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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Perfect timing for a dystopian political thriller! T.T. Michael’s Fire War III: Uprising is the continuing saga of the Apocolytes and their leader, Anthony Jackson. The year is 2082; the United States is no more. The US Constitution is long forgotten. The countries of North America have combined into one nation known as the UCSA. The new world order is governed by a ruthless, self-seeking President. Jackson and his Apocolyte soldiers, who include his daughters Maya and Mac, are camped out in the desert near Chihuahua. The Apocolytes are a group of rebels who believe in the old way of government, and are willing to fight for what they believe in. Their cause is growing; it is time “to sow the seeds of a revolution.” Jackson would do anything to return to the time when life was simple and good. But those times are long gone. There is no going back or backing down! It’s time to rise up - to do or die!
Far-fetched or a prognostication of a scary future? Nonetheless, Fire War III: Uprising is an entertaining read! Although I have not read the previous books in the series, T.T. Michael does a great job in bringing the reader up to speed with the ongoing plot. Essential for a successful book series, past, present and future events are written into the story line. The story’s characterization is used masterfully to manipulate plot. The protagonist is equally strong and vulnerable, emotionally hidden and transparent. As the hero, he has difficulty relinquishing past memories. This internal conflict, at times, hinders his decision making. He stalls, caught between two worlds - the then and the now. However, as the action progresses, the hero evolves, takes risks, mans up! He strives to accomplish his mission and to see the final outcome to this legendary pursuit. The antagonist is painted as evil, arrogant, deceptive and psychopathic - the perfect villain. The perspective, however, is one-sided, leaning toward the viewpoint of the protagonist. The reader doesn’t know what’s happening in the enemy’s camp. The thoughts and intentions of the villain are left to the imagination. Portraying genuine patriotism, I loved the symbolism in the closing chapter. Fire War III: Uprising depicts the bi-polarism of politics, revealing the integrity and dishonesty of those in leadership. It uncovers the reality of life, liberty and justice for all. “We the people...”