I have a couple of things to confess before I get into this book: I am a fan of Larken Rose's political writing and this book pisses me off.
For the first part, I believe Rose to be one of the foremost writers of anarchistic political thought today. He has a way of concisely, deliberately, and succinctly explaining facets of free range thought. He does it without flowery language nor does he do it by resorting to collegiate-level writing that few enjoy or understand.
For the second bit, the fact that he can do that and write a really great novel pisses me off. Why? Because I've tried to write fiction. Many times. It's a lot harder than you'd think. Larken makes it look easy. Bastard.
That should tell you where I'm going with this review. The Iron Web is likely the best modern book I've read since John Ross' Unintended Consequences. The two books have a somewhat similar trail, being about the police state and emerging freedom, but they have two very different ways of expressing the idea.
The story that The Iron Web revolves around is relatively simple. A group of anarchists live in the woods of Northern Arizona. The government, of course, calls them terrorists. Soon enough, the standard Waco/Ruby Ridge scenario begins.
The story mostly revolves around three major characters:
- Jessica, a well-to-do 19-year-old innocent,
- Jason, a rookie BATFE agent, and
- Betsy, personal secretary to a Senator who is the President-elect.
The story unfolds both in the woods of Arizona and in the office of a United States Senator. The two worlds are very different, the goings-on are related, but the perspectives are mostly at odds.
The Iron Web is an excellent read and well worth the time. It will enlighten and entertain any libertarian, anarchist, or Glenn Beck wannabe. Neo-cons probably won't like it and Obamabots will hate it.
I highly recommend this book, which you can get from the author at this link.
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