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An Act of Self-Defense Kindle Edition
For more than 8 amazing months Amazon Reader Reviews ranked this incredible novel the #1 political thriller. Critics and readers nationwide praised its riveting premise of an unscrupulous Washington aristocracy passing legislation for the benefit of themselves and their friends . . . until confronted by a few patriots who stop them dead. An Act of Self-Defense has captured the attention of readers who have compared it with novels from America’s best writers, including Ayn Rand, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Frederick Forsyth and Michael Crichton as well as Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and others.
One reader said, “I have not read a novel that handled ongoing suspense as well as Crichton's "State of Fear" until I read Lewis' "An Act of Self-Defense," pretty much in one sitting. I could not put it down . . . One is just swept up in the story …”
Another said, “Flows with skill and confidence as from a seasoned, award-winning writer. I found it to be all at once thought-provoking, eye-opening, prophetic, exciting and inspiring.”
And, “an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end . . . tense moments and tears . . . unable to put it down until the end.”
When power grabbing politicians take control of Congress and write the reelection laws to effectively prevent themselves from ever being removed from office, it sends the nation into a deep economic depression. Millions are ruined, their savings destroyed, but the lobbyists, the corrupt politicians and their crony capitalist friends make billions . . . until a small group of patriots, or are they terrorists, force them to yield.
On a sultry Washington morning an attractive woman posing as a Department of Justice agent walks into their headquarters building to mail letters that appear to be from the Attorney General to 378 long-term incumbent members of Congress. She has deceived the best security system in the world to send a message to Congress and to the nation that will change everything.
The letter demands Congress pass an amendment to the Constitution that will forever prevent long-term professional politicians from controlling Congress again. Deadly force is promised if a 3 day time limit is not met.
While the enraged and frightened politicians argue over how to respond, the Attorney General takes personal control of the manhunt using Federal law enforcement against every known term limits organization. The brutality inflames the nation, however it fails to catch or stop the group calling itself the Term Limits Revolution. As the time expires and when Congress at first refuses to pass the amendment, the roller coaster, edge of your seat ride erupts with explosive action and crackling tension that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
- ASIN : B0041844AO
- Publisher : Plicata Press; 2nd edition (January 15, 2014)
- Publication date : January 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2832 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #933,964 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All in all, a reasonable read that was pretty enjoyable.
The author does a great job of getting you into the heads of his characters, and he makes you feel as if you are a participant in the story. He hits the nail on the head describing a lot of the dysfunction in today’s political world, and makes you want to be an agent of change: not, of course, in the manner his characters are attempting to implement change, but it makes you sit back and wonder “how did we let this happen” with the career politicians and the slow erosion of people’s rights.
I actually finished this book about two weeks ago and keep on thinking about many of the situations in the book: that’s impressive to me, as given the number of books I read in a month it has to be really good to make me think back to it days, let alone two weeks, after finishing it.
If you enjoy a good thriller with twists and plot turns, I would highly recommend this one. I’m looking forward to reading more from Mr. Lewis.
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.
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It is instructive in that it is often useful to get the views of those not occupying the middle ground as an aid to finding one's own position.
It is also vaguely similar to 'Day of the Jackal' in that we seem to be rooting for the 'bad' guys despite the fact that they are killers.
A decent read along with the strong reminder that not all those who control big business or govern us have our best interests at heart: vigilance is always necessary.