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A gated community taken over by a coalition of far-right religious and corporate leaders has control of almost all the inhabitants and plans expansion. Jazmine Wilson is the single holdout and her friends, Madeline Brown and Jacques Dunbar, quickly become ensnared in the New Life of Hope leader's plan of domination and control through every kind of Artificial Intelligence tool available. The NLoH, a coalition of religious and corporate leaders, intends to build a new era of cultism to regulate group members' religious, political, and ideological views. Aside from the religious leaders, a second arm of the cult, The Troop, are enforcers of a secret society with power and reach across the globe known as the Circle of Nine. The cult leaders, however, have badly underestimated Jazz and her cohorts who fight back with grit, strength, and wit, determined to not only exact payment for crimes against them but to expose the fascism sweeping the county.
Cult's Prey is an inside look into cultism and the deepening divides among political and racial prejudices, and religious indoctrination across all spectrums of American life. Based on true events, Mary Longley displays a deep understanding of the racial, misogynistic, and religious prejudices that plague society in this fast-paced and dramatic story of the social structures that, without a strong public defense, could easily slip into dystopia. Longley's characters, both protagonist and antagonist, are as true to life as currently populate the United States, making the events in Cult's Prey all the more realistic while serving as a mirror of society at large. A fascinating story and a cautionary tale not to be missed.