Review of Midnight Black
- Title: Midnight Black
- Author: R. J. Eastwood
- Kindle edition (ARC)
- Pages: 332
- Genres: Political thrillers and suspense, Distopian fiction
- Release date: April 14, 2021
- Publisher: Indies United Publishing House
Billy Russell’s career as a narcotics officer abruptly ends when he cold-bloodedly executes the man who committed a heinous crime against him. Sentenced to 20 years hard labor in total isolation from the outside world, he’s suddenly, and without explanation, released on parole five years early.
Returning to society, he learns that an isolated nuclear attack spread primal fear of a nuclear holocaust, allowing autocratic billionaires to seize control of the world. But their faulty economic policies have caused rampant poverty, crime, disease, and drug addiction.
As a condition of his parole, Billy is assigned to a government drug enforcement unit in Boston but soon makes a gruesome discovery of the unit’s true mission. Approached by a secret underground dissident group planning to overthrow the authoritarian world government, Billy joins them to end the demonic reign of tyranny, only to discover the shocking details of what is really taking place.
R.J.Eastwood, better know as Robert J. Emery, has found a style of writing that makes me enjoy the political fiction genre. I was skeptical of this book when I first read the description sent to me via email, but I always try to keep my mind open and consider new books to read. This was a book I decided to take a chance on and I’m glad I did. I usually decline political books, wether fiction or nonfiction, but the thriller and suspense part of this book drew me in.
I found myself over looking the political parts because of the parts that weren’t focusing on politics. It has things happening on every page, including a work place romance. The love amoungst all the turmoil added to the suspense. I realized near the end of the book that I was actually finding some of the futuristic political what if’s entertaining to consider because I found them to be mostly believable even though I disagreed with most of the solutions that were presented as future political events. I found the ideals and views to be believable. The hardest part for me to accept was the off planet drilling and that was only because of how close in time the book is to the present. The idea of off planet drilling is believable but not in the next 20 years. The events that occurred during the 17 years that the main character was off planet are all plausible considering the current politics of the World.
I don’t want to give any specific examples because that would spoil the book but past events are the reason I am willing to accept these events as plausible no matter how deplorable they are. Let’s just say I had flashbacks to World War 2 and they weren’t the good kind.
There were two quotes at the end of the book that summed up the point of the book very well, the first quote is attributed to Steven Hawking and reads “we have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that I am extremely grateful ” which is perfect considering the main characters prespective on current world events. The last line of the book is a quote by Albert Einstein, it says “The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch without them doing anything”. By ending the book with this it makes the predictable storybook ending more plapable because it’s a reminder that we have been there before and stopped it by coming together and actioning based on morals that the whole world believes in no matter where your past lies.
The only complaint I have about this book should be fixed by the time you read your copy. As I mentioned at the beginning I was given an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) of the book so it hadn’t been full edited yet resulting in some minor grammatical errors which I’m sure were caught and corrected before the book was released April 14. So considering my one unnecessary complaint I hope you read Midnight Black.