I want to share a few comments on the major characters in my new book, Thou Shall Not Take Our Land. We'll start with the character who really kicks the entire book off, Angus Argyle as well as his son, John, a retired Marine and remember, this political fiction book takes places in the future, 2033, in North Florida.
Angus is the descendant of Scotsmen. His dad came to America looking for work in the late 1900s, a shipbuilder, but his father changed his occupation later and started a hardware store. When he died, it was suddenly and Angus, who had learned the trade, then became a major representative for a national building supply company. He spent a long career in that business before moving to Florida before retirement.
In retirement, he enjoys North Florida with his wife, but when she dies suddenly, he feels alone and it isn't long before he has a stroke in the 2020s. He was a stranger to his only son, John, who joined the Marines and made a career of military service before retiring and working for a defense contractor in California. The sudden illness of Angus hit his son like a "ton of bricks", bringing them together when son realized father needed someone to help him regain his health.
John, once married and now single, gave up his job and came to Florida to be with his father. The two reconnected and it was perfect timing, because each had talents that would be needed to deal with the future that was unfolding.
Moving forward to the early 2030s, Angus uncovers a scheme by regional governance to take the power away from local communities on the important issues of land use planning and development. The more he digs, the worse it gets and father and son join together to really find out what is going and the deeper they dig, the worse it gets. So they decide to do something about it and begin to organize the community.
As the book unfolds, it becomes obvious that drastic measures will be needed to stop the tyranny facing them, and there is unanimous agreement that it can be done.
NEXT TIME: CONNIE MCCUBBIN