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In the year 2196, the Republic is the sole surviving state of the new world. The Father rules the people. The Law aims to avoid the mistakes of the old world.

Religion is outlawed.

Electric fences separate citizens from other people.


Heath is born in one of the lawless sectors outside of the Republic and is brought up to resist it. Inspired to make a difference after his pare
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Paperback, 978 pages
Published March 30th 2020 by Hemisphere Publishing
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Charlotte
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is long but for me that only meant that by the end I was so invested in the characters and their journeys that I actually wanted more.
I found the concept intriguing from the start. The Republic is a post apocalyptic society where religion is outlawed and gates separate the strictly monitored citizens from the “rebels” in surrounding districts. The story is told from the perspectives of 5 characters and the writing captures their very different personas excelle
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Perfect. In the Republic, there is only what is allowed, and what is not.’

2196. A new world, in which the Republic is the sole surviving state. The Father is the ruler, the Law is immutable, religion is banned. Those who are citizens of the Republic are protected from the lawless sectors outside by electric fences. Some of those who live outside conduct raids across the fence for supplies.

‘Freedom was a thing of the old world, a thing that had died with the ancient communities during the last c
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Mike
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Trigger warning for discussion of rape.

Most often reviews on /r/Fantasy are gushing about wonderful books, but it's also useful to get a review of why someone DIDN'T like a book. And since I was given the ARC of this, and promised an honest review, here goes.

No spoilers past the first 10% or so, because I couldn't actually make myself finish this.

This was pretty much designed to push every "let's annoy Mike" button a book can. This is a dystopian book, set in a world where much of the world is r
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Cassie Woolley
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Note: Based on an advance copy from NetGalley.

Set 176 years in the future, In the Name of the Father takes place in The Republic, an authoritarian society where religion is outlawed and the law is sacrosanct. The virtues and follies of The Republic are explored through the eyes of a politician, a child, an "agent", and a resistance fighter.

McDermott has crafted a masterful plot, managing to take me by surprise a number of times. Other plot twists are made obvious to the reader, but are withheld
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In The Name of the Father - Michael Francis McDermott


‘In the Name of the Father” is the debut novel of Australian author, Michael Francis McDermott.

This novel is a dystopian based story that follows the stories of three characters: a rebel, a republican and a child caught between it all.

Hundreds of years ago the old world collapsed and died thanks to what became know as the Religious War and the inadequacies of the governments and rulers of the time. Almost destroying everything that was left of
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Jesse
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It is the year 2196. Religion is outlawed, genuinely thought to be nothing but problematic or the product of insanity. Because of this, the world, as you or I know it now in 2019, has collapsed. From its ashes rises a new world order, The Republic, the sole surviving state of the new world, and - of course - the resistance.

Welcome to Michael Francis McDermott’s ambitious, sprawling epic debut novel IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. It begins by tearing into a dystopian world like a bat out of hell. Yo
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Jay Dwight
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The year is 2196 and it is a very different world to the one we know. Citizens of the Republic live inside the fence, and everything is done to keep those on the outside out. Inside the fence is a world where there is one law, law that is completely unchanged from time of enactment. Religion is outlawed. Outside the fence we have civilisations struggling to survive, trying to get inside the fence to steal medical supplies and the like, and often relying on food drops from inside the fence.

I lov
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Paul
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A compelling read. Whilst the length of the book was imposing at first, I was quickly drawn into the story and after the first few chapters I knew I was in for the long haul!

Set in a dystopian future, the novel raises interesting questions surrounding the pitfalls of democracy and the place of religion in society - without taking a distinct stance on either side of the equation. This is achieved by storytelling from the perspective of each of the main characters, all of whom have their own very
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Sarah
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A fantastic read!
I loved how there was so much detail in all the characters and they were really well thought out.
I loved the how we got the different perspectives and I was even able the empathize with the “bad guys”.
The different theories and theology was really intriguing, and I felt the author covered all the different ideals each character had very thoroughly.
The way it was all brought together at the end, was exceptional and I even had a tear in my eye!
As a first published work - it’s j
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Colleen Mills
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BE AWARE: This book could easily be a prediction of future societal direction. Michael McDermott is a fan of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty Four” and has now penned his own exciting glimpse into his future of “2196”.

