The Army of the Republic

A Novel

Stuart Archer Cohen

St. Martin's Press

In an America stretched by crisis to the breaking point, billionaire entrepreneur and government insider James Sands is riding high. Over the protests of civic groups and the increasing alienation of his wife, Anne, Sands is poised on the brink of an immensely risky and controversial deal that will give him control of all public water in the Pacific Northwest. But when his business partner is murdered by a radical group called The Army of the Republic, Sands finds himself losing control of his business and his life. Desperate, he turns to Whitehall Security, a private intelligence firm with far-reaching political connections. For a steep monthly fee, Whitehall will hunt down and eliminate any threats to Sands's enterprise.
Meanwhile, in Seattle, a young guerrilla named Lando leads The Army of the Republic into a dangerous war of ideals. Charismatic and cunning, Lando is obsessed with the goal of saving the country from its corrupt ruling alliance by any means necessary. His reluctant ally is political organizer Emily Cortright, coordinator of a network of civil, religious, and labor groups. Bound together in a web of common aims and conflicting loyalties, the two plan a massive peaceful protest against a conference of national business leaders, which they hope will stagger the Regime.
Beyond his control, through, Lando's Army of the Republic has already unleashed a chain of events that will electrify and frighten an uneasy nation. Hemmed in by their lethal compromises, Emily, Lando, James, and Anne struggle to redeem or destroy those whom they love most.
Thrilling and unforgettable, The Army of the Republic is a brilliant, provocative novel about what it means to live in a democracy.


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Chapter One

Television is the closest thing we’ve got to God in America, an all-present eye that creates the world, ceaselessly and seamlessly, twenty-four hours a day. A comic book bible made of light; they build their phony universe with pictures, pictures, pictures!

"Business figure John Polling was shot to death today outside a Seattle apartment building.…"

A visual of an ambulance in the black drizzly cavern of tele vi sion night, a cordon of hard-eyed cops, a dead body under a sheet.

"Yes!" Tonk shoots his fist into the air, does a few quick struts



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Praise for The Army of the Republic

"Chilling vision of a not-too-distant future...Mr. Cohen writes with conviction."--New York Times
“[An] extrapolation of trends and events in the very recent history of the country: wars of choice, the politics of fear, deregulation, oil shock, torture, and on and on. A few people will call [Stuart Archer Cohen’s] polemical page-turner treasonous, but it should find plenty of supporters among those who think the country is moving in the wrong direction.” —Booklist
"Provocative... this timely, well-written, and very dark novel is a winner. Enthusiastically recommended."--Library Journal, starred review

"A radical dream world? Sure, but just try resisting the thrilling sequences where tech-savvy insurgents plot audacious attacks with a sophistication that Robert Redford would have envied in Three Days of the Condor." --USA Today
"Cohen has captured an America...that is awakening, an America that is a long time coming, and an America that defies the old ways of thinking about change and politics."--Lew Rockwell

“One of the first works of art with the courage to live up to our historical moment.  The Army of the Republic is brilliant, terrifying and much too close for comfort.” –Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo

"A white-knuckle thrill ride that goes from zero to 99 in the first paragraph and never slows down: Thomas Paine meets Rage Against the Machine." –David Maine, author of The Preservationist and Monster 1959


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  • Stuart Archer Cohen

  • STUART ARCHER COHEN lives in Juneau, Alaska, with his wife and two sons. He owns Invisible World, an international company importing wool, silk, alpaca, and cashmere from Asia and South America. His previous two novels, Invisible World and 17 Stone Angels, have been translated into ten languages. His extensive travels in Latin America provided part of the research and background for this book.

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The Army of the Republic

A Novel

Stuart Archer Cohen



St. Martin's Press