The Republic Series, Book One
Publication Date: October 26th, 2020
Pages: 394 pages
A novel for our times. A saga for the ages.
On the eve of passing landmark immigration legislation, the entire Texas Senate and its native Tejano leader, Diego Reyes, vanish suddenly from Austin. When news of the disappearance hits West Texas, cowboy Del Woodward isn’t shocked. He knows exactly where the lawmakers are, but he’s not telling. Woody’s been down on his luck, and a shady bargain he’s made puts him tight in the squeeze of Marcos Cepeda, north Mexico’s ruthless drug lord. And Cepeda’s furious with this new stall in the bill. It’s got a loophole he can exploit to add another quarter million square miles of exclusive turf to his cartel—but that territory goes back up for grabs if leader Reyes can’t pass the bill before the Senate session expires in mere days. The brutal kingpin wants what he’s bought and compels Woody to step up. How the cowboy swings the vote isn’t important to Cepeda, but this sure is: if Woody breathes so much as a word of reluctance, it’ll be his last. The prize is Texas, nothing less. It’s real, and it’s on.
The Republic Series launches from true pages of the Lone Star frontera story into a hauntingly modern arena of trade, trafficking, and tradition on the Rio Grande in To the Republic: BOOK ONE.
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Clueless Gent’s Rating for To the Republic
The synopsis for To the Republic says it is, “A novel for our times. A saga for the ages.” I couldn’t agree more!
This story is about three topics that, unfortunately, too many Texans have heard too much about in recent years: Texas politics, drug cartels, and immigration. There’s also talk of a terrorist attack that plunged Texas into darkness by attacking the state’s power grid. There’s also a lot of talk about a big wall being built between Mexico and the United States.
There is tension throughout this book. It is as thick as the best natural honey that Texas has to offer. And it is relentless. I don’t usually pity politicians, but I sure felt empathy for the Texas Legislature in place during the story.
“Texas could get along without the United States, but the United States cannot, except at great hazard, exist without Texas.” —Sam Houston
The main story has to do with a monumental piece of legislation that is so controversial that the entire State Senate “disappeared” from society so they could put together the bill and get full buy-in from both parties. But there are also a few subplots. One has to do with the drug cartels, and two of the others center on undocumented immigrants. Lastly, there is one part of the story – and I’m not calling it a subplot, but it’s very distinct from the rest of the story – where there is a dialogue between a reporter and a subject. We are not told who either of them are, but by the end of Book One, a reader can take some educated guesses.
I consider this story to be very complex, even for a political novel. There is a lot of backstory regarding some of the key characters, as well as Texas history. One thing I liked (but was totally unprepared for) was the “lesson” on immigration issues. After reading this book, I discern that the immigration issue is much more complex than I ever thought possible.
“I’ve got a right-wing State to placate, and a desk in a left-wing capital to do it from.” —Texas Governor Benjamin Block
I think it’s important to point out that this is not a complete story. There is no climax. In a way I feel a little disappointed, but I certainly can’t fault an author that put so much political information in a novel. However, on the plus side, ending Book One where the author does, it gives the reader an opportunity to make some guesses about what’s going to happen in Book Two.
With no climax, there are also no complete character arcs. After reflecting on the story, I think the author needed an entire book to put all the pieces in place. This is a very heavy read – but I have high hopes that Book Two will make it all worthwhile.
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2 thoughts on “To the Republic”
This is a great review, and you make a valid point that when there is a big series ahead, the author is placing a lot of trust in the readers to stick with it and trust that it will be worthwhile. It sounds like the level of information and raised awareness in this first book is worth the effort. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for taking To the Republic into the family of books you have reviewed. Your observations are a great reflection of the desires that went into the writing, and you rightfully note how readers are asked to embrace arcs in character and story that extend past the final page of Book One. I hope to continue earning trust that loyalty will be rewarded, and so generous a review helps strengthens that faith. ~ Continued best with Clueless Gent!