I have just finished “A State of Treason” by David Thomas Roberts. It is a fictional “what if” story about a growing conflict between the State of Texas and the President of the United States.
The book, which is actually the second in the series, begins when Texas officials, angered by warrantless arrests of Tea Party organizers, make a daring rescue of a man being held at Ellington Field. The President literally goes ballistic and blockades all of the Texas ports and highways into and out of the state. The Texans react, of course, and the plot gets very exciting with lots of modern warfare in the state of Texas.
The storyline began in Roberts’ first book, “Patriots of Treason,” but the second novel is a complete work.
I read the book at the invitation of Monica Foster of Ascot Media Group, Inc. We get a lot of offers to review books, which normally I just don’t have time for. However, the news release on this book was appealing. It looked to be an exciting read and it was about Texas, with the action in locations that I know well.
Although the author stresses that the characters in the book are fictional, some of the them bear a strong resemblance to real people. For example, in the novel, the President is a black man who continually plays the race card; and his secretary of state is a “frumpy” woman who wants to run for president.
The Texas officials all have swagger that identify them as Texans. “The governor evoked images of a conservative LBJ or even Sam Houston,” the author wrote.
One character who stands taller in my opinion is Pops Younger, a 78 year old Texas Ranger, who Roberts believes could easily be played by Sam Elliott, if the storyline becomes a movie.
In an interview with Guidry News Service, Roberts said a third novel in the series is planned and a movie is a possibility. Listen (7:51)
I think “A State of Treason” was a very good read. I recommend it.