Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

Tom Darden is a small time reporter in Jacksonville, Florida until a bomb destroys a hotel in Daytona Beach during Spring Break. The catastrophic event awakens a need within Darden to stop being complacent with his life and make a difference with his position. He embarks on an investigation into the bombing that takes him further into the world of political conspiracy than he knew possible.

Darden’s investigation takes him from Florida to Iraq and back to the United States. As he uncovers more facts about the current government’s political practices, Darden begins to see that the Daytona Beach bombing was not just a simple terrorist attack. He uncovers a terrible plot that connects government-funded torture in Iraq to a fear-based campaign of insurrection in the United States. This revelation sends Darden deeper into a dark world that he feels compelled to uncover.

Once back in the United States, Darden begins to publish stories with irrefutable proof of the government’s deception and violence. His research begins to uncover a clandestine group of wealthy, government officials whose only desire is to reshape America through fear. These individuals quietly funnel money and artillery to extremist militias. These militias intend to eradicate any and all enemies to their image of a new, fearful, and complacent America. Eventually, the attention Darden’s stories garner puts him directly in the collective cross hairs of this Extremist Brotherhood.

David Darracott shows a keen sense for politics throughout Internal Security as he builds tension through the themes of government corruption, media influence, and prejudice. He subtly connects Darden’s investigation to events in American history to create a foreboding, yet exaggerated vision of possible political outcomes.

As I read this novel I did find myself criticizing the extreme events that were going wholly unnoticed by everyone but Darden and a select few government officials aiding his investigation. It’s hard to imagine that a violent overthrow of the American government could be so straightforward. It was in this criticism, however, that I began to understand Darracott was not using fiction just to promote a singular political weakness. Instead, I believe that through the use of political conspiracies and a likable character Darracott constructs an enjoyable thriller that also creates awareness for a need to use critical thought when it comes to our political atmosphere.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After obtaining a Masters in Liberal Arts and Literature Marcus has dedicated most of his time to teaching English Composition for a community college in the Midwest. In his down time, he spends time avidly reading an eclectic selection of books and doing freelance writing whenever he gets the chance. He lives in Kansas with his wife.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by David Darracott. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.