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“Republic” by Charles Sheehan-Miles

What would you do if the federal government, or certain departments within the federal government, began to overstep their authority? How would you react if the Department of Homeland Security started going door to door and pulling people out of their homes and handcuffing them in the streets simply because they belonged to a particular ethnic group? How far would you go to provide for your family and to make sure that they have basic medical care and a roof over their heads?

These are some of the questions that are faced by the characters in this very thought provoking book. The author takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with a number of people facing these issues. They quickly find themselves trying to come to terms with the very real possibility that the only way they can avoid injustice is to take drastic measures, even if it means going so far as to remove yourselves from that federal government by seceding from the union.

Sound pretty extreme? Well, that’s only a part of this story! This book takes a lot of emotionally charged issues and allows you to see an up close view of how they impact a number of people who just want to do the right thing while expecting others to do the same. The only problem is that there are a large number of people in the federal government who are more concerned with doing things their way, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Sometimes we may take certain rights and privileges for granted, but this book challenges you to imagine a world where many of those rights are being blatantly violated. Maybe it could never happen in the world in which we currently live, but given the perfect storm of events that all come together in this novel, I’d say it’s entirely possible.

I thought the author did an excellent job of putting you into the scenes so that you could feel the pain and struggling that many of these characters are going through. I found myself feeling very sympathetic to their problems and concerns, and the author made sure that I felt vested in each of the situations these people had to deal with. While many of these scenarios may seem highly unlikely to most of us, I felt that the author gave some truly plausible situations where you just might start to wonder if they are so unlikely after all.

This book was very entertaining and captured my imagination right from the start. I found myself staying up late and putting off other tasks because I was so anxious to find out what happened next. The pacing was excellent and the storytelling was brilliant. I heartily recommend this book to everyone!

I rate this an easy 5 out of 5 stars!

© 2011, Steven R. Drennon. All rights reserved.

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