I’m hooked on the CW’s “Arrow” TV series, based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow character. And as I watch each episode, I think how great it would be if someone adapted Vin Suprynowicz’s novel The Black Arrow for either the big or little screen.

A decade ago, former Las Vegas newspaper columnist Suprynowicz took the Robin Hood legend, Green Arrow, and Marvel’s Hawkeye, then stirred them together into an explosive, dizzying, libertarian cocktail of a story. It was a “must read” for a lot of liberty activists in 2005, but it fell out of print and seems largely forgotten now, although copies (even new ones) can still be found with a simple Google search.

I just re-read The Black Arrow for the third time in ten years, and I had the time of my life. So I recommend it. Highly.

Claire Wolfe once wrote notoriously that “America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”

In Suprynowicz’s novel, the year is 2031, and the time to shoot the bastards has finally come. A new U.S. war of secession is being fought, the West distancing itself from the ever-growing despotism of the East. But this “tale of the resistance” (the book’s subtitle) focuses on Gotham, an eastern metropolis where government atrocities are the norm: private daycare centers are raided by jackbooted agents, small businesses are seized without due process, families fall victim to both “freelance” and state criminals due to senseless gun-control laws. Worse yet, the War on Terror continues, but the “terrorists” are now solely the nation’s own citizens, harassed constantly by Homeland Security checkpoints at every corner and often gunned down when determined to be “uncooperative” by the Lightning Squads (aka the Grays).

In Gotham, and in the rest of the still-existing U.S., things are just plain shitty.

But from this muck arises the Black Arrow, a hero to lead a highly-trained group of freedom-fighters — and, subsequently, the people — in taking the nation back. Masked, dressed in black, and armed with a compound bow, he exterminates any and all who abuse power, including tax collectors, cops, prosecutors, federal judges, and other assorted politicos and bureaucrats.

How best to describe this compelling novel? Well, take Atlas Shrugged, then substitute the 60-page John Galt speech with digestible “sound bites,” add a dash of rock ‘n roll, plenty of sex, scores of commando raids, fierce samurai action, and lots of resistance strategy, and you’ve got The Black Arrow. At 700 pages, it’s a hefty book (not quite the Randian monster, though), but it never drags. It’s an effortless read.

At the time of its release, Tom Knapp described the novel as “The Scarlet Pimpernel on steroids and The Three Musketeers on a methamphetamine rampage to boot.” It’s that, and more. It’s one of my all-time favorite action novels. And its libertarian underpinnings are solid.

The Black Arrow was Vin Suprynowicz’s first novel. The release of his second, The Testament of James, is imminent, and I’m anxious to read it.

Meanwhile, I guess I’ll have to be content with weekly doses of TV’s “Arrow.”