The Chaos of Change, Part One of a thriller written, Copyright and published in e-book by J. T. Riggen.
The book opens with a quote from George Washington: “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” This quote is followed by the text which opens in Boston where a group from the splinter group ‘Milam’ invades a meeting of the governors of the northeastern states and annihilates them in the name of the group. From this beginning the story unfolds as the divided country is split into actually two northern groups, the Untouchables led by the incompetent Governor of Massachusetts, Olivia O’Brian and former military officer Bloom, and the Federal North Pole group headed by Shane Wallace, the former dominant head of CIA and the less aggressive former V-P Martinez; a southern territorial group led by a former President of the country; a developing western group under a General Porter; and the Independent Nation of Milam spearheaded by Athenos Armistead, this splinter group in Texas. All are vying for power as the president is assassinated, the federal government dissolved and civil war is initiated. Added to the mix is Thaddeus Jackson whose father started the southern movement against which he, a conscientious liberal, objected, fought bitterly with his brother and left to build his own way of life outside of Sitka, Alaska; his friend Slink, a former Olympic snowboarder; Lozen Kyway a young American Indian/Italian woman CIA agent of unbeatable martial arts and similar skills and numerous other characters of varying importance to the plot. Wallace is convinced that Thaddeus is the man with the skills to become the leader to oversee the Broken Protocol, one that was devised initially actually by Thaddeus’ father when he was President to restore an interim government and return the country to a United States if this fractionation should occur. The story progresses through the various stages including the first actual clash of warring north and south factions to arrive at a point where the next volume is to begin.
The book provides a rather jaundiced but probably quite accurate look at a type of chaotic situation that easily could develop if such extensive disintegration should occur. It is one filled with duplicity, deceit, deception, subterfuge, betrayal and cruelty perpetrated by biased, mostly incompetent individuals. The author’s underlying thoughts in presenting this complicated plot no doubt stem from the unbelievably convoluted direction in which the now rather un-United States seems to be moving. We have Sanctuary Cities and even States, the Police are vilified, perpetrators of crime are caught red-handed, yet are not guilty until tried and convicted, where they might NOT be convicted if their lawyer is sufficiently astute to pick up even a minor error in protocol. We have elected officials who are totally engrossed in personal accomplishment and gain. Lying, deceit, and corruption extend from the very top down to lower levels of government and the judiciary, who supposedly provide the necessary control, even are highly suspect of unjudicial activity. Perhaps even more depressing is that segments of the population not only do not seem to care but actually, for unimaginable reasons actually appear to condone.
This is a book that is difficult to classify with respect to reader’s interest. The tale is most interesting for the reasons cited. The storyline is quite involved with several complexities. More pragmatically inclined readers will find problems with some aspects of the action and scenes; e.g. the Alaska action; aspects of the North Pole colony and others. The book is plot based with little character development per se and difficulty in attaining much in the way of empathy with the characters; e.g. Thaddeus’ rather self-effacing, detached, even vague activity; reasons for decision that Thaddeus should be the designated one; Lozan’s personality?; numerous others.
In summary: An interesting scenario seemingly arising from present day political activity in the U.S. Anticipated reader enjoyment will be dependent upon personal value attached to each element as described.
3* 4* Provoking scenario; 3* reader acceptance variable as described.