Insurgent: Book 2 of America's Future. Charles Sheehan-Miles. Cincinnatus Press. October 2012. 470 pp. paperback and e-book formats. ISBN #: 9780979411496.
Revolution has ripped apart America, continuing the rebellion begun in Republic: A Novel of America's Future. The people have spoken and civil war devastated America's cities.
Valerie Murphy's father has been executed for his part in promoting violence and seceding from the American government. She has been imprisoned and brutalized so much she is obviously suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Her friend, Al Clark, is now appointed Governor of West Virginia, a monumental job of putting basic services into action and restoring the shattered economy. But the war isn't over!
An unknown group of warriors in West Virginia is still killing military personnel and shooting down helicopters approaching the area. Corporal Jim Turville watches his friends die, falls in love, and tries to figure out who can be trusted in this blatantly volatile area. The violence goes on and on and on!
While the first novel in this series gave ample build-up of the reasons leading to this American demise, Insurgent 2 has little to offer on the reasons and goals of the war. It's as if death and destruction have been looming for far longer than this particular problem. Personal freedoms are now forfeit and there seems no end to the madness! It is more potent because of the lack of reason or logic. It is more devastating than the original Civil War because of the advanced firearm power available in this conflict!
Insurgent is the second of six planned novels. This novel doesn't pose any "glory" scenes of war; it's hell and the reader should be deeply troubled about the reality that just could happen when people have had enough of poverty, lies, deception, mismanagement of the economy, and more - the same problems that are plaguing far too many people in America at this time. The reader must decide how much this conflict resembles the random, erratic, and chilling brutality also exhibited in Iran, Afghanistan, and other hot spots throughout the Middle East.
Devastating to read, this is a necessary microscopic canvas of possible outcomes for the future of America! Potent stuff, Charles Sheehan-Miles!!!