the Regency takes over, led by the elusive Regent, people have only two choices, either join his army or be hunted by them. That is until Colin Chapel decides to give people a third choice: fight back!

His only true ally resides in a young girl named Shoestring. They form an endearing bond that is one of the highlights of the story. Together they join forces with others willing to fight, bleed and die for the cause of freedom. Albeit taking on the Regent will be a long and violent journey with more dangers than just his hoard of devoted followers. With twists and turns and an ending you’re not likely to see coming, who will be left standing at the end of the war for this new world?"

J.M. Wiseman, author of The Human Conspiracy and A Dream For Always


"My favourite of Jim X Dodge’s strange, fast-paced, witty, nihilistic books. Pig Iron is a clever mashup of bloody crime fiction with inventive science fiction. Herein the USA, now ‘The Republic of North America’, has been invaded not by a foreign nation but by a force within called The Regency, a vast, powerful crime syndicate.

Like all of Dodge’s page-turners, it’s hard to put down. This one keeps the reader sweating, laughing and cringing with its wild and woolly twists and turns of action, sex and satire.

Not the least of its fun innovations is teaming its cop hero with a ruthless six year-old girl. He adopts her as his own and this strangely believable duo lead the epic battle against The Regent, the revolutionary crime lord leading The Regency.

It’s a raging, intelligent, dystopian tale that unfolds like a nonstop action film from its hard-boiled opening to its weird, gut-grinding, nihilistic conclusion.

Not for the weak of heart, but a well-written, flip-flopping thrill-ride you won't forget."

Martin Olson, author of The Encyclopaedia of Hell


About the author:

Jim X Dodge is a Florida native who has been writing seriously for over thirty years. During that time he has written poetry/song lyrics, flash fiction, short stories, novellas and even a couple of novels. He also had a years- long stint as an entertainment journalist where he wrote dozens of reviews, interviews, and features, mostly for UK- based zine Mass Movement ( He even ran Zero Signal fanzine with friends for about a year, a labor-intensive undertaking that ended with a mix of relief and disappointment.

Though there have been lulls in his career, he inevitably returned to writing as his main creative source (though there was that one time where he spent hundreds of hours, and dollars, turning old baseball bats into post- apocalyptic weapons). While you can’t please everybody, more people like his work than dislike it, so there’s that. If you’ve made it far enough in this book to read this biography that probably means you enjoyed it and should immediately purchase his other releases via the mighty Earth Island Books ( These include Theta House and The Bite, and now Pig Iron, as well as the upcoming bizarro-noir crime-drama Erogenous Jones: Private Dicktective, due to hit shelves later this year.

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