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Revolution Day

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Carlos Almanzor has been the ruler of his country for 37 years. Now in his seventies, he is feeling his age and seeing enemies around every corner. And with good reason: his Vice-President, Manuel Jimenez, though outwardly loyal, is burning with frustration at his subordinate position.

Meanwhile, Carlos’ estranged and imprisoned wife Juanita recalls the revolution that bro
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Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd
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Colm Gillis
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Revolution day tells the story of a Latin American dictator Carlos and the people around him such as his estranged and imprisoned wife Juanita (who is a figurehead of the liberalizing forces in the country) and his second-in-command Manuel, who bristles under the domination of Carlos. After taking over in a coup, and riding to power on a wave of optimism, Carlos has become a jaded autocrat who slightly renews his shoddy grip on power by means of remembering the revolution. I found this book to b ...more
Katharine Johnson
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This powerful and tragic tale charting the rise and fall of a dictator in a fictitious South American country was totally plausible and had me gripped. After 37 years in power Carlos Almanzor is convinced that someone - perhaps someone very close to him - wants to betray him. Who can he trust and what lengths must he go to to protect himself and hold onto his position? The book is so well written - superbly structured, the pace keeps up and I loved the narrative voice, especially Juanita’s viewp ...more
Nancy
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was another great story from T.E. Taylor. Though a contemporary novel, it had a feeling of being of a historical throughout as memories of past decades unfold. Different viewpoints are skilfully interwoven as the roles of the characters in the current drama are revealed. The scenario of a young revolutionary being thrust into the prime position of authority, in a fictitious South American country a little short of forty years ago, seems very credible—even when that particular person hasn’t ...more
K.B. Walker
This book slowly grew on me until I was completely gripped. The politics resonate in our politics today in this country and brilliantly demonstrate fundamental human patterns and the way good intentions can be corrupted. The tensions between the good and evil in all of us was so skilfully written I actually wanted the tyrant dictator to defeat the machinations plotted against him. Can't wait to see what T E Taylor tackles next.
Terence Park
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regime Change!

The cosy, smoke filled rooms of wannabe revolutionaries are fleshed out here to dwell on what happens after.
It’s South America; the revolution was fought and won long ago, consigning the evil dictator, Salgado, and his henchmen to the rubbish bin of history. You’ve won the revolution but what about the hearts and minds of those you purport to serve? No matter, because the country is rich in valuable resources.
Hurrah for President Carlos Almanzor (former lawyer), they shout… but ti
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David Baird
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Revolution Day is a fictional story following the events surrounding Carlos Almanzor. A man who comes to power quite by chance and things don’t go the way he would have liked.

The tale is told from different viewpoints and flips between the past and the present. Sometimes when a book does this it can be hard to keep track where you are.. not with this one. Tim’s writing flows so easily. If anything it made this tale even better as you get an insight to not only what the characters are like now bu
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Tony McManus
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the best novels I’ve read this year. It’s a story of a revolution betrayed. A revolution carried out by youthful idealists led by an inspired Carlos Almanzor that loses its way and yields, as most revolutions do, to the seduction of power. Ideals are corrupted, promises broken and the revolutionaries age in office.
We meet President Carlos in his seventies, his estranged wife, Juanita is under house arrest. Assassination attempts made against him, anger and puzzle him. And
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Roland Clarke
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Who can a revolutionary trust?

As an autocratic and repressive ruler hanging onto power after 37 years, Carlos Almanzor seems to have little choice as he tries to survive. The scenario that Tim Taylor paints so vividly echoes the real-life situations of so many abusers of power, and the downward spirals of many dictators. And the scheming of Carlos’ colleagues proves very Machiavellian – very appropriate since I won a copy of “The Prince” on the launch day of Tim’s engrossing novel.

In a way, I co
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