Friday, July 22, 2011

Toby Heale's Rebellion for Democracy


Toby Heale’s The Rebellion for Democracy is the riveting story of one man’s fight for democracy and freedom from draconian laws and crippling taxes.  Jack Palmer is leading a rebellion that is aimed at combating the stealthy campaign to turn England into a totalitarian state, making it a model for the rest of Europe to follow.

Palmer has been working on a “big project,” the details of which he does not divulge to his girlfriend, Alison, a senior staff member at the Home Office.  The first news she receives of the “big project” is on television, informing viewers that an independent territory is being established in south London, which Palmer proudly informs her is the work of the “The Reform Group,” a group that has honorable intentions and prefers the word reform to rebellion; “We don’t want power.  We want reform.” 

Jack receives a call from Miles Barclay, the rebellion head of security, breaking unexpected news on what should have been a day of triumph: a man who is “prepared to kill without compunction” has infiltrated the rebellion, making it evident that “they want total power and not to restore democracy.”  At each turn, the success of the reform and the lives of the reformers are threatened, balancing precipitously in a game of politics and intrigue, keeping readers surprised and in suspense throughout the novel.  Facing betrayal within the organization, threats on his life, and a ruthless security service, Palmer’s value system is challenged, and Heale artfully draws readers towards a stunning denouement.

Heale proves himself to be a master of plot and theme, interweaving deep themes into a story that will leave readers utterly breathless.  The Rebellion for Democracy is a page-turning story of political intrigue, suspense, and the struggle to maintain democracy in a country that is ostensibly founded on this principle.