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Republic: A Novel of America's Future [Kindle Edition]

Charles Sheehan-Miles
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From an author described as "one of America's criminally neglected authors," Republic is a surprise bestselling dystopian novel (more than two years on the Amazon Alternate History bestseller list) described by readers as "breath-taking," "riveting," and "haunting."

Ken Murphy is a 45 year-old National Guard Colonel and senior manager at a computer chip manufacturer in quiet Highview, West Virginia. In this future history featuring frightening parallels to our present, the local economy is thrown into a tailspin when the plant is suddenly shut down, even as the nation is thrown into turmoil by a deadly domestic terrorist attack. Murphy, like everyone else in his town, is suddenly thrown out of work, with no way to pay for medical care for his son.

The local workers, in an attempt to prove they can operate on their own, move in and occupy the factory. What started as a labor dispute becomes a deadly conflict when the federal government intervenes and three people die in a tragic confrontation.

Karen Greenfield, a young captain in Murphy's National Guard battalion, faces a devastating choice: how does she serve the Constitution she swore to protect when the danger comes from the federal government itself? After witnessing the senseless death of a co-worker, she begins to question the foundations of everything she has ever believed.

The conflict escalates from Charleston, West Virginia to the halls of Congress. Politicians on both sides refuse to back down or compromise, bringing open armed conflict closer and closer to reality.

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Republic is a very interesting, thought provoking story about the loss of jobs due to corporate greed, abuse of power by government agencies, and a civil war.

Charles Sheehan-Miles is an exceptional writer....
--Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles served in combat with the 24th Infantry Division during the 1991 Gulf War, and was decorated for valor for helping rescue fellow tank crewmen from a burning tank during the Battle at Rumayla. He is a former President and co-founder of the National Gulf War Resource Center and later was executive director of Veterans for Common Sense.

Product Details

  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cincinnatus Press (July 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4KWF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Under Attack July 15, 2007
Reviewing this novel on July 4th, a day in which Americans celebrate independence and freedom, is supreme irony indeed!

Imagine a future when car-bomb terrorism has hit the Pentagon, when the economy is "tanking" due to the exportation of industry to other countries, and civil rights are nonexistent because of the Federal government's investigations into possible terrorist cells and plots. Ten years ago, maybe this would be pure fiction; today in 2007 it's not!

So it is that this author has captured and depicted in fictional form a scenario that continues to unfold. An entire community in West Virginia, Harpers Ferry, is devastated after a microsystems plant closes and lays off all personnel except those who will agree to work in the plant's new Indonesian location. Protest runs amuck when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violently enters the scene, and deaths on both sides follow. The latter begins to arrest many people of Iraqi descent and any who protest this illegal, unconstitutional path.

In the midst of all this havoc, Ken Murphy, an Iraq War veteran who has lost his wife in a senseless killing, now faces unemployment and loss of medical benefits desperately needed for his terminally ill son. Events spiral out of control as DHS raids continue and citizens are moving toward declaring West Virginia's secession from the U.S.A. government.

Officers and soldiers are caught up in a growing reactionary spate of shootings and arrests approaching civil war, with fatal consequences that inflame rather than quell discontent. Anyone in the way of federal action is now the "enemy" or a "traitor."

Charles Sheehan-Miles has penned a novel in which the line between fiction and reality is so very, very thin!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING August 7, 2007
Imagine a police state where you can be held strictly for being the wrong race; where your civil liberties are thoroughly disregarded, and now, visualize that place is America and you'll have a minute appreciation of what Sheehan-Miles' novel REPUBLIC is about.

A plant closing in a small town in West Virginia desolates its population with lay-offs, causing orderly protesting that sets off a shocking and all too (could-be) realistic chain of events for one Ken Murphy and his family, the state of West Virginia and the Federal Government.

Sheehan-Miles' writing and character development is stunning, riveting and thoroughly suspenseful and a work of fiction that feels all too factual. This is a book of the very best kind: one that is both entertaining whilst making its reader question the very situations surrounding us daily.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling page-turner that will make you think June 17, 2007
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In Republic, Sheehan-Miles tells a thoughtful and provocative story in way that makes you turn the page and stay up late reading. Based on interesting and well developed characters and a fast paced plot, this book sends a wake up call to the American people about the costs of war not understood by incompetent political leaders who use fear to consolidate power. The result is a scary but all too realistic look into America in 2020.

But instead of beating up his readers with polemics about complex issues like the erosion of civil liberties and the outsourcing of American jobs this book tells its story in a way that is accessible and relevant to people who don't have the time or patience to be involved in politics. Told from the perspective of real Americans dealing with real issues you can't help but be entertained and informed.

