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A Patriot's Call Paperback – March 28, 2015
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"Patriot's Call" presents its main character as someone who has been faced with a seemingly no-win situation in which his choices are limited to those of extreme prejudice. While I personally agree with the political nature of the overall story, I found some parts of the book descended into more of a political manifesto rather than the fast moving thriller the writer seemed to desire to present. Yet even though the author's politics are fairly transparent, he manages to keep his story moving forward.
Stoute presents a story that is not only plausible, but he has also blurred the lines of our reality versus the fiction in his book. The author's description of the America depicted within the pages of his story could just as easily exist in the newspapers, websites and newscasts of 2015. Good people who understand the government has left its constitutional moorings find themselves drifting just as far from rational thought as the government which has overstepped its authority and engorged itself on the personal liberties of Americans. The main character in Stoute's story finds himself in the middle of atrocities rivaling those of the political elite who are hell-bent on destroying America as it was envisioned by its founders.
"A Patriot's Call" is a good but uncomfortable read. Just as people are drawn to the drama of an automobile wreck, readers will find themselves mentally saying "no, no!" over and again as they see the path these characters choose. When I finished this book I felt an overwhelming sadness over the cost paid by the players in this far-too-real plot.
"A Patriot's Call" depicts a shockingly high price for citizens to awake from apathy and take their country back from their government. If Stoute is presenting a plausible reality, then the apathy of many today will provide a shared culpability for tomorrow. The discomfort I felt on finishing this book is one of the main reasons I chose to give it five stars.
Slade was less fortunate in that he had lost a limb from a roadside bomb and was discharged from army service. Despite that, the two friends never lost contact. When Cody was demobilized, the two friends met up once again and both felt that the US was being cheated by the politicians that claimed to represent the American people, but were, in fact, more concerned with enriching themselves at the peoples' expense. They believed that the US President was a liar. One could not help having fleeting thoughts comparing the fictitious President Williams, (an Afro-American) to President Obama in certain respects.
We very soon read how relevant to the story the title "Patriot's Call" is. The two friends became involved in putting their ideology into practice in a terrible way and yet one does feel a certain empathy for Cody and Slade, despite the terrible crime they had committed, simply because of their history of service in the US Army at great personal sacrifice.
The reader is left with unanswered questions as to the direction of the representatives of both the Democratic and Republican Parties, whom the two friends considered frauds and dishonest to the people that they are supposed to serve.
The book is very well written and the plot is riveting as well as the action that these two friends took in order to change the US and move it away from socialism, which they regarded as an evil system ruling the US. It is a fast read with the right dose of suspense, without going into too much detail on character descriptions, which would have distracted the reader from the actual story. It is a highly recommended read.