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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
To Challenge the Present by James Huber is a thought provoking ‘what-if’ fictional novel. Part One of the book takes place at the end of the Revolutionary War, during the time in history when George Washington became our first president. Part Two of this well written novel assumes that Washington had become King instead of President. We are now in the twenty-first century, ten generations later. The new leader is Washington’s descendant, Edward Lake, King Edward V of New England. There is a new war taking place between the Kingdom of New England and New France. Philadelphia is the capital and the Red French forces are trying to take control. The Kingdom of New England is not going to allow this and will do whatever is necessary to win. There is a deal made with Mexico for a secret weapon that will surely end the war. Battles ensue and both sides suffer defeats and loss of men.
To Challenge the Present portrayed what a very different America we could have been living in and it made for fascinating reading. James Huber has written a well thought out and probably very accurate and probable story if this had been the decision our forefathers had made back in 1776. To Challenge the Present was very real and I felt as if I was inside the minds of the leaders on both sides and shared in the ups and downs each battle. I highly recommend this book to all history buffs and to all who would like to imagine our country with a different political scene. To Challenge the Present is a winner in every way.