HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Tree of Liberty: Trilogy
Author: Lawrence L. Allen
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2014
Related websites: http://www.treeofliberty.com (book), http://www.createspace.com/4643063 (publisher)
Language level: 5
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Adults only
Rating: *** 3 stars (FAIR—and I’m being charitable)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Allen, Lawrence L. Tree of Liberty: Trilogy (published in 2014 by CreateSpace). When I initially was sent notice of this work for review purposes, I thought that I would be receiving the first book of a trilogy. However, what I got was the entire trilogy in one volume. The plot concerns the life of Curtiss Bradley who was raised at the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania as the orphaned son of a World War II Doolittle Raider, then went to the University of Michigan. Book 1 covers his coming of age on Wall Street’s fast track during America’s roaring 1980s until a love obsession with an enchanting Taiwanese N.Y.U. student named Jacqueline draws him into the exotic, often bizarre subcultures of Asia and his new job working for a Taiwanese businessman whose activities are centered in Hong Kong, culminating in his participation in the events of Tiananmen Square. Book 2 is about Curtiss’s work with the CIA following the 9/11 attack in 2001, including being captured in Afghanistan. Book 3 brings the story down to 2020, when Curt, now married to Leah with a child Conner, returns to the U. S. A. to find America “fundamentally transformed” (I wonder where the author came up with that term?) into a socialistic nanny-state government led by “The 99% Party” (remember the rent-a-mob crowd during the “Occupy Wall Street” protests who called themselves “the 99%”) and its ruling “Gang of Five” senators, characterized by a Communist Chinese-style statism, decades of debt-driven economics, a new great depression, political correctness to the extreme, attempts to ban guns, control of religion, and similar problems. This leads to alienation from his wife, who works for the government, and his son, who is brainwashed by propaganda in school. Who will lead America’s second revolution against such tyranny of the D.C. patricians, dukes, marquis, and viscounts who now occupy themselves with vile intrigues and subterfuges?
Looking at the story from a Biblical worldview, the language contains a great deal of cursing and profanity, with the “h” word used profusely and the “d” word used frequently, and some vulgarity in which mountains are described as resembling a woman’s breasts, a plane is said to have “phallic lines,” and the word “ass” is used of the rear end, along with references to men’s testicles, a deer penis, prostitutes, and other obscenities. There are copious instances of drinking alcohol and getting drunk and some of smoking tobacco and even marijuana. Several graphic and rather gruesome scenes of killing occur, and one character commits suicide. And the plot is filled with “sexual passion.” A mention of Playboy magazine is made in one part. Curt remembers “making out” behind the bleachers at the Hershey School. He beds down nearly each of the girls he meets—not every one, but almost all, including his wife before their marriage and Jacqueline when she returns after his divorce, and enjoys “free love” in China. And following the divorce, he talks to Leah about her “screwing” with her new boyfriend. No explicit, detailed descriptions are given, but the open sexuality is there nonetheless.
If one enjoys this sort of thing, or is willing to overlook it, or at least has the stomach to endure it, there is an interesting story here related to rescuing America from its post-constitutional dystopia. And Curt does learn some important lessons about life along the way of his prodigal journey. One may not necessarily agree with all of the methods used by Curt and his friends in starting their new revolution. However, many of us can understand their utter frustration as we see the same kinds of situations which are pictured in the book as leading up to the destruction of America’s freedom happening right now before our very eyes. While there is much in the book that simply does not appeal to me, for this warning alone I give it a three-star rating. I will have to say that personally I did not like the ending, but that is just my opinion.