Government vs Deadlines in a Fictional World

Hello Friends

Well here we are on the eve, more or less, of a government shutdown. If all goes south who do we blame? What actually gets shut down and who suffers? I’m not going to use this pulpit to play the blame game, but the who situation does make me wonder about the impact on things like anti-terrorism. Do those who work to protect us against terrorist incursions suddenly find themselves furloughed?


In my fictional world, Sean-Guy O’Dwyer-Lariviere and his team from the Canadian Anti-terrorism Service are not asked to consider these kind of questions. I certainly did not think the questions were necessary to the story. Their focus is fairly well single-minded. Get the terrorist before he gets them. The Chechen’s Revenge is all about protecting government, on the federal level, the provincial level, and the municipal level. The ultimate goal is to protect the people. That seems to me to be a very appropriate goal in my fictional world.

All things being equal though the idea of a government shutdown scenario might very well make an interesting twist for the work ethic of Sean-Guy and his team. What do you think? Should that be an included theme in a future novel about the CAS team?

One more reality check to consider. The 20% discount coupon for purchases made from will expire on October 15, just two weeks away. Enjoy your reading. Thanks and regards

Ron Stotyn, PhD


I am a retired college professor and former broadcast journalist. I live in Vermont with my wife. I write near the shores of Lake Champlain. As an author I cast characters in the task of anti-terrorism efforts. The setting for my stories is Canada. My first novel is The Chechen's Revenge, a story of Sean-Guy O'Dwyer-Lariviere and his team of Canadian Anti-terrorism Service agents on the trail of a rebel Chechen, determined to create havoc and death on Toronto's Go Train system. The Chechen's Revenge is now in print and can be ordered online at

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