To be honest, I was skeptical when I came across Tom Davis’s book, Georgia Burns. Sure the title has the word “burns” in it, which in itself will appeal to those who either struggle with pyromania, or are looking for the next George Burns biography. But with a front cover featuring a pair of fighter jets emblazoned with Confederate and Federal flags, screaming over a state of Georgia in flames, well – only a pasty-skinned Commie would be turned off by this. Still, could a book that I didn’t purchase off the best-seller rack at Wal-mart really be worth the time and money? Or, as I falsely suspected, would it be just another badly written, boring, over-indulgent “penny-pulp” that so many books these days can be categorized as?
Well, let me say this. After receiving the book from Mr. Davis, I sat down, read the first chapter, and…I could hardly put it down. Yeah, as stereotypical as that sounds, it’s the truth. And having read a number of books, with some of these amongst the best in near-future political thrillers, Georgia Burns ranks up there as a “must-read”.
While stories like Glenn Beck’s The Overton Window, and Orson Scott Card’s Empire portray an intriguing picture of a nation in conflict with itself, only Tommy Davis has written an encouraging, hard-hitting story that every liberty activist can readily identify with. Dealing with real-world topics through fictional organizations like the “Oathsworn”, the “Southern Law and Poverty Center”, “Confederate Sons United”, “BlackSky security”, and characters like “President Soloto” (whose father was a Nigerian National) and “Governor Cummins” (who leads his men into every fight) – it’s clear that Davis has worked hard to write a book that resonates with the fight against tyranny today.
Coming in at around 317 pages, Georgia Burns is recommended for teenage, young adult, and adult audiences. Although there is no sexual content, or harsh language, there are violent situations utilized in the illustration of a corrupt, more powerful adversary. But this is one of the things I appreciated about this story. Because although the situations at times may be grim, and the stakes high, Davis clearly understands that as long as the spirit of freedom lives within our people, the light of truth (and the hope it brings) will never be extinguished!
Now on a side-note, I should mention that for those who possess a scrutinizing gaze of editorial fury, you should understand that the book does have a few spelling and grammatical errors sprinkled throughout. However, it certainly wasn’t a frequent occurrence, nor did I find it to be a distraction from the fast-moving tale.
Additionally, here’s hoping that books two and three may delve more into the history and character of Governor Cummins. As I found the man extremely inspiring and the very picture of true leadership, I’d really enjoy the future development of this man’s faith, family, and friends around him. And as Georgia Burns deals with the real-world issues of state-rights, the federal vs. anti-federal debates of 1787, interposition, nullification, and limited government, a small reference section in the back of a subsequent book would be highly recommended.
Literature, whether fiction or nonfiction, possesses a unique ability to not only shape thoughts and the course of individual life, but also – in some cases – civilization itself. And while some books undoubtedly influence society for the worse, I believe that Tommy Davis and his book, Georgia Burns, not only entertains and educates, but inspires and elevates. So don’t miss it. And yes, I’ll be voting for Governor Cummins in November!