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Democracy at both the local and national levels recently had been under savage assault. Martin Truth’s fight was but one of many such struggles to restore the meaning of representative government to a system that had been corrupted by big money and corporate power. "An Unlikely Truth" is an engaging story offering a strategy for throwing the liars and crooks out of publicDemocracy at both the local and national levels recently had been under savage assault. Martin Truth’s fight was but one of many such struggles to restore the meaning of representative government to a system that had been corrupted by big money and corporate power. "An Unlikely Truth" is an engaging story offering a strategy for throwing the liars and crooks out of public office and restoring representative democracy to our country. More important, it embodies hope that not all is lost, that there is a “narrative” which can begin to put America back on track, render government again of the people, by the people, and for the people....

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ISBN : 9780615974101
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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An Unlikely Truth Reviews

  • Dona
    2018-11-18 11:05

    NOTE: I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads give away. The author offered to send me an e-reader version. I then realized that I had already purchased the book and it was on my Kindle. I contacted the author and told him that he did not have to send me the book, but I would read it and review it any way. Here goes!REVIEW:As a native of Dayton, Ohio, I was more than interested in this book when I read the summary on Amazon. It was described as a political thriller so it more than piqued my interest. I have an interest in politics and mysteries/thrillers are two of my favorite genres to read. Martin Truth is running for Congress for the third time as the Green Party candidate. He has a small but loyal campaign staff and even fewer campaign dollars in his war chest. Martin in up against two incumbents with unlimited funds and personas that the public is familar with, but who do not share their constituents views on issues important to them.Martin's campaign receives a much need shot of adrenaline in the person of Jamila Parks who had just received her master's degree in political science. Jamila offers the team insights and some untested campaign strategies that the campaign adopts. As the underdog, Martin needs to reach the public he hopes to serve, but in a way that allows him to maintain his integrity and his truthfulness. We follow Martin through his bid for election and the events that transpire along the way. I will not however, tell if he wins! Calling this book a "thriller" is misleading. This is not an action book. There is no mystery or suspense in this novel. There some occurrences that take place during the campaign, but things happen during any campaign. The characters are not well developed and Martin is so naive, one wonders how he ever turned to politics. Martin's political ideology is shared early on in the book and while I understand that this is a book about Martin's bid for elected office, it would have made for a better read if there was little less of the ideological passages (repetitive) and more development of the central characters. Also, I was put off by Jamila referring to herself as "niggah" several times throughout the book. It did not enhance her character, make her more relatable, or more "real."Overall, the book was okay. The use of the political pledges and contracts was interesting and it would be interesting to see how they would/could impact a real election.

  • Gerald
    2018-12-03 09:53

    John Rachel gets five stars just for intellectual brashness and bravery, and a few more for helping to stimulate dialogue about the political process in America. In An Unlikely Truth, the author gives us a straightforward story of speculative fiction. Green Party candidate Martin Truth wages a grass-roots campaign for a Congressional seat from Ohio against a slick, media-sly incumbent. You may be reminded of the ascendancy of former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a past mayor of Cleveland, who ran for President twice and had a talent for stirring the pot. Although this is Mr. Truth's third bid, he's never held any political office. And even in the heat of the election battle, he still has a day-job as a driver for a package-delivery service. Unlikely, indeed - but still possible. No question, Rachel is an astute observer of the post-Web political process. He well knows the finer points of guerilla-style strategy, the pitfalls of attempting to manipulate public opinion, and the huge role played in almost every election by happenstance. This book should get you thinking about how polarized the national debate has become. Stark and simplistic pro-or-con arguments - of the sort that pull votes and avoid confusing complications - force us apart, prevent thoughtful consensus, and make responsible governance nearly impossible.

  • Roger
    2018-12-16 09:07

    With the 2014 Mid-Term Elections in sight "An Unlikely Truth" is a wake up call for those individuals that are concerned that our democracy is slipping away. The status quo of electing our representatives to the U.S Congress is a mind numbing process of picking the least of two evils. What's needed is a process by which the people elect public officials that have signed a contract with the people's agenda and not the agenda of the oligarchs and their paid henchmen the lobbyists. In this novel a process is laid out that just might work if anyone running for public office had the courage to buck the current system of sound bites & empty promises. I consider myself extremely fortunate because I live in a California Congressional District that has a congressman that's as close to being a Martin Truth as anyone is likely to ever elect.

