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Nathaniel Delaney, an outspoken critic of a ruthless totalitarian government, spends five harrowing days trying to elude the police pursuing him. He criticized his local school's Social Engineering course that taught explicit sex-ed to his grade-school children. Using public pressure, he forced the school to excuse his children and the children of other concerned parents. The classes had been questioning the children if their fathers ever sexually molest them, even placing a hand on them. Delaney realizes this could be an attempt to brand him a child molester. He rushes to the school and finds his two children already detained by the principle, awaiting Social Services to assume custody. He "kidnaps" his children and flees into the mountains. Assisted by friends, he heads for his grandfather's cabin.
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Police pursue by helicopter. One of his friends shoots the helicopter and is shot in return. Delaney leaves his two children with other friends, who will take them to the cabin, while he takes the wounded person to a doctor friend. The doctor betrays Delaney, who is arrested and imprisoned. His children escape. Delaney kept a journal, he named "Plague Journal," of his experiences. He hides the journal under his prison mattress. Years later, the corporal in charge of Delaney sends the journal to Delaney's family. The corporal had been transferred after Delaney's arrest and never again saw him. The corporal writes a journal entry saying, "Things have a strange way of disappearing lately, things and people." This gripping novel helps one realize what life might be like if our government becomes totalitarian.

The review of this Book prepared by Maurice A. Williams

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   near future Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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