The Army of the Republic

Stuart Archer Cohen, Author . St. Martin's $24.95 (422p) ISBN 978-0-312-38377-0

Politically liberal readers will probably best appreciate Cohen's near-future thriller, in which corporate oligarchs run America and the middle classes acquiesce through fear of the displaced underclass, composed of those generally left behind by globalization. A coalition of trade unionists, environmentalists, religious groups and civil libertarians opposes the oligarchs. When the administration hacks electronic voting to rig elections, a general strike is called that's put down with Blackwater-style mercenaries. This leads a small group of activists to launch a campaign of assassinations and sabotage to force the government into allowing elections, but this triggers even more repression. While Cohen (Invisible World ) vividly describes the dynamics of a demonstration as it evolves into a riot, even those in sympathy with the author's message may find this paranoid fantasy too heavy-handed and strident for their taste. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/14/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 432 pages - 978-1-4299-3120-5
Paperback - 422 pages - 978-0-312-42905-8
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