So, for the betterment of our country and our lives within the United States of America, we are brought Senate Bill 590190, or what’s to be popularly known as the Executive Powers Act. On the onset, this is presented to us via an excited reporter to be a new path to a greater America for all who desire more accomplishments from their government. But the plot thickens quick…
Absolute Despotism is a shocking and eye-opening thriller beginning with an everyday family gathered around and watching the news to hear this historic event come to pass, and then hanging their heads in shame and fear. Why? Because they are among the increasingly rare families who can read between those insincere lines. This is where we first meet Abigail, one of our main characters, and we follow her through some time of her life and how the Executive Powers Act affects her world. This is where we join the author, Holly Brown, on a journey through the rapid decline of a free country and people.
For all those who are truly genuine Americans in body and spirit, this is a wrenching tale of what could occur in a free country whose people are not more vigilant in maintaining those checks, balances, and the throes of power. This is because Abigail lives in a world that has already been fundamentally transformed, where suspicion and paranoia are nearly literal formations in the landscape. But then, offering hope and a possibility to take this country back, comes along Jack and Smith, two men she meets at a meeting of concerned citizens that must be kept secret.
It should be noted for the reader that Absolute Despotism begins as a well-written and thought-provoking novel, clearly plotted well by Brown, the author, and then just keeps going as such. The reader simply cannot help but to experience the 1984 flavor of the story, but with several pinches of America sprinkled into the mix and then brought to a time just a little ahead of this one. Brown clearly worked painstakingly throughout this work to create a story detailing of how it could really be, but with adding a dash of drama and ensuring there isn’t too much of anything contrived. For those who desire this country to remain a free and dynamic land comprised of a limited government with enumerated powers (or, should I state that for those who desire for this to become the norm once again), the fragrance here is not unlike a wondrous breath of fresh air from someone who sees where all of this is going.
But for those ardent readers, this isn’t just some story strewn with political opinion woven through the content; the two men who have entered Abigail’s life has her head spinning in so many new and exciting ways. In fact, in order to maintain proper within the eyes of the government but to show her feelings to Jack, she fills out relationship papers with him, because that spells young love in this world. But these two men along with a myriad of other important characters become a part of a significant whirlwind for Abigail as Executive Order after Executive Order come from Washington’s only true lawmaker.
It will likely prove utterly fascinating to the reader (unless one finds the American Way reckless, so then this might prove utterly dazzling) that Brown possesses a peculiar and poignant crystal ball. Not only is her ability to portray a collapsing America uncanny, what with all the paranoia coming from so many different directions tainting the color of the backdrop while everyone pursues the society they believe is best, but the reactions permeating through the various facets of society are quite telling. We feel we are certain Brown expected Ted Cruz to be labeled the Green Eggs & Ham guy despite his heroic efforts taking more than twenty-one hours. Brown would be saddened to see a story on the news where a little boy is suspended from school for an entire year because he was playing with a toy gun in his own yard, but not at all surprised.
There is so much occurring in Absolute Despotism (and within the confines of today’s USA) that surely would have been viewed as inane madness just a generation or two ago. But yesterday’s insanity is becoming today’s norm at a dizzying pace, which only makes this novel even more of a recommended read for those who sit there, wondering what to do about all of it. It is almost daunting to read and hear what the news reports and the anchors state almost daily in Abby’s life, all the while doing so with conviction and smiles, positive that this is exactly the way to go in order to make things better. It is chilling to witness what is occurring in our country right now, but to read this amazing novel and then turn a widened eye to the world around us will surely send that chill to the bone.
I am so glad I came across this novel and I cannot recommend it enough for those who desire that Eagle Eye’s view of where their world is going. But be warned, as that eagle grows evermore saddened by what is occurring, feeling tempted to find a perch on freer lands elsewhere. All the way back to 1849, we can see where Henry David Thoreau warned us that our governmental method is so weak that it can be bent to the will of but one single individual, and his suspicions are certainly confirmed in the present day. Within the novel written by Holly Brown, those assertions are reinforced. But we can find Brown yet another one of the true Patriots we hear calling out to America, letting us know that, if we do not do something about what is going on all around us, we won’t be able to blame anyone but ourselves when our future resembles that of Abby, Jack, and little Naomi.