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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Amerikana: A Novel by Daniel Hryhorczuk explores the intersection and blurred lines between faith, politics, and social media, specifically within America but probably equally applicable to any western democracy where the Judeo-Christian faith is one of the nation’s founding principles. Mark Rider is just a young man seeking to find himself, find his direction in life, and ultimately his purpose. A divinity student dropout and the son of two devout ministers in the intensely religious “Bible Belt” of the U.S., Mark was indoctrinated in an evangelical way his entire life. As a journalism student on summer vacation, Mark wants to discover the real America for his blog on Americana with a road trip across the U.S., seeking the unusual, the great, and the forgotten monuments that document the country’s tumultuous history. Just south of Miami, though, Mark’s journey is interrupted by the appearance out of the sea of a beautiful, totally naked Ukrainian sculptress who is on the run from a Russian oligarch’s yacht and the man who raped her, a U.S. Senator. So begins an epic adventure across the wilds of America so few Americans know, as Tanya and Mark seek to stay one step ahead of their ruthless pursuer, the Russian hitman and enforcer, Dmitri. Can Mark find a way to expose the corruption deep within the U.S. Government as well as that within the evangelical movement with their tele-evangelists and their mega-churches and still keep the pair of them alive and safe?
Amerikana is a searing and prescient look at the world that we have become – manipulated and driven by subtle and not so subtle digs, through religion and social media, at our faith, our beliefs, and most importantly, our fears. Daniel Hryhorczuk has created a situation that as a reader watching the latest political machinations unfold, one could easily believe as being true and indicative. The intersection between social media and politics, using the deep-held faith of the believers as leverage, was utterly convincing and equally frightening. This is a taut, action-packed thriller that isn’t afraid to ask the big questions and to question some of our most cherished beliefs and convictions. That, above everything else, raises it over and above many of today’s similar stories in the genre. The relationship between Mark and Tanya was definitely the highlight of this story. Mark, hidebound by his strict religious upbringing and his own strong moral code, wants to protect Tanya from the “baddies” but, equally, he is torn by his overwhelming lust for the beautiful Ukrainian. For her part, Tanya is a product of her difficult upbringing and her shady past but seems fully able to rise above those horrors. The sexual tension between the pair ripples beautifully through each page and is superbly handled by the author. What this story makes you do is look at real-life situations all around us and ask “are we really seeing the truth of this situation?” For me, that’s what makes this book stand out so much. It’s a fantastic read and one I cannot recommend highly enough.