This trilling tale of espionage and revolution in a future Japan completes the story that started with Code of the Kyoushi.
HAVING LITTLE HOPE left, Roshike's friends refuse to give up as they approach the endgame of their effort to take down the power behind the Batsu. Against almost impossible odds, they're ready to risk their lives to remake the system—but what else are they willing to do, and what are they prepared to lose in order to win?
About the Author
James Litherland is a graduate of the University of South Florida who currently resides as a Virtual Hermit in the wilds of West Tennessee. He’s lived various places and done a number of jobs – he’s been an office worker and done hard manual labor, worked (briefly) in the retail and service sectors, and he’s been an instructor. But through all that, he’s always been a writer. He is a Christian who tries to walk the walk (and not talk much.)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Third in the Miraibanashi trilogy, Endurance of the Free is smoother, faster reading than its predecessors, building confidently to its exciting conclusion. Themes are explored more deeply than in the other books as rebels seek to create something close to a perfect society. The balance between individual freedom and collective responsibility is nicely explored, in a world where collective responsibility has devolved into authoritarian control. As each step is programmed and planned, the rebels know their new world won't be “perfect—rules never could be—but the inherent authority to make decisions would belong to each individual…” The spirituality behind rebellion is convincing too, low-key enough not to slow the story, but deep enough to give the narrative genuine meaning and direction. Japanese names and ideas blend very plausibly with Christian themes. And it's all set in a futuristic (but believable) world, where samurai skills are as important as talents with computers, and hope is hard, but not impossible to find. The action is exciting. The arguments are intriguing. And the plot flows nicely forward, making this my favorite of the trilogy. With minimal but nicely sufficient backstory, it would be well worth reading on its own as well. Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.