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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,847 ratings  ·  250 reviews
What would America be like today without the Constitution? Bryce Sherwood, a young senatorial aide whose star is rising, is a key player in an attempt to pass an amendment that would eliminate the checks and balances built into the Constitution. When Nathaniel Gorham, one of the original Founding Fathers, appears to him, he is transported into a world where the Constitutio ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Shadow Mountain (first published 1987)
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Jesse Whitehead
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Before Gerald N. Lund wrote his Work and the Glory series and established himself as the Robert Jordan of the LDS fiction market he made his authorial way by writing short, entertaining and often silly political themed adventure novels.

Freedom Factor is one of these. The problem with reading these early Lund books is that his formula starts to wear thin. This one is a political book about the importance of the United States Constitution. The point it’s trying to make is a good one but I’m not su
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Mack Fontano
SO SO SO good!

I LOVED this book! It made me SO happy, and it was so thought provoking!

I loved Bryce's character development and what he learned, I adored Leslie and Paul Adams, and I totally enjoyed the storyline.

I thought it was fabulous! And it helped you realize why we need our constitution. In America we take a lot of things for granted, but the founding fathers were inspired by God, and they knew we needed something to govern and balance the government and the Elliot Mannington's of this
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Samuel
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
this book has everything besides mythical creatures.
it has love, betrayal, hate, history, adventure, guns, action, truth,
death,survival, cars, national monuments, government, even has an alternate reality.
Arden
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the situation that America would be in if no Constitution was ever established. It has so much truth in it, and really makes you think of what road America is really heading down right now.
Lisa Brown
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
An exciting novel about a man who is thrown into a world where the constitution was never ratified. Lund does a wonderful job of telling the story and helping you appreciate how truly amazing the constitution of the US really is, and how scary our country would be without it.
Damien
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think this is the most amazing book there is about freedom. It teaches the value of The United States Constitution and takes you into a US where the Constitution was nonexistent. It is a must read.
Laura
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you are a lover of the Constitution, or just want to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy everyday, this book is for you. Excellent. I like to read it every summer before the 4th of July.
Jadelyn Seegmiller
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Freedom Factor, though not my typical genre of book, was much better than I expected it to be. For the most part, I like to read period romances, historical fiction, and some autobiographies/ biographies. And although it may be incon"th"ei"b"able (inconceivable for those who didn't get that reference), I am not big on dystopian novels like Divergent and Hunger Games. When I began reading this twist on dystopic literature, I was pretty unsure if I would like it, but by the end of the book, I ...more
David Slatten
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many of the reviews I read regarding this book were very poor. They said that this was not Lund's best work and that the story was weak and the some of the parts were a bit corny, etc. I will agree, it isn't one of Lund's best works but it is far from being a poor work. I think many of those reviews may have come from readers who do not like fantastical plots or otherworldy types of content. I don't know. What I do know is that I enjoyed this book and really couldn't put it down after passing th ...more
Jodie
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

I at first was not excited to read this book because I thought it was going to be a non-fiction book. However, it was a wondeful novel. I didn't get into it right away, the first chapter or two didn't grab me. Once I was in though, I was truly hooked and could not put it down. Lund used very intelligent vocabulary which I appreciated. He also wove together a story that did make you think about where you stood in reference to the constitution, The United States, politics and freedom. Nic
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Ellen
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It's purely fiction, but it makes you think. Some characters were pretty flat, and it was a bit preachy, but still an enjoyable story. My only complaint, I guess, was that the climax part of it, where everything was coming to a head, was hard to follow. I didn't quite catch all the time changes and who all the people were. But it all worked out and they lived happily ever after anyway. Good triumphed over evil. And that's the important thing, right?
Leiloni Schulz
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book takes us to another world. . . one in which the constitution was never instated. There was plenty, of love and adventure to keep my entertained, all with some really good points about the founding of our nation.
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
This is not my favorite novel by Lund, but it was still well done. It definitely makes you stop and think about our country and the things we can do to support and protect our freedoms. It's a quick read, but still thought provoking.
Laine Lund
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot from this book about what America would be like if there wasn't the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. It makes me very grateful that the founding fathers wrote the Declaration and the Constitution so we could live in this great country today.
Olivia
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A mix of sci-fi, with some history, romance, plus a bit of constitutional facts!! I absolutely loved this book!!!!
Nathan Goodman
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬The Freedom Factor, by Gerald N. Lund, is about a senator's aide named Bryce Sherwood who is working to pass an amendment to the Constitution that will eliminate the checks and balances it was written with. In response to the amendment that could be passed very soon, the “ghost” of a founding father, Nathaniel Gorham, attempts to convince Bryce of the consequences it would pose to the country. When he fails, Gorham sends Bryce into an alternate reality—one where the Constitution never exi ...more
Elizabeth Gardner Johnson
Merely as a piece of writing I put this down somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. Very predictable and includes as a character, the "ghost" of a signer of the Declaration of Independence who comes to visit the main character and convince him of the error of his ways. I personally found him to be unbelievable and corny. The romance, although you want it to work out in the end, is pretty, um, silly and rather sentimental (but at least it's rated G!).

No need to look at the year the book was publishe
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Celeste Batchelor
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I liked this one, I typically do love Gerald N. Lund. This is one of his earlier books and not as long, which I appreciated in some ways. There is enough details to get the story across. I liked the development of the characters, especially the main character, Bryce.

My biggest praise for this book is that it shows that the Constitution is not outdated and is still essential to our freedom today. This book is a nice reminder of our dependence on freedom and that we must DO something to keep it.

My
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Beth
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
So I like Gerald Lund's stuff. I've read Fire of the Covenant a couple of times. I've read The Kingdom of the Crown series. I've read all nine volumes of The Work and the Glory ... twice. I've always found his books to be well-researched and educational while still being readable.

But The Freedom Factor was written before all of these others, and, well, it shows. I expected a deep exploration of what the Constitution means to America -- instead I feel like I got a watered-down, half-done idea of
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Linda Hart
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Easy,quick must-read for adults and teens that is very hard to put down. I think it was written in the 80's but it is even more applicable today with our Constitution being in more jeopardy than ever. It is a clever combination of science fiction,romance, and mystery.

Bryce Sherwood, Legislative Assistant to an extremely powerful Senator,is unable to see the dangers of a new amendment which his employer authored and for which Bryce has been appointed to direct the national campaign.

He is visited
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Angie
Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was good and the message presented extremely important. My favorite part was when Gorham passionately explains the sacrifices made by the signers of the Declaration of Independence, information which I was not aware of. Summed up he teaches that: Five of the signers were captured by the British and tortured as traitors until they died. Twelve signers had their homes ransacked and burned. Two signers lots sons in the war. One wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas ...more
Hollie Robb
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Suppose that the Constitution was never ratified."
Bryce leaped up. "But it was ratified!"
Gorham shook hes head. "Not hear it wasn't."
Bryce stared, his jaw slack. "IT can't be!" he whispered.
"Well." Gorham said slowly, "it is. you are now in an America that has never had the Constitution."

Nathainel Gorham, an original Founding Father, visits young Bryce Sherwood, a rising aide to a Washington senator and a key player in an attempt to pass an amendment that would eliminate the checks and balances
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Anna
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not normally what I read, but I am in a book club where we all take turns picking and this is what was chosen for May.

This book was like a thought experiment with a parallel universe thrown in so that the main character could participate in the thought experiment not just the reader. It was an interesting thought experiment: What would the USA look like if the states hadn't ratified the constitution? The parallel world was very real and depressing. It got the reader thinking. The charac
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Sandy
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book as been around (in my library, actually) for a long time, so I'm surprised that I hadn't read it before. Especially since Gerald Lund is one of my favorite authors. However, the timing was perfect to read it, as I have been extremely concerned of late about the attention paid to the Constitution, or the lack thereof. Though I don't believe that this book was quite as well written as some of Gerald Lund's, the point it is making is crucial to the future of the United States of America. ...more
G (galen)
Jun 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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04madelines
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
The main issue of this problem is that the senate wants to add an admenet to the constition. THe only problem though is that one of the mans,Bryce Sherwood, gets a little visit from Nathenial Gorham. The time in the setting is about he time the book was publishe so late 80's. Also it is a world were there was no constition! The main charachter is Bryce Sherwood. He is a person that is trying to add to the constion. Then there is Lesleie Adams who dislikes the admemt and has striking green eyes. ...more
Will
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
An up-and-coming politican who is pushing a constitutional amendment with extensive structural changes is abducted by a Framer ghost to an alternate North America without the Constitution. A satisfactory setting for a thriller which drew me back despite myself.

I give a less than stellar rating because Lund breaks the rules of the uchronian genre by not showing how his alternate society stems from his premised. Why would it lead to a "socialist" dictatorship in half the continent? Rather than a
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Darla
Nov 07, 2008 rated it liked it
(Genre: LDS fiction/adventure) This was a book that I read with my husband (he had read it before but couldn't remember all of it). It is the story of a man that is encouraging the passage of a bill that would add an amendment to the constitution. The amendment would eliminate some of the natural checks and balances that our founding fathers built into the government. He is visited by Nathaniel Gorham, one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, who wants to help him see what the ...more
Kami
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a selction for my book club. Bryce Sherwood is an aide to a senator who has proposed a ground breaking (and in my opinion idiotic) amendment to the Constitution. This amendment seriously threatens the checks and balance system currently established. So, Bryce is visited by one of the founding fathers who gives him a glance of what could have been America if the founding fathers had been as stupid as Bryce and his cronies. In general, I really enjoyed this book. The alternate universe was ...more
C. Spencer Reynolds
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-10
Ok let me start by saying that I had no intention of reading a 439 page book in one day! (I honestly don't think I've ever done that in my life!) Maybe it is just the current political climate that this book intrigued me, because I am not into politics, but this book so wrapped me into the storyline that I just couldn't put it down. If you think our freedoms and the Constitution of the United States of America is being attacked, read this and get a glimpse of what this nation could've have looke ...more
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Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fi ...more