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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award SemifinalistSet in the aftermath of the 1971 Attica Prison uprising, Attica - Journey Down the Rabbit Hole, explores the toll the prison takes on all who enter through the massive iron gates. Cruelty, insanity, despairMoreAmazon Breakthrough Novel Award SemifinalistSet in the aftermath of the 1971 Attica Prison uprising, Attica - Journey Down the Rabbit Hole, explores the toll the prison takes on all who enter through the massive iron gates. Cruelty, insanity, despair and hope exist side by side within the walls of the prison.The plot is unveiled through the perspective of the inmates, the correction officers, the civilians and their families. The well-drawn characters and compelling tale seize the readers’ interest from the opening lines and hold it until the last word of this 73,000 word literary commercial novel.This is the story of Kevin Patrick, a new teacher who takes a job in the infamous prison as the reforms brought on by the bloodiest prison uprising in the history of America are being implemented. Pitted against a system reluctantly adapting to a new breed of politically aware inmate, Kevin struggles to find a way to make a difference. He meets sadistic correction officers and employees along with officers and professionals committed to changing the system.The character of the inmates runs the same gamut as their keepers. Some are vicious murderers, others are men just trying to do their time and get out. The story unfolds amidst an undercurrent of violent intrigue, easily shifting point of view from character to character to present a multifaceted perspective.The violence of every day life in Attica is overshadowed by an undercurrent of mystery involving corrupt prison officials, the mafia and their campaign of intimidation and murder. Kevin, and Officer Danny Donovan, along with inmates Reggie, Possum and Richie, try to unravel the mystery and stay alive in the process.The story addresses universal themes of Good vs. Evil and the internal conflicts of common men and women in uncommon circumstances. Faced with corruption, alienation and brutality, each must make crucial choices that could make the difference between life and death. Some are equal to the challenge and others are not.