Lord of Columbia: Theme Makes This Urban Fantasy Series Different

Fugitives, rebels, dissenters. There are many ways to describe Cain Riscattare and his Northern Knights, a group of college athletes who’ve banded together to battle an establishment that would’ve forced many unfortunate souls to die for Wall Street if this urban fantasy series took place in the real world. Of course, someone was bound to take action when it meant the cronyist Southpoint Empire wished to expand its military-industrial complex’s earnings and shift its attention to yet another war overseas – only to usurp its own people of its liberty while nationalizing another nation’s resources for profiteering.

This is more than just a series – it’s laden with themes that those who enjoy works that bear non-traditional political messages will love. Messages that are important yet are often overlooked or misunderstood – which served as a huge purpose of mine when writing the work. This might be evidenced more than ever in Raven’s Flock, which is a clear allegory of America’s foreign policy – which is why the home nation is called Columbia – named after America’s female caricature.

But of course, patriotism has been turned upside down in Lord of Columbia.

 

What is Patriotism?

In the words of the great Ron Paul, “Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge government when it is wrong.”

Of course, the Southpoint Empire has totally disregarded the real idea of patriotism. After over a century of building their curriculum in public schools, patriotism has taken on a definition that Oceania’s Ministry of Truth would’ve approved. To Southpoint, patriotism means the following:

1. Unwavering support for one’s government in any situation.

2. The belief that military must invade other nations to keep one’s nation safe.

3. To pay any and all taxes at the state, federal, and imperial level.

4. To rally around the King’s symbols in times of war.

5. To give up one’s civil liberties and privacy on an as-needed basis in times of war.

Now, for anyone who’s ever studied American history, especially during the Colonial times – my favorite era of American history – the patriots of the eighteenth century held a far different idea, or else America would’ve remained part of England a little while longer.

But what else is eerie about the five points I’ve made regarding Southpoint’s definition of patriotism is this – it’s what many Americans today believe patriotism is, completely forgetting that it’s a one-hundred-eighty degree difference from what the nation’s founders perceived it to be.

 

Cain’s an Anti-Establishment Rebel

So many urban fantasies out there focus on the hero as part of an establishment – be it military, law enforcement, private investigator, someone either working for the public sector or are strongly allied with it.

This work is different – in both Lord of Columbia AND The Renegades, our heroes are not part of the establishment and possess a disdain for these people, seeing through their cons, which include:

1. Enforcing unjust and petty laws – victimless acts, in other words.

2. Protecting these groups of people – government, lobbyists, special interests, corporate moguls.

3. Spreading lies via media and government propaganda to support conflict and the artificial creation of enemies to justify increased taxation, currency printing out of thin air, and of course, to continue the heavy manufacture and sale of weaponry.

And as stated in the above section, any resistance to these policies will brand one as lacking patriotism, as again, patriotism defined by Southpoint is unwavering loyalty toward one’s government regardless of personal feelings. A cult of personality, in other words.

Cain’s taking action when exposed to such pettiness.

This really isn’t a spoiler – you can click here to view my brief article on the long description of Northern Knights. Northern Knights is a bloodbath in the beginning so I stress – if reading content that’s comparable to an M-rated video game makes you uneasy or you find it offensive, this isn’t your series.

And that’s okay.

There are many great books out there that I turn away from after reading two lines. If there are vampires involved, I’m clicking away to a different book. There are a lot of things that make me click away – because I need blood, gore, and heavy violence along with strong political messages in books I read.

So, I wrote one myself.

Which explains why I’m very upfront about this in the work’s description. I don’t want those who find the content offensive to read it. So, Cain takes action early.

 

Hardly a Magical Creature

This isn’t a series that contains magical creatures, angels, demons, or others that may pop up in urban fantasy. It’s merely a race of humans who possess supernatural ability to control elements.

The work can pass as a political thriller in the eyes of many, given the nature of the work. There’s just fantasy elements involved while the work is set in the modern world – yet a world different from our own.

It strongly focuses on people and human rights.

So, if you’re one who wants the unicorns, vampires, druids, elves, angels, demons, and other supernatural creatures, you won’t find them here. Not saying I don’t throw a few cryptids in, but they’re hardly a focal point. Political themes masked by an epic plot and character arcs stand front and center here in Lord of Columbia.

 

What Makes Lord of Columbia Different

For one, the themes are going to ring loud and clear. Now, don’t get me wrong – this is a work you’ll love regardless of your viewpoints. I don’t preach – I hate works that preach. It totally takes away from the plot. Instead, you’ll find such themes tying directly into the plot.

For example in Northern Knights, we have the following:

1. North Columbia is what one would see as an ideal Libertarian society, while South Columbia is akin to the likes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union – even if their economic ideologies are on different sides of the spectrum. It’s basically a tale of Individualism versus Statism. Not Republican versus Democrat, or anything similar.

2. The North Columbian military and law enforcement are voluntary organizations that employ anyone wishing to serve in any capacity. Voluntary donations fund these organizations and cronyism is illegal in North Columbia – especially for political or corporate gain.

3. North Columbian society is akin to the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

But there isn’t a huge narrative or narration preaching these views. They’re just – there. Mentioned in passing by characters or seen in character action. Talked about briefly, before I continue to get on with the story. The untrained eye might not even notice them.

And so far, I’ve had hardcore conservatives and hardcore liberals alike tell me they enjoyed the work and are willing to read even more of the series. So again, any ideology can read and like this work. The themes are there, but again, those looking for a good story to indulge in can do so – my key purpose is and always will be entertainment.

But my themes will be seen and appreciated by those readers who are actively looking for them. They will take notice, while most will see and read a story. Long, full-length novels encompassing between 63,000 and 80,000 words per novel.

I hope you appreciate the insight I’ve been giving on Lord of Columbia and all my works, and for the free series starter, Northern Knights, click here.

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