The following review was published on GOPUSA on June 24, 2015.
by Andy Yates
After recently finishing the new political thriller After the Republic, written by North Carolina author Frank L. Williams, all I could say was “Wow!” I’m already anticipating the sequel. It’s a rare book that entertains and challenges me, and this one does both within an enticing framework that makes it difficult to put down. With a quickly unfolding plot, well-developed and easily identifiable characters, and enough twists, turns, and surprises to keep you on your toes, After the Republic is a quick, fun, thought-provoking read. That alone is enough to recommend the book, but that isn’t its most compelling part.
After the Republic is set in 2017 and references many current events as historical facts. America has just elected a charismatic president many compare to Ronald Reagan, but that is not enough to prevent the once-great nation from descending into chaos and becoming a mere shadow of its former self. Once things begin falling apart, they do so at lightning speed. The book chronicles the challenges faced by a group of Americans, led by a former state legislator who had hoped to enjoy a quiet retirement from politics. This group is determined to survive the fall of the American republic as members face a world of chaos, terrorist attacks, and the disintegration of many basic rights and freedoms Americans take for granted.
This book really made me think about the serious choices facing our country as we deal with securing our borders, facing down radical Islamic terrorism, and balancing national security with freedom and civil liberties. The decisions we make in these areas will likely determine the future course of our nation and our world. While hopefully our nation never faces a similar scenario, After the Republic does an excellent job of examining the consequences of making the wrong choices on these key issues. For readers who don’t have a good sense of these challenges or are less motivated to ensure we make the right decisions, this book will surely change your mindset.
Before you read this book, make sure you have several hours of free time because I am certain you will not want to put it down. Be prepared to ponder the plausibility of the book’s storyline, the actions you might take as an individual, and the steps we should take as a nation to ensure that fiction does not become reality. After the Republic will also challenge you to think about the choices you would make if confronted with the scenario that unfolds within its pages. If you don’t already have a real sense of the dangerous times we live in and the threats America faces, you will once you finish this novel.
Andy Yates is a Senior Partner at Red Dome Group, a full-service public affairs and political consulting firm based in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit http://www.RedDomeGroup.com.