- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439261342
- ISBN-13: 978-1439261347
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,058,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Light of Day Paperback – October 27, 2009
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I spent the holidays reading a wonderful new libertarian-themed novel by first time author James Byrd called, "The Light of Day". The book explores what could happen if the environmentalist movement is permitted to "run the world". It's the future and everyone is required to live underground because living above ground is too environmentally unfriendly.
It is certainly a sci-fi page turner with a fast moving plot and interesting characters. The novel juxtaposes two societies, a society with very little freedom and another that is about as libertarian as you can get. Byrd accomplishes this effort quite effectively without getting overly preachy. There are no multi-page John Galt style speeches. Byrd uses the plot to emphasize the free vs. non-free "fight" in a quite understated way.
I'm sure there are those that will balk that Byrd's vision of a future where environmentalists control society in such a way, but that's not really the point here as I see it. The point really is to illustrate that your individual freedom is being assaulted on all fronts, not just the obvious ones.
Yes, the climate change zealots are dangerous to your freedoms. Are they as dangerous as terrorists? Maybe more dangerous, maybe less, but I would argue that Byrd's future vision is not too far from our future reality.
We may have slightly cleaner air, but at what cost? Is it worth it to live in a prison-like society to shave a degree or two off the global average?
The book makes a perfect, if not mischievous gift, for your favorite Left-leaning environmentalist friends, if you have any. Of course, fans of Ayn Rand, Robert Heinlein, and L. Neil Smith will find "The Light of Day" a wonderful addition to their libertarian fiction bookshelves. --Marc Gallagher at Libery Maven
This book, by emerging author James Byrd, paints a telling portrait of the true agenda of the Green Movement. It successfully exposes the underlying agenda of collective power in the hands of the State; at the expense of the individual. Mr. Byrd creates a world of dynamic characters, their interrelations, and the societies in which they are cast. It is a powerful first book, by an author who has a firm grasp of the way in which an oppressive government uses propaganda and fear to control the general population. The Light of Day is the story of Jeff O'Hara and his struggle for personal freedom and the realization that the things most worth having sometimes require the greatest sacrifice.
From the first paragraph, the reader is thrust into the O'Hara family dynamic.
Old Man O'Hara comes from a time before The World Consortium forced the people of the earth into a subterranean existence, where some never experience the simple pleasure of feeling sunlight on their skin. Those who live in the lower levels never have the opportunity to see the sky, even through the barrier of an observation window. It is a world of grime and florescent lighting, where people don't care about their surroundings. The bleak artificial nature of their world has deprived them of a sense of accomplishment and the desire to maintain their surroundings. The concept of individuality is virtually nonexistent.
Jeff is the grandson of Old Man O'Hara. He is inquisitive, headstrong, and intelligent. Because these are all qualities discouraged by the collective, Jeff soon finds himself at odds with his situation. A conflict between his grandfather and the guards who grant access to the surface leads to Jeff's determination to escape the oppressive environment of his birth. Subsequent events lead to Jeff's banishment to a prison compound and his personal quest for Liberty. Through the kindness of others and his own strength of character, Jeff escapes and joins up with The Revolution of which he had heard rumors.
The Light of Day is a must read for anyone who is concerned with the veracity and motives of the modern environmental movement. The reader will find themselves cast into a world that may not be far off, where the needs of the individual are superseded by the `virtues' of nature. It is a gripping first novel and a testament to the integrity of the human spirit. --Alvaro Alvillar at Breitbart's Big Government