Book Review: "INNOCENT BLOOD America's Final Trial"

The quest for knowledge and the desire to make a difference in the world has been a universal theme throughout the history of literature. When society faces great challenges such as abortion, the question often arises, "What can one man do?"

Donald S. Smith's self-published novel INNOCENT BLOOD America's Final Trial shows that in God's hands, one man can indeed make a difference. Perhaps it may best be understood not as a novel about abortion, but as a personal story about the survival of America in the face of our greatest challenge.

Surprisingly lacking the gruesome details one might expect, the book instead embodies an upbeat vision, often focusing on the simple joys of life, including the joy of sex (which some may find to be out of place, although it is actually essential to a holistic pro-life perspective).

The story takes place in the modern-day world, while many aspects of the past decade or two of our history are fictionalized.  Jefferson Davis Maddox, the central figure of the novel, possesses a thirst for knowledge reminiscent of the hero in Apuleius' ancient novel (who said "I want to know everything in the world, or at least a good part of it"). Maddox seems to be defined by divergent character traits, which he embodies without the difficulties one might expect: he is a Renaissance man yet a practical businessman, a visionary yet a pragmatist, an economist yet a humanitarian.

Maddox possesses a virtual Midas touch, envisioning and carrying out amazing plans—but his shortcomings sometimes bring him back down to earth. Early in his life he catches a vision for ending abortion, but that vision is incomplete.  It is obvious to Maddox and to those around him that he has a unique destiny; but even before he experiences a personal encounter with God, it is evident that his destiny is wrapped up in God's glory. However, Maddox does not seem to allow his destiny to feed his ego, as he humbly acknowledges that without divine guidance, he is helpless.

The monumental challenges Maddox overcomes seem to pale in comparison to the satisfaction he experiences in the arms of the beautiful woman with whom God blessed him. Nevertheless, even a virtuous man like Maddox may find his sexuality to be his greatest threat.

While the story makes no attempt to hide the ultimate destiny of Maddox, the road that leads him to the presidency is not always what one would expect. As the prospects of presidency loom on the horizon, one of the most important lessons he learns is that "America's problems cannot be solved by economic means alone."

The phenomenal success of the Maddox Presidency is experienced in large part through a network of "mighty men" who seem to find in him the realization of their own uniquely amazing divine destinies. Throughout his life, great men and women seem to be drawn to Maddox, and these colorful characters at times seem to shine even more brightly than the star of the story. In some cases, their monologues could stand alone as treatises on some of the most important themes of religion, economics and politics.

The last third of the novel contains much of the most valuable content. Some of the most poignant passages deal with abortion not as an issue, but as a personal life story.

The fictional biography is difficult to classify at times. Is it a comedy or a tragedy? At times it reads like a mystery, science fiction, or even a steamy romance novel. The author, best known as the producer of The Silent Scream film, even includes some thinly-veiled autobiographical vignettes.

In truth, INNOCENT BLOOD America's Final Trial is radically different from a typical novel, because its readers find themselves becoming more attuned to the real world rather than escaping from it, as within the fiction they discover the non-fictional seeds of not only political but spiritual transformation of our nation. Those who persevere to the end of the story may also find themselves with a greater understanding of some of the key points of scripture than many pastors.

Ultimately, the strategy Maddox employs to end our nation's Abortion Holocaust is not fictional, but is deeply rooted within the heritage of one of our nation's greatest presidents. But in the final analysis, what proves to be good for the nation finally eclipses what is good for Maddox, as readers close the book with the realization that even the great passions of a man like Maddox are less important than what God accomplishes through him.


Tim Palmquist has been involved in pro-life ministry for over 25 years, serving with LifeSavers Ministries, 40 Days for Life Bakersfield, Glorify Jesus Ministries, and Pastors Pro-Life Resource Center.


INNOCENT BLOOD America's Final Trial is available from Xlibris.com, amazon.com, or barnesandnoble.com.