But when a terrorist named "Sultan," murders the speech's attendees on national television, Max's time to grieve for his slain wife is over. Sultan announces that he has taken control of the United States' military facilities, including its nuclear arsenal, and that the once democratic United States of America will now be known as the "Islamic States of America," governed by his new caliphate and its military.
At the Pentagon, General Daniel Harmon, now the highest ranking American military official, determines that the only way to preserve the peace is for all American military and law enforcement personnel to submit to Sultan's rule.
Max is placed in hiding by his top advisors, Bob Dalton and Jack Armstrong, knowing that as the only living elected official of the United States' government, he is a prime target. Despite having no legitimate claim to the presidency under the Constitution, Max is determined to do what he must to restore freedom to the nation.
With absolute power to implement his plan, Sultan begins to govern the former United States in a Taliban-like manner, instituting laws that men must wear beards and that women cannot work in the new, male-dominant society, and enforcing them with violence and a complete disregard for human rights.
Aided by Dalton and Armstrong, Max raises a militia led by John Sharpe, a renegade military leader who refuses to surrender to Sultan. As Max prepares for the impending war, his college girlfriend, Roxy Fidelis, seeks him out with her son, Zach, to provide Max with a support system and become the family he never had.
Max's adventures take him into several battles, encountering many eccentric characters along the way. Max must persevere through numerous challenges, from arena-style duels to a nuclear strike on a major American metropolis to political opposition to his authority. Throughout his ordeal, Max struggles to balance his responsibilities and duties to the American people with those he owes to his newfound family. Ultimately, Max comes to realize that that to truly be free means that each person must choose his or her own destiny, no matter the cost.
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The Noble Rebellion by Joshua G. Fensterstock is a spellbinding political thriller with strong hints of terrorism. While the arrogant President Cole delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, a terrorist dubbed "the Sultan” orchestrates one of the most devastating attacks on US soil, murders those attending the president’s speech on national TV, and then declares the United States a new caliphate with stringent rules. While the military and government surrender to the new leadership, one patriot refuses to accept the Islamic States of America. He is Congressman Max Noble. Follow him on an adventure to redeem his country from the clutches of terror. Aided by Dalton and Armstrong, Max creates a militia led by John Sharpe, but do they have what it takes to defeat the enemy? This is a novel with strong and relevant themes and I particularly liked the way the author develops the theme of terrorism fueled by religious fanaticism and lunacy. The characters are rock solid and Max comes across as deeply flawed and genuine, a man passionate about freedom. But can he sell his ideas of freedom to a people that are being manipulated? The conflict is strong and intense and the action it generates moves with surprising speed. From the brief description one may get the feeling that the plot structure is pretty straightforward, but it is not. The plot is cleverly done and it contains twists and turns that are nerve-wracking, featuring characters that are sophisticated, imagined with deep emotional and psychological layers. The Noble Rebellion is engaging and Joshua G. Fensterstock’s writing is cinematic. This is a real treat for fans of terrorist thrillers, and a strong sense of humor and suspense make this book an exciting read.
Well written thriller and page turner. The author has developed a terrific and frightening realistic plot that will keep you on your toes. I would highly recommend this to any reader.