PATRIOT FUTURE by Milton Johns


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 In 2021, the New Liberty party has transformed America: hunger, homelessness, unemployment, the national debt--all have been banished; income tax, however, is cripplingly high, and political correctness is required by law. Society is now threatened by ``jazz,'' a hallucinogenic and addictive drug that, in a very few, induced telekinetic powers. Ex-marine cop Matt Sheridan battles the jazz dealers every way he can, heedless of his superiors' disapproval. Internal Intelligence's Karen Russell, though, has tabbed the multitalented Matt for promotion and transfer to Washington, D.C. (now the state of New Columbia), where he will infiltrate the murderous, fascist, anti-government Confederation of American Patriots. But while Matt blows away drug dealers and worms deeper into the CAP organization, he begins to suspect that the CAP is neither fascist nor terrorist--and that New Liberty not only defrauded its way into power but is actively engaged in supplying jazz to the citizens. A so-so debut, long on agitprop and shoot-'em-up action, short on motive and internal logic.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-89141-581-5
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Presidio/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1997