W. Clark Boutwell's “Old Men and Infidels” trilogy “Outland Exile”, “Exiles' Escape,” and “Malila of the Scorch” were all featured by ReadersMagnet at The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 24-27, 2022, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC.
“Outland Exile” (2015) tells the story of a foul-mouthed, cynical, middle-aged 17-year-old soldier, Malila Chiu, navigating the battleground of her own society before she is thrust into the savage outlands. Captured by a harsh, disfigured, and ancient, yet middle-aged savage, Jesse Johnstone, Malila finds she has been liberated to see the stars. In “Exiles' Escape,” (2018) Malila, now back home, discovers to what extremes her own country will go to debase her native morality, prompting her to fake her own death and set off to “regain the stars,” liberating those she finds along the way even as she is being chased by her increasing obsessed commander. “Malila of the Scorch” (2018), ends the trilogy in a finale of war, conquest and the healing of old wounds for “only the wounded may heal.”
In these engaging books, Boutwell propels readers through the stories of Malila and her ancient yet youthful lover, Jesse, keeping readers on the edge of their seats enthralled and intrigued.
To learn more about W. Clark Boutwell's “Old Men and Infidels” trilogy, visit his website at https://www.oldmenandinfidels.com/.
“Outland Exile,” “Exiles' Escape,” and “Malila of the Scorch”
Author | W. Clark Boutwell
Genre | Political Science Fiction
Publisher | “Outland Exile” (iUniverse), “Exiles' Escape” and “Malila of the Scorch” (Indigo River Publishing)
Published date | “Outland Exile” (Oct. 21, 2015), “Exiles' Escape” (Feb. 2018), “Malila of the Scorch” (Nov. 29, 2019)
Born in Chicago and raised outside Philadelphia, Clark, a physician, has taught and practiced intensive care for newborn infants on four continents and eight countries, retiring after more than forty years on the job in 2020. He now lives in a small cabin in the mountains of East Tennessee with an old friend and a new dog.
He has been an avid solo hiker, backpacker, and climber since he was a mere lad of eleven. He has traveled extensively to Rwanda, Kenya, India, Ecuador, Zambia, and Ghana as a volunteer physician. Some of his stories are even true.
“Outland Exile” (iUniverse, Oct 2015), “Exiles' Escape” (Indigo River Publishing Feb 2018),and “Malila of the Scorch” (Indigo River Publishing Nov. 2019) are a trilogy centering on aging, medical care, drug use, cybernetics, society, and faith in a future dystopian America. A new trilogy (“The Silence and the Gods”) is looking for an agent.
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