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Jim Kincaide is a normal guy. He's upper-middle-class, lives in New York City, and has a good job. He's a registered democrat, though he wouldn't identify himself as liberal. Still, he finds himself agreeing most of the time with liberal politicians. Most Americans, however, are tired of the government's overintrusiveness. Theyr'e tired of handing over a third of their income so it can be redistributed to those too lazy to get a job. They're tired of unpatrolled borders and benefits and “rights” for illegal immigrants and criminals. They're tired of frivolous law suits, of having their guns taken away, of jurists legislating from the bench. And they've finally decided to do something about it.
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What starts with a few instances of vigilante justice quickly escalates into a fullblown national crisis. Militia groups unite and overthrow town after town. Riots erupt in the cities. The government is helpless. Soon the militias control the heartland of the nation. Without intending to, Jim Kincaide becomes thrust into the action. Unwittingly hooking up with one of the most powerful militia groups, he becomes the spokesperson for all those with whom he most vehemently disagrees. He's the wrong man for the job—yet he's the only one who has a chance to defuse the growing tension before it's too late.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   right wing militia

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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