American Terrorist

Wave Blue World. Nov. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781949518085. pap. $19.99. Rated: Mature. political thriller
No one could have predicted when American Terrorist debuted in 2010 that its tenth anniversary reissue would be just as timely as it was back then. Fortunately, the vision and virtues of Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner’s realpolitik thriller—the story of four well-meaning New Yorkers thrown together by chance and a fatal accident and then forced to run from the law—persist. The well-drawn cast of characters is diverse without seeming contrived; the Chin-Tanners populate their tale with people, ideas, and opinions from throughout the political spectrum of a polarized America; weighty theories and issues are explored and presented to readers via the characters’ convictions, decisions, and actions rather than in indigestible prose. Readers won’t find clear-cut heroes or villains, only people trying their best to do what’s right. Finally, MacDonald’s dynamic artwork now appears in full color. Profanity, violence, sexual, and disturbing content—suitable for readers in their late teens and up. [Advance digital galley used for review.]
VERDICT The Bourne Identity meets The Fugitive à la Noam Chomsky? As smart and edifying as that, but with greater entertainment value and gravity. Essential for mature readers interested in American politics, race relations, civics, and ethics.
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