This is the prologue to ‘Freedom’s Sons’, as read by the author, Harold Covington, with sound effects added by Jason from Tulsa. It is the fifth and last in underground cult novelist H.A. Covington’s series of Northwest Independence novels. In the first four novels–A Distant Thunder, A Mighty Fortress, The Hill Of The Ravens, and The Brigade–we followed the path of the War of Independence when in the not-so-distant future, the people of the Pacific Northwest fought a five-year guerrilla war against the overbearing tyranny of Washington, D.C., and finally established the Northwest American Republic as an independent nation. Freedom’s Sons chronicles the first fifty years of the NAR’s existence as a country and a new society, including the struggle against crushing economic sanctions imposed by the outside world, as well as an attempt by the enraged Americans to reconquer the Northwest with a military invasion. The novel follows the fortune of three families, one of former rebel guerrilla fighters from the Northwest Volunteer Army, one Unionist, and one refugee family who flees to the Republic from the collapsing U.S.A.. Freedom’s Sons is a story of redemption and the triumph of the human spirit over the darkness now engulfing the world.