America II: The Reformation is written by L.W. Rondeau.
Here is why the author wrote this book:
Following unprecedented climatic changes, resultant pestilence and war brought the world into chaos. Eventually, each nation surrendered its sovereignty to form a global democracy, initially known as The Accord. However, the democratic government proved too weak and was soon replaced by a faux democratic rule called The Constitutional Government The year is 2073, and current governor of Western America Province, Edwin Rowlands, is poised to become the Constitutional Government’s second president. Many fear that the sweeping reforms found in his proposed Preservation Act will set him up as a dictator. If enacted, defection both past and present would become a crime punishable by death, thus bringing all outlands into crushing subjection. Hope springs eternal and this is true for a world in the brink of civil war. God is not dead and continues to involve himself with the events and concerns of His creation. I worked in human services for thirty years and witnessed disturbing sociological trends. I wondered what the world might look like should these trends evolve to their logical conclusion. Thus America II (or the Second) was conceived. The Reformation parallels the struggles of the original colonies as they became embroiled in controversy with England. It is about the quest for freedom and how much it costs. The primary setting of America II is in the West. I chose this for several reasons: 1. The likelihood of a government base in Colorado Springs is not far-fetched. Our current government has contingency plans in the event of global disaster. I checked with some military folks who thought such a base would be in Colorado Springs. 2. The west has historically been associated with the quest for individualism. 3. When I visited the Rockies, I toured an ancient Indian village. I was impressed by sensitivity of the culture and its quest to be one with nature. As I turned to look at the scenery, I caught a glimpse of the highest peaks. I immediately dropped to my knees in awe of its beauty.
Another key setting location is the Highland Province, formerly known as the British Isles. If the seas rise, it is likely much of the lower lying areas of Britain would be washed away making the higher elevations important. The Revolutionary Army is patterned somewhat after the Irish Resistance.
America II is about Hope. As long as the Earth remains, God will continue to play a part in His creation. Here is the quote from the front of the book. I think Mr. Franklin said it best: In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered….And have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived for a long time (81 years), and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it possible that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall proceed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”
Benjamin Franklin’s 1787 “Speech to the Convention for Forming a Constitution for the United States”
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight), LINDA RONDEAU, writes for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption and God’s mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com. Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, is a futuristic political thriller published is now available in ebook on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.