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Why you must read Brian Cotton’s Rebels & Lies


Rebels & Lies is the story of America after its fall. The new regime reigning over it is called the United Society of Reason (USR). The USR are all about population control, it all of its forms, and they are challenged by a resistance who still stand by the “old ways” of the US of A. The resistance is led by “leftovers”, those who are old enough to have lived in America before its fall. Along with a plot filled with action packed sequences, the novel also tackles other issues such as religion, freedom, revenge, torture, population control, and the validity of vigilantism.

What arena are we in here?
It is an action thriller at heart, but also has elements of hard boiled detective fiction as well as political satire.

That means it must have a strong central character, right?
My novel follows the lives of three different men living within the USR. John Paxton is a rebel leader and also a leftover (those old enough to have lived before America’s fall). He’s an aging soldier whose sole ambition is to bring back the red, white, and blue no matter the cost.

William Sullivan is a USR Agent, a detective within the city’s “Resistance Unit”, tasked with finding all resistance members as well as resistance sympathizers. The nature of his job has caused problems at home, his wife no longer loves him, and he fears for the future world his son will grow up in.

Finally, we have Ryan Kaspar, a prize fighter seeking vengeance over the senseless killing of his mother, a leftover who was wrongfully named a resistance sympathizer. Caring nothing about the suffering of others, or the resistance’s cause, he joins up with the sole ambition of avenging his mother’s death.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
If you like John Woo, you’ll love this book!

Now you’re talking!
This book will appeal to those lovers of action out there craving an action packed thrill ride which will also make them think. It will also appeal to those who enjoy conspiracy theories.

I am inspired by thriller novelists such as Robert Ludlum, Vince Flynn, and Stephen Hunter. I also am influenced by film makers like Christopher Nolan, Micheal Mann, Martin Scorsese, and, of course, the legend himself: John Woo!

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
The sequel to Rebels & Lies, Patriots & Tyrants, is also available for sale on Amazon’s Kindle.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in several parts of the country, but I consider Springfield, OH to be my hometown. I love to write (of course) but I’m also a die hard Carolina Panthers fan, UK basketball fan, and love the Cincinnati Reds. I also love gaming and am eagerly awaiting Metal Gear Solid V on my shiny new PS4!

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work? You can find excerpts from my books there as well as reviews from books, movies, and videogames.

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?

What’s next?
I am working on the conclusion to the Rebels & Lies trilogy, The Free & The Brave, which should be out by late this year (October-December)!

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