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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Color of Authority: When Taking a Knee Becomes Taking a Stand by Bruce Carleton Fisher is an engrossing tale about the evils of manipulating diversity. Lt. Colonel Jesse Hawkins has served his country as a jet fighter pilot for twenty years. Upon retirement, his commanding officer recalls him for a new task: to work with presidential candidate and devoted preacher Edric Everhart, who needs good men who can follow orders. A vote for Everhart is a vote for Jesus Christ is the message that Everhart’s supporters are trying to disseminate. As a person of color, Hawkins is chosen to represent the African-American sector to support Everhart. But something sinister lies at the core: Everhart has an agenda to convert America into a Christian state, eliminate diversity, and ensure that white supremacy reigns. Hawkins doesn’t want another mission, but this one is different, as the enemy operates within the country and threatens to destroy the core values that America has been built upon.
Bruce Carleton Fisher integrates the politics of contemporary social issues, especially pertaining to racial tensions, into his plot. It becomes a synthesis of accumulating political tension, suspense, racial differences, prophetic vision, and speculation. Fisher manages to sustain an expository deftness and deliberation in his narrative while presenting his near-dystopian vision of America. Fisher is exceptionally skilled at digging into human motivations and personal beliefs and gets you involved in situations that are crisply dramatic and informative. His prose conveys information with clarity and suspense. The visceral fear and loathing that you feel against ruthless arbitrary powers are genuine, and this validates the creation of effective villainy. Color of Authority is an impressive feat of a carefully-written story, one that will be good company.