The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of Berry's most thrilling books in years, this one encompasses American history from very close to its beginning (the War of 1812) to very close to the modern day (the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union), and manages to link them together in entirely unexpected ways. It's another one of those great stories that reveals a surprising and horribly plausible flaw in US politics - one even worse than the ones that have allowed this year's joke of an election season to happen the way they have. Our Constitution provides for so many contingencies, but the one presented in this novel, here portrayed as a mad Russian's revenge, is one so unusual, and yet so potentially catastrophic, that it's a wonder it's never been taken into account before.
With luck, The 14th Colony will prove influential enough to shape future government policy and ensure that the villainous plot in this novel can not only never come to pass, but never achieve its ultimate goal of plunging the country into Soviet-fall-style chaos.
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