I think this is pretty fair. I prefer not to think of my novel as “propaganda” as much as it is, certainly, an effort from my heart to illuminate and persuade. Still, to be placed above the likes of Ludlum, Cussler, Patterson, and Clark is lofty territory indeed. I’ll take that with a promise to you. My next will be even better. Here is an excerpt of the review:
I’m an avid reader who enjoys fiction across a wide spectrum of genres. I wouldn’t put this novel on my A-list (with the likes of Tom Clancy, John Grisham, John Le Carre, and Dick Francis), but it would be high on my B-list (more interesting to me than Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, or Mary Higgins Clark). Your taste may vary.
I think this book is in some respects a political tract or propaganda; Reddy has an opinion about where the USA is heading, and it felt he was writing this book to persuade others to share his perspective. He is vision-casting. However, he does not forget that he is telling a story, which would have been fatal to the book. As a philosopher he provokes thought, and as a story-teller he entertains.
Philosophically, “Patriots” addresses the question, “When is enough enough?” How much should (or will) Americans allow their liberties be infringed? Are there legitimate grounds for such infringement? Is the infringement something to be opposed socially, politically, or by force of arms? … My philosophical interest in such questions was part of my reason for enjoying and appreciating “Patriots.”
One thing I appreciated about the story was that the characters had some depth … I appreciated that he did not make them caricatures, but 3-dimensional characters… I could relate with Reddy’s Patriots who seemed more “real life,” and appreciated his decision not to reduce them to his story’s only clear-thinking, upright, America-loving gang. Reddy’s themes of romance and family relationships in particular reflect depth of character coming from, I would guess, his own life experience.
This book would make a great movie.
There were some thin spots in the plot, and for me there was at least one unresolved conflict. I was able to maintain my suspension of disbelief, however, and my dissatisfaction with the plot served to create a desire for another book (or books) from Reddy to focus on those storylines. If Reddy writes such a book, I’ll read it!
There is one problem with the Kindle edition of this book: There are newspaper articles that precede each chapter; these articles are in graphical format, rather than text, and are shrunk to fit the Kindle screen. This makes the words so small as to be almost (but not completely) unreadable. It would be better if the articles were in text format.
I recommend this book to people who are conservative, libertarian, or are curious about survivalists or prepping. Others may find it infuriating or even alarming. (Emphasis supplied.)
This is the second comment about the inability to read the news articles. I had checked this once, looking at a reader’s iPhone whereon the articles were not illegible, though they were not as clean as the normal text. This is something I’ve again my publisher to investigate.
Thank you C. McKinney!