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Three years ago, bestselling author Blaine Pardoe’s Blue Dawn political thriller series took the fiction world by storm. Published by Defiance Press, it put forward an alternate history-future in which Joe Biden and Kamala Harris never lived to make it into office, and as a result, Antifa leads a violent overthrow of the government. The White House and Congress are overrun, aided by traitors within. Overnight the extreme left seized control of the nation and the purges began.
In Blue Dawn, Pardoe gave the radical progressives everything they wanted – complete control. Anyone who opposed them was rounded up in Social Quarantine Camps. Antifa became the stormtroopers of Social Enforcement, administering their form of justice as mobs on the streets. A Truth Reconciliation Committee arose as the masters of sanctioned government censorship. Reparation Points encouraged citizens to turn on each other for money and prizes. Every aspect of what was once America was replaced with a rebranded replacement nation – Newmerica.
If it all sounds like the stuff of nightmares – that is intentional. It was a nation along the lines of Kurt Schlichter’s Kelly Turnbull series, but on steroids. Blue Dawn is pulled from the desires the hard left routinely expresses – such as pushing reparations, turning police into political arms of the woke left, wanting the government to seize control of all social media – and from the real and bloody history of the French Revolution.
Blue Dawn’s characters were incredibly deep: a turncoat operative, the Secret Service agent who knew the final fate of the overthrown president, a young man who learns the bitter truth about the progressive totalitarian state, and the leader of the Sons of Liberty resistance. Blue Dawn’s ending ignited a spark of hope, a chance to reset the Great Reset. Pardoe wove in real-world politicians as characters, including the chief arch-villain of Newmerica in the guise of socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Blue Dawn laid the foundation for a series that is now three books long and growing. The second book, A Most Uncivil War, continues these wonderful character arcs and introduces new ones – namely in the form of General Reager, a man who saves the Alamo from being destroyed by Social Enforcement and is pressed into trying to support the first free election since the radicals seized power. Downtown Chicago becomes more of a warzone than it is now as the second American Civil War erupts. Best of all, we see get to see the progressives start to turn on each other. Sidebar: I won’t spoil it, but the final fate of Nancy Pelosi in one flashback is worth the price of admission! Uncivil War includes a false flag attack and a presidential assassination attempt. A Most Uncivil War is a perfect mix of Tom Clancy-level political thriller and modern military set-piece fiction.
Two weeks ago, the third book of the series, Confederacy of Fear, was released. This book has some of the prisoners launching a stunning prison break while the new civil war expands to more states. A new character, a refugee from fallen Taiwan, is a leader of a cell of the Sons of Liberty fighting to free the nation he now calls home.
For anyone out there who has speculated what a civil war might look like in the US, this gripping book is a must-read. Citizens rise up and fight for their country reminiscent of the ‘80s classic Red Dawn.
Pardoe has a knack for taking the latest outrageous headlines and crafting them into elements of the Blue Dawn universe. He postulated the Truth Reconciliation Committee two years before the Biden Administration’s abortive Disinformation Governance Board was announced. The nationalized police force he writes about is what Obama put up as a trial balloon. The Social Quarantine camps are eerily similar to what AOC suggested when she called for retribution against Americans who support Trump.
What makes the series work, aside from crisp edge-of-your-seat writing and the outstanding stories and characters, is the believability of the world Pardoe has created. It’s very much our world, just a tragic or staged incident away. His postulating of the destruction of Mount Rushmore and the graveyard of purged statues and monuments are all too believable. It is clear Pardoe trolls CNN and MSNBC for source material for his series, turning the progressives’ ideas and words against them.
What Pardoe has masterfully done is provide readers with a view of an alternate reality – frightening and terrifying, and all too real, days or minutes away from now. He takes readers on a journey with his characters as they discover exactly how horrifying the nation we love might become under unopposed, unchecked progressive rule.
The Blue Dawn series is something that every American should read. It is cautionary, a warning of what may come. Moreover, because it is fiction, it is a brisk, run read. You will be angered when you read it, frustrated by the concepts you see play out in the stories, yet at the same moment, compelled to turn the next page.
Pardoe has posted online that he has just finished the fifth book in the series – so the stories of Blue Dawn will be continuing far past Confederacy of Fear.
A.J. Rice, is President & CEO of Publius PR, Editor-in-Chief of The Publius National Post, and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Woking Dead: How Society’s Vogue Virus Destroys Our Culture.
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