The Uprising is a provocative political thriller that imagines a fresh new dystopian scenario; Bunk Russell blends fiction and reality in a thought-provoking way designed to challenge your views and stir your emotions.

Bunk Russell’s The Uprising is the third instalment of the Heartland trilogy. It follows the adventures of Mike Lane, who leads the Patriot Party and the Newly Born Patriot Movement against the New World Union — a socialist organization that has infiltrated the US government and plans to dissolve the nation and its constitution. In order to resist this all- powerful force, Lane must form an unlikely alliance with various groups of like-minded patriots, including the militias, the military and law enforcement, and prevent the NWU from assuming total control. Together, these resistance fighters overcome a variety of obstacles in order to stand up for what they believe in and keep control of the country.

The novel portrays the struggles and sacrifices of the people who fight for their freedom and their values. Russell’s writing is captivating; it is a take on speculative fiction that is as raw as it is earnest. The book is also fast-paced and full of twists and turns, keeping the reader hooked and invested in the outcome. The book raises important questions about the ethics, morality, and consequences of patriotism, revolution, and democracy, as well as the role of media, technology, and propaganda in shaping public opinion. The characters are well- developed and complex, with their own motivations, flaws, and strengths, helping add depth and interest to the story.

The standout feature of The Uprising is by far its world-building. Russell has been slowly but surely expanding his Heartland universe over the course of three books, each of which introduces new characters and builds on the consequences of his political premise in a unique way. This third instalment marks the culmination of Russell’s slow burning society in a fantastical breach into full on dystopia. It’s rare that we get to see a series end up where The Uprising begins, and this pace proves to be a treat for readers. Russell’s down to earth writing style, brings home the book’s ethos and establishes The Uprising as what could easily become a conservative cult classic among anyone who might consider themselves a patriot.

The Uprising is a captivating read that will appeal to conservative fans of dystopian political thrillers; it is a powerful reflection of the great divide that currently marks American politics.