The Foulks Rebellion
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (10/11)
“The Foulks Rebellion” walks the thin line between thriller and satire and, for the most part, the balancing act is done really well. Mr. Berry shows us a world that is very similar to our own, only with government control and covert conspiracies cranked up to an almost unbelievable degree, which is okay since we’re talking about a satire as well as a thriller.
The government is in almost complete control of everything, with a President that is mainly just a figurehead because he’s lost faith in the system that he himself is a part of and a Vice-President barely restrained from becoming a full-blown tyrant. While the majority of citizens aren’t happy with the way the country is being run, voter turn-out is almost non-existent. Congressman Victor Sligo decides something has to be done and meets with a group of government officials that are ready to revolt and take back the government. Unfortunately, the rebellion can’t get started because everybody involved has their own plans and fears. One attendant at this covert meeting is Edwin Foulks, a regular guy with a special gift and the motivation to do what needs to be done to get the attention of people; the rebellion is well and truly underway when Foulks and Sligo join forces.
I thought “The Foulks Rebellion” was a very entertaining read. Foulks’ unique way with people seemed odd at first and I had concerns that this was an intentional oversight to keep the plot moving. Fortunately, Mr. Berry does address Edwin’s special talent a little later on in the book so there turned out to be no worries there.
Both Foulks and Sligo are strong main characters, as is Sligo’s wife, Nel, who embarks on her own mission, which turns out to have a lot to do with her husband’s revolution. Vice President Billy Hellman is a larger-than-life villain that seems to have the world in the palm of his hand, delivering just the right amount of contempt and ego that makes him the type of bad guy you love to hate. The plot is fast-paced, and filled with plenty of colorful characters that make “The Foulks Rebellion” a fast and light-hearted read.
If you like your political thrillers with a little tongue-in-cheek satire, then “The Foulks Rebellion” is the book for you.