  • Kushnuma
    2018-11-23 13:01

    I received a free e-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.I quite enjoyed reading this book and following the story of Martin Truth running for a congressional seat. I liked how gradually Martin Truth and the Green Party were being acknowledged and how in-depth it was. I actually managed to understand some of what what happening and when things to do with previous presidents and such were mentioned as I did learn some history on US and some of their politics. Overall, a good read.

  • Paul
    2018-11-22 11:02

    I liked the premise of the book. His characters were well developed and engaging. Personally, I found the book difficult to read at this particular time so it took me a lot longer than it normally would.A fictional portrayal of American Politics that could as well be a factual and truthful rendering of politics today.I received a free e-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • G.
    2018-11-18 08:11

    This is a book of political fiction, but modern political fiction needs to be close to the surface of real (and current) events to prevent falling into the classification of an alternate history. What I enjoyed most about this novel is that it dares to have a plot that informs about political progression without taking the "easy way out" by flouncing madly into the overpopulated thriller genre. The temptation is always there for any political writer. This absorbing and sometimes ironically humorous novel tells the story of young congressional hopeful Martin Truth (corny name, sorry), a young man consumed by his convictions and undeterred by the overwhelming odds against him. He is a member of the Green Party, has never won an election, and depends on the volunteer organization (his surrogate family) that has assembled to get him elected over a couple of opponents from the "other major parties" who are so given over to the two party system that they have lost any real desire to actually change the unsatisfactory status quo. Martin's small but devoted team is a humble group of idealists who work at his campaign while holding down regular jobs, which they have to neglect at times. They are well-fleshed out characters who really care and really sacrifice. Into their midst arrives young, energized idealist Jamila Banks, a stunning Rihanna lookalike who takes over and enthusiastically‎ cheerleads Martin and his "family" into a scheme to use a bogus citizen's movement to publicly coerce all the candidates into showing their true colors by signing (or refusing to sign) a series of legally binding pledges dealing with our favorite hot topic issues such as social security, Medicare, the war in Afghanistan, and increasing the taxes levied on the upper 1%. OK, nobody is ever killed (although there is a close call) but the suspense comes from putting the pledges into play without attracting attention to the fact that it was Martin Truth's group that started it. Some political subterfuge follows, and leaves the reader (Hey, that's me!) thinking about the age old question concerning whether the end justifies the means. (It usually doesn't, I said to myself while reading.) The suspense falls into place when the potential identity of the pledge makers becomes a suspenseful run down the alley. Very enjoyable. This novel goes in directions I wasn't expecting, and that's what really makes it work. I like that Mr. Rachel didn't make any easy plot choices, and the character of Martin Truth will most likely be back in future novels. There is also a romantic subplot that does not turn out the way anyone expected. If they make a movie of this, which they should, I hope they are able to get Rihanna. That's my own personal wish for which I cannot be held responsible.

  • Andrea Stoeckel
    2018-12-07 09:04

    [ I received this book free from the author requesting an honest review . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]"It’s like that quote by the Scottish clergyman Peter Marshall: 'A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.'""Sometimes the mind of the voting public is like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The closer you look at it, the more it transforms into something indeterminate and unrecognizable."Martin Truth, Green Party Candidate for the third Congressional District, is wondering if it's worth being a candidate for another run. The Congressman who has serially beaten him in elections looks to do it yet again, and his volunteer staff just can't go tilting at windmills yet again. However, Martin see the need and has the drive to try once more, even in conservative Dayton OH, surrounded by "republican farmland"Jamila Parks is a Rutgers University intern with great ideas and looks to match. With her help, Martin Truth really becomes a viable candidate, with many twists and turns. The interplay between the characters is sharp, well written and almost entirely believable. Wouldn't we all like to put "legs" on our ideals? Our idea(l)s have taken such a beating in the past few decades and a lot of voters simply "give up" and continue to support the status quo or just. don't. vote. If John Rachel's book doesn't at least get a reaction from his readers, nothing is going to. This is one of my top books of 2016 , a deserves 5 or more stars. I challenge you to read this book.

