About the Book : A riveting dystopian thriller novel!
“Man up,” he told himself. “Man up.” It was what his father always told him, and there was nothing more that he wanted than to be a man. So he took a deep breath, filling his nose with the scents of baseball and looked up to the sky, squinting a little.
It was a plane, not far from the blimp he noticed earlier; that was all. Nothing to be afraid of. A tiny sigh of relief escaped his lips as he saw the familiar shape outlined over his head, wings spread out against the sky.
It was the last thing he saw before the explosion ripped his small body apart with the force of a hundred suns. The quiet of thousands of lives extinguished in the blink of a second took over, disturbed only by falling rubble. The sun beat down again, hot and sticky, on what remained of Tom, his father, and all the others who had been unfortunate enough to be at Wrigley Field for the biggest game of the season.”
Late in the 21st century, the United Continental States of America is running smoothly. Unemployment has been eradicated, terrorism is no more, and any internal dissent diminishes by the day. Most give credit to President Meyers, and many can no longer remember the last election, but it is a small price to pay to keep the country safe from the terrorist group Hariq Jihad.
Things aren’t as they seem, however, as Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is conscripted into the personal security detail of President Meyers. While the only thing he places above his country is his family, he begins to feel that not everyone is content with how things are. Even more, he begins to fear for his oldest daughter’s life as she begins to question the eroding personal freedoms and democratic rights. Considering that entire families have disappeared over the slightest infraction, one cannot be too careful.
Torn between liberty and safety, family and country, can Jackson balance his loyalties, or will he be lead to an explosive collision with the system he has dedicated his life to serving? In this explosive and highly acclaimed dystopian political thriller novel, the world you live in will never look the same again!
My Say : “If you give up necessary liberty for temporary security you lose both.” I like the way the story followed Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson. In 2051, the United States had gone through years of uncertain times and were at the height of making a comeback to being a prosperous nation again. Then terrorists attacked and brought them to their knees. This resulted in the United States and Canada forming one country called the North American Union under the leadership of President Palmer. Twenty-five years later, after including Mexico and becoming the United Continental States of America, President Palmer is rounding up Hariq Jihad terrorists and Apocalytes, making the public feel safer. It was interesting seeing the story unfold from his point of view but I did feel like his character was too naïve for his experience. There were too many incidents to not know what was happening. I liked the way our past events were seamlessly worked in with their current happenings and how it dealt with a worst-case situation for the USA. The characters in this one were great the main character was very strong and smart to start with but then along with doubts ends up becoming a follower along the way. It really shows you how even the strongest can become the victim. I found the story to be a well written adventure with exciting characters.
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