Indivisible? The Story of the Second American Civil War
By: Paul Martin Midden
Publisher: Wittman Blair
Publishing Date: January 2013
Reviewed by: Mary Lignor
Review Date: July 13, 2013
At the start of Indivisible there is a short introducton to the Battle of Manassas, VA in July, 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War. It is here that Abraham Bellamy and his cousin Hank meet and it is here where Hank will meet his end. In his last breath he tells his cousin Abraham, "Don’t worry about me, I get to die happy."
Then we move forward to Appomattox, VA in April, 1865 where General Lee is there to sign the papers that will end the War Between the States, and the southern states are about to be forced back into the Union. Abraham Bellamy has gotten through the war but knows that things will never be the same again, so he takes his gun out and kills himself in the Virginia countryside.
In part 1, Chapter 1, called the Dream, the first thing the reader sees is the assassination of President Obama and then the story switches to Vice President Biden who is waiting for the Chief Justice to come and swear him in. When the door opens Biden expects the Justice to come in, but instead he is told that the Justice has been killed and now they are after Biden. However!! This was a bad dream of Biden’s and, after all, it was just a dream.
The author is setting us up to get used to the idea that the “South is about to Rise Again” and there will be many who will look to their Government for all solutions to the basic problems facing the citizens of the 21st Century and many who see that the Government is, in itself, the problem and wish to change that. After the Civil War many states were forced to take what they could get and like it in order to unify the country...and they did. But, now there are some who want a new Civil War and who have the resources to make it happen. Abner Bellamy, a distant grandson of the original Abraham, who shot himself at Appomattox, feels the same way about the United States of America as his relative did. Abner brings twenty-two men – two from each state that had formed the Confederate States – and they re-write the Declaration of Independence.
In another part of the country, a very wealthy man by the name of David Blinder, along with some of his powerful friends, are starting to stockpile weapons and gather favors from folks who believed that the Federal Government was going in the wrong direction. These two, Bellamy and Blinder, come together and are ready to start the second Civil War. But, take heart, for the good guys are out there and working to stop these two groups from ruining the United States of America.
Indivisible is very graphic and the scenes are quite real when it comes to the killings of the President, Vice President and Chief Justice. Written very well, the reader will believe every word about the impending civil war and many will hang on every word. Just imagining how a Civil War in the 21st Century would be, and perhaps thinking it’s possible, is the one eerie feeling that will not easily subside.
Quill says: This book is a good read for people who don't want to get a good night’s sleep.