  • Jo-Ann Murphy
    2018-12-01 07:07

    The author was kind enough to provide me a copy of his book for an honest review. I appreciate him giving me the opportunity to see his vision.I liked the premise of the book. His characters were well developed and engaging. Personally, I found the book difficult to read at this particular time so it took me a lot longer than it normally would. I probably would have enjoyed this story more either a year ago or a year from now when we are not in the midst of national campaigning.This is a VERY realistic story of a local political campaign that strikes very closely to what is heard every night on the US political news right now. So, I had to read it in small doses. That is my problem, not a fault with this well written book.I think the author did a wonderful job of making the story so realistic and pointing out the issues that small campaigns face. Martin Truth is a third party candidate who must face a long time incumbent and another major party candidate for a Congressional seat in a district election. The book also addressed many of the world issues with which we are faced and to which the political candidates must respond. I believe his solutions to the campaign problems his character faced were inspired and I would not mind seeing his contract idea translated into reality. It was definitely an interesting read that I think would appeal to both the political and non political readers. For political readers who are disgusted with the status quo, this gives many ideas for conversation. It makes the reader think without beating them over the head. For the non-political the characters are likable and the story moves along at a steady pace with a few twists.I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Phillip Thurlby
    2018-11-29 07:01

    I dabbled in John Rachel's Political Alison in Wonderland that is "Blinders Keepers" when it was available at a reduced price not expecting to become so drawn in by the political views conveyed within. But as the protagonist stumbled along his adventure he was surrounded by the bull-headed, insecure right and the naively romantic left.So when "An Unlikely Truth" came out I felt compelled to give it the same attention, and I was not left disappointed.I won't lie, the peril of the story left me a little wanting, but this was made up for with vision and political insight. With previous works John Rachel has tapped the political and social world on the shoulder and now - not wanting to be ignored - he is swinging a sledge hammer.This book tells the story of what happens when the ideals of the left mix with the spine of the right and what we get is a solution to the current problems surrounding corruption and deprecated society that seem so painfully obvious as to feel like a slap in the face. Within these pages is the story of a struggle that is very real to point out that things that only work "in an ideal world" have to be adopted to achieve an ideal world. Here the reader is given a template and a banner to start asking the question of those in charge "yeah! why aren't we doing this!?"Primarily a Political solution with a narrative I was sucked into the various debates and rallies with the right-wing political slime-balls whom spewed the same deflecting BS that we are so used to hearing in the real world.A must read for those who can't escape the fact that something is very wrong about the world at the moment.

  • John Brooke
    2018-11-23 12:01

    My only regret is not reading this book ahead of the others on my to read list. A contemporary fictional parable concerning the rapidly declining morals of a bought pseudo democracy. Wonderfully spun out and delivered in contemporary brutal American vehicular. The attempt by an politically innocent running for election to congress in the USA against an ensconced incumbent's juggernaut of big money, connections and subterfuge. Ostensibly this story is about Martin Truth's, yeah that's his name, attempts to be elected after several humiliating failures. His mixed bag of dedicated campaign committee volunteers, believe in him, but know in their hearts he is doomed to failure once again. A bright young female political intern arrives and turns the morality and vision of Martin Truth and his volunteers into a fervent politically smart vote getting brigade. She uses simple outside the box clear thinking based on the frustrated concerns of voters. A gripping David and Goliath tale that kept me turning those cliff hanging pages until the nail biting ending. Reading this fictional tale based on historical and ongoing events In the American government made me feel damn good that I'm a Canadian citizen.

