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!READ DOWNLOAD ♪ The Army of the Republic ☺ In an America stretched by crisis to the breaking point, billionaire entrepreneur and government insider James Sands is riding high Over the protests of civic groups and the increasing alienation of his wife, Anne, Sands is poised on the brink of an immensely risky and controversial deal that will give him control of all public water in the Pacific Northwest But when his business partner is murdered by a radical group called The Army of the Republic, Sands finds himself losing control of his business and his life Desperate, he turns to Whitehall Security, a private intelligence firm with far reaching political connections For a steep monthly fee, Whitehall will hunt down and eliminate any threats to Sands s enterprise Meanwhile, in Seattle, a young guerrilla named Lando leads The Army of the Republic into a dangerous war of ideals Charismatic and cunning, Lando is obsessed with the goal of saving the country from its corrupt ruling alliance by any means necessary His reluctant ally is political organizer Emily Cortright, coordinator of a network of civil, religious, and labor groups Bound together in a web of common aims and conflicting loyalties, the two plan a massive peaceful protest against a conference of national business leaders, which they hope will stagger the Regime Beyond his control, through, Lando s Army of the Republic has already unleashed a chain of events that will electrify and frighten an uneasy nation Hemmed in by their lethal compromises, Emily, Lando, James, and Anne struggle to redeem or destroy those whom they love most Thrilling and unforgettable, The Army of the Republic is a brilliant, provocative novel about what it means to live in a democracy This was an interesting read One part Sinclair Lewis classic dystopic novel, It Can t Happen Here and one part Rage Against the Machine Maybe with a bit of Dan Brown apocolyptic tension minus the religious conspiracy groups thrown in It was definitely a quick read Lots of high tension and suspense The author writes from the perspective of three characters all in the first person tense Unique and makes it personal, but not believable It also became tedious to try and guess whose persp This was an interesting read One part Sinclair Lewis classic dystopic novel, It Can t Happen Here and one part Rage Against the Machine Maybe with a bit of Dan Brown apocolyptic tension minus the religious conspiracy groups thrown in It was definitely a quick read Lots of high tension and suspense The author writes from the perspective of three characters all in the first person tense Unique and makes it personal, but not believable It also became tedious to try and guess whose perspective I reading every chapter he didn t always switch sometimes sticking with the same character for a couple chapters, which made it confusing The characters themselves seem like cut outs from Discovery show documentaries about eco terrorists or left wing protest groups The enemy corporations are equally inane and though redeemable, are still just sterile caricatures They just never seemed believable The action and suspense is page turning, though and does redeem itself with a plot moving at a deliberate clip This book could be very prophetic in how it seems almost ripped from the headlines It s exaggeration of a future government regime though the author never does go into detail on how a democratically elected government is so unpopular but hey, it is fiction, right Don t muddle it with details that is corrupt and power greedy almost mimics that of the elected fascist regime It Can t Happen Here I did often think that the author was attempting his own retelling of that story that fit into acontemporary setting But he failed to make the characters believable It is too bad, because this could have been a great modern dystopic universe that could be entirely believable But his characterizations were so far out that I simply could not sympathize with anyone and simply became ready for the book to finally end Project Mayhem on SteroidsI don t know where to start I was completely blown away by this book Army of the Republic is similar to Fight Club, only bigger, grander, andorganized Everything in Fight Club is in this book, with the biggest difference being the other viewpoints in a revolution.While reading, we follow along from the first person viewpoints of a militant, a civil protest organizer, and a CEO I am normally not a big fan of first person, but Cohen does it with such style and Project Mayhem on SteroidsI don t know where to start I was completely blown away by this book Army of the Republic is similar to Fight Club, only bigger, grander, andorganized Everything in Fight Club is in this book, with the biggest difference being the other viewpoints in a revolution.While reading, we follow along from the first person viewpoints of a militant, a civil protest organizer, and a CEO I am normally not a big fan of first person, but Cohen does it with such style and appreciation for the characters and their interwoven lives that I had to be impressed Every viewpoint and every chapter was engaging Once I hit the halfway mark through this book I could not put it down.The beginning of Army of the Republic starts off with a masterful tone that sets the stage for the rest of the book This book does seem to model what I would expect of a revolution in the pacing There are times that are so high octane while others aresubtle, but still loaded with undeniable scenes that only promote the entire world and the civil unrest in that world Further, like a revolution, the books ramps up the intensity and doesn t let go It truly is explosive.I was engaged for every minute that I had this book in my hands So you want a revolution The rest is up to you J.Stoner For the past two years I ve been seriously thinking about what American working people might do if the government allows employers to destroy labor unions and cancel pension obligations I ve been entertaining fantasies of assassination teams, composed of unemployed and retired auto workers, picking off high profile CEOs and high government officials The world of The Army of the Republic features unrestrained capitalism and a Bush like corporate government busily going after the few freedoms re For the past two years I ve been seriously thinking about what American working people might do if the government allows employers to destroy labor unions and cancel pension obligations I ve been entertaining fantasies of assassination