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on April 28, 2013 :
The American Liberation Front is an interesting book of speculative fiction. Los Angeles suffers massive casualties as a primitive but effective nuclear bomb is detonated by an unknown terrorist group. Those who survived the LA bombing flee to safer havens, including two brothers, Nick and Shane, whose parents were both killed in the attack. Safe in San Francisco, they attempt to live a normal life as the American economy suffers greatly and a general radicalization of American politics takes place. It is never known who actually attacked LA, but Americans want revenge and the government wastes no time setting off a massive nuclear attack in Iran. Shane is against the government’s actions in Iran, while his younger brother attempts to join the army to take vengeance against those responsible for harboring terrorists. He’s rejected because he’s too young, but his thirst for revenge continues unabated.
Nick and Shane find little common ground now, as Shane attends college and meets up with a leftist group while Nick wants to take whatever steps are necessary to avenge the perpetrators. Eventually, Nick decides to move in with his uncle, the governor of Ohio. The story gets more interesting as Nick’s uncle eventually rises to power as the leader of the new far-right Progressive Conservative Party. Bough sees the political advantage of having his nephew with him – a young man who lost both parents in the LA attack. He asks Nick to be his right-hand man, giving speeches and campaigning on his behalf.
Then, the unthinkable happens. Americans are fed up with the fallen stock market, fed up with massive unemployment and terrified of another terrorist attack. Bough promises to make Americans safe again and make America great again, by whatever means necessary. Not bound by the politics of Democrats or Republicans, he’s the underdog, but when elections are held, Nick’s uncle is elected president and his party wins a majority in both the house and the senate. The Procon Party has free reign to promote their agenda – and they do. Nick remains at Bough’s side, while Shane continues his work as an influential member of the opposition.
The character development in the book is very good, the plot is complex and all-too-possible, and the writing is top-notch. I found that I had to keep reminding myself to relax, it’s only fiction.
I recommend this book to those with an open mind who are interested in exploring a “what if” scenario. This book is very entertaining and a pleasure to read. I would definitely read another book by this author and recommend it to others.
I had the honor of being given a free copy of this book in exchange for agreeing to provide a fair and unbiased review. I have never met the author, nor do I know him/her personally.
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