M.D. Nuth, after growing up in Colorado, resides in Southern California, his adopted home of the past three decades. Before turning to his passion for writing, M.D.’s professional career spanned for-profit and non-profit organizations that enabled him to work with a diverse set of people that included international business leaders as well as the poorest of the poor. In both his personal and professional life, he remains grounded through family, faith, music, and writing.
Life experience gives M.D. a unique perspective and knack for storytelling, providing him insight to illustrate the human factors that affect all of us. His writing transcends socio-economic status to speak to each of his readers on a personal level, unifying them through life events in which all humankind can relate.
Matt’s book, Nails, has now been published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.
A story too disturbing to be true, too possible to be ignored, and it should frighten each of us. Nails is a powerful exploration of society’s willingness to sacrifice freedom through the eyes and actions of three deeply flawed people who are thrown together into a riveting, dark and twisted world in which each of them is used and discarded by those in authority.
Tau is a man who would slit his own mother’s throat if the opportunity arose. He is recruited to help change a future election, and, in the process, move Democracy closer and closer to autocracy.
Simon is a reporter who will do anything to make his father proud, even if it means pushing a false narrative.
Gedeon is an ex-special agent without a conscience. He becomes the hammer for a secret society bent on saving the world by destroying the last vestige of democracy and all that it entails.
Each of these individuals perceives they are the “hammers” of society, charged with pounding others into submission through murder, threats, and lies… until they find they’ve become nothing more than nails in a much larger secret game of life and death.
“Be forewarned, “Nails” is a gritty novel that echoes the beginning of fascism of Hitler’s Germany and Putin’s Russia, and it will have your stomach churning, but it’s well worth the ride, especially as a warning to today’s political environment.” —Rick Stepp-Bolling (Author of Patch Man)
Fantastic review of Nails by Literary Titan!
Posted by Literary Titan
Nails is a haunting piece of political fiction based on what would happen if viewpoints of certain political factions were to be driven to the extreme. We follow three different protagonists, who all consider themselves to be the hammers that strike down the nails; the weak people, and guide them toward the way they need to be going or bend them and discard them for being useless to the cause. They represent the three levels of involvement and control they have within the organizations they serve: the foot soldier, the propagandist, and the boss.
This is not a dystopian book in itself, I think it’s more of an introduction into a dystopia. This book does a fantastic job of increasing your anxiety concerning politics or potential dystopias with how well it utilizes contemporary worries to ground the story and create an authentic atmosphere. The ending to this riveting novel is fantastically distressing with how probable it could be… or maybe the author just does a great job of making it all feel possible?
I enjoyed the well-conceived narrative driving this story forward. The plot is fast paced and intriguing. There are time skips that keep the reader guessing, but instead of feeling like a fault, they feel like a feature, as they happen more often when the characters start dissociating from the work they were once so interested in. The characters are compelling and unique. I felt like the characters come off as undecided about whether they are against the big plan or for it, and that adds a layer of intrigue to the story. I would have enjoyed a bit more worldbuilding to the story, because what is given is so fascinating and I wanted to know more about the overall world.
Nails is a a thrilling read that is immensely entertaining. This captivating psychological thriller is for anyone interested in how political regimes may develop and how they ensnare different people into believing what they want them to believe. If you’re a reader looking for a political thriller with a unique cast then this is a novel that you’ll certainly enjoy.
Pages: 279 | ASIN: B0BDXRTCPB
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Meet Matt Nuth | Author
June 13, 2023
We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Nuth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Honesty. It might sound trite, but I think it’s a value that has largely taken a backseat in recent decades. We see the lack of commitment to honesty almost everywhere: in the news sources we watch, in the rumors and stories we repeat, in the personas we create for ourselves on social media. As a note, I am not defining honesty as merely the avoidance of lying, but to a larger definition that includes a commitment to not deceiving in any way. Unfortunately, we are bombarded continuously with partial truths that devide and damage us.
I was raised under the adage of truth being the best policy and have found that to ALWAYS be true. It minimizes misunderstandings, missteps, hurt, and mistrust.
Why is so easy to slip away from honesty? I guess it’s always seductive to avoid tough issues, but I also think we have had a culture shift to one in which winning is everything anything goes in the achievement of that goal… including our civility and integrity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Writing has always been fun for me. In business, the challenge was to communicate quickly, clearly, and simply… leaving no room for misunderstanding.
With novels I take a similar same tack, but there’s a story to tell; it has to be interesting, it has to be engrossing, it has to surprise and grip the reader or make them feel emotion. My first novel made people cry, my second made the reader fear and feel troubled. The third will sadden and surprise. I think the aspect of my writing that might set it apart from most novelists we see today is that I refuse to be defined by one genre. I write based on what seems interesting and I get inspiration from everyday occurrances. In other words, I don’t have a basic story formula I adhere to.
I do have some rules that guide me, however: don’t waste words, develop what needs development, but don’t waste time with meaningless things, and always place myself in the world of my charcters. This last point is critical. I even write mostly in the first person because it helps me imagine and communicate not just what a character does, but why.
My readers find my work to be the type you don’t want to read but you can’t put it down. That said, it’s not for everyone. It is mature and can be unsettling; to some it is too intense. It’s not for the feint of heart. By the way, for those wanting to taste my work, you can find it in Amazon by searching for M. D. Nuth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What isn’t fun in San Diego. Day One would be a visit to Balboa Park for a picnic and visit to the museums, capping off the day with a quick dinner and drinks at Trust. Day Two would be start with a USS Midway tour. After taking in some military history, enjoy a walk along the bay to take in life along the water before hopping on a segway for a quick tour of downtown. Finish Day Two with an early dinner at The Lion’s Share and a concert at Rady Shell. Day three head inland. Time to visit to visit Julian for some apple pie and to get a touch of the mountains and hiking. Don’t forget to try out some of the regions most authentic mexican food in Ramona before heading back to the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
That’s easy, but I have to cheat and provide you with two shoutouts. The first is my wife. She is incredibly supportive, but also my favorite critic. Not only can I count on her for kind words and encouragement when I need it, but she is also willing to call me on the carpet when I’m not at my best. I would not have any of the things this tremendous world has provided me: a loving family, a couple successful careers, a wealth of friends… without her. In fact, i would have never written my first book, Countenance of Man, and now I have a second, Nails, with a third and fourth, My Brother’s Keeper and The Day Before Tomorrow, on the way.
My second shout out goes to Bible. It might not be as popular to cite the Bible or one’s faith as it once was, but I cannot think of one source of truth that has impacted me more. Although I am hardly a scholar of the Bible, I can say that EVERY time I read as an adult I get something new from it. Of course, it wasn’t always that way. When I was young, reading it was something more akin to a chore. Today, it’s a gift.
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