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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456350641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456350642
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

How did you come up with the title?
It comes from Thomas Jefferson's letter to William Smith, in which he argues that Americans must keep the spirit of resistance as a check upon tyranny. All governments tend toward greater control and less freedom. He called for armed resistance as the best guard against it.

How long have you been writing?
Since I was ten years old.

What authors have inspired you?
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stephen King, among others. I'm drawn to dark stories that pit good against evil in breathtaking, apocalyptic ways. For this series, I especially drew inspiration from Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here, and Pat Frank's Alas Babylon.

Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I've always wondered what happened to America. I knew something had gone wrong. Our country wasn't anything like what it had once been. Did something drive us from the vision of the Founding Fathers? And what would happen if we continue down this path? In the last few elections I saw how divided we were as a country. How long the fabric of our civilization will hold together? What will happen when it finally tears apart? Jefferson's Road is my prediction about all this.

Who is your favorite character?
The characters are all based on "types" - bits and pieces of people I've known, and they are all very real to me. Peter is the hero, or perhaps the anti-hero, of the novel, but Martin has the best lines. Jerry is a lovable doofus who gets caught up in all this, and for that reason is all the more tragic. Grant plays the role of villain, but despite his lies, he is the most true to who he is. There's an air of mystery about him. You never quite know whether or not he's going to shoot someone.

Do you want the President assassinated?
God no. I think that'd be an utter disaster for this country. But I do think that if change back to the Constitution doesn't come by the ballot, it will come by the bullet. Will freedom-loving Americans really allow us to become a socialist state or a Marxist dystopia? Someone will do something rash, and it'll all explode or, more likely, implode.

About the Author

Michael J. Scott is a Christ-following husband, father, preacher, teacher, poet, playwright, and writer. He is the author of the Jefferson's Road series, Turning, The Coppersmith, Topheth, Eye of Darkness, Spilled Milk, as well as the Christian action-adventure Jonathan Munro Adventures: The Lost Scrolls and The Elixir of Life.

He enjoys writing, reading, discussing politics, philosophy and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, "Freestyle Kendo," acting, cooking, and shooting pool. He currently lives with his family near Rochester, New York. Online at MichaelJScottBooks.com

More About the Author

I am unapologetically a masculine American Christian. I'm a lover of the Declaration of Independence, a friend of the Constitution, and a rock-solid believer in the Bible as the Sword of the Spirit. I believe in freedom and the rights of men. I bow the knee to no man and have no sovereign but God. My faith is aggressive, a little hairy and a bit of a brute--like the preacher John Knox evangelizing Scotland with a Bible in one hand and a broadsword in the other. I'm more interested in being truthful with a bias toward action than I am in being nice--but that doesn't mean I'm unkind.

As a novelist, I write fiction that wrestles with these themes--that doesn't shy away from hard questions or dicey situations. I treat my characters like real people with real flaws who sometimes do wrong and stupid things--especially when they're trying to do the right thing. If you have a problem with an occasional swear word, violence, or an implied sexual situation, then I am probably not the writer for you.

I write stuff that interests me--whether it's the erosion of the American family, socio-political unrest in the U.S. that threatens to break into civil war, UFO's, adventures in Biblical and Christian archaeology, dystopias, sword and sorcery fantasy, or getting inside the mind of a serial killer--and if that's the kind of stuff you like, then I might be your next author.

