Erne Lewis has been an architect, businessman, aquaculturist, ocean cruising sailor and traveler as well as a libertarian political activist. He lives, sails and writes in the Pacific Northwest. His second novel, Drug War, is underway.
An Act Of Self-Defenseby Erne Lewis
It is ten years into the future and the nation’s government is nearing financial and moral collapse. A small group (the TLR) believes deadly force is necessary to save individual liberty from the two-party political aristocracy that is Congress. They believe the imminent economic collapse will be an excuse for the dictatorial powers soon to be claimed by the federal government. They accuse Congress of having “increased your powers far beyond their constitutional limits. You have systematically destroyed our natural right to own ourselves and make our own choices. You have become an aristocracy that steals our production and controls us as if we are your serfs.” They announce to the nation, “Ours is the only form of revolution now possible, but it has this advantage. If lives must be taken, only ours or those that have stolen our lives will be required to forfeit theirs.”
They give Congress three days . . . to approve their proposed Term Limits Amendment to the Constitution, one that prevents professional politicians from serving in Congress, or, unless they first resign, the long term incumbents “will be term-limited in the only way they leave us.”
The Department of Justice targets term limits supporters and libertarians in its hunt for the terrorist group. But when the first senator is “term-limited” in spite of all that federal authorities can do to stop it, it is clear the terrorists will not be easily found. They are inside the federal law enforcement agencies that are hunting them.
This novel examines a critical issue for our liberty. If our right to own ourselves and make our own choices—our liberties—are diminishing with every year, how do we ever regain them?
Is deadly force justified? even in self-defense?
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You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to appreciate An Act of Defense. But if you appreciate fast-paced, character-driven stories, you'll love Erne Lewis. As I devoured this book, I was reminded of the extremely hard-to-put-down novels of John Grisham and Scott Brown. I know the intellectual elite among you will call both those authors formula-driven hacks, but there's no arguing that they both write very readable prose. So what's so great about this novel? I think the characteristic that I found the most intriguing is the timeliness of the fictional events of the story. They are eerily reminiscent of the Gun Control fervor surging through the Federal Government - that is seriously challenging America's second amendment rights - after the Gabrielle Gifford shooting. And then there are the events in Egypt that are prompting the Federal Government to push legislation to give them full control over the nation's Internet access in the name of protecting our country. Once these rights are given up, they won't be given back. Not without a fight. As someone who has experience with the FBI's tactics of intimidation/monitoring, I can affirm that the horrible acts in this story perpetrated by our government are not exaggerated. Republican or Democrat - it makes no difference. The primary impetus of any seasoned politicians' actions is to increase their power and authority over our lives. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Great novel but, more importantly, very thought provoking about some of today's current events. Regardless of your political views, this book should bring into question some of your beliefs about the state and future of our government. It's a fun read and highly recommend it to everyone.
An important and timely novel, no matter one's political views. - I found it to be all at once thought-provoking, eye-opening, prophetic, exciting and inspiring. I believe that Thomas Jefferson is thinking the author, Erne Lewis, has done a great job "carrying the torch" for the "land of the free and the home of the brave" in his work, An Act of Self-Defense. I was not able to put down this fast-paced, gripping, political cliff-hanger. Plenty of fodder for book-club discussions and an excellent film.
A high octane, adrenaline-powered debut novel. Lewis puts the reader into the most important issues we face today. He tells the story in a way that puts us there naturally with well developed and intriguing characters at war with a smothering and corrupt government. It's a powerful argument for individual liberty that kept me reading until I finished. And still, two weeks later I can't stop thinking about it. Lewis has created an exceptional novel that leaves no doubt he is a writer with a bright future. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for his next one; "Drug War". Everyone fed up with today's political landscape will love this book!
An Act of Self Defense by Erne Lewis, is an exciting techno-thriller and a thoughtful libertarian analysis of what the author believes is our failing political system. The techno-thriller part reminds me of books like Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy, with good character development and state of the art and beyond technology. The characters are human and the technology believable. The good people are torn between their mission and their consciences and the bad ones while hiding behind their good intentions, are evil. I had a lump in my throat when a good person was lost, and applauded when a bad person was term-limited. The libertarian arguments will produce powerful emotions in any reader who loves liberty and fears a condescending and presumptuous government all too willing to make our decisions for us. The close relationship between Congressional demagogues, incumbency and corruption is driven home in a way that had me yelling yes! This novel makes a strong argument for term limiting Congress. The one part of the book that I take exception to is the attack on the Patriot Act, which, as the author correctly points out allows search and seizure without warrants while also denying the accused the right to be represented by an attorney. But the Patriot Act has protected us. Attacks have been stopped and perhaps without the Patriot Act we would be in much greater trouble now-all things considered-than if our Constitution had been strictly followed. That is what I like most about this book, it deals with the important issues that involve us all and it pulls no punches. An Act of Self Defense is an excellent book, and one that the reader will find hard to forget.