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 Constitution was never ratified.
In this strange world of oppression and fear, Bryce begins to learn the true value of the Constitution and the price of freedom. But will he be able to pay that price? Or will it cost him the love of Leslie Adams and her politically powerful family?Fans of Gerald Lund everywhere will enjoy The Freedom Factor, a gripping novel of courage and love that goes to the heart of the political strategem and maneuvers of present-day Washington, D.C.
The premise of the book is terrific---an amendment is proposed which would so radically undermine the Constitution that a bit of divine intervention is needed to prevent it from passing. I was hoping for a storyline that demonstrated through reasoning and examples why our various Constitutional guarantees are each so important. I was kind of disappointed
The first half of the book has some characters mention specific ideas that are very instructive, such as the difference between a democracy and a republic. A character is warned about the danger of combining executive, legislative, and judicial powers into one government agency. I know you don't want to bog down the pace of a story with too much sermonizing, so even though I would have loved more of these tidbits, I understand why the author had to keep them to a minimum.
But in the second half of the book, I was expecting to see individual events that illustrated those early theoretical principles. Granted, it did show what a terrible society we would have without the Constitution, but it didn't connect the dots to show how a Constitutionless society would have arrived at that point. It depicted that it would be terrible, but it didn't depict why it would have become that way. We are kind of left to just trust that it would have. I believe it would have; I just wish the book had done a better job of portraying it in a compelling way to someone who doesn't understand or believe that causal sequence.
The action and intrigue were fairly well executed. I just wish it had measured up to the ambitious premise.
After reading many other books by Lund I expected this to be just as great. Sadly this is not the case. This book had so much potential and if falls incredibly short. It is poorly written and lacks in substance it actually hurts to read.
I would highly recommend one of his other books called "The Alliance".
While I found this book to be a fun read, I feel that there could have been a little more reference to Divine Providence from the Founding Father who came to 'help' the main character.
I am a Lund fan. I love all his books fiction and non. This one is my favorite (though most would get a five-star rating because they are all really good). It's very thought-provoking. I love that in a book. Even if you don't know much about our Founding Father's and what they did, you can't help but admire and love them by the time you finish this book. This book is just what this country needs. There is much to be thankful for even in the tough times we are seeing in this nation and much of that thanks is owed to our founding fathers.
I borrowed this book from my MIL because she thought I would enjoy it, and I did. Really interesting read and a great story.
A friend loves Lund's books and she gave this to me to read. I tried the first couple of pages and took it back telling her that "I just couldn't get into it". She handed it right back and said "you gotta read this!" I am glad she did! I read it and had my teenage daughter read it, it makes you really think about what you are doing, especially at the time of year when we are voting!
As a legislative aide for a Congressman in Washington, DC, I found this book to be especially meaningful. It is well written, with great character development, and enough love and action to encompass a wide range of readers. More important however, is the burning sense of patriotism and duty to this great nation that the book instills. This book has re-invigorated my strong belief in the importance of service to this country, and given me an added perspectiveof the work that I am doing. I would like to thank Brother Lund for writing a book that is passionate in so many ways. If you love your freedoms, read this book!!!