Signs of Freedom Cover52 Inspiring Pages of American Patriotism by a Courageous Woman

Written by John L. Work

August 26, 2013

I received Signs of Freedom: The American Tea Party Message (Selene River Press 2009) as a gift from the author, Stephanie Selene Anderson. That was three years ago. I still keep it atop the desk in my home office.

Signs of Freedom is really a skillfully assembled extended photographic essay. The images are inspiring, eye-catching and the message sticks in your mind. One cannot look at these photographs, read the author’s heart-felt text and not be affected at some level. I’ve opened and re-opened Signs of Freedom many times during my own writing endeavors. Stephanie Anderson created this work from outrage at the ever-increasing encroachment of big government into our lives, into our personal business, into our bank accounts, even into our relationships with our physicians. There are no good manners to be found within that behemoth, and there are no boundaries over which it will not tread.

All lines the Framers of our Republic drew within the Constitution and the attached Bill of Rights, across which the government was never to step, are disappearing by virtue of the (literal) falling-down drunken orgy of Congressional/Presidential excesses. Too much money, alcohol, drugs, sex and power have intoxicated our firmly ensconced politicians in their plush offices and limousines, all of which we pay for – handsomely. Yet, the federal government always wants more – of our money. There’s never enough of any of it to satisfy the elected politicians and their hired hands. They are like a collective alcoholic, who is entirely out of anyone’s control and can never get enough to drink to feed his addiction.

Washington D.C. is arguably the most corrupt city in the nation.

Stephanie Anderson’s book, Signs of Freedom, gives voice to Americans who object to what our federal government has become. It’s something tangible we can pick up in our hands to open and refresh our memories of what America once was and what we’ve lost. Her message is one which all Americans who value liberty should have on their desks.

I have mine.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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