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Friday, October 22, 2010

A Disagreement in Idaho...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
A Disagreement in Idaho is set in the beautiful and rugged lands of Idaho in the style of a grand western novel, but political intrigue weaves contemporary themes into the actions of Governor Seabon Wilson, whose state is overrun by illegal immigrants. He does not want to do battle with federal authorities, but he finally decides he can no longer stand idly by.

He proposes legislation that will deny illegal immigrants all social and medical services and educational opportunities. Employers who hire illegal aliens face stiff fines. The governor then suddenly finds himself in direct conflict with federal policies.

The situation in Idaho begins to spiral out of control and the governor and his wife now find their lives affected in ways they had not been able to imagine. The President of the United States is forced to react when he sees this problem is not going to fade way.

The cleverly conceived plot of
A Disagreement in Idaho casts a long shadow across America, down into Mexico, into the Caribbean and then on toward Afghanistan, where the country continues to fight a war. Glenn's adventure provides a classic look at federal versus states' rights and - in these days of Arizona's new immigration laws -- a pertinent warning about executive orders and martial law.

Appropriately enough, Glenn dedicates his novel to the American worker "who hammers the nails, cuts the wood, pours the concrete, lays the tile, paints the walls, whose very livelihood is being threatened by this unabated invasion of illegal immigration."


When Holly offered me this book to review, my interest was immediately peaked by 2 things: 1.  I live in Idaho, and 2.  I am a legal immigrant (now citizen) to this country, and this book is about illegal immigration.

This book didn't turn out to be exactly what I was expecting, or exactly what I was fearing.  The author tries to paint a somewhat balanced approach, identifying the illegal (and legal) immigrants as hard-working people who give an honest day's work for an honest day's pay.  However, the protagonists (the Governor of Idaho and associated governmental officers) are not painted as racist, hate-filled bigots, but as people trying to do what the Federal government is legally required to do, but won't, in order to protect the citizens and economy of the country.

Sometimes the story telling is a little slow, and the dialogue is a little stilted, but the overall outcome was an intriguing book.  The ending was a surprise, and however you feel about illegal immigration, this book paints an interesting scenario.  Given the recent court battle over Arizona's immigration policy this is a well timed book, and I found it interesting and well worth my time.

Thanks to the author and Bostick Communications for the opportunity to review this book.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/10

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