teams, composed of unemployed and retired auto workers, picking off high profile CEOs and high government officials The world of The Army of the Republic features unrestrained capitalism and a Bush like corporate government busily going after the few freedoms remaining to the American people, opposed by groups of loosely organized militants and civil dissenters, playing out in front of a public that cares only about its own immediate comfort, perfectly willing to live under a dictatorship so long as the government leaves them alone, with a Rush Limbaugh like talk radio host and a Fox News like Channel America screaming out government propaganda 24 7 Narration shifts between three points of view that of a militant, a civic organizer, and a corporate CEO As the story progresses the three narrators become increasingly intertwined They think about their actions, they waver in their commitments, they grow Many books fascinate us, but how many both fascinate us and make us want to take to the streets Not damn many This is a brilliant and inspiring book One HUGE plus about this book, it gives an a fairly in depth look at nonviolent movements tactics, which I thought was very cool and enlightening But Cohen drops you into a United States basically on the brink of civil war with almost no explination Although he flushes it out a bitthe country s situation comes off as a bit forced The character s and their relationships are a bit stale and predictable come on, Lando has daddy issues, seriously and end up being a bit boring A fun read One HUGE plus about this book, it gives an a fairly in depth look at nonviolent movements tactics, which I thought was very cool and enlightening But Cohen drops you into a United States basically on the brink of civil war with almost no explination Although he flushes it out a bitthe country s situation comes off as a bit forced The character s and their relationships are a bit stale and predictable come on, Lando has daddy issues, seriously and end up being a bit boring A fun read but the ending leaves you scratching your head This is not your run of the mill conspiracy espionage suspense thriller No matter what your viewpoint patriot, environmentalist, political activist, etc , you re a part of this incredibly realistic, believable, horrifying picture of the US in the not too distant future Mr Cohen has captured every aspect of turmoil and unrest festering in this country and has managed to weave it all together to produce a masterpiece that leaves you shaking in your boots because it s so darn hit the nail on t This is not your run of the mill conspiracy espionage suspense thriller No matter what your viewpoint patriot, environmentalist, political activist, etc , you re a part of this incredibly realistic, believable, horrifying picture of the US in the not too distant future Mr Cohen has captured every aspect of turmoil and unrest festering in this country and has managed to weave it all together to produce a masterpiece that leaves you shaking in your boots because it s so darn hit the nail on the head accurate There are so many things I could say.it would take many pages to truly review this book Just don t expect to find light entertainment when you read it He shows the power of TV and the media in our society not to our benefit as well as presenting the totally believable sinister scenario of a government capable of manipulating factions and turning them against each other as well as creating false scapegoats.a most chilling picture of the evolution of the country When the people finally wake up to what they are about to lose, will it be too late Whew..what a book This book struck me as a 21st Century update of Edward Abbey s The Monkey Wrench Gang, set in the Pacific Northwest rather than the deserts of the southwest It combines good storytelling with a chilling eye for current political trends It s a disturbing story that could be set in the year 2013 after fouryears of Bush My greatest regret is that it hasn t been required reading for anyone casting a vote in October or November of 2008. I abandoned this book because I can t stand reading books featuring blatant author self insertion The plot of this book is interesting, and Cohen occasionally writes some clever action scenes, but the protagonist is a frustratingly bland one dimensional mouthpiece for his political beliefs. Stuart Archer Cohen s new novel is, to say the least, polarizing His world view and philosophical outlook inform both the message and the tone of the book So, needless to say, some readers are not going to be pleased with what they find between the covers But, if you can put your firm and unwavering convictions aside and allow this tale of dictatorship and dissent to speak to you, you might actually enjoy the ride.One way in which the book will not change some minds is through the hyper reali Stuart Archer Cohen s new novel is, to say the least, polarizing His world view and philosophical outlook inform both the message and the tone of the book So, needless to say, some readers are not going to be pleased with what they find between the covers But, if you can put your firm and unwavering convictions aside and allow this tale of dictatorship and dissent to speak to you, you might actually enjoy the ride.One way in which the book will not change some minds is through the hyper realistic settings and events When writing a cautionary tale about modern day events and politics, most authors will either keep the narrative grounded firmly in the real world Some, however, will make their point by taking real events and situations and exaggerating them to an almost absurd degree The latter, while sometimes distracting, does not necessarily discredit the message within 1984, A Brave New World, and Atlas Shrugged are just some examples of philosophical theses successfully encapsulated in a science fiction or fantasy shell The Army of the Republic may seem farfetched in some spots, and may occasionally overreach in others But those perturbed by this might be better off reading a Clancy or Grisham paperback Deep and sometimes radical beliefs occasionally need to be shouted from soap boxes bigger than the real world can currently afford us Cohen may not be successful in converting the unconvinced with his spectacular tale of ruthless corporate oligarchs, Blackwater reminiscent death squads, and radical underground movements But he makes his argument loud, clear, and most importantly, highly entertaining Its not going to win any awards but it made me smile and feel paranoid at the same time