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Freedom's Sons Paperback – 24 Sep 2013
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Freedom's Son's covers the first fifty years of the new Northwest American Nation following the Longview Conference that ratified the breakaway of the Pacific Northwest region from the remainder of the terminally-diseased, decaying and dying USofA.
This final volume in the series picks up where The Brigade left off and we follow the fortunes of the new European's Pacific Northwest Nation in it's struggles against a USA in schizophrenic denial, a USA that doesn't possess the wisdom or honesty to see the evil of it's own ways and a dangerously pathological USA that can't seem to stop starting new fires in whatever direction it chooses to exhale it's putrid breath.
The structure of the whole narrative is not simple and it's very apparent that Mr Covington possesses a mind that is fine-tuned to the social and political climate of the post-war age, including the 21st century. His knowledge of history, politics, biology, technology, society, military and other areas makes him perfectly qualified to produce this incredible five-book epic.
Considering the nature of the general story one may be forgiven for assuming that the book contains some far-fetched flights of fancy and somewhat wishful thinking on the author's part. However, this is absolutely not the case and right there we have a very obvious reason for why these Northwest Novels are so irresistible: they are CREDIBLE.
To my understanding, Freedom's Sons is essentially three novels-in-one:
Parts 1 & 2 (0 – 12 years after Longview)
Part 3 (32 - 40 years after Longiew)
Part 4 (40-50 years after Longview)
The following crucial issues are tackled in Freedom's Sons:
Possible economic blockade of the PNW (a la pre-ANC South Africa);
A multi-front military assault from the combined forces of the US, Canada and 'Aztlan' (including a possible nuclear threat);
The building, structuring and peopling of the new PNW (building of domestic industry, trade relations, infrastructure [transport, roads and related], energy, education, military, resettlement, police, healthcare, national finance, etc);
The NAR's relationship with territories outwith North America, friendly and not-so-friendly (including espionage);
The role of women, children and the elderly;
The structure and format of government, and many other issues.
My only POSSIBLE criticism of HAC as a fiction writer (and admittedly, I am no expert) is in a lack of detail in describing surroundings and locations and a tendency for dialogue to be overly extensive by digressing into topics seemingly unrelated to the issue at hand. However, considering these Northwest Novels are also a vehicle for the blueprint for a genuine Northwest secession movement (see NORTHWESTFRONTdotORG for further information and background on the quintet) I do understand that Mr Covington probably decided it was necessary to extend the dialogue in certain places to make the reader aware of the genuine viability of a future breakaway nation for European-descended folk.
I can easily say that I enjoyed reading Freedom's Sons as much as The Brigade, A Distant Thunder and A Mighty Fortress (I have yet to read Hill of Ravens), in fact probably even more so.
They are inspiring, instructive, and original, and they have a huge potential for mass (white) appeal.
I plumped for the more expensive hardback copy (£26/$35) as I think that a paperback book of over 900 pages stands a good chance of falling apart after a read or two – and I want my copy to be around a long time!
Some have commented on the sheer size of this work, but it doesn't appear to me that Freedom's Sons is much longer than The Brigade: after a quick comparison, it's obvious that the only reason Freedom's Sons has so many more pages is because The Brigade has smaller line-spacing and smaller font resulting in more words per page for The Brigade. So if you've already read The Brigade, don't be put off by the pagination of Freedom's Son's!
Buy them all while you can, and do buy the hardbacks if you can afford them – they'll survive being passed about and reread for many, many years longer than the paperbacks. [note: sadly The Brigade is on Xlibris, not Authorhouse, and as a result isn't available as a hardback – so you'll have to buy a cover-protector to make your PB The Brigade last a while!]
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This and a thousand other questions are answered with one man's vision. To my knowledge nobody else has gotten past the "we kicked their @SS!" stage of what might be headed our way. Certainly not to answer the question, "How do the winners and losers get along with each other afterward?"
The characters and stories blend artfully over the decades bringing the story full circle.