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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
There have been a few books written and movies made around the theme of America being occupied by Russia. I have never read one that seemed possible or realistic until now. The Kitchen Brigade by Laurie Boris is that book. It starts with the premise that the U.S.A. broke into warring factions first, with Russian help of course, then Russia steps in to pick up the pieces and make sure America stays down. In light of the 2016 presidential election, and all that has come after it, I find it very believable. After all, who could have imagined a reality TV host as president before now? I really liked The Kitchen Brigade. It can serve as a wake-up call for America and the world. But mostly America. The scenario is well thought out. The characters and plot are well-written. I just loved it and it is very timely in the current political environment.
What I liked most about The Kitchen Brigade is the lesson that unity matters. Politics matter. Who we choose to be as a nation matters. To bring all those points home in a way that is not preachy but very entertaining and thoughtful takes good writing and great characters. Laurie Boris gives us that. And she gives it to us in abundance. Valerie, Tomas, and Etienne are just three of the proud Americans that inhabit this novel. They made me proud to be American. They represent a sentiment that I believe is true. Americans will always fight back, and they are at their best when things are at their worst. Great book.