Feel free to check out my books and sign up for my newsletter at MichaelJScottBooks.com

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I anxiously await the next installment!
Jaffy
When ignorance is indeed bliss, this struggle tears at our very core, but at some point we all must make that call.
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I can't say much else without spoiling the story, so happy reading and I can't wait for the next one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2013
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This will be the first review I have ever written, but I absolutely love this series so far. Not only is the story line plausible (especially with our current events and public violence) but it is well thought out. The character development is nicely done, and I find myself anxious for what may happen to the main players next. I can feel their thoughts, and for some of them, their inner turmoil. I stumbled on this series randomly, but count me as a fan. Great up and coming author. On a side note, I think it's truly important that you read these books in order to truly understand the plot, but more importantly to understand how the characters grow. I can't say much else without spoiling the story, so happy reading and I can't wait for the next one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Ryan on October 4, 2010
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Michael Scott is an excellent writer. Scott delivers a story that will demand your attention. Scott moves easily between comfortable prose and dynamic tension. That said, Michael Scott had me looking over my shoulder as I read to assure myself that the Secret Service were not taking names and pictures. I felt like I was reading a terrorist manual and the feeling was not comfortable.

The plot of this creative story is disturbing. It put me in mind of the primary thesis of my undergraduate political science education: There is only one difference between patriots and traitors. Those who win are the patriots. I write political thrillers myself, and have considered creating a scenario where killing a president might be justified, but I have refrained on the basis that such discussion is tantamount to insurrection, or, at the very least, ill-considered. Jefferson Road has not absolved me of that trepidation. I would recommend the story nonetheless because it does an excellent job of laying out the pros and cons of allowing a government to move so far in one philosophical direction as to render the country unrecognizable from the intentions of the Founding Fathers.

Aside from a few continuing typos (about which I have advised the author privately) I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I look forward to his sequel and other writing from Scott.

Gordon Ryan, Author
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jaffy on August 20, 2010
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Well written, well researched book! I highly recommend it! It's nice to see a writer who has the intestinal fortitude to address such topics. Keep up the good work! I anxiously await the next installment! Oh, one more thing! You cannot pass on the price! $2.99?! It's on my iPhone and kindle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gunnar Grey on December 5, 2013
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Somewhere between a political thriller and a psychological study, this full-length novel has been thoroughly thought through. I found the emotions to be absolutely true to life, as a young man (a writer wannabee, natch) is torn between butchering the newly-elected president and saving his brother, a war veteran who's hell-bent on starting a second American Revolution. The main character knows that, if he does assassinate the president, his own life is forfeit. When he's pushed to the final choice, who will he choose to save, his brother or himself and the president?

Thoughtful, yes. Also terrifying at a subconscious level. This is one you can't pre-judge.

The author took his ballistics the easy way, discarding the more subtle elements such as windage and instead concentrating on keeping it easily understood by non-experts. His description of what happens when a .50 caliber round hits the target is spot on and in this case, that's the more important element. The book's not a technothriller, after all.

The writing is reasonably tight and the presentation is good. It's a bit wordy in spots, but while additional editing might have tightened things further, it might also have eroded the emotions, which carry the story along. I think the author made the right decisions for his book.

The ending works well. Enough questions remain for the book to need a sequel, but this one easily stands alone. Kudos for the last line. Five strong stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karen2001usa on February 8, 2013
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This book was very exciting and offered a lot of food for thought. It was to me, at times, a bit confusing, but overall very easy to get through. I am always fascinated by the way the minds of man work and this was a whopper of an idea with believable possibilities....thank you for the adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Nelson on June 29, 2011
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I enjoyed this book from page 1. I thought that the discussions and interactions between the characters, was interesting and believable. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By InsaneEngineer on August 14, 2012
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Assassinate the President?! Such notions are an unwritten taboo in our society. It is inconceivable. It is wrong. It is treason. It is - Revolution!

First: If you are a firearm enthusiast, you are going to have to realize the book is not written by one. There are more than a few errors. The premise of the story involves long-distance shooting, yet our hero knows nothing of windage, elevation, relative humidity, or ballistics coefficients. Even a 1000-yard shot can miss by a foot if these factors aren't taken into account.

With that out of the way, do your best to overlook that; otherwise you will miss a terrific story!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on September 27, 2013
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It's been a while since I've had to stay up all night to finish a book! I'm back this morning to buy the next one. Michael J. Scott was wise to give away book #1.
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