Our country’s leadership decides on the rules we must abide and how we must live. The author gives us a dramatic view of how easily we could be led into following and voting in new ideas and fads that can lock us into a lifestyle of divisiveness and also fearful for our families an
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Patricia Bonan
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER -> what a suspenseful and thrilling surprise! Every time I stopped reading, I could not wait to dive back in to find out what was going to happen next. The plot was brilliant and puts the reader on edge at the turn of every page. The author managed to deliver five different character perspectives of events that somehow twist together resulting in a story that is fiction, yet so eerily real. Although this is a novel that takes place in the future, the relevancy of the pl
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The Cats’ Mother
In The Name of the Father is a dystopian thriller set near the end of the 22nd Century about an authoritarian regime called The Republic, where religion is outlawed and the lucky few live comfortable lives inside electric fences while the rest scrabble to survive in the wasteland. I started it in March, fully intending to finish it in time for publication, but then it became apparent just how long that was going to take, and how bleak it is, so with the Covid crisis escalating globally, I put it ...more
Dylan McBurnie
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A flawed but powerful debut from an author whose writing can only get better. At times the uneven pacing and narrative structure can make some sections jarring, and despite its length I was still left somewhat confused by the (self)-contradictory ideologies of the characters and nations.

However, the intense, violent action, the complicated, interwoven plot threads, and the depth of the world and characters more than make up for it. The locations are few but constantly evolving, the characters a
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Marlene Sanders
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my voluntarily submitted review, fair and honest and in my own words, for this ARC. This will probably be a long review but I feel it is warranted. In The Name of the Father is a dystopian fiction that has the feel of current (or what COULD quickly become current) events. This is a huge book! If you happen to be in quarantine, this is the book that will see you through. The story is based in the 22nd century where religion and leadership are in opposing camps. There are references to the ...more
Nettie Franco
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Name of The Father is an epic novel, not for the faint-hearted! It is a novel that deeply examines our human ‘being’. This book has a wonderful storyline, multi-layered and steeped in the lessons of history, science, the seen and unseen and the complex questions around truth, life and love.
With well-developed characters, who the reader becomes more and more invested in as the book progresses, we explore the ‘new world’, the world where religion is outlawed and the areas beyond the ‘fences
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Serena
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

I was intrigued by this book as soon as I saw it, dystopian/post apocalyptic novels are always interesting and I enjoy that so many authors can come at it from different angles and Michael Francis McDermott is no exception.

I didn't like that it was written from 5 different character perspectives, but that is purely reader opinion! The story was well written, the ch
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Ivory Castle
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine a world where the law means order, stability, complete unity and obedience to the same set of rules without exception. Religion is outlawed and the Father rules the citizens living in the Republic.
The main characters include the following. Slinky leads the Freedom Fighters on raids to stop the citizens from making the mistakes of the old world and help eradicate rebels. Ever since her childhood she has wanted to hunt the insane and eradicate the old beliefs. Employed by the Republic she
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Susan Case
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine living in a society where there is great suffering and injustice? Government Control, Loss of individualism, technological control, environmental destruction and survival. Michael McDermott's debut Novel ' In the Name of the Father' takes you on a ride like never before. A captivating story in pursuit of the truth. Is there room for faith and spirituality in the modern world? Can you ever really be free? Is there a place for religion in a dystopian world? A brilliant plot with unexpected ...more
Janette McKenzie
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
An impressive project for a young author.
Some editing is required with grammar and "alternative" words.
I am working on a list of suggested changes.
Matt Carroll
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book started out slow, honestly it was heading for one star (okay maybe 2 stars because it was easy to read and I liked how the author didn't hold back when it came to the action and the sex). I almost gave up but I'm glad I didn't. If the first half is slow then the second half is the total opposite. In fact I don't think I've ever read a book so quickly as I did the last 300 pages of this book. The twists came as a big surprise to me, just when I thought I knew the full story there was an ...more
Beth
Sep 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Denai Piscopo
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this book was not for me. Written from too many perspectives, quite slow at points and honestly i just confused and then completely disinterested to the point where I did not finish. Sorry but thanks for the ARC NetGalley.
Greg Piggott
Fantastic story line(s) and I did not think Michael would be able to draw them all together but he did a pretty good job of it, twists and turns right up until the end. It kept my interest which was a pretty good effort considering the large amount of content.
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The Grey Zone | Book One
A Tunnel of Hope | Book Two
The Republican | Book Three
The Alliance | Book Four


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