Empire by Orson Scott Card feels eerily like it could happen tomorrow, like it says on the cover "A disturbing look at a possible future". It has an equally intriguing sequel- Hidden Empire.
"The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home
are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and
Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to
be left alone.
The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side
and militia foot soldiers on the other, devastating the cities and
overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the
killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have
technology, weapons, and strategic geniuses of their own." (Hatrack)
Empire is about the United States entering another Civil War. With the recent government shutdown, the scenarios in this book seem a very real possibility.
I listened to this book on cd and the reader did a wonderful job. I would get home from work and sit in the car for a couple extra minutes to hear more of the story.
This is a huge surprise in the middle of the book. I had to listen to it three times before I could actually believe what happened. It's a fascinating book that rings true in our times.
Check it out and have a good book day!