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Posted: 5/1/2004 11:01:32 PM EDT
A retired Air Force Colonel named Joe Martino has written a new 2nd amendment novel called "The Justice Cooperative." This is the review I just posted on his Amazon.com page:

I'm happy to see that the Second Amendment seems to be forging its own niche as a unique genre. The first and most well-known is "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross, written in 1996. At 861 pages, UC is quite a hefty read, but it has developed a strong cult following because of its excellence. My own 2003 novel "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" is no featherweight either at 568 pages. Now we have the newest novel in the genre, "The Justice Cooperative" by Joe Martino. At 292 pages, it is by far the most accessible of the three.

“The Justice Cooperative” covers the nightmarish problem of one young married couple in a town in America. A few years earlier, they had been the victims of a home invasion by a violent criminal predator. The husband was knocked almost unconscious in the surprise attack, and his pretty wife was raped in front of him after he was tied up. The criminal was later arrested, and based on their testimony he was put in prison for an all-too-short plea-bargained sentence.

As the novel opens, the governor of the state is commuting the sentences of all prisoners who have served more than one half of their time, due to prison overcrowding. Their tormenter is freed, and begins a crafty stalking campaign, threatening to repay them for their court testimony.

The police are unwilling or unable to help the couple, because the freed criminal hasn't committed an actionable offense...yet.

In desperation, the couple purchases a pair of handguns, and takes instructional courses to learn to shoot them effectively. During this instruction, they come to realize the crucial importance of the right to keep and bear arms spelled out (not "granted") in the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. They learn how the law is effectively stacked against the innocent citizen, in favor of criminals. (The reader will also get a tremendous education in armed-self-defense theory, practice and law simply by reading this book.)

The "Justice Cooperative" of the title refers to a shadowy group which works to deal with dangerous criminals the police can't—or won't—deal with, before they rape or kill even more victims. With an anonymous note, the faceless and nameless cooperative contacts the couple at a shooting range, where they have mentioned their struggle to defend themselves. The husband agrees to help the cooperative to target other violent felons, in return for later help with his own stalker. I don't want to say anything more about the plot, but I will say that "The Justice Cooperative" raises some very intriguing ideas for a covert form of vigilantism.

Along the way, "The Justice Cooperative" makes a powerful case for the continuing importance of the Second Amendment in today's society. I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns a gun for self-defense, or who has ever considered owning a gun. Because it's much shorter than “Unintended Consequences” or “Enemies Foreign and Domestic,” it may make a better initial “educational gift” for that liberal-leaning friend or relative who might be open-minded about guns for self-defense.

Technically, the "Justice Cooperative" is written at the very highest level. There are no annoying typos or clumsy construction errors to distract the reader. The well-written story will carry the reader right along to the conclusion. (I read it in a couple of hours at one sitting.) Anyone who was doubtful about the importance of the right to keep and bear arms before reading "The Justice Cooperative," will have no doubts afterwards.

Matt Bracken



Link Posted: 5/1/2004 11:12:01 PM EDT
Cool, I'm sure I'll find an opportunity to borrow a copy. Thanks for the review, I hadn't heard of this book.
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 12:30:57 AM EDT
I was listening to coast to coast am the other week and I heard a terrifying commercial for some book called "ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC". I was so shaken that I couldn't sleep the rest of the night. How can they allow such things on the radio!
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 12:32:20 AM EDT
This reminds me I need to get some new books to read.
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 7:39:58 PM EDT
Imbroglio, where were you when you heard the EFAD radio commercial???? Nice gunshot sound effects, huh?

BTW, I found the first third of TJC online free here at:

http://www.thejusticecooperative.com/Excerpts.html

I think I started a new marketing method, posting so much of a book online free.

Matt
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 7:42:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Travis_McGee:
Imbroglio, where were you when you heard the EFAD radio commercial???? Nice gunshot sound effects, huh?

BTW, I found the first third of TJC online free here at:

http://www.thejusticecooperative.com/Excerpts.html

I think I started a new marketing method, posting so much of a book online free.

Matt




Do you have an audio clip of your commercial? I'd get a kick out of hearing it.

Link Posted: 5/3/2004 11:07:16 PM EDT
Red_Beard: I've got the radio commercial's MP-3 file, but it's about 2mb and takes a long time for me to upload. If I knew how, I'd like to upload it to my website, in a form that would allow folks to listen to it easily. I'll send the MP-3 to you if you want it, just PM me an email address.

Matt
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 3:25:04 AM EDT

BTW, I found the first third of TJC online free here at:

http://www.thejusticecooperative.com/Excerpts.html

I think I started a new marketing method, posting so much of a book online free.


Well damn, I just read those excerpted chapters on the web site and now I have to buy another book. That is indeed a great marketing tool.
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 10:30:16 PM EDT
I could never quite understand the logic of authors only posting 2 or 3 sample chapters on the web. What are they afraid of? It's not as if they have to pay for ink.
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 10:34:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:
Cool, I'm sure I'll find an opportunity to borrow a copy. Thanks for the review, I hadn't heard of this book.



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