With his first novel Erne Lewis charges out of the gate as a victory-bound writer. Reading "An Act of Self Defense" you cannot help but feel what the characters are feeling, not only the heroes who have you cheering but the villains who have you cringing. Conflicting political viewpoints are masterfully interwoven in short non-irritating readable bursts.The story flows with unending extreme situations and tension-creating close calls as compelling desires of human ego clash with plausible human mistakes. It is a "can't put it down" novel.

But there are 7 very strong temptations which might arise if you read this novel.

(1) The story might tempt you to start thinking that all professional politicians are willing to sell their souls and sell out the American people in exchange for riches and ego gratification ... too broad a generalization for a healthy mind.

(2) The plot could tempt you to believe bureaucrats in government departments likely have no hesitation about destroying innocent people's lives if it serves their career advancement ... too severe a judgment to be holding in one's thoughts.

(3) The narrative may tempt you to start believing that all swat teams are made up of brutal trigger-happy thugs, which ignores the existence of many swat team members who work with compassion and care for people.

(4) Reading this novel you might even be tempted to think politicians and bureaucrats of a government which tries to run your life ought to be killed, or stolen from, or otherwise caused difficulties. Such diabolical thoughts would close down your heart, ruin your happiness, and place an ugly blemish on your soul.

(5) The circumstances of the story could tempt you to adopt a dark pessimistic attitude toward government in general. Such pessimism would dissipate your natural inner peace.

(6) The conditions and turn of events of the saga may tempt you to feel that the political system of your society is like Goliath, and it's hopeless for you to try to be a David ... a feeling which would sabotage your natural joy and love.

(7) The novel offers the temptation to honor giving your life for a higher cause when actually liberty can only truly be furthered by those who reject death and worship the opposite: Live and Let Live.

Of course it's possible to read many fiction works which tempt us to think negative thoughts, or feel negative emotions, or become radicalized into beliefs which do not serve us. We usually avoid such reactions by saying to ourselves, "Well, it's only fiction."

With this novel it's harder to write off the story's state of affairs as merely fiction. If you do read "An Act of Self Defense", your strength at resisting the above temptations will be tested. You will be challenged to reexamine what is really sacrifice vs. what is really the fullness of life.

a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.

one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."

If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.

"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism

“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)