Based on his own military experience, the author writes in a realistic and simple prose and pace that is reminiscent of Tom Clancy and Harold Coyle with a harder punch and more important message. Think "The Hunt for Red October" meets "Catch 22" with the populist political message of SiCKO, Ross Perot and John Edwards all wrapped up in one great read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite good enough. December 20, 2010
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Yes this was a good story and yes I could not put it down. The ending of this story has no comparison to the rest of the book. It is as if the author decided that he was bored/tired of writing and decided to just kill everyone off or make them disappear.

I am sorry but because of the ending I gave it a two star. This author is a lot better than that. Yes it was gripping but come on there is no way the end would have happened that way. My last words are after a Gripping story by the author is was a disgraceful ending. It did not go with the flow of the book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic January 2, 2008
While by no means being a literary classic. Republic stands as a contemporary novel outlining policy that is set forth today, and how it may run it's course, along with the brave individuals who put up a failed defense to end it. The Republic should be at the top of your must read list based on this alone. While A Stranger in a Strange Land and Catch-22 will keep for a few more years, this can serve to open your eyes on issues that normally you wouldn't have bothered with, and are important now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine stuff, this. January 23, 2008
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Charles Sheehan-Miles, Republic (Cincinnatus Press, 2007)

What happens to America if things continue on the way they have been over the past six years? Charles Sheehan-Miles offers one possible scenario in Republic, and it's both plausible and horrifying. A few years from now, the Department of Homeland Security has grown into a monolithic beast that is, for all intents and purposes, all-powerful, and the President of the United States is in their pocket. Various small-scale terrorist attacks occur, then a big one on the Pentagon, and the DHS identifies a terrorist cell in rural West Virginia-- or are they really terrorists? On top of this, a financier moves a chip manufacturing plant overseas, devastating another small West Virginia town. One of West Virginia's Congressmen is trying to stop his state bleeding red ink, but the corrupt Governor, goaded on by a radical activist, decides that it's time to take matters into his own hands.

Sheehan-Miles' first book, Prayer at Rumayla, still stands as one of the best vanity-published novels I've ever had the pleasure to come across. Now that he's backed up by an indie joint (who have also re-released Prayer at Rumayla, for those who don't want to have an Xlibris title on their shelves), one can only expect him to get better, and that seems to have happened here. Sheehan-Miles has mastered the dark art of telling your story and letting the message bleed out through the cracks, which many more established authors haven't yet figured out how to do. That alone would make this a readable book, but on top of it, he's got a cracking story as well. I did knock off points for one godawful sentence that occurs in the midst of the book's climax (you'll know it when you get to it), but either way, I unhesitatingly recommend this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book...
Really made me think... something that I can see happening in the not too distance future. Maybe our politicians should read & take notice
Published 29 days ago by Gramah313
4.0 out of 5 stars good story with a very close hypothesis of whats going to happen to...
I like the fact that this book is very close to what is happening in the real world than other fiction books. because this may just happen, just in this sort of way.
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Borsellino
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts don't match the story.
A good action novel based on what has been happening in America since the 30's. However, the current situation doesn't match the novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John E. Bellotte
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story line but...
Some of the content I am not fond of but that is to be expected sometimes, the thing that makes me give 3 stars primarily for this book is the spelling errors. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the second version... of a good read...
I first bought this book for Kindle on June 118, 2010. And then (because that was 4 years ago and the ASIN changed so I didn't get a "instant purchase update") I bought it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cincinnatus
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story LIne
A very frightening but believable story, something that could happen.The details in the book slowed down the story, it just seemed to take so long to get there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GrammieJJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Cautionary tale of what happens when the government is run by...
What would REALLY happen if someone with nothing left to lose decided to side with an entire state that wants to succeed from the United states? Read more
Published 6 months ago by ShadowL
5.0 out of 5 stars A rather realistic story of a second civil war
I liked this story and would recommend it to
anyone who likes this type of story. There is
a follow one book to this one, but only this
one was free.
Published 7 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars scary
This could be a prophesy. Look around at what's going on and it sends chills down your spine. Think what side would you be on.
Published 7 months ago by James S. Hays
1.0 out of 5 stars Crazy
Yet another novel with another nutty idea written by someone who is probably holed up in a bunker somewhere surrounded by guns. Read more
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More About the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future. Charles and his partner Andrea Randall live and write together in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Charles' books include:

The Thompson Sisters
A Song for Julia
Falling Stars
Just Remember to Breathe
The Last Hour
Girl of Lies (Rachel's Peril #1)

America's Future

Other Books:
Prayer at Rumayla
Saving the World on $30 A Day

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