We are happy to have Jess Money here with us today at The Book Rack! Jess’ guest post is all about challenges whether it’s you, the author, or Ernest Hemingway. Raised in a politically active family, Jess majored in Political Science with a minor in Economics. He sold his first magazine article at the age of 16 and has since written everything from ad copy and political mailers to a screenplay for DreamWorks, which earned him membership in the Writers Guild of America. Along the way he had a career in professional motorsports, worked with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball program, managed two of the entertainment industry’s most acclaimed screenwriting programs, and worked as a bar bouncer when that’s what it took to keep the wolf from the door. His latest book is the political thriller, Public Enemies. You can visit Jess at www.publicenemiesbook.com.
The Challenge of Social Drama
by Jess Money
The challenge in writing PUBLIC ENEMIES was the same one that many famous writers have faced. Not to put myself in their class, but Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway all had to figure out how to incorporate the issues of their time into a compelling fiction narrative. I had to merge today’s issues of income inequality, corporate power, public corruption, and the loss of civil liberties into the fictional lives of characters in a way that would resonate with readers.
The issues that we as a society face, and that are woven into the fabric of PUBLIC ENEMIES, are not new. They represent the ageless unceasing battle between everyday people and those for whom greed, excess, and power are sociopathic aphrodisiacs. Here is what Montagu Norman, Governor of The Bank Of England, said in addressing the United States Bankers’ Association, in New York.
“Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of the government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers.
These truths are well known among our principal men, who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance. It is thus, by discrete action, we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”
That was in 1924, five years before the stock market crash set off the Great Depression, and his statement is every bit as relevant now as it was then. Anyone who looks closely can see exactly how the process Norman described is at work today, just five years after the collapse of Lehman Bros, launched what many now call the Great Recession.
No matter how much people hope for a change, hope is never enough. As Saint Augustine said,
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” This is the heart of PUBLIC ENEMIES. Led by a man using the alias Thomas Paine, a small number of men and women — possessed of great courage and driven by great anger — set out to force reform using the only tools the elite understand: brutal deadly force. It’s the classic contest between good and evil, with the public as final referee.
ABOUT PUBLIC ENEMIES
The only thing the elite fear, an uprising of the people, is about to be realized.
After bankruptcy took away his dying wife’s medical care, Thomas Paine is on a crusade for a Second Bill of Rights using violence against politicians, banksters, and CEO’s.
How far will FBI Agent Darren Medlin go to stop the public from joining Paine’s insurgency? Forced to publicize Paine’s demands, what decisions will talk show host Crystal Dickerson have to make? And which way will the country turn?
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