The IndependenT

Fiction - Thriller - Political
264 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2018
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Author Biography

Dana Turk is a 30 year Military Veteran, Retiring in 2001 he spent the next ten years working in various areas of private sector and civil service jobs. At sixty years old, Dana decided to write about his life in the service. 4 years later he published 'Baggage!'
Dana was frustrated with the status quo of government and published 'Too Much Government - Guideposts for Change" a non-fiction novel which was too hastily written and poorly edited.
After looking at the appeal of fictional government books, TV shows and movies, He took the non-fiction workings of government and inserted them into a fictional setting. Dana hopes that somewhere there is a Sam Waters who will carry the Independent's torch and win our government back for the people.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Sam Waters is a small-town construction contractor in Wyoming. Following a city tax increase, he writes a scathing letter to the City Council that not only pushes back on the tax increase, but includes just about everything wrong with American politics. His letter finds its way to the internet and from there goes viral. Soon enough, people are pushing him to run for president. Reluctant, but giving in to public opinion, he runs a grassroots campaign that shuns donations from anyone other than individuals donating a mere ten dollars and goes on the campaign trail. He insists on running as an independent… singular independent, not party independent. He wins and what he does as president will inspire even the most jaded and negative thinking political pundit and voter.

The IndependenT by Dana L. Turk is a “what if” story that sails right into the heart of current events in the United States. This is a story of an American Marine, husband and father—one of millions in the U.S. who work hard, raise their families, and as long as the bureaucrats leave him and his alone, all’s well. Step on his toes and there’s hell to pay. Mr. Turk does a great job ensuring that each of his actors are empathetic and recognizable to a large majority of potential readers. From action to dialog, every character is true to life. Turk has also done exemplary research. I thought I knew the political processes of the U.S. pretty well—but I learned a lot from this novel.

The real driver in The IndependenT is the sense of a hopeful reality that a knight in shining armor, or in this case a “caped crusader,” appears to chase away the criminals that have run the country for the past hundred years. There’s so much truth in this story, Turk should win the prize for Stephen King’s quote: “Fiction is a lie. And GOOD fiction is the truth inside the lie.” The IndependenT is GOOD fiction and that’s what makes the story special and a great read. The novel is a stand-alone read, but Turk leaves a tiny cliffhanger at the end and, perhaps, a sign of more to come. I hope so... I’m waiting for it.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Sam Waters never set out to be a political candidate. He was a small town contractor in Wyoming who wrote a letter to the editor regarding local politics. What he didn't realize was the power of the Internet, and its potential to elevate him to the national scene. Soon, people in Wyoming and the nearby communities are encouraging him not to only run for office, but for the Presidency. He scoffs, until support flows in through Internet sources who are interested in supporting a man with no party affiliation or political corruption. This elevates the call to the national level. Sam reluctantly mounts a campaign focused on bringing respect and integrity back to politics - a lofty goal given our country's long history of crooked, insider deals that really run the country. Can a truly independent candidate not only win the top office in the nation, but bring it back to what it was meant to be? Find out in Dana L. Turk's The IndependenT.

This isn't your typical political thriller. It's even better: it's a vision of America that so many of us long to see. I'd love to see this become reality in 2024, when it takes place. It's truly a refreshing and positive vision for our future. How I would love to see a candidate like Sam Waters: truly non-partisan, focused on what's right and respectful for all Americans, and being bold and honest enough to tackle corruption in D.C. from the top down. Dana L. Turk paints a picture of the future that so many of us hope for. The question is, will anybody be bold enough to "walk the walk" and support a new way in politics? The IndependenT gives us a guide. Here's hoping enough of us are willing to follow it!

Christian Sia

The IndependenT by Dana L Turk is a great political thriller that showcases the work of a visionary. This book answers the question: what happens if an independent candidate wins the presidential elections in the United States? Sam Waters has never had any great interest in politics. He is a construction contractor who would like to mind his own business and vote for who he wants, but when he notices the abuses imposed by the government on his people, he enters the political game as an independent candidate. And he wins! Now, follow the tension as he moves into the White House. Does he actually have what it takes to compel the parties to forge a common agenda that would serve the people? The stakes are high for him, and there are surprises he never could have anticipated and that will keep readers gripped.

Here is a thriller that fans of the Designated Survivor series will adore, a well-researched and brilliantly accomplished book that features the tension and the drama that readers would expect to find in the White House. Dana L Turk writes with unusual confidence and his unique turn of phrase and tone gets the reader engrossed in the story. The characters are powerful, well fleshed out, and developed to reflect the worlds they come from. The author creates a beautiful, picturesque image of the settings, starting with the imaginative and lucid description of the little town of Buffalo, situated at a junction. The book is rich in history and interesting elements of geography as well as compelling social and cultural commentaries. The IndependenT is an interesting, gripping, and satisfying read.