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Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich
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Jan 29, 2014

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bookshelves: alternate-history, dystopian
Read 2 times. Last read January 29, 2014 to February 11, 2014.

Without realising it, I appear to have become a fan of dystopian counterfactual fiction.(Wow, is that, you know, A Thing?). This particular novel certainly fits into that category, presenting as a memoir the events leading up to the establishment of a brutal Christian theocracy in the USA. The protagonist is a liberal-minded New York lawyer, who helps a charismatic friend battle the forces of a "dominionist" (Google it!) Christian movement that uses a Palin presidency as springboard to power. Implausible? Unlikely, but not necessarily implausible given the assistance of some unpredictable events that the dominionists seize on to do, as the author is at pains to point out, "what they said they would do". It reads sometimes as polemic, the traditional twists and turns of plot never really happen and some might find the lengthy passages of legal exposition a turnoff, but I wasn't bothered by these flaws. I had, in fact, expected a slightly trashier read but was pleasantly surprised by its erudition.
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Reading Progress

January 8, 2014 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
January 8, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read (Hardcover Edition)
January 29, 2014 – Started Reading
January 29, 2014 – Started Reading (Hardcover Edition)
January 29, 2014 – Shelved
January 29, 2014 – Shelved as: alternate-history
January 29, 2014 – Shelved as: dystopian
January 29, 2014 –
10.0%
February 4, 2014 –
55.0%
February 11, 2014 – Finished Reading
February 11, 2014 – Finished Reading (Hardcover Edition)

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Angeliquerodrigues Intrigued. Counterfactual dystopian fare is my faourite kind, for the record. Books like One Second After by William R. Forstchen give me nightmares. I reviewed it here if you're interested: http://bit.ly/1iYmvgT
Really gave me the heebie jeebies! ;)


Phil And the worst of it is that all the Americans want to flee to Canada! Thanks for the tip: will check it out :-)


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