The population grows restless as their bellies contract.
A single hope remains to save the country from starvation — a genetically modified miracle entrusted to Commissioner Kai Ming. Ming is only providing transport, but it’s a heavy burden for a lowly civil servant. Even worse when things go sideways and Ming is forced to watch as an unruly mob publicly executes someone he calls a friend.
To avenge his friend’s death and save the country, Ming must make allies in unexpected places, and put into motion a devilish plan. The fates may have taken his friend from this world, but they can’t shake his conviction.
Fans of Wool, Dune, and Battlestar Galactica will enjoy this standalone science fiction thriller about a futuristic Republic on the brink of an uprising.
M.G. Herron is the author of The Gunn Files, The Translocator Trilogy, and other stories of science fiction and fantasy.
His work is published both independently and through publishing houses such as Audible Studios and Aethon Books. Altogether Herron’s novels have sold tens of thousands of copies.
Based in sunny Austin, Texas, MG’s alter ego, Matt, works for a product design agency as a content strategist. He enjoys traveling with his wife and their dog, hiking, rock climbing, and making up stories.
This review is on The Republic by M.G. Herron. This is the second book I have read by this author. It is political thriller set in a speculative, post apocalyptic time period in Asia.
The story starts out with one of the main characters, Commissioner Kai Ming, attending a gathering to hear the Magistrate give a speech to citizens who are suffering during a hunger crisis in their country. Things get out of hand and the Magistrate is attacked. One of Ming’s security men, Ari Klokov, tries to protect Ming from the violence, but Ming is injured in the melee.
The country is in a food crisis because a genetic disease has decimated the rice harvest. Food shortages are causing unrest in all of Asia. The people are ready to riot convinced the central government is not helping them. This unrest is worldwide and other countries are having similar crises. Ming is trying to solve their country’s problem by developing new rice seeds that are disease resistant. Others in control want the new seeds for themselves.
The story takes a sharp turn when Ming is attacked again by angry protestors and Ari is seriously injured. Ming thinks Ari is killed, but Ari is actually kidnapped for reasons unknown and wakes up after major brain surgery not knowing who he really is.
The plot thickens as Ari begins to regain lost memories and what he learns is shocking. The government and country are now in total unrest from food shortages, hunger and rebel attacks. A plot to overthrow the government is now in full swing. Ming is caught in the middle and the wrong people will come to power if Ming cannot prevent it.
I give this book Five Stars because the story is entertaining, credible and builds quickly in intensity. The plot weaves through acts of conspiracy, betrayal, murder, double-cross and corrupt government officials. The characters are well developed with emotional ties and are interesting to follow. The writing and dialogue are excellent. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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I have been reviewing these books separately as I started off reading the first two chapters as individual episodes which I got free, I then bought the entire novel. My reviews on every episode have been 5 stars, the reason? Realism.
Right from the start, we are introduced to a post apocalyptic world where people are struggling against a common enemy. No zombies, no virus, no robots - famine and corruption. The story is dealt with in such a manner as we are given introductions to the characters, and then moved around during the chapters / episodes, to see the story evolve from their viewpoints. The running feeling of unease, desperation and sporadic outbursts of violence, really add to the effect of a society which has been brought to the brink of destruction by corporate greed and corruption. The case is also set for the use of genetically modified food sources as a source of a bacteria resistant staple in the diet and not as a cheap, mass produced commodity to line the pockets of the already well off.
I will definitely be reading more of this author's work as I have enjoyed many short stories by him on his website.
The Republic is a dystopian view of what the world could be like post World War III. This is a standalone novel. There is a lot of violence. While the book was well written, I found the storyline and characters to be average. Don't think this book isn't worth reading, because it is worth reading. I just didn't find it to be spectacularly original and better than average.