“The broad brushstrokes of Keith Jones’ novel ‘In Due Time’ paint an engaging work unafraid to show what can happen when Americans forget why the Framers gave us our Bill of Rights …”
Having just finished Keith Jones’ novel, In Due Time, I confess to being surprised at what I found. Knowing Keith and his dedication to the Second Amendment, I expected a novel along the lines of John Ross’ blockbuster, Unintended Consequences.
What I found, however, is simultaneously broader in its scope and more precisely focused in its setting. The nitpicker in me (to which Keith will undoubtedly attest) says that like most books from smaller publishers, In Due Time could benefit from additional editing.
But nitpicking aside, the broad brushstrokes of In Due Time paint an engaging work unafraid to show what can happen when Americans forget why the Framers gave us our Bill of Rights. Jones’ vision is a United States which devolves from sovereign nation to the entanglements of international unions, and eventually to the oxen yoke of global autocracy … and back again.
Years ago, I would have said, “That can’t happen here.” But that was before I witnessed just two years of the Obama administration. Would Americans uncritically accept the baby steps toward global government which Jones depicts? Perhaps not. With benefit of hindsight, the Tea Party revolution of 2010 suggests that blood would flow long before Americans surrendered constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms.
On the other hand, as a professional pilot, my ability to earn a living –and the ability of millions to travel – now involves the unappetizing choice between electronic strip search via full body scanners or the indignity of what the Transportation Security Administration euphemistically calls “enhanced pat-down.” So whether or not one accepts Jones’ premise of global government, the erosion of civil liberties he portrays – done in the name of the “collective good,” of course – undeniably looms.
In microcosm, the setting of the book will bring a smile to Southerners in general and North Carolinians in particular. (If you know what’s good for you, do not offer Keith lemon for his sweet tea.) A standing rule for authors is “write what you know.” In that, among other things, Jones excels. Set primarily in central and eastern North Carolina, the details and feel of locations ring true.
PLOT AND CHARACTERS
For a broad description, I can’t express it better than Keith himself:
“In 2036, America has just shaken off the shackles of a one world government. Led by a modern day George Washington named Alexander Birch, our country is rising from the ashes; but Birch has a problem. Prompted by a mysterious stranger he reaches out to a famous writer and patriot named Howard Spence.
“The stranger is a time traveler named Joshua Lance who has sacrificed a life of favor serving his international masters to save the one man who could bring America back from the ashes; Birch. Spence tells how Lance had traded the security and wealth he had carefully crafted for a larger cause and more importantly why.
“In Due Timehas the flavor of Vince Flynn meets Harry Turtledove. It is one man’s journey of discovery into his own heart then back through time for his last great adventure.”
The book follows protagonists Joshua Lance, Artemis Pike and eventually Howard Spence as they graduate from college, found a successful business, and marry. As they go about their lives, ominous hints of growing autocracy shadow them as international unions become governments, guns are confiscated and the Constitution is nullified under leftism’s utopian premise of the “common good.” Like Americans we all know, the three remain largely oblivious until it is too late.
The final plot twist may surprise you. Whether the use of a science fiction concept – time travel – adds to the plot, only the reader can decide. Suffice to say the idea of a time traveler locating himself in the past and changing the behavior of others in order to change his future is like looking into the infinite reflections of two mirrors facing each other and trying to decide which is real.
In any case, In Due Time makes for an engaging read. Better yet, it is engaging to those who would not otherwise bother themselves with civil liberties. If you know one of those (and we all do), give them a copy for Christmas.
To those who read the book, remember these words: Long Live the Ox!
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