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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.