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In the Event Of

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Fourteen years into the new millennium finds America in decline. The once supreme republic has slipped from the throne of world’s greatest nation to a precarious ‘also ran’ as the liberal agenda has spawned an ever-expansive and intrusive federal government. But America’s richest citizen, Landon Lassiter, has a plan to reestablish America’s preeminence by restoring the founding tenets of inalienable rights and limited government. With the help of a four-star general and a network of others in the cause, Landon Lassiter seeks to return the great American experiment to the will of the people.
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10


In Goodman's novel, American power is on the wane, but super-rich Landon Lassiter has a plan to save the country. While the idea of an America in decline is not unique, the author gives the reader much to think about. Additionally, Goodman's characters are pitch perfect; the dialogue is true to life -- each voice is unique and works to develop the characters; and the omniscient point of view is executed seamlessly. And while the novel is a bit slow and has some pacing issues, overall it is an interesting and entertaining book.

Date Submitted: August 10, 2016