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Posted: 8/23/2005 7:12:38 AM EDT
I cross-posted in the Goatlover Texas Forum



Synopsis:

It’s Time to Remember the
Alamo All Over Again!

In the long war against terrorism, the US Government had taken on extraordinary powers. And now that the war was won, powerful forces in the government had no intention of relinquishing those powers. As in 1860, the country was on the verge of civil war. And as in 1860, a leader arose to save the country—but it was not the President this time. Instead, the Governor of Texas was the woman of destiny. And, though the Federal Government had more guns and troops, David was about to give Goliath a run for his money. . . .


Here is a link to the first 8 chapters on Baen Books website.

The bad guys in the book are a (not thinly veiled) Hillery-type president and her liberal cronies. After her election she enacts every nightmare law and decree you can think of (including gun grabbing). The whole civil war is precipitated by the massacre of a Pro-Life priest and a bunch of little kids. The priest is the best friend of the TNG commander and the brother of the (woman) Governor.

It's told from a historical perspective in the late 21st century using "history" texts and trial transcripts like this:

Interlude:

From: Lone Star Rebellion: A Study in Asymmetric Revolutionary Warfare, Copyright 2078, Colonel Jonathan Hightower, Parameters
* * *

From the beginning the governor of Texas was faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem. On the face of it, her state was outnumbered by a factor of about twelve in both economic and population terms. The federal government had de facto, if not de jure, control over the media, thus over what common people thought across the country. That same government was also firmly in the hands of a cabal not merely hostile to Texas and Governor Seguin, but one imbued with a hatred bordering on—in some cases crossing over to—the fanatical. That government also had economic clout never in history equaled, let alone surpassed. And it, with its entire armed force's mustered perhaps twenty to twenty-four times the power of Texas' own National Guard, exclusive of nuclear weapons.

Moreover, the fronts on which this campaign would come to be waged were varied, amorphous and vast. Texas would have to meet—not necessarily defeat but "meet"—the federal government on no less than seven of these "fronts." These were: economic, military, propaganda, legal, domestic political, Texan political and civil disobedience.

Only in the last did Texas have any obvious advantage.



Great book from one of my favorite authors and publisher. Kratman co-authored "Watch on the Rhine" with John Ringo - one of the Posleen series (for those who know WTF I'm talking about).

Enjoy.

Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:17:44 AM EDT
I always liked the concept of uppity citizens.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:20:52 AM EDT
I generally enjoy Baen books. The people they have choosing authors and titles do a good job.

I'll have to pick this one up.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:32:01 AM EDT
Tag.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:38:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 7:43:07 AM EDT by FN-TPS]
Wow....I skipped around though six chapters of that crap....And I want my ten minutes back.

Poorly written and disjointed

Stilted unbelievable characters

While having the former president sodimized and killed in a prison rape....may hold a certain a certain fantisy appeal for some of the more rabid anti-government types....doing it on the first page of the book, pretty much tells u, which part of tin foil land the author is coming from.

While I greatly enjoy Alternate history and SHTF Sci-fi novels....This work is a piece of crap and I can't figure out how this guy got published.

Nice cover art...but nothing inside.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:45:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FN-TPS:

pretty much tells u, which part of tin foil land the author is coming from.






LtCol Tom Kratman is currently an instructor at the Army War Collegein Carlisle, Pa. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group during GW1 and has a Combat Infantry Badge and a Ranger Tab.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:48:02 AM EDT
Bayeagle

LtCol Tom Kratman is currently an instructor at the Army War Collegein Carlisle, Pa. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group during GW1 and has a Combat Infantry Badge and a Ranger Tab.




And he still can't write beleivable fiction.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:53:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 7:56:58 AM EDT by FN-TPS]
From preface of A State of Disobediance


This was brought home to all with the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of former President Thomas Jefferson Gates on charges of corruption, bribe taking, rape, aggravated sexual assault, unnatural acts, abuse of office, misappropriation of funds, and treason, the imprisonment itself leading to the former chief of state's beating, homosexual rape and murder by strangulation after his Secret Service detail was withdrawn by presidential order.


Jeez....you don't suppose this guys got a hard on for the Government or presidential power...Do you?

Are you guys so desprate for fiction with a patriot theme....that you'll snap up anything? No matter how big of a pile of crap it is.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:58:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 8:00:25 AM EDT by BayEagle]

Originally Posted By FN-TPS:
From preface of A State of Disobediance


This was brought home to all with the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of former President Thomas Jefferson Gates on charges of corruption, bribe taking, rape, aggravated sexual assault, unnatural acts, abuse of office, misappropriation of funds, and treason, the imprisonment itself leading to the former chief of state's beating, homosexual rape and murder by strangulation after his Secret Service detail was withdrawn by presidential order.


Jeez....you don't suppose this guys got a hard on for the Government or presidential power...Do you?

Are you guys so desprate for fiction with a patriot theme....that you'll snap up anything? No matter how big of a pile of crap it is.




He has a "hard on" for fascism in the guise of liberal socialism.

ETA - I read it because I like his collaborative effort with John Ringo. If you don't like this book then I really would suggest you avoid Freehold by Michael Z Williamson.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 3:41:41 PM EDT
Hmmm....

Dedicated to "Hillary, Janet, and Lon."

Methinks he has a *problem* with the Clinton administration.

Pulp or not, I'll read it when it hits paperback.
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