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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Cincinnatus Press (May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979411424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979411427
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... vital, gripping, convincing ... compelling enough you fear you're doing something subversive simply by reading ... an engrossing read.... -- The Podler Book Review, June 7, 2007

...Charles Sheehan-Miles is an exceptional writer... -- Midwest Book Review, September 2007

...a taught, page-turning read ... unexpected, devastating, breath-catching, haunting end will leave you reeling... -- Crystal Reviews, July 2007

...the blogosphere has gone wild over this book... It might scare you into doing something...for the nation, and for your future. -- Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Hanchette, Niagara Falls Reporter, July 2007

Nail-biting...this book isn't just literary popcorn - you'll be thinking of the issues and characters long after... a damn good book. -- Chris Gerrib (Author of The Mars Run), POD People, June 13, 2007

This novel of America's future may be prophetic...It will disturb you...It should. -- Kenneth J. Bernstein, Daily Kos, June 25, 2007

a fast, well plotted action story...can not put down -- Out in Jersey Magazine, August 2007

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.

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 & Rachel's Peril
A Song for Julia
Falling Stars
Just Remember to Breathe
The Last Hour

Girl of Lies
Girl of Rage
Girl of Vengeance

America's Future
Republic
Insurgent

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

Find out more at http://www.sheehanmiles.com

You're also invited to join the Remember to Breathe Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/remembertobreathe/

Customer Reviews

Good characters, good plot.
Gregory Lewis
The book was very realistic in that the good guys don't always win and bad things happen to good people.
excatm76
I thought the author did a good job developing his characters.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By W. Zollo VINE VOICE on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.

Un-put-downable.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Seth Pollack on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Justice on January 2, 2008
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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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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By k9 on 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.

Bob
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on June 2, 2010
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"In Republic: A Novel of America's Future," Charles Sheehan-Miles offers a look at where America might be headed if the politicians in Washington continue to ignore the will of the people of this country. The book is largely an indictment against the Department of Homeland Security as that department was developed under the previous administration and it would have been scary enough if I had read it before the last national election. But, because things have only gotten worse under the present leadership, the book's premise does not seem to be all that farfetched today, making it even more disturbing now than when it was first published.

The United States has suffered a terrorist attack and, as usual, innocent people have been slaughtered by the crazies amongst us. The Department of Homeland Security is determined to stop future attacks, be they from homegrown or from foreign sources, and will do whatever it deems necessary to achieve that goal. To make matters worse, the economy is suffering and the country is bleeding jobs to countries that can provide cheaper labor costs.

In one little West Virginia town, the manufacturing facility on which the town depends for its very existence has closed its doors forever, opting for some of that cheap foreign labor. When the locals decide to protest the losing of their jobs by occupying the facility, the military (along with a few hotheads from Homeland Security) is called in to remove them. Tempers flare, mistakes are made, and people are killed, ultimately leading to a statewide vote on West Virginia's secession from the Union. The seemingly impossible happens, and West Virginia finds herself at war with the United States of America.
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