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- Publisher: Plicata Press; 2 edition (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
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- Language: English
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First and foremost, this books draws the correct battle lines of our time: not left versus right, but libertarian versus fascist. The fascists of the left are bent on total control of health care. The fascist teachers unions would make obedient drones of our children. The neocon fascists are hell-bent for war. The religious right would ram their superstitions down our throats. The differences among these groups are superficial - all believe it is their job to use the iron fist of government to force their agenda on the rest of us. Libertarians are the only consistent defenders of what Mises called the "Free and Prosperous Commonwealth" founded on the rule of law, particularly respect for property rights.
Secondly, one wonders, when reading Lewis's descriptions of atrocities committed by government agents: how much of this is fiction? Can they do such things? Are they close? Have they already? Given the Patriot Act, the atrocities seem disturbingly plausible.
Something not so plausible is his premise that term limits for Congressmen do much good. Our experience with term-limited California legislators is not promising.
Mr. Lewis has done an excellent job for a first novel, and having just seen and enjoyed the Atlas Shrugged movie, I could see a movie version of the Lewis book as well. But Mr. Lewis would do well to study Rand's work and especially her booklet on Fiction Writing. For example, Rand would not include a line like "the suspense was unbearable" -- she would let the reader draw that conclusion from the action.
While congratulating Mr. Lewis on a fine effort, I will withhold a fifth star just as a friendly suggestion that there is room for improvement in his next book, which I eagerly await.
Faced with an ever-expanding, and ever-growing & intrusive government, a small band of self acclaimed revolutionaries take it upon them selves to bring control of their government back to the people.
It's simple, you see. Incumbent politicians almost never lose re-election simply because they have such a huge advantage over any & all challengers. This holds true, historically, for both political parties.
One solution which go a long way toward preventing career politicians - and the little fiefdoms of power and influence they carve out for themselves - is to enact term limits for both houses of congress. Just as it applies to the presidency.
But congress is not going to give up their advantage, and the untold riches that come with power & influence, merely because it seems like a good idea. They couldn't care less about the nation as a whole. Hence the problem.
So, our little band of revolutionaries - dubbed the Term Limits Revolution - have decided that, unless congress begins debate, and ultimately passage of a congressional term limits amendment. If not, the penalties will be dire indeed. Lives will be lost. Families affected. But no one really believes they're actually serious - or that they could pull off their claims if they did.
To the shock of the nation, the president, and the congress, they are deadly serious. A fact all too obvious once the first House members are struck down in the most gruesome fashion. And the game begins.
Led by a veteran FBI Agent, and closely monitored by the Attorney General and his head of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, our revolutionaries - referred to as the TLR - are hunted down with the full weight and authority of the U.S Dept of Justice. But their successes continue, as innocents are caught in the crossfire. Showing the prejudices and heavy hand of this DOJ. And it ain't pretty.
With each page, the tension builds. The suspense tightens. And the reader wishes they could read much quicker. It's THAT type of novel.
I'll let you decide whether you're happy about how it ends. Or whether such a thing is even possible in today's world. And by that, I mean the entire scenario.
I know where I come down on that question. You may feel otherwise. But you'll have to agree you came away with a great deal to think about. And leave it at that.