OVERREACH: BLOOD OF PATRIOTS by J. D. Ludwig is Now Available
Bitter and unrestrained politic rhetoric like this hasn't been heard in America for decadessome say not since the turbulent years leading to the attack on Fort Sumter and a conflict that took 620,000 lives. Recession, unemployment, revelations of government surveillance, lies, cover-ups, and bare-knuckle tactics over health care reform have led some Americans to believe it's time to take up armsechoing Thomas Jefferson's timeless reminder that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
J. D. Ludwig, a former Army medic, has witnessed the very human tragedy of combat. Better than most, he knows that war is not the glamorous and heroic affair we see on television and in movies, but a terrible juggernaut thatonce begunwould leave soldiers, civilians, and our nation itself with deep wounds that could take decades to heal. In his debut novel Overreach: Blood of Patriots, Ludwig takes the anger, fear, and political division we can all see in today's headlines and then "war-games" the horrors that would result if restraint and reason give way to blind extremism on both sides.
- A president, beset by political scandal and convinced of the nation's desperate need for change, takes a desperate gambleusing the military and executive powers of the government to eliminate his opposition and achieve total control.
- As a peaceful demonstration descends into mass murder, a brave senator defies political blackmail and personal disgrace to warn the nation of the coming coup.
- The president plunges the nation into darkness, cutting off power and communications to thwart resistance until he can solidify his control.
- It falls to one man, retired Special Forces Colonel Ty Denham, to take actiondesperately hoping that the power of personal honor and a deep devotion to this nation's guiding principles will inspire his countrymen to take up arms and fight for their most basic rights and freedoms.
- The book follows men and women across the country as they choose sides and deal with the chaos and shortages of a shattered infrastructure, and culminates in a accurate portrayal of the best-equipped military forces in the worldAmericans allfacing each other in pitched battle where their ancestors fought over a hundred and fifty years ago.
Ludwig comments, "At first, I was reluctant to consider what I've explored in this book, but with all the wild rhetoric and sabre rattling we're hearing from both sides, it seemed to me far better to fight this war in a fictional worldand hope that the reader can grasp the reality of bullets and bloodshed we could be facing in the very near future."