Mandate Thirteen

by Joseph J. Dowling

January 13-16

In a world with dwindling birth rates, all young women must submit to compulsory fertility checks at the age of thirteen. For those able to conceive, a docile existence inside the Birthing Schools beckons—far worse if they fall into the wrong hands.

When the clandestine Baby Farmers, and their brutal leader Miko, arrive to snatch his daughter, Michael must make a split-second choice: risk his own freedom to protect hers… or lose her forever. Mandate Thirteen is a gritty dystopian thriller for fans of Children of Men, A Handmaid’s Tale, and The Running Man.

“An action-packed, cross-country adventure between father and daughter as they dodge authorities, reconnect with old acquaintances, and meet new people (good, bad, and crazy), forging connections at every stop. I loved every aspect of their journey and how they learned so much about themselves on the way. This is dystopian in every way that matters. A worthy addition to any library.” Preye, Literary Darlings

See the book on Amazon here.

About Joseph J. Dowling

Joseph has pursued many interests and diverse career paths, always knowing he would write seriously one day. In 2020, now owner of a small but previously thriving chain of retro arcade bars temporarily shuttered due to Covid-19, he fell into an obsession.

Since finding the passion, Joseph can’t imagine life without the stories constantly rattling around his head. Eager to make up for lost time, he’s in the habit of writing every day, becoming a keen student of the craft.

His stories feature in several anthologies, including Unsettling Reads’ “Summer Bludgeon” and “Worlds Collide” by Nordic Press. He will also appear in Night Terror Novels’ upcoming “Nerve Janglers”. Even better, his rejections seem to be getting nicer by the week.


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