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If you’ve ever wondered what the adjectives “rip-snorting” or “humdinger” mean, pick up The Chaos of Change by J.T. Riggen and you’ll know. Talk about an intense, fast-paced, often complicated, yet understandable political thriller! But be prepared to come away with a sense of chaotic dystopia and an uncertainty about whether you’d want to live in this future USA. You see, in The Chaos of Change, the US is once again brought to the brink of civil war between north and south. In fact, the two sides step over that brink, and once again blood is spilled, good men die, and wives and children are left to fend for themselves while the men of the house take up arms against their brothers…and that term “brothers” is not just used here in the metaphoric sense.
When Thaddeus Jackson, son of ex-president Richard Jackson, is physically forced by the CIA from the peaceful existence he has carved out for himself in Alaska, it is obvious that sooner or later, as the new leader of the Federal North Pole, he will be pitted against his younger brother, AJ Jackson, who with his father and uncle, head up the Southern Territory. But that family clash doesn’t take place in The Chaos of Change. It’s most likely being saved for the next book in the series, because in this book we have to first see how the Northern and Southern areas engage in the new civil war after Article V of the Constitution is invoked, and the existing Federal Government is dissolved.
J.T. Riggen hooks readers with this highly provocative and well-thought out plot. Characters, though plentiful and sometimes hard to keep track of, are realistically human. There are some very touching moments between man and wife, man and dog, and man and his environment. There are also utterly intriguing concepts about the future of our environment, the use of natural resources, and the development of social, health, scientific and military defense weaponry. Put another way: our smart phones and Fitbits are just an introduction to the world Riggen depicts in The Chaos of Change.