  • Marie (UK)
    2018-11-20 06:46

    A fictional portrayal of American Politics that could as well be a factual and truthful rendering of politics today. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for several reasons - a serious subject portrayed with some humour. Martin Truth a throughly nice man from a family of people who wanted to, but failed to reach the American Dream. He wants to make a difference but in many ways is a victim of his past, often he lets things happen to him without provoking a response. He is ardent in his desire to change American politics (almost to the exclusion of all else). The character descriptions in this book are powerful and really bring those characters to life. My favourite quotes have little to do with the political background and more to do with the writing style and humanity of the tale"As intelligent as Martin was his intelligence was hosted by a male brain. Nourished by the same blood stream as the rest of his body, thus subject to the same testosterone bath. It tended to generate the same erroneous fantasies ""people were creatures of habit - they were always going to quit smoking nut bought their last pack again and again"

  • Sheila
    2018-11-28 09:07

    "An Unlikely Truth" is more or less true picture of US politics. I hope this would be a wake-up call for those individuals that are concerned about maintaining democracy in America. Electing representatives to the U.S Congress or any election in any country is a mind numbing process of picking the least of two evils. Elected officials have their own agenda with paid lobbyist and wealthy businessman. In this novel a process is laid to make it work better if people have the will for change. Politicians make empty promises just to get elected as it is a numbers game. As a voting Canadian, I know that our politicians and electoral system is not so great.John Rachel has political knowledge and great researched material to be able to write about American politics. This book was very interesting and informative for me. I very much enjoyed my first book by this author. I would recommend this book to readers who are concerned about democracy in their country or want to understand their rights as voters.

  • Jobie
    2018-11-21 13:48

    As the Author puts it: "An Unlikely Truth is an oasis of optimism in a desert of despair." - TruthReading this book reminded me of the many reasons why I HATE politics and politicians. Growing up in a country where politics is tantamount to showbusiness, I realize that I am not alone in my grief. This political disease is omnipresent. John Rachel made it clear in his sometimes scathing, yet always accessible social commentary. Whether you're a proud American or not, this novel will show you a good time and open your eyes to see the Truth. Society must take off their rose-colored glasses once and for all.I guess this book really isn't intended to be read for entertainment purposes. But if you want a novel that will make you think long and hard about which is better - a life where you stand up for what is right or a life of contented ignorance -- then "An Unlikely Truth" is a must-read. I can't say that I will read this book again, but I am glad to have read it the first time.

  • R.l.
    2018-12-15 11:05

    I will admit that I don't usually pick up books with political themes, but this one called to me, and I'm so happy I answered the call.With the shape of American politics these days, and with countless Americans giving up on the idea of the land of the free and the home of the brave, this book could not have come at a better time.Offered within the pages of this fictional story is a solution, with hope and renewal weaved into the narrative.The author's obvious passion for the subject spills into the prose and ignites this story, making it easy to get into and hard to put down. A pleasant and positive experience awaits the reader. Time richly spent on this one.*FTC Disclosure: I won this book through GoodReads Giveaways, but the honest opinions in this review are my own.

  • Dawn
    2018-11-18 10:50

    The author kindly sent me a free eBook in exchange for an honest review.I was pretty sure I'd enjoy this book, but I didn't expect to enjoy it quite as much as I did!I'm not really into politics as such (and, as a Brit, US politics is a pretty much unfathomable subject!), but I liked the idea of the story...So, I began to read.The characters are superbly built. You'll be cheering some on and cursing at others - there's no middle ground really, you'll either love 'em or hate 'em.The story is entertaining, engrossing, and so much more than a simple novel about politics (although I did learn a few things - mostly about myself!).I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.

  • Julie Isen
    2018-12-15 10:05

    *I received a free pdf copy of this book from the author for an honest review*This was an interesting read. The characters are smart and passionate, but maybe a little preachy and self-righteous. There are some things in the book that seem a bit too serendipitous and unbelievable. I also thought it was a nice introduction to third parties. I think some people who may not have a lot of experience with politics would learn a lot from the book. It is a short and very quick read, so some characters are fairly 2 dimensional, but it was still a satisfying and enjoyable read.

  • Patti Miller
    2018-12-02 14:16

    This book was fun! I'm familiar with Miami Valley politics, having been active here and there over the years, and this was a good representation of what is and what could be. The writing is excellent, the characters are amusing and thought-provoking, and the political wrangling is way too real. Now if only we could find our Martin Truth. Though I do hope that the intern action at the end doesn't get out!

  • John Rachel
    2018-12-14 07:51

    "An Unlikely Truth" is an oasis of optimism in a desert of despair.Are we beyond being hopeful?