The American Testament - Book Review

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The American Testament

Author: Tom Simon
Genre: Fiction - General
Publisher: Defiance Press & Publishing
Date Published: May 12, 2020
ISBN-10: N/A
ISBN-13: N/A

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Book Review of :  The American Testament



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Thomas Michael Simon has written a fictional novel entitled 'The American Testament.'  The story is set in the year 2084.  It is a time when artificial intelligence is used everywhere, androids abound, and America finds itself terribly fragmented. Simon paints a dark vision of a highly technological society of the future. It is a prophetic narrative about a dystopian America that has been basically divided into three distinct districts after a national debt-driven collapse of the financial system with each area inhabited by citizens who primarily follow only one political persuasion.  The country described in Simon’s book is George Orwell's '1984’ a hundred years later. Big brother is everywhere. Your every word is monitored, and your location is constantly tracked and available to some government entity.

It is also a book that reflects on much of the direction our current day in history is following and illuminates how history can and does repeat itself.  Simon prefaces his novel with a little background of each of the main characters in his foreword. This and his section called “To the Reader” helps sets the stage for the futuristic novel of a  United States in the throes of a second Civil War as political overseers vie for a separation based on political-ideological beliefs. The book is a wake-me-up for those who don’t follow the political wranglings that constantly goes on in today’s house and senate.

Simon creates a future where powerful leaders and political groups with divergent ideas seem to be still only capable of resolving issues with the blood of those who think differently. Massive terrorist attacks happen in the Southern district, killing hundreds of civilians. The perpetrators are not known at first. The civil unrest turns even more deadly as factions using android soldiers to do much of the destruction - stage war in America.

Androids are a significant part of life in 2084. Simon even talks of brothels of androids. The manufacturers of androids have created deadly fighting machines that are armed with lasers, flame throwers, machine guns, and other weapons of destruction. They come configured in numerous ways. The android types have names like Scorpions, Eagles, Lobos, Hornets, etc.

The American Testament is an enthralling and terrifying narrative that is a warning to be heeded as we rush into tomorrow. It is a thought-provoking piece of literature that is urgently relevant today as we live in the shadows of a broken Congress and in a divided society.   Simon shows a keen observation of human nature and civilization in his writing.  He writes of a new war between the states, a war that pits the North against the South and other factions tossing their militias and armies into the fray, creating a bloodbath that fractures an already crippled America. Can America heal itself, or will it just disintegrate into a shadow of its previous self?  They say, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."  Are we learning?


Reviewed by: David H

About Tom Simon


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Thomas Michael Simon is a veteran and twenty-year civil servant aiming to shatter the current political quagmire. His professional background is a marriage of cutting-edge technology development and governmental bureaucracy, which are evolving to devalue individual liberties. Born in a liberal home and wed into a conservative family, the contrasting values and motivations find champions in his work. Much of the rage in today's politics is because few understand what inspires people with whom they disagree.

Mr. Simon was born in Boston, grew up in Maine and Missouri, served active duty in the Navy, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri Rolla with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before a career in the U.S. Government. A student of politics, religion, and philosophy, he savors modernizing examples of hard historical lessons into current political crises. As a husband, father of three, and Texan, Mr. Simon loves America and prays that the current trajectory is corrected and the better angels of our nature once again prevail.




Visit https://defiancepress.com/authors/thomas-michael-simon/ for more information on Tom Simon


Comments

By: John CrowderDate: 05/05/2020 19:29:32
A thoroughly enjoyable and prescient read. Anyone who follows current events will find the plot not only plausible but possibly unavoidable if our present divisions persist. I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t become a blockbuster movie!



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