“J.S. Waters continues the work of Steinbeck to observe with sweeping criticism what has become of Salinas—no longer tragedy in the fields, but rather tragedy in the streets. The Modern Primitives describes a new kind of killing field. The irony is not lost. The fertile valley soaks in blood.”
—Sean Manzano y Labrador, author of Conversations at a Wartime Café.

“The Modern Primitives exposes the plague of gang violence spreading across small town America. JS Waters draws images straight from current headlines to paint the war torn streets of Salinas in this suburban tale of vigilante response to a failed judicial system.”
—Daniel Tarker, author of Mr. Angelo and The Shopping